Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Friday, January 21st, 2011
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
Monday, May 24th, 2004
I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Friday, January 21st, 2011
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
Monday, May 24th, 2004
I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
With the villain’s quasi-sibling bond to the hero, 2015’s 007 movie deflates to an incestuous Möbius Strip.
Monday, December 17th, 2012
I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Annoyances and upsets with the iPhone 4S have been more than offset by its screen, the silkiness of its surfaces, the camera, and the third-party market for both software and hardware.
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust US President Obama.
Monday, March 8th, 2010
It’s 1983: Go for the Apple IIe with 64k that could be opened up as a hobbyist machine? Or the smaller, sleeker and newer IIc with double the memory but a closed case?
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
There’s nothing else around here except empty desolate pretty hills. The Israel Trail passes by a bit to the west. The shops are mostly franchises, almost all homegrown: Super-Pharm, Aroma, Tzomet Sfarim, Cup O’ Joe’s, LaMetayel, Mega, Fox, Castro, H&O.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
So, finally, we stopped yesterday; the Israeli assault on Gaza of late 2008/early 2009 is over. With it, Israel lost moral purity and made vital strategic gains.
Friday, January 9th, 2009
Even if it did nothing, was just a prop in a futuristic movie, the MacBook Pro would be impressive; it’s like a sculpture of my previous computer, the MacBook, except it’s actually an improved computer!
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Irit, the Jam and I walk from Brighton to Gatwick Airport.
Friday, December 7th, 2007
Ariel Sharon’s disengagement policy reflected an understanding that ownership of the Palestinian issue is shared with Egypt and Jordan. If Tony Blair were to acquire this view, perhaps he really could help facilitate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
There she was, sitting outside the apartment block! How did she do it? Dogs—or at least Jam—must have some sort of navigational sense we don’t understand.
Monday, February 26th, 2007
I have had something very flattering: a request. Juan Carlos has asked me for comments on Casino Royale.
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
The Mrs is skeptical of David Allen’s Getting Things Done self-management system because it eschews the rigors of time management in lieu of what feels right. But GTD is about informed feeling.
Saturday, July 10th, 2004
I want to get people in my pics, but it’s tougher when you’re no longer a wide-eyed teenager, because people generally don’t like to think they are a spectacle.
Monday, January 27th, 2020
Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
“The Soleimani Killing:An Initial Assessment” [PDF], a study by Hillel Frisch, Eytan Gilboa, Gershon Hacohen, Doron Itzchakov, and Alexander Joffe at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
From “you can’t do anything” to “a severe revenge”: Khamenei fumes regarding “that guy” Trump as US kills Iran’s Al-Quds Force leader Soleimani in a missile attack at Baghdad Airport.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
In trying to improve the performance of an ExpressionEngine-powered web-based system, I came across the following database fields within MySQL query WHERE clauses that therefore should be indexed but aren’t:
* exp_actions: class, method
* exp_categories: cat_url_title
* exp_ce_cache_tagged_items: item_id
* exp_channels: channel_title
* exp_channel_fields: field_name
* exp_extensions: enabled, hook, priority
* exp_fieldtypes: name
* exp_members: in_authorlist, screen_name, username
* exp_menu_items: sort
* exp_modules: module_name
* exp_playa_relationships: parent_is_draft
* exp_plugins: is_typography_related
Every little bit helps.
In r/saltierthancrait and posted by u/yellowdawg299, In your opinion, who is the worst character in Star Wars?. Great stuff.
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Matt Layman’s handy Failed SaaS Postmortem — too much tech tinkering; I need to take heed. Plus it’s great he’s getting right back in the saddle.
“A proper understanding of biblical and rabbinic theology might identify a solution to Israel’s constitutional vacuum“. By Michael Wyschogrod in First Things 
Counterintuitive arguments from the redoubtable Ambrose Evans-Pritchard that Boris’s ascension reduces the plausibility of Scottish secession from the UK.
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
“Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict” — the inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics by Thomas Piketty (March 30th, 2018).
Labour is now populism for the lightly-educated middle-classes, argues John Gray with stonking cogency — and, it turns out a month later at the December 2019 election, accuracy. Until 2008 the Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, Gray has been referred to by one Nassim Nicholas Taleb as “prophetic”.
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
What a gorgeous country revealed in this photo essay of contemporary life in Iran.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
VDH provides a bit of actual strategy for the USA on the China, Iran, and North Korea fronts:
The most dangerous moments … are predictable. They follow when one side, arrogant from previously being exempt from any consequences for its aggression, believes it’s starting to lose a conflict that it prompted and cannot afford to lose.
With hundreds shot dead, Iran’s Islamic Republic is undergoing its worst unrest to date.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Quite the overview: “The Real Class War” by Julius Krein, editor of American Affairs.
The real class war is between the 0.1 percent and (at most) the 10 percent—or, more precisely, between elites primarily dependent on capital gains and those primarily dependent on profes sional labor.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
The Smithsonian Magazine excerpts Paul Hendrickson’s Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright. Among the gems:
Will the author spoil it for me though? Among the crisps are tonal annoyances such as beginning sentences with “Heck,”…
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age
Kim Stanley Robinson
As I return to this a couple of months later to write up this brief review, much of the book unfolds mentally in my head: scenes, characters, the unfolding. Whereas the other couple of books read at the similar time are blanks to me. This book delivered on my hope of a vivid portrayal of the protean human, and was even more vivid than I had expected. KSR is to be congratulated and I’m sure he’s proud of this one. Has anyone else done this so well?
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
A view to the best bit of Bond fan art I’ve seen maybe ever: David Reed’s 007 film title anagrams.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Friday, November 1st, 2019
A deep dive into the newness of the iPhone 11 camera at the Halide blog.
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
A meditation in The New Yorker on aging.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
The Tube Ronnies complete with transcript, thanks to the invaluable IanVisits.
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Gadget: 1. Survey [PDF] is a cool history of software milestones “from Smalltalk to Minecraft” Chaim Gingold (2017). When you see these things collected you realize how much progress they collectively represent. I wonder what we’d have been doing otherwise…
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Dr Alex Joffe notes that while the West’s working classes are still relatively sensible, “in Western social and information environments saturated with virtue-signaling, [grafting BDS onto contemporary concerns and movements is] having some success with members of the image-conscious, predominantly white middle class.
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
Written aphoristically, long-time Kyoto resident travel writer Pico Iyer provided me with a new view of a major people: that the Japanese exemplify Oscar Wilde’s catechism that style is substance, surface depth. One telling anecdote from his pal the Dalai Lama: when speaking to Western audiences, they perk up at the philosophy and tune out for the rituals; with the Japanese it’s the opposite. There are many more such reflections. One reviewer says the book is profound, and I guess that is the case, yes.
Friday, October 18th, 2019
Dore Gold primes us on why Israel must retain the Jordan Valley. Like the Golan, it’s not only about strategic depth but also strategic height. When driving down the magnificent road along the Dead Sea from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek, I would often loftily complain that one wouldn’t know one has exited Israel proper as there are no signs, just a little roadblock upon entering Ein Bokek (and a much more significant one upon reentering Jerusalem near the city limits). Whenever there’s no sign, it’s a sign that the State has deemed this land integral yet history has not yet ripened sufficiently for declaring it so.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Volvo unveils its first full battery electric model, the XC40 Recharge SUV with 402bhp a 248-mile range. Featuring no front grille!
Succession as comedy. Obvious, given its producers, but still, nicely written.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Latitudinal psychology? “Like happiness, [individualism and creativity] trend higher as one moves away from the equator.”
A deep dive into the Grand Seiko Snowflake on Hodinkee. “The entire thing seems to have been calculated to create an effect of serenity without boredom; of minimalism without sterility.”
This is actually kind of important: How to select, copy, and paste text in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Thanks, AppleInsider. In Notes at least, 3-finger swipe-left and swipe-right isn’t just undo and redo, but an entire history of actions to the document.
Meir Kraus, a fellow at the research center at the Shalom Hartman Institute, sets out challenges, lessons, options and insights for a balanced and feasible option on Jerusalem as part of a wider solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A lovely poster of Frank Lloyd Wright homes “in (nearly) every state” by HomeAdvisor.
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
AutoCar drives the electric Jaguar I-Pace from London to Frankfurt. As recently as two years ago such a journey simply wasn’t feasible. Now, once you have the more expensive car, it’s much cheaper than driving diesel let alone petrol. That said, charging stops are an hour rather than five minutes, and every 200 miles rather than say every 500. But I think there is some good here. Travellers must get out and stretch their legs for a longer while. All in all our automotive future looks improved.
George Friedman on Brexit: it is very likely to happen, as is the painful shift to increased ties with the Anglosphere.
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
ExpressionEngine (EE) is the content management system that until recently I used for building every web property. In November 2018, EllisLab, the producer of EE, was sold to Digital Locations, Inc. (DLOC) and EllisLab owner Rick Ellis joined the parent company’s payroll. The acquisition is detailed in Digital Locations’ Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q) dated August 13th, 2019.
But the Digital Locations acquisition seems downright skeezy. Despite the company’s tagline about Artificial Intelligence, it appears to be nothing more than a holding company for Mr Bill Beifuss. Moreover it looks like he’s scrimping on incorporation fees: the company was founded in 2006 as Zingerang, then became Carbon Sciences for a decade, before morphing again into Digital Locations. It self-reports never having had any revenues.
According to the linked-to Bloomberg profile, Mr Beifuss is also CEO of some other companies: Warp 9 Inc, Coeur D’alene French Baking Co, and Cumorah Capital Inc., none of which appear to provide any actual products or services either.
Rick must have been aware of and a party to this bullshit. With ExpressionEngine he had a great thing going; I wonder what happened. All I can speculate is that he very much wanted to segue EE’s success into enabling him to try other things professionally but that it remained his biggest achievement and he couldn’t bring himself to let go of the golden goose even though it was fading without his hands-on vision. And then at some point last year he suddenly really needed a buyer.
Recently, on October 3rd, 2019, he bought EllisLab back from Beifuss then sold it a week later to development house Packet Tide, that is, Tom Jaeger. So it Rick Ellis has finally let go of ExpressionEngine, even if he held on too long; despite being free EE can barely be be given away now; the technology has moved on.
I’m relieved to have moved away from it onto the Node ecosystem. I really enjoyed meeting the EllisLab team at an EE conference in 2017 — such cool nice folks in person — but for me EllisLab is a cautionary tale.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
I wish there were something to disagree with in this piece reviewing the fiasco that is Brexit. We see now that due to the United Kingdom’s very make-up — a dominant England, a smaller Scotland, and a Northern Ireland with inherent connections to the Republic of Ireland — Britain needs to be in the EU arguably more than many other European countries do. Surely some game theory simulations would have borne out the current impasse.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
I’m excited by the Richard Mille Bonbon watch collection. Just fabulous. Crazy expensive but apparently all have been bought, most popularly in Malaysia.
MacStories’ macOS Catalina review seems comprehensive enough to take over from John Siracusa’s famous Ars Technica reviews.
Monday, October 7th, 2019
“Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy” by Gadi Eisenkot and Gabi Siboni [PDF] published October 2019 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Erdoğan’s Turkey, once again neither winning friends nor influencing people, this time trying it on around the Eastern Med gas fields.
Healthy in other respects, some adults have profoundly impaired autobiographical re-experiencing.
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
BUZZFEED BEN JUMPS TO NYT...
NASA reveals 'space home' where first tourists will enjoy 'largest Earth window'...
DRUDGE APP IPHONE, IPAD...
MSN: Daily presidential tracking poll...
LAUNCHES NEW MEDIA COLUMN...
Hillary Feels 'Urge' to Run...
Bloomberg surpasses Mayor Pete in poll...
Now favorite for betting odds...
POLL: NH BERNS!
Celebs fuel final Iowa sprint...
'Oh my God, Sanders can win'...
Is FOBO Paralyzing the Democratic Primary?
All Presidents Are Doves Before They're Elected
How Trump's Peace Plan Will Change the Middle East
We Can End Our Endless Wars
The New Question Hanging Over the Impeachment Trial
Impeachment Game-Playing Is Kavanaugh 2.0
What Happens When the News Is Gone?
The Death of Cable News in One Clip
The Letter My Mum Left for Us
CNN Creates Another Unintended Ad for Trump
The Washington Post Cancelled Its #1 Canceller
Fans Don't Want to Discuss Kobe's Failings, But We Have To
Boris Johnson Jeopardizing U.S.-U.K. Alliance for Huawei
Trump's Surprisingly Reasonable Mideast Peace Deal
Dems' Dubious Impeachment Subtext of Treason
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Clues That Neanderthals Didn't Know How to Make Fire (2017)
DoT proposes to narrow the definition of service animal on planes
Harvard scientist is arrested, accused of lying about ties to China
De-Anonymization via Clickjacking in 2019
WireGuard is now in Linus' tree
Ask HN: How do you process payments?
LPE and RCE in OpenBSD OpenSMTPD
U.S. files lawsuits over robocall scams
Ask HN: What interesting problems are you working on?
First Maine inmate enrolled in graduate school conducts research in prison
Show HN: Thinc, a new deep learning library by the makers of spaCy and FastAPI
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results
Sanitation conquered disease long before vaccines or antibiotics
Replicache: Easy Offline-First for Existing Applications
Abu Dis, south of Jerusalem, is designated Palestinian capital
Trump peace plan recognizes Israel’s right to sovereignty over West Bank settlements, and a Palestinian state with E. Jerusalem capital
AG files corruption charges against Netanyahu at district court
Unprecedented Israeli concessions for Gaza
Settlement leader: Annexation worthless if it goes with Palestinian state
Netanyahu withdraws request for parliamentary immunity
US military confirms plane crash in Afghanistan, denies Taliban shot it down
Trump discusses Syria and Libya with Erdogan
Netanyahu: Palestinian state will have no army, no border control
Knesset Speaker joins right-wing boycott of PM immunity session
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Trump Hosts Israeli Leaders Who Call His Peace Plan Historic
Trump: "Without the Palestinians, We Don't Do the Deal"
Israel Views the U.S. Peace Plan
ISIS Declares War Against the Jews
Arab World Not Following PA in Rejecting U.S. Peace Plan
U.S. Builds Several New Bases in Iraq near Iran
Why the U.S. Peace Plan Is Causing Barely a Ripple in Arab World
U.S. Central Command: Troop Surge in Middle East May Not End Soon
Palestinians Fear Some Arab Countries Might Accept U.S. Peace Plan
UK Universities Face Cuts If They Reject Anti-Semitism Definition
Two Israeli Citizens Arrested for Spying for Hamas
Turkey Building Its First Aircraft Carrier
Nikki Haley: No. 1 Priority of U.S. Peace Plan Is Israel's Security
Israelis Cannot Visit Saudi Arabia "For Now"
Why the Palestinian Leadership Should Not Reject the U.S. Peace Plan
From the archive
Catalexit: funds for science could suffer
Daily briefing: Biotech magnate funds free drugs for ultra-rare diseases
Isaac Asimov: centenary of the great explainer
Social scientists battle bots to glean insights from online chatter
Innovative plant breeding could deliver crop revolution
Genentech was not the first biotech company
Alone where seals bark in the mist
Neanderthals made epic trek from Europe to Siberia 60,000 years ago
Gram-scale bottom-up flash graphene synthesis
US officials revisit rules for disclosing risky disease experiments
Remember what science owes to child refugees
How I find career motivation in my father’s diabetes
Yemen president dismisses army commander after battlefield setbacks
Turkey’s democratic credentials under the spotlight
Egyptian ‘super dad’ saves girl in train terror
Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo
Protest coverage: Iraqi channel faces month-long ban
Daesh tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions
Arab countries and world leaders react to Middle East peace plan
UN criticizes Iraq trials of Daesh ‘members’, including human shields
Palestinian leader roundly rejects Trump peace plan
Trump plan calls for Palestinian state with capital in eastern Jerusalem
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Taking the Freedom Out of Freelancing
Abuse of Procedure
The Principled Disrupter
Was Harvey Weinstein scared of a Chihuahua called Peanut?
Washington Post clears reporter Felicia Sonmez after ‘ill timed’ Kobe Bryant rape case tweet sparked death threats
Helicopter crash: Kobe Bryant’s body identified by fingerprints
China coronavirus could hit Beijing’s ability to meet US trade war deal import demands
China coronavirus: 240 Americans airlifted from Wuhan face quarantine in California airport hangar
Facebook recommends rules for independent oversight board which could overrule Zuckerberg
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia: real change or cosmetic reforms?
Impeachment TV ratings rebound despite Donald Trump’s ‘death valley’ complaint
China coronavirus: Americans evacuated by plane from Wuhan, city at centre of deadly outbreak
China coronavirus: United Airlines cuts back China flights as disease worsens in Asia
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Remembering the Awhatukee House of the Future, a "shining home of dreams" that became a $3 tourist trap
Pranking French Stewart with dolls, which he is afraid of
I'm the Author Guest of Honor at Baycon 2020, May 22-25!
College course on "adulting" so popular it's now turning students away
Semisonic's "Closing Time" is not the bar room party song you think it is
In 1896, Helga Estby set out to win $10,000 by walking across the United States
Little-known, criminally underappreciated 70s singer-songwriter, Judee Sill, finally gets an obit in the New York Times
New video from "dark forest folk" band Hexvessel features scenes from Cocteau's "Blood of a Poet"
Watch expert has a hard time telling the difference between an Omega Seamaster watch and a knock-off
Sleep better in 2020 with this ergonomic cooling pillow that was a Kickstarter hit
I am bananas for these behind-the-scenes photos of Planet of the Apes
70 passengers refuse to board a plane with Wuhan residents, causing a 5-hour standoff
The Catholic Church broke its promise to publish a list of "credibly accused" abuser priests, so Propublica did it for them
Excellent low-cost brush pens for art and calligraphy
Condi Rice to be the new head of Hoover Institution
Tuesday assorted links
Daniel Gross on productivity
Do elections make you sick?
Gabriel Tarde’s *On Communication and Social Influence*
Monday assorted links
My chat with Brendan Fitzgerald Wallace
Model this East German crime
From Bret Stephens
Evidence for State Capacity Libertarianism
Sunday assorted links
Coronavirus information and analysis bleg
Dracula on Gratitude
When the market drives you crazy
The feminization of society, installment #1637, suffragist peace edition
Where the design community meets.
Free Workout UI Kit PSD
Listle — listen to the best articles on the Internet
Why Infield Top-Aligned Labels Beat Floating Labels
In Figma, What is your approach to designing for different platforms, Android, iOS, Web?
UI Design Inspiration – Jan 2020
What do you think about the top banner design of this guide about contracts?
The day has finally come. Framer Classic should no longer be used for client work.
Responsive Pixel Art
The current DOM node in the browser's console
Studio website is live, would love to hear your thoughts!
From 2D to 3D Illustration – Design Trend
I collected 126 new remote jobs for designers at Canva, Shopify, GitHub, and others
Riangle • Creative Technologists
Creating a Clean & Simple Website with Webflow - Free Youtube Course
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Best MacBook Pro deals: Save up to $1,900 on Apple 13-inch and 15-inch laptops
Foxconn says coronavirus will not impact manufacturing, Apple has alternatives ready
Google developing all-in-one messaging app for businesses
Apple reportedly starting online sales in India in Q3 2020
iPhone 11 was Apple's best-selling iPhone during lucrative holiday quarter
Apple's Cook discusses impact of coronavirus in China, one Apple Store closed
Apple excels in China during Q1 2020 thanks to double-digit iPhone growth
Apple sees 'great promise' with recently launched services like Apple Arcade
Apple's wearables segment hits new record in Q1, size of Fortune 150 company
Apple has more than 1.5B active devices in the wild, up 100M in last year
Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2020 holiday earnings report and conference call
Apple earns record $91.8B in first quarter revenue on strong iPhone 11 sales
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Logo for Imaginable Futures by Matter Unlimited
Spotted: New Logo for Jobillico
Linked: Brute Force
Noted: New Logo for Dashlane by Pentagram
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Onward by Firebelly
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for City of Saulkrasti by Azai Studios
Spotted: New Logo for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Linked: RIP Black Mamba
Noted: New Logo and Identity for EQ3 by Wedge
Reviewed: New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Hustle by Jones Knowles Ritchie
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for RealEats by SoreThumbStudio
Linked: Follow-up: Watford FC Crest Contest
Noted: New Name, Logo, and Identity for Equall by StormBrands
Reviewed: Friday Likes 314: From Two Times Elliott, Abraham Lule, and Moodley
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
How To See Voids