Jet Age Jim iPhone 4S Brussels, Belgium Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.


Inspector iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

World’s Gooeyist

The Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and now the Walkie Talkie. From atop The Monument.


World’s Gooeyist iPhone 4S London, England Saturday, June 29th, 2013.

Thomas Edison’s Back Garden Jetty

Thomas Edison’s Back Garden Jetty iPhone 4S Fort Meyers, Florida Saturday, April 20th, 2013.

Car Pet (or My Other Goat is a Camel)

Car Pet (or My Other Goat is a Camel) iPhone 4S Hod Hasharon, Israel Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012.

Jet Age Jim

Jet Age Jim iPhone 4S Brussels, Belgium Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.

Hot Pipes

Hot Pipes Olympus C5050 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sunday, May 18th, 2008.

Beach Baskets

Beach Baskets Nokia 6630 Tuesday, August 15th, 2006.

Pipe to Red Sea

Pipe to Red Sea Olympus C5050 Eilat, Israel Saturday, July 31st, 2004.

Self-portrait with Wendy-House

Self-portrait with Wendy-House Olympus C5050 Ra'anana, Israel Saturday, July 17th, 2004.

Bullet at Rest

I rode this one too, to Kyoto. Just a bit disappointingly, it’s like any other train once you’re inside, except for the profusion of wooden take-away sushi lunches.


Bullet at Rest Minolta (pocket) Tokyo, Japan Wednesday, September 18th, 2002.



Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Yesterday we had a fight about whether I’d been dismissive about him saying his feelings had been hurt by my dismissing his feelings during a previous fight…” From the amusing but very dark Narcissism: a reflection by Laura Kipnis in Spiked.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

New British prime minister Theresa May’s first major decision was the nuclear plant at Hinckley Point and it seems she took the easy way out.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

I’m wrestling with taking too many pictures these days, and why don’t I just stop, but not as well as does the author in “What We See When We Look at Travel Photography”.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


Frederik Pohl


Published in 1976, the themes nonetheless feel contemporary some 40 years later: environmental destruction, economic inequality, social alienation, childlessness. It’s all very naturalistic. We never encounter any aliens because they are long gone, and we don’t understand their amazing technological artifacts at all. And the people are in constant emotional turmoil.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As announced at WWDC 2016, Macworld summarizes the new things in iOS 10. Among them are voicemail transcription, a new Home app for HomeKit-enabled devices, and a redesigned Control Center.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Productivity is for robots.

Kevin Kelly

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Centralized or distributed computing? It’s a pendulum.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I scrolled straight past the recent entries at The Setup and clicked only on Charlie Lloyd’s based on his job description. And I guessed right. “At work we’re on small MacBook Pros with maxed-out RAM and external monitors on standing desks,” he writes. Check. “I do my coding and writing in TextMate.” Check. Since he passes these tests of sameness with me, the rest is all gold.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s been a couple of days since reading “What’s Next in Computing?” by Chris Dixon and I’m still harking back to it. It’s kind of made me a quasi-believer in the Singularity, made me think that these are the final handful of years in which there’ll be some continuity with what has always been. Disconcerting.

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A story and video of a young reporter kind of blown away, so to speak, by some new VR porn demoed at CES. [Via DrudgeReport]

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Interesting, easy-to-understand breakdown of colors used in iOS app icons in 2015. Reds are most popular, then blues. By Hwee-Boon Yar. [via MacStories]

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A professor of medieval history laments the contemporary propensity to be surveilled just as Europeans were by the Church. [Via aldaily.com]

Friday, December 18th, 2015

China is taking the lead on converting from fossil fuels to renewables, which is one major reason it’s happening. This is predicted to foster a WWII-scale economic boom, which is the other.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Web site heat map tool HotJar is so impressive and so is Maltese founder David Darmanin, interviewed here by Stephen Esketzis in Feb 2015.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson


Simplistic, kind of repetitive, engrossing, not too much I didn’t already know I don’t think, but necessary reading. Nice last paragraph even if redundant last chapter.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Hanna Rosin writes on the iPad and young children. The beginning could have appeared anywhere, the middle in any number of magazines, the end in only a small handful. And a rather relevant topic at the moment in this house, where Good Morning is spoken as “Where the iPad gone!”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

7,500-year-old cheese discovered. “The most important ingredient for cheese-making is milk and only domesticates can be milked. Thus, it is unlikely that the origins of cheese-making predates the Neolithic,” says the researcher breezily.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dutch scientists are testing self-healing concrete. The method is bacteria that produce limestone when wet.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Andy Ihnatko, MacTech Conference attendee, on the group tour of Disney Animation, an advance screening of Wreck-It Ralph, and John Lasseter’s desk. [via TidBits]

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

“There were many, many truly ingenious features revealed…” David Pogue writes that Apple’s latest product announcements are “dizzying”.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

“Nation on the Move” is the magnificent second episode of the America Revealed PBS series. Interestingly, the show is British-made.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Guardian’s Battle for the Internet feature, including Tim Berners-Lee’s warning about walled gardens. BTW, if you’re reading this on Facebook, I don’t write these Trail entries on Facebook, but on my own site at http://adamkhan.net, and a nice Facebook app called RSS Graffiti sends them over.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In The American Interest, a clearly written explanation of why America’s economy will roar back (well, enough of it). Serve with this, from the London Review of Books, an overview of Karl Marx’s prescience.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Paul Graham PyCon US 2012 keynote
wherein he spells out some of the big ambitious start-up ideas on our collective mind. Be the next Google. Fix email. Be the next Apple. Replace universities. Ongoing diagnostic healthcare.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

“We don’t have castles and noble titles, so how do you indicate you’re part of the elite?” Wicked piece on TED by Benjamin Wallace.

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Peter Thiel to Francis Fukuyama, full of quotable sentences. “We cannot simply say things went wrong with credit creation in the 1980s; we also have to deal with government malfunction in the 1970s.” “There’s a close link between technological deceleration and increasing cynicism and pessimism about politics and economics.” “There has been this increase in inequality, but it’s a secondary truth. The primary truth is this truth of stagnation.”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012

If you walk and don’t talk you can maintain the shock.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

We need to go back to nature in order to move forward. Amazing futuristic ways to be smart about energy in your own house by Philips at Dutch Design Week.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The inevitable and welcomed iPhone 4S teardown by the ifixit guys.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Billionaire Peter Thiel: “The technology slowdown threatens not just our financial markets, but the entire modern political order, which is predicated on easy and relentless growth.” And when you’re finished with that, here it is again in more depth: “The Optimistic Thought Experiment”.

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Great collection of scientific images.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Only 10% of computer users know about ctrl-f. Pathetic.