Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
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.
Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Sometimes a cool story is strong enough to override my current aversion to The New York Times, and this interactive piece about Oval Office art qualifies.
This Dutch fellow tracked the mailing of an AirTag to his own home. It travelled 120km just go to 500m. Next he’s going to send one to Norway.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Top 20 racing cheats by Preston Lerner at Hagerty A reminder that rules are made to be… stretched?
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
A bit mindblowing: put the browser itself in the cloud: Mighty [Hacker News discussion].
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
(The irritatingly insouciant) Lionel Shriver notes that there will likely be unpleasant geopolitical consequences to wokeness in that Western civilization’s illiberal adversaries will interpret the bewailing self-castigation coming from American and British elites as evidence of actual decline — correctly or not (though I suspect correctly).
From the banned books department (the author’s When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment cannot be found on Amazon), on the battiness of trans ideology.
I came to this article after seeing the phrase “gender assigned at birth” on my child’s school acceptance form and googled for when “assigned” became the de facto usage even here in the seemingly more sensible UK instead of, say, “registered”.
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Friday, April 23rd, 2021
There is no correlation — in fact, probably an inverse correlation — between how badly you behave and how much money you make.
Paul Graham, Billionaires Build
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
Some smarmy vituperative resentiment re Silicon Valley bloggers in The Baffler.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
Since the 1990s I’d had a mild hankering for the Mazda MX-5, and it seems I’m not alone, and it’s still selling well. The Telegraph compares some low-cost Miata competitors, including the Audi TT and Mini Cooper.
Sunday, April 18th, 2021
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
If you want to feel like Western society is convulsing, there’s an app for that.
Ross Douthat, The Decadent Society
Craig Mod reveals the consolations of we the web-literate as he tinkers with his servers. Plus the man walks and writes rather well and is probably tall to boot.
Monday, April 12th, 2021
OK I haven’t actually read this yet but really honestly intend to. Via Robin Rendle on CSS Tricks via Jim Nielsen’s Blog, A Complete Guide To Accessible Front-End Components by Vitaly Friedman in Smashing Magazine.
Sunday, April 11th, 2021
Friday, April 9th, 2021
Israel’s INSS thinktank believes it’s time to more firmly oppose Assad’s Syria. Israel’s mostly hands-off approach towards this horrendous conflict on her borders may well go down in history as the main stain on Netanyahu’s record. Yet if Israel could have tipped the scales of civil war at some point to get rid of Assad, would things have been any better? We know from other interventions, eg Libya, the vacuum and chaos that would most likely have ensued. Very hard.
Insight into the burgeoning Greek-Israeli relationship.
Thursday, April 8th, 2021
Tucker Carlson speaks truth to the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities and the corporations following in its woke wake. His example of airline pilots, as provided by United, is just too easy.
Apple’s new Find My service for 3rd-party products seems very cool. It leverages all the installed Apple devices around the world, kind of like a land-based GPS.
Wix is a tawdry Israeli success story. Wix’s dirty trix (by Matt Mullenweg, to be fair, the creator of WordPress).
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
China bails out Iran with $400b deal as part of a Turkish-Iranian-Pakistani alliance, explains house favorite David P. Goldman.
Friday, April 2nd, 2021
In 10 parts, John McWhorter’s very necessary The Elect: The Threat to a Progressive American from Anti-Black Antiracists.
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
Paul Graham, The Top Idea in Your Mind
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
In his Telegraph column, the invaluable Ambrose Evans-Pritchard lays it out that the UK has actually handled Covid pretty well:
We can see in hindsight that the UK began the war on Covid much as it has begun almost every major war over recent centuries: half asleep, in utter shambles, with obsolete contingency plans. The first wave had echoes of the Norway campaign in 1940, or the great retreat of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914. It always seems to take time for Britons to pull themselves together. Ultimately they do. By the end of the First World War, the British armed forces were arguably the best-run logistical machine on the planet.
Monday, March 29th, 2021
Strong medicine, this, and brave of Tablet to publish it. Dubbing deplorables as The Smiths, Angelo M. Codevilla beseeches regular Americans to simply disengage from the new American oligarchy.
And in the same publication, a transcription of an interview with the caustic political philosopher, The Codevilla Tapes.
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s effect on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.
Monday, March 8th, 2021
Cool — 10 upcoming skyscrapers. Interestingly, most of them seem to be in Toronto. I love the Zaha Hadid one, if that ever gets built.
Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Cal Newport takes on GTD in the run-up to his new book against email as the world’s abysmal task management system.
The piece does start like a Tad Friend-esque hatchet job on Merlin Mann but that’s just a way to appeal to your squalid New Yorker reader.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Monday, February 15th, 2021
Meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder
The politicians are engaged in endless echolalia. The governor here (cum-Secretary of Commerce) actually had the chutzpah to say, “I know you’re all unhappy with the speed of vaccination, but our strategy is working.”
Friday, February 5th, 2021
In a sign of the times of economic inequality in America, Cheap RV Living by Bob Wells, a long-time VanDweller, is increasingly relevant.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
Like Anna Karenina’s brother, it’s not that the United States media has a bad memory, rather it has acquired an excellent forgettery. Victor Davis Hanson remembers nonetheless.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
A survey of American research on minimum wage by David Neumark & Peter Shirley at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Ra’anana-based Vertical Field signed with Emirates Smart Solutions & Technologies (ESST) to build a pilot of its vertical farms in the United Arab Emirates. Major cool.
Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Upending the conventional wisdom that happiness does not increase beyond an annual household income of $75,000, this study, using random ongoing smartphone check-ins, demonstrates a continued increase in well-being as income rises.
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Dated but still interesting: The Guardian looks at the rather disappointing design of Japanese newspaper websites.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
Saturday, January 9th, 2021
A great grounds-eye view of the upset in Washington DC, “What I Saw at the Capitol Riot” by Declan Leary in The American Conservative.
To my left I hear “We don’t need Gitmo,” and I’m not quite sure what’s meant by it. From the same general area comes “I’ll donate a vaccination—.223 hollow point.” A little less ambiguous. Somebody with a megaphone is in the middle of a speech: “If you stand for nothing, you gotta stand for something.” Close enough. A young woman with a bullhorn of her own lets out a lone motherfucker. An older man looks at me with a smile and asks if she kisses her mother with that mouth. A few seconds later the same voice drones at nobody in particular: Pussy, pussyyyyy, pussy, pusssaaaaaaayyyyyy.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
From the CDC, US vaccination numbers. So far the state that’s done best is South Dakota at 3%.
Friday, January 1st, 2021
Cute, if harrowing: the no-longer economically viable Simpsons household, a piece in The Atlantic by Dani Alexis Ryskamp.
2020, the good news, by Doron Peskin at Israel’s Calcalist
Friday, December 25th, 2020
The potential for warm relations between Israel and Morocco may be more than with the Gulf nations, this piece argues, as relations have been significant for some time.
Thursday, December 24th, 2020
The Basecamp fellows have released a new web development paradigm, Hotwire. I don’t quite get it, but with their pedigree and skill as the makers of Ruby on Rails, this could be big.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
This lengthy interview with Secretary-General Sayyid Nasrallah may be useful for insight into Hezbollah’s perspectives. There are some bizarre connections, such as the notion that Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 because of deep concern regarding Iran’s “liberation of Khorramshahr” in the Iran-Iraq War.
Monday, December 21st, 2020
High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove
In his careful, cogent and memorable take on effective management, Silicon Valley founding father Andy Grove places a surprising emphasis on meetings; he has the temerity to take issue with — or at least, refine — Peter Drucker’s admonition that they’re a waste of time. Grove’s issue: meetings are the very medium of management; his refinement: that there are actually two major types of meeting, routine and ad hoc, and it’s where there’s a profusion of the latter that something’s amiss.
This erstwhile CEO of Intel notes that while most management books are targeted either at the very top or the very bottom — at the CEO or at those who directly manage frontline workers — the majority of managers manage other managers, and it’s for them he mostly writes, the middle managers.
The book has the authority of someone eager to share lessons from his own extensive experience — indeed he seems to have always worked with one eye towards gaining such knowledge, in no small part because being able to convey what one knows ensures that one actually understands it; that is, managers should also write and teach.
Grove defines the aim of management as increasing the productivity of subordinates, which can be achieved in only two ways: by improving their skills and by improving their motivation. Skills are improved by training, which the manager should undertake himself, considering it not busywork but an opportunity to solidify his own understanding and role-model corporate behavior. Motivation meanwhile is improved best via one-on-one performance reviews. These measures for corporate success are bracingly clear and specific — both the reasoning behind them and how to undertake them.
A refugee from Nazi Europe, Grove may be a legend yet the book is suffused with a democratic humility, a great American sense that success can be approached by all as an engineering problem. A book among books.
PS — A high testament: I actually remembered all these points without reopening High Output Management. I don’t think that’s ever happened before.
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Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
The Animal Is Tired
Objective-S: architecture-oriented language based on Smalltalk and Objective-C
Wealthy use debt to buy future cash flow everyone else uses debt to buy stuff
Why do we buy into the 'cult' of overwork?
New York Attorney General declares top ISPs committed net neutrality fraud
BuildZoom (better way to build custom homes) Is hiring a Principal Engineer
The Ultimate Guide to Inflation
Beautiful Italian towns will pay you to work remotely
Introduction to Security Good Practices
Seeing the Tartars (2020)
History of RSpec
AMD server CPUs capture highest market share gains from Intel in 15 years
A review of correlations between big five personality types and life outcomes
Remote-first companies that actively hire
Three-rocket salvo fired from Gaz
IDF chief adds 3 more battalions to West Bank deployment
Explosion on oil tanker off Syrian coast near Banyas
Ministers convene at Jerusalem town hall to decide on the Flag Parade
Israel heads off – for now – an all-out Palestinian challenge sparked in Jerusalem
Military, police forces boosted in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza border
US “extremely concerned” over confrontations in Jerusalem
Palestinian riots on Temple Mt, at Old City gates, Sheikh Jarrah
Palestinian multi-casualty terror thwarted by quick-witted girl officer
Three Palestinians shot while directing automatic fire at soldiers
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Perverse Incentives Discourage Palestinian Leaders from Making Peace
Iran Releases Video Showing a Missile Blowing Up the U.S. Capitol
The Little-Known Heroine Who Saved 10,000 Jewish Children
Iran Sought Nuclear Weapons Technology in 2020
Why Is a Meeting in San Remo 101 Years Ago So Important?
Germany Rejects Apartheid Charge Against Israel
Israel Prepares for U.S. Return to Iran Nuclear Deal
Israeli Student Shot at West Bank Bus Stop Dies, Palestinian Shooter Caught
Mahmoud Abbas Has Rejected Every Peace Offer for the Past 15 Years
Israel to Dispatch Emergency Medical Equipment to India for Coronavirus Epidemic
Some Sanity re: Hannity
Israel Sends Medical Delegation to Botswana in Africa to Help Fight Corona
Israel's Mossad Chief Briefs President Joe Biden on Iran
Palestinians Set Fires Endangering Israeli Homes in West Bank, NGO Blames Israelis
An Election Fiasco Leaves the Palestinian Government Weaker than Ever
NASA reboots its role in fighting climate change
International COVID-19 trial to restart with focus on immune responses
Coronapod: Waiving vaccine patents and coronavirus genome data disputes
Making large-scale, functional, electronic textiles
Scientists OK plan to release one million tonnes of waste water from Fukushima
The error-prone step at the heart of making an embryo
Daily briefing: Nuclear reactions are smoldering again in Chernobyl
Minuscule drums push the limits of quantum weirdness
Antarctic rocks on the rebound could raise sea level much more than expected
How many COVID deaths are acceptable in a post-pandemic world?
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Six lessons from a pandemic PhD student
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More Jerusalem clashes on eve of contentious Israeli parade
Turkey wants to start a fresh chapter with EU despite obstacles
Dozens sign petition for the release of abducted Yemeni model
Cairo to extend initiative supporting internal tourism until the end of May
Palestinian protests deter Jewish extremists
Egypt to test high-risk arrivals amid global surge in COVID-19 variants
Houthis defy US, UN calls for halting offensive on Marib
Fire erupts in engine of tanker near Syrian coast
Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity
US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea ‘destined for Yemen from Iran’
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
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British fugitive arrested in Dubai, charged with plot to traffic large quantities of cocaine
Thousands protest in France as Emmanuel Macron takes climate plan to Senate
German churches plan services to bless same-sex couples in defiance of Vatican
Catholic Church beatifies Italian judge murdered by the mafia in Sicily
Rwandan ‘genocide financier’ unfit for trial and charges should be dropped, lawyers say
Egypt executes defrocked monk convicted of murdering abbot at Cairo monastery
Britain’s Johnson calls for crisis talks after Scottish nationalists’ election win
Britain’s Prince Michael accused of selling access to Russian President Vladimir Putin
Remnants of China’s Long March 5B rocket land in Indian Ocean near the Maldives
Elise Stefanik poised to replace Liz Cheney as Republicans split over Donald Trump’s election lie
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
This dog DNA test will tell you more about your best friend than you ever realized
A tarot deck from the age of corona
This reliable HP ProDesk 600G2 PC is now priced at under $500, almost 40% off
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Aphex Twin's Monkey Drummer is almost 20 years old and it never fails to blow me away
Amazing chase: Florida man escapes police with stolen cop car, crashes, steals second cop car
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Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old marble head of Augustus Caesar
Sunday assorted links
Offense vs. defense in the current NBA
Unmask the Vaccinated?
Elon on SNL
From the comments, on restaurant labor and UI
Saturday assorted links
New results on Work from Home
*Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment*
The excellent Tim Sackett on the labor shortage
Friday assorted links
Four “dark horse” stories for 2021
Does performance pay increase alcohol and drug use?
Should the CIA be putting out “Woke” ads?
Thursday assorted links
Patents are Not the Problem!
Where the design community meets.
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Swag Fair — branded swag made by small businesses
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1.5H tutorial for the Bootstrap v5 STABLE that was finally released yesterday
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Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
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Wistron, Foxconn facilities hit by COVID-19 outbreak in India
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Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
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