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Archive: July 26, 2020

old ideas

Sunday,  07/26/20  09:54 PM

old ideasAnd so we celebrated the 28th solar orbit of our marriage; where by "we" I mean Shirley and me, but also our kids Jordan, Alex, and Meg, and our grandkid Ori.  A time of reminiscence.  A lot has happened during those orbits, and a lot has changed, but also the song remains the same.  The sound track was the Beach Boys, who were always nostalgic even when new.

Ottmar Liebert: Old Ideas.  "Perhaps the desire to change or become something else is a genetic selection… because, if everyone wanted to change it might create too much societal upheaval. If no one wanted change society would become stagnant."  Agree entirely.

And it's an old idea: viz Progress Ratchets.

Le Tour 2020: 8/29 - 9/20?One of the joys of having blogged for 17 years now is checking to see what I was blogging about this time last year, and the year before that, and so on ... the old ideas spawn new ones.  I was sad this year that there was no Tour, and now I'm sad that I'm not sad that the Tour has ended, as I usually am at the end of July.  It's presently scheduled for Aug 29 - Sep 20, but that seems rather optimistic now and I'm betting it will not take place.

Some of the things which have been and shall be delayed by the pandemic will just take place as usual, but later, but some will be quite changed by the delay, including athletic events where the athletes trained for peaking at a given time.  The effect on the Olympics of 202021 will be significant.

Pangea with modern-day bordersThe Visual Capitalist outdo themselves: map of Pangea with modern-day borders.  You must most definitely click through and oogle.

Did you know?  You can now boot a Win95 PC inside Minecraft and play Doom.  Ah, but can you play Minecraft on it?

More Ottmar: "perhaps I should use the word timeless instead of old".

A new video blog to watch: The Reassembler.  Great stuff; interesting, and narrated with great humor.

square waterSo you can make square water.  Or perhaps more accurately, square pools of water.  You never know when that might come in handy.

Am I the only one who immediately thought of yelling SQUARE WATER!  Yeah, I guess I was.

More old ideas: Scarlet, a previously unreleased 1974 Rolling Stones song that features Jimmy Page on guitar.  Not bad and age hasn't hurt it one bit.

Ottmar again: "The idea of balancing two extremes is what makes a great piece of art, whether it is a painting or a piece of music…. or food. What are those extremes? They can be familiar and strange, comforting and arousing, sour and sweet. It’s all about the balance."


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National Geographic photos

Tuesday,  08/04/15  08:42 PM


National Geographic are having their annual photo contest
Please click through to enjoy all the pictures, and vote!
Here're the ones I found the most amazing...



Archive: July 31, 2014


Thursday,  07/31/14  11:45 PM

Got for it, little Picton!Whew, what a week!  What a two weeks...  work work work and a wonderful interlude sailing an E Scow with a friend in Charleston and a business trip to Boston.  And so much going on at eyesFinder.  But there's a lot going on elsewhere too ... let's take a look, shall we?

PS if you're interested please check us out at eyesFinder (we have a cool new site); we also have a cool blog all about visual search where we're posting every day.  If you're interested please subscribe, or Like us on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter.

I am spending 50% of my time coding these days, and the other 100% of my time doing everything else.  It has been great.  There is so much pleasure in slowly patiently building something piece by piece, making all the pieces fit just so.  Awesome!

And you cannot code without music, and good code makes good music even better.  Yay, Slacker.

the Martian, by Andy WeirJust finished The Martian, by Andy Weir.  It was excellent, highly recommended, as plausible near-future science fiction.  So much greatness and so much humor too.  (Thanks, Brad Feld.)  Couldn't wait to reach the end of each day so I could visit Mars :)

Fun fact: this book was first self-published as an e-book on Amazon, and Random House picked it up for printing afterward.

The Honest Truth About DishonestyThe 'Just in Time' theory of user behavior.  Aka, "the path of least resistance is everyone's best friend".  Taken from a cool new book: The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely.

Bill Gates' and Warren Buffets' favorite business book is out of print.  Written in 1971, in consists of 12 stories from The New Yorker.  However, it is now available ... as an e-book.  Cool.

Nobody doubt's Google's cloud intentions anymore.  Nope.  But then, whoever did?

Nobody doubt's Apple's either.  They've been accused of incompetence, but they're serious.

And ... Microsoft, IBM surge ahead of Amazon in cloud revenue growth.  Note they're talking about the first derivative here, not the absolute numbers.  But, still.

I read this with great interest: What's Google's biggest fear?  Native search.  That is, sites and apps which have their own search, instead of using Google.

If this is truly their biggest fear, then visual search will exacerbate it.  We strike fear into the heart of Google! Yes!  (getting a bit carried away here :)

Speedtest: Verizon FIOS now symmetrically fastVerizon FIOS gets speed boost; uploads now as fast as downloads.  Yep.  Thank you!

Helpful: Why seven hours of sleep might be better than eight.  Personally I suggest six, but that's just me...

Minion on Fire (Amazon's new Fire Phone)So did I tell you?  I've got a Fire Phone.  So far I like it, stay tuned for a full review.  In the meantime, the critics have soundly panned it.  Ah, they didn't like the first Kindle either, and now look. 

Yes, my minion is on Fire :)

MG Siegler thinks it is so much of a failure that he's recommending a VP of Devil's Advocacy.  We'll see.

Amazon's 3D StoreExcellent: 3D-printing comes to Amazon.  Of course.  Although right now they're selling 3D-printed stuff, someday they will sell the models so you can print your own at home.

Guess before clicking: The most important factor of startup success.  I agree entirely.  (It’s not having a funny Dutch founder who sails and cycles, although that was a good guess :)

Why OKCupid's experiments aren't the same as Facebook's.  Yeah I kind of agree.  The difference is setting expectations.

ZooBorn: Lynx CubThis little guy is too cute, ZooBorn of the week is Jasper, a Lynx Cub.


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Archive: August 5, 2011

movie IQ

Friday,  08/05/11  03:16 PM

Night at the Museum - really? Dumber than dirt.Lately I've watched a bunch of movies including some new stuff and some old favorites, and I've come to realize a key element in whether I'll like a movie is the movie's target IQ.  The higher the movie's aim, the better I like it.  If I can't figure out what's going on, that's okay, but if the movie is working hard to make everything painfully obvious, that's painful.  Sometimes you have to re-watch a movie several times to get everything, and that's okay (in fact it's great, and fun) but sometimes you feel like you know what's going to happen, so why bother, and you walk out (or click Stop).

Four Weddings and a Funeral - more to see and appreciate every time.I must admit my usual genre right now is "romantic comedy", since I generally watch with Shirley, and this works against intelligence.  Many date movies are pretty horrible.  If I watched Adventure or Science Fiction I'd probably enjoy the movies more but I'd be watching them alone :)  At least we've learned to avoid Comedy altogether; how often is a "funny" movie actually funny?  Yeah, never.  They're always dumb.  I started watching "Night at the Museum" on the plane and I was astounded at the stupidity; I could not finish it.  But I re-watched "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and loved every minute.  YMMV!

[ Update: we saw Change Up tonight; not awful, not amazing, not dumb, but not smart ]


Archive: August 2, 2010


Monday,  08/02/10  11:27 PM

contemplationAh... back from vacation, still recovering from wrecking my car, still glowing from buying a Mini for Alex, and back in the real world of work (which I never really left !)...  it has all left me contemplative, unsettled.  I am running about five threads in parallel, trying to sort it all out, and some of the conclusions are a little scary.  Too much thinking!

... meanwhile, it's all happening ...

the Maltese Falcon - click to view slideshowThe Maltese Falcon...  279' long, wow.  Click to view slide show.  You might be impressed by the yacht, but I'm impressed by the amount of time it must have taken to design this yacht; all the myriad details of this huge beautiful complicated thing.  And I ask myself, how did the owner (Tom Perkins) make time for this?  The whole idea of leisure time - whether spent doing nothing, or spent doing something like designing one's yacht - is strange, alien.  I must master this but I have not [even] so far...

Meanwhile: study finds that busy people are happy people.  Aha, I knew it!  I am happy!

Elon Musk is one of the busiest people ever - try running SpaceX and Tesla at the same time - and he wants to retire to Mars.  So be it.  I'm sure he is happy too :)

farm auction, 1940So: why does the past always seem so far away?  "In part, because we so often see it in black and white."  Huh.  I don't think that's it... I think the past is receding ever faster, as the pace of change accelerates.  Marshall McLuhan is right.

That said, you must click through to the slide show; the color photos from the early 1940s are amazing.  That was not so long ago - for many of us, our parents lived in that time, or for others their grandparents - and look at the immense change which has taken place in the meantime.

And my friends and colleagues can verify this: San Diego has a record cool July.  The marine layer has settled in permanently, or so it would seem... and would-be beachgoers are not happy about it.

things on a university websiteThere is a sobering reality to this, behind the humor: best chart ever.

slippers with flashlights!I'm linking this just for the gratuitous slippers-with-flashlights reference: Groupon was almost a slippers with flashlights company.  Almost... and how great would that have been :)

Don't laugh: L.A. pushing to become nation's mass transit leader.  Well okay, laugh, because it will never happen; the city is too spread out for mass transit.

Tim Bray on mobile devices: The Great Game.  "This is the big league; bigger today than the computer industry ever was, and growing fast. This is as fierce a concentration of R&D heat and manufacturing virtuosity and distribution wizardry and marketing mojo as humanity has ever seen."  Indeed.  The one thing Tim misses is HP's acquisition of Palm.  We'll see whether that ends up mattering, but HP is the leader in consumer computers, and they have a lot at stake.

And so my contemplation continues...  I will try to stay busy while I figure it all out!


Archive: August 2, 2009

remembering 1984

Sunday,  08/02/09  09:35 AM

Twenty-five years ago!  Wow, guess what, that's when the Los Angeles Olympics took place.  I remember it like it was yesterday, the sense of excitement and pride.  Watching so many events, live! on TV.  Driving around and seeing the banners.  Knowing that my city was showing the world how it should be done.  So what if the Eastern Bloc boycotted?  Their loss.  We did get China instead (as a result of a deal to name Tawain as Chinese Taipei), their first Olympics since 1952, a good trade.

1984 Olympic rowing venue at Lake CasitasMy strongest memory remains watching the rowing events on Lake Casitas.  Every time I ride by that lake - which is pretty often, because it is right alongside route 150 between Ojai and Carpinteria - I think back to those magical days.  I also remember watching Olympic baseball at Dodger Stadium.  Although when I watch the Dodgers today, that seems like a million years ago, at the far edge of my memory.

Time man of the year: Peter UeberrothStars of 1984:  Carl Lewis!  Edwin Moses!  Joan Benoit!  Mary Lou Retton!  Connie Carpenter!  (women's cycling...)  Michael Jordan! (yeah, professionals were allowed in...)  and... Peter Ueberroth!  Seriously he was a star of those Olympics, as was President and ex-governor of California Ronald Reagan...  what's interesting about seeing him now on the cover of Time Magazine as man of the year is remembering how important Time was back then :)  Ah, those pre-internet days... when print mattered.

This was [I think] the first Olympics which was thoroughly televised; I remember filling VCR tape after tape, and watching snippets of all the weird events you'd heard about but had never seen.  Diving.  Weightlifting.  All the track and field events; had you seen hammers thrown or a steeplechase before that?

1984 Olympic torchThis was [I think] also the first Olympics where such a big deal was made of the torch relay; it started in New York and was continuously carried by runners to Los Angeles.  Remember O.J.Simpson carrying the torch up the California Incline in Santa Monica?  And Rafer Johnson running it into the Collesium?  And the incredible spectacle and ceremony of the opening - not quite on technical par with China's last summer, but more amazing because it was all new back then; we had never seen such a thing before.  All those athletes from all those countries, filing into the stadium in their national costumes.

Twenty-five years ago.  Wow.


Sunday,  08/02/09  09:42 AM

Back in the chair, back blogging...  a little overcastey this morning but promise of a nice day.  I did not end up riding yesterday, didn't do much of anything actually (although the brunch was great :)  How's that for boring, someone blogging about doing nothing!

Speaking of blogging, I've noticed a real decrease in the amount of new referrals.  Used to be you'd post something semi-interesting, another blogger would find it, and they'd create a link.  Now people seem to find stuff via search engines and social networks.  My traffic is up but my links are down.  I miss the old blogosphere!

Love, Actually - a great romantic feel-good comedyShirley and I [re]watched Love, Actually last night.  A great movie, on many levels.  Recommended.

AppleTV - the perfect movie-watching deviceI must tell you, more and more we are loving and using our AppleTV.  Not too many people have them - when I mention it to friends and colleagues, there is little awareness - but it's a great solution.  As cheap as any other way to rent/buy movies, excellent quality, and fully integrated into the family room system; you just point and click and poof! watch.  On my network the average delay between ordering and watching is about 5 minutes.

TechCrunch: Why the FCC wants to smash open the iPhone.  "Today there are two different sets of rules for applications and devices on the Internet. On the wired Internet, we can connect any type of PC or other computing device and use any applications we want on those devices. On the wireless Internet controlled by cellular carriers like AT&T, we can only use the phones they allow on their networks and can only use the applications they approve."  It is probably giving Google too much credit to think they bought Grand Central so they could have Google Voice for the iPhone so Apple would reject it so this would happen, but they have to be happy about this result.  Remember they bid on the 700MHz wireless spectrum?  Nobody could figure that out at the time, but you can see where this is going now...

Sounds-like-The-Onion headline of the day: grad sues college because she can't find a job.  This is the logical result of all that political correctness; people are coddled and coddled and when real life hits they can't handle it.

church sign: time to go sailing!Time to go sailing!  The Tillerman notes a church sign on a Sunday, and so concludes...  That's certainly a good option for today.

the beach! - why aren't more people going there?Why aren't more people going to the beachGood question, come on in, the water's fine (and the sand is too!)  Some combination of cooler weather and too many indoor entertainment options are keeping people away, I guess.  That's certainly another good option for today.

A beautiful day (the overcastey-ness is already gone); what will I do with it?  What are you going to do today?


Archive: August 5, 2008

Tuesday,  08/05/08  10:51 PM

After yesterday's adjustment from doing nothing to working, today's adjustment from working [alone] to working [in meetings all day] was not too jarring, but still...  I'm ready for more beach time!  Man there is a lot to do - and they say August is a "dead" month.

Do you have Java installed?  Do you get periodic update notifications?  And have you noticed how completely absurd they are?  Somehow the engineers at Sun think people actually care about Java.  Hello?  Most people have no idea at all what it is, and don't care.  Applying an update with a whole installer with questions about configuration, etc., is just bizarre.  (Okay, so you have an update, just go ahead and install it, and leave me alone.)  Lately however they've reached a whole new level of absurdity, because the Java updater installs OpenOffice by default.  Talk about crapware!  If I want OpenOffice I'll get it myself, thank you.  I can only imagine someone like my Mom, having this whole office suite installed by the update.  It probably steals the MS Office file associations, too, so suddenly instead of getting Word or Excel, you get OpenOffice.  Blech.

inhabitots!I'm linking this purely because their logo is so cute: Inhabitots.  "Sustainable design for the next generation."  Excellent.

The other day I noted SpaceX executed their third launch, and suffered their third failure to reach orbit.  Wired posted a candid interview with SpaceX founder Elon Musk.  Elon comes across as honest and determined.  I especially like this: "Wired: How do you maintain your optimism?  Musk: Do I sound optimistic?  Wired: Yeah, you always do.  Musk: Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we're going to make it happen."  Exactly.  I believe they will make it happen.

Maarten Schmidt - Time coverWhen I was growing up, my parents were friends with the Schmidts, that is, the Maarten Schmidts, the famous Caltech astronomer who discovered that Quasars were red-shifted stars which were really far away (3 billion light years) and moving really fast (1/6th the speed of light).  Wired recently revisited Aug 5, 1962, the date on which the first Quasar was discovered.  Time magazine memorialized Quasars and Schmidt on the fantastic cover shown at right.  Ah, those were the days, for astronomy and for the world... (and for Time!)

Martian moon PhobosMeanwhile Mars Express acquires sharpest images of Martian moon Phobos.  SpaceX' challenges highlight the extreme success enjoyed by JPL's unmanned satellites, in mission after mission.  Excellent!

The NYTimes are sorting out coffee's contradictions.  First it turns out wine is pretty good for you, and now coffee, too?  All my vices are really virtues?  (I want a study on the health benefits of marzipan!)

This is pretty interesting: LinkedIn, like Facebook, is allowing employees to sell vested private stock before they are public.  Both companies are worth a lot, of course, and neither has imminent plans to go public, so I guess this makes sense, at least from the employees' standpoint (it might make less sense from an investor standpoint).  I wonder if these are isolated incidents, or whether the lack of an IPO market will make this a more common occurrence?

Cirrus personal jetPopular Mechanics: the 10 best planes from the Oshcosh Air Show.  I want a personal jet just like the Cirrus SJ-50, shown at right.  That would be great...

Calvin and JobsAnd here we have...  Calvin and Jobs.  I am not making this up - check it out, pretty great.







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Archive: August 5, 2005

I've got spam

Friday,  08/05/05  12:08 PM

I get about 300 spams a day, most of them pretty unremarkable.  In fact I don't even see most of them at all, thank you SpamBayes.  But this morning I received one classified as "suspect" which was remarkable for its charming broken English and delightful twisted logic, so I thought I'd share.  If you fall for this one you definitely deserve what you get.  Anyway here it is for your reading pleasure:

Did you ask Mark Ferguson to act on your behalf?

Group Finance Director,
Prudential Bank plc London
Laurence Pountney,
Hill London EC4R 0HH
+44 704 011 1935


It has taken so long without hearing from you with regards to your Deposited Seven Million, Five hundred thousand United State Dollars ($7,500,000:00) Funds Transfer claim procedures that was made near conclusion as at late December 2004 by a claimed Legal Consultant {Mr. Mark Ferguson} and others.  As a matter of fact, since the Prudential Bank information has your name/contact information as submitted by these people and has you as the claimant, my Bank concern is this: why such unnecessary delays at your end, is everything alright with you?

My Boss, Group Finance Director of Prudential Bank do not have any iota of ideas, why it has coursed you so much delays before presenting/explaining yourself for your own late relation's claims as clearly submitted/computed with the Prudential Bank International Remittance department.  It surprise to the Bank that, the said Mr. Mark Ferguson could present your information clearly and correctly as the benefactor but could not place his own contact information correctly, instead made himself an anonymous consultant, as a result, my Bank really have much to play carefulness/suspicious.

My Second question is this:  Who is Mr. Mark Ferguson, Is he your representative Consultant to this claim's?

My Boss is curious because there are series of sharp practices emanates from different people in the Banking industries this days.  Also some junior Officers of Banks do play sharp practices by claiming long-over-due Inheritance Fund's of Customers or Customer relation's deposit, without claimant consent.

Nevertheless, Since your complete contact information had been submitted, computed/accepted as the next of Kin/the benefactor to the Deposited $7,500,000 and in view of the fact that, any unnecessary alteration of claims computed data's could be of a jeopardy to claims of this nature, if your delays has anything associated with lack of the huge finance to take care of the needed expenditures: Tax as well as the Legal Probate documentations that would give you the Legal Authority, in order to get your Deposited Fund's transfer/collection made without delays, I would advise you to urgently reach out to my Boss, so that he could stand as a claimant reference person in your deposited Fund's clearance situation, thereby exploiting different waivers/ Free packages of the Bank designed for project sponsoring of this nature.

Furthermore, since delays of an Inheritance Deposited Fund's of this nature could be jeopardized by the Prudential Bank Confiscation/declaration Act/Clauses, as an Unclaimed Fund of the Bank.  Instead of loosing your Fund's, it would be pretty wise that, you politely communicate to my Boss by pleading with him on your behalf as a reference person to your deposited $7.5M Fund's claim, I am saying this as an advise, personal opinion.

For clarity purpose, do not hesitate communicating clearly/politely to the Prudential Bank Group Finance Director through his contact as information as shown above.



Friday,  08/05/05  09:38 PM

What's happening?  Well, let's see, shall we...

Eric Raymond is blogging again, which is a good thing.  Check out Kurds in the Coal mine for an example of his insight.  "How will we know if the attempt to reconstruct Iraq is failing?  I was pondering this question the other day, and I realized that there is an excellent test for the state of Iraq.  When the Kurds start muttering about secession, then is the time to worry that matters are spinning out of control."  A litmus test is always helpful...

painted "holes" in Israeli wallThis is pretty cool; artist Banksy has painted "holes" on the Israeli barrier wall protecting themselves from suicide bombers.  I'm sure it was intended as a political statement as well as an artistic one, but viewed purely as art they're awesome.  [ via Ann Althouse ]  (P.S. I'm not sure why anyone would object to this wall, but it seems "controversial"...)

Omri Ceren notes some Stark Contrasts: "When a Jewish terrorist kills Arabs, Jews condemn him for it.  When an Arab terrorist kills Jews, Arabs celebrate.  When an Arab mob savagely lynches a Jew for killing Arabs, the world yawns.  When highly trained and disciplined Israeli operatives target a Palestinian terrorist who is literally in the act of terrorism, it’s highly 'controversial'."  Indeed.  [ via Charles Johnson ]

BTW, so far I haven't posted anything about John Bolton, but if you know me at all you know that 1) I like him, a lot, and 2) I totally support President Bush's recess appointment.  The Economist has a good survey of the situation.  "The man George Bush appointed this week to represent America at the UN isn’t boring, and he certainly isn’t bewildering.  What he thinks is never hard to guess, because he uses the bluntest, most vivid language available."  I look forward to some interesting fireworks at the U.N...

Hover Hockey "howtoon"Howtoons!  "Howtoons are one-page cartoons showing 5-to-15 year-old kids 'How To' build things."  Excellent!  [ via Doc Searles ]

Do you drink bottled water?  Yes, I thought you did.  But did you know it is often worse than your local tap water?  No, I didn't think so.  Check out Tom Standage in the NYTimes: Bad to the Last Drop.  "Ounce for ounce, it costs more than gasoline, even at today's high gasoline prices; depending on the brand, it costs 250 to 10,000 times more than tap water.  Globally, bottled water is now a $46 billion industry.  Why has it become so popular?"  Beats me.  We drink bottled water, too - Shirley claims she can tell the difference - but I often wonder why...  [ via Jason Kottke ]

In this corner it's Chris "Long Tail" Anderson, and in this corner, Mark Cuban...  The battle over the future of broadcast television.  My take: What future?

Check out Orb, "a free software-based place-shifting service that lets you access your media from anywhere over the internet.  Orb runs on computers with Windows XP or XP Media Center and provides streaming access to the audio and video on the computer.  It also can stream live TV if you have a tuner attached to your computer, and it provides TV listings and scheduled recordings."  This is the future of broadcast television :)  [ via George Hotelling ]

Marco Mammoliti faucetFinally; I have a confession to make: I am a faucet nerd.  Just check out these awesome fixtures from Marco Mammoliti.  Really a wonderful example of design, with a lower case "d".  [ via Gizmodo ]






Archive: August 5, 2004


Archive: August 5, 2003

Tuesday,  08/05/03  11:49 PM

The McKinsey Quarterly has a terrific article on pricing new products.  (I think you have to register to read it, but it is well worth it.)  The biggest takeaway among many great thoughts is that it is vital not to begin too low; it is much easier to lower prices than to raise them.

A honeybee kills a renegade worker's egg.
honeybee police

John Whitfield reports on some fascinating genetic experiments with ants: The Police State.  "Murder, torture and imprisonment - these are the standard tools of repressive regimes...  Social insects perfected the police state long before people got in on the act."  By selectively breeding "anarchic" bees, the usual genetic calculus of the hive (wherein all workers work for the benefit of a single breeding queen) has been upset.  This is great stuff.  [ via Interconnected ]

Jonathan Zittrain: The Copyright Cage.  "Bars can't have TVs bigger than 55 inches.  Teddy bears can't include tape decks.  Girl Scouts who sing Puff, the Magic Dragon owe royalties.  Copyright laws needs to change."  Boy, when I read articles like this it really raises my blood pressure.  These kinds of laws are exactly the opposite of why the U.S. has been so successful.  [ via Dave Winer ]

Sony has introduced plasma TVs which include broadband wireless networking!  Wow, if that isn't the wave of the future!

Rageboy takes his daughter to a rock concert.  You have to read this, yeah, it is long, but yeah, it is great.  He definitely writes at night when he should be sleeping, and it shows.

Benlog asks is there a geek on the plane?  " one has stories such as: 'Hey, I was taking my Toyota out of the garage last night when it just blew up on me!'"  Excellent stuff.  BTW Ben is an MIT student with a Harvard blog :) 

Are there bloggers at CalTech?  I need to find out!  P.S. of course there are.

I am always surprised to see which of my blog posts generate interest, and which ones don't.  One of my very favorite posts of all time was books and wine, which hardly anyone read and nobody linked.  Meanwhile all kinds of people read and link moving Mt. Fuji.  You just never know...


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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
progress ratches
2020 explained