Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee announces his startup Inrupt to support and popularize Solid, a platform to enable people to regain control of their own data.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Good bonkers, I’m Adam S Khan, the S being for Samuel.
I live in Brighton, England with Irit and our kids and right now no dogs.
Thanks for dropping by — it’s my pleasure to have you.
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.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
The more you keep your mouth shut, the more fertile you become.
If you don’t give literature a decisive part to play in your existence, then you haven’t got anything but a show of culture.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
According to The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East by Prof. Meir Zamir, British Intelligence provoked the Arabs to invade Israel in 1948. The link is to an episode of the Tel Aviv Review podcast featuring Zamir.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
A savvy 69-year-old Dutchman who “identifies as 45” aims to legally reduce his age.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Concentration without effort is the heart of the thing.
America and I, both exceptional, would together elude prediction and defy determinism.
The degree to which you challenge your own beliefs and expose them to destruction is a test of your worth as a novelist.
Telling all is the function of intellectuals.
The historic task of a civilization is to remake the world in its own image.
Thursday, November 1st, 2018
In this survey of Palestinian opinion conducted 25-27 October 2018 in the West Bank and Gaza [.doc] by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University, there’s a drop in support for “the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause” from a mere 34.6% to a meager 16.4% if it includes “some land exchange”. But if they don’t want this, what do they think they can achieve that’s any better?
Important to consider: despite choice fatigue, users do benefit from some symbolic choices, this piece argues.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Species eradication and wiping out animal populations seem to me a more dire problem than mere climate change. It should be our environmental priority.
Thursday, October 25th, 2018
British influence in the EU has been far greater than recognised, this piece argues. If this was better understood in Britain — and if, say, the BBC had devoted a couple of hours a week to pure Europe news — I’m guessing Britons would be much more pro-Europe today and the Brexit own-goal would not have occurred.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
The 1953 Bergren Residence, on the market for $2m, is a pretty Wrightian Lautner, especially around the fireplace.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Sunday, October 14th, 2018
You’re ♬ never ♫ too old ♬ to ♫ be young. “The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45” in the Harvard Business Review.
I’m with Thomas (now Giselle), as robust as it blimmin’ gets with his Empire for Liberty.
My own sort of wacky view about it is that the American Revolution was basically a dispute over the course and direction and ground rules of the Empire.
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Worrying that you’re late is one of the signs of a good idea.
Paul Graham, How to Get Startup Ideas
Hussein Agha, senior Fatah member, discusses at some length — and it seems to me with honesty — the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
When Palestinians are close to reaching an agreement and are genuinely faced with giving up 78 per cent of their homeland, they feel surrender, so they recoil. Whenever Israelis find themselves at a similar point and try to justify giving up material assets in return for mere words, i.e. promises about future conduct, they recoil.
An interview at the impressive Fathom Journal with Lyn Julius, author of Uprooted.
The Jews were intrinsic to the rhythm of life in the Middle East. It all ended in the space of a generation. Some 850,000 Jews fled 10 Arab countries; most found refuge in Israel, where over half the Jewish population has roots in Arab or Muslim lands.
Try to do things that would make your friends say wow.
Paul Graham, “How to Do What You Love”
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Now that’s a web site: New York City tree map — every last one, including street view, species, diameter. [via Kottke]
Monday, October 8th, 2018
Friday, October 5th, 2018
The Power of Pull
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
The core ideas are repeated so unabashedly often that distaste for the repetition makes me want to reject the ideas. Perhaps though repetition is deliberate, like in television commercials, working under the rhetorical theory that the reader will be irritated into remembering the message?
At any rate, the book posits three steps to getting anywhere: find the resources you need, attract others to your vision, and move at the appropriate pace to implement it. Crossing these three steps is the idea that innovation tends to occur not at the heart of things but at the edge, and so there must be an interplay between the incumbents and the hungry marginal outsiders. And the current business paradigm of digital transformation pumps up these perennial dynamics to where they must now be utilized as a framework.
The book’s blurbs are so hyperbolic and from such high-powered people, perhaps its simplicity is its power and the repetition worked on me: I dismiss the book merely because I understand it, and I understand it due to the repetition. And my understanding the book proves it a good one.
Since a few years have now passed since publication, some of the enterprises cited as exemplary wonders in the making, like Shai Agassi’s Better Places, have collapsed, giving further if unintentional insight into the topic.
You could argue that I missed the point entirely, in that I don’t even mention here the concept of “pull”. But that’s because to me it gradually lost any meaning, they used the term so often, and became a stand-in for “good”.
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee announces his startup Inrupt to support and popularize Solid, a platform to enable people to regain control of their own data.
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
In case anyone else was mildly traumatized by the way fonts appear on MacOS Mojave due to the disabling of subpixel antialiasing, here’s the solution by Github user alexanderyakusik:
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO
Also, in System Preferences > General, check Use font smoothing when available.
More incredibleness: sefaria.org, a beautiful bountiful platform of the Jewish texts. What an accomplishment.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
John Gruber’s Daringfireball reviews — no, essays — on The iPhones XS and Apple Watch Series 4 are a pleasure worthy of their subject matter. They feel informed, informal, thoughtful. “Series 4 is to Apple Watch what iPhone 4 was to iPhone,” Gruber writes. “The model that takes the original design to a new level.”
How did I not know about ribbonfarm all these years; truly I’ve been living under a rock for ages. Thoughtful, concise, erudite, relevant: Tendrils of Mess in our Brains by Sarah Perry.
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Million Dollar Consulting
This most renowned book by the engaging Alan Weiss has a tone of practical, optimistic advice. Its title however is unfortunate as the first part may come off as cheesy while the second part comes off as only applying to consultants. Its subtitle, “The Professional’s Guide to Growing a Practice”, is more accurate; I was talking with an old friend who now has his own one-man legal practice and realized that pretty much all the book’s advice applies to him.
Although famous for advocating value billing rather than hourly, perhaps the book’s dominant concept is that you should invest your marketing energy in becoming a thought leader — in speaking and writing.
Weiss is a bit of a minor national treasure (despite hovering sometimes on the edge of bad taste — and I believe he is way sophisticated enough to understand exactly what he’s doing) and despite becoming slightly cranky in his more recent musings (not that I disagree with where he’s coming from, but political musings may be off-putting to others). He is a gifted writer in that having read his book you feel he is your friend looking out for you.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Premieres for the Rams doc by Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica) are being held all around America. The only cities where it’s sold out are: NY, LA and SF.
Monday, September 10th, 2018
When Judaism curls into something surely bonkers and even deleterious: Orthodox Jewish women shamed for long wigs. Ah, to cover one’s hair with… hair.
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Never mind it being yet another acronym, this method humanizes selecting colors for the web: On Switching from HEX & RGB to HSL by CoDrops explainer extraordinaire Sara Soueidan.
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
I miss the days of forums, when any issue about a product was discussed on its own site and nowhere else. I do believe issues are better resolved online with posts, not chats.
Inappropriate use of chat software erodes mental health, at least, mine. Here’s a fun articulate essay on why the author hates Slack (and you should too).
And Slack is proprietory. I just scrolled up and was stopped and told I need a paid plan! And Discord: why?! Trendiness happens.
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Trump the Shibboleth Marauder: On August 31st, the State Department announced that the United States will not make additional contributions to UNWRA, the UN agency that has served to perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Friday, August 31st, 2018
“Breaking Smart” by Venkatesh Rao. This is the first collection, “Software is Eating the World”, inspired by a residency at Andreessen/Horowitz.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Spotting the Golden Ratio in the wild: At the end of their hairbrained Federation Plan for Israel and the Palestinians (minus Gaza, which would spoil the math), the authors state: “Jews and relatives of Jews, in this estimate, would comprise 62% of the population, while Muslim and Christian Arabs would total 37%.”
Monday, August 27th, 2018
Adventures of a Bystander
Peter F. Drucker
Beloved creator of management, recipient of 25 honorary doctorates, Peter F. Drucker wrote his autobiography in the form of vignettes of spectacular individuals whom he encountered throughout his fabulous life from privileged childhood in Vienna, through journalism in Germany, banking in London, and over to America. It’s a book of overflowing humanity.
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
“Modelling Process Intensive Scenarios for the Smart City” [PDF]. In this paper by professors at the computer science department at the University of Camerino in Italy, the authors discuss BPMN (and bpFM, which I’d never heard of before) in the context of municipal services, specifically bike-sharing.
Friday, August 24th, 2018
Jake Shears at Concorde 2. Bloody missed it, is all.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Pinhas Inbari sheds new (to me) light on the roots of Palestinian nationalism, arguing that the similarities to Syria’s schisms are more than parallels but in fact the same issue: pan-Arabism (Fatah, Ba’athists) vs pan-Islamism (Hamas, ISIS).
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Impressive mobile usability thought leader Josh Clark shares the tools he uses, from pen to Piwik (now Matomo).
Monday, August 20th, 2018
NYPD ousts chief who led Weinstein investigation...
Humanoid robot prototype capable of heavy labor...
Indonesian woman gets jail after exposing philandering boss...
Israel set for early elections after cabinet breaks up, source says...
Home DNA tests doom anonymity for sperm, egg donors...
China ups cash rewards for citizens who report porn...
Paraplegic airline passenger forced to urinate in bottle...
AMAZON device to monitor elderly...
DELETES 1.6 BILLION ACCOUNTS...
FACEBOOK can now tell who you live with...
OCASIO-CORTEZ: They're mistaking me for an intern on Hill!
Pelosi taunts rebels...
Large-necked man and Joker lookalike are upping mugshot game...
Hillary advisers battle over whether she'll run...
ANOTHER Trump aide tell-all due to hit shelves...
Why 2018 Wasn't a Wave Election
How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
Yes, the Campaign vs. Pelosi Is Sexist--and a Terrible Idea
Wilson, the Great War, and Women's Right to Vote
A Taste of Kavanaugh Karma for Michael Avenatti
Scientists Retract Key Finding in Study on Ocean Temps
E-Cig Regs Should Keep Zealots at Bay
AZ's Sinema Already Broke Her Vow to Spurn Schumer
The NRA Doesn't Seem So Invincible Anymore
With Trump as President, Blue Texas Could Actually Happen
Anyone But Nancy Pelosi for Speaker
Dear GOP: Elections Have Consequences
Bipartisanship Is Overrated
Pelosi Should, and Will, Be Dems' Speaker of the House
Democrats Are Trying to Steal an Election in Florida
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Starcity (YC S16) Is Looking for a Full Stack Software Engineer
Elementary OS – Fast, open, privacy-respecting replacement for Windows and macOS
Subsidies to Amazon Are Uneconomical, Un-American, and Unconstitutional
What the Lion Air Pilots May Have Needed to Do to Avoid a Crash
Across the West powerful firms are becoming even more powerful
MiSafes' child-tracking smartwatches are easy to hack
Building Slack Bots for Fun: A Serverless Release Gong
Pachyderm Raises $10M to Bring Data Provenance to the Enterprise
Transitioning Google Cloud leadership after three great years
Microsoft Is Putting Ads on the Mail App in Windows 10
Python Data Visualization 2018: Why So Many Libraries?
International System of Units overhauled in historic vote
The Art and Science of Leading Projects
Golua – A Lua 5.3 engine implemented in Go
I Found the Best Burger Place in America, Then I Killed It
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
Scorched and smothered by wildfires, California's 13 months of hell
Trump to nominate Andrew Wheeler as permanent head of EPA
Supreme Court to hear dispute over census citizenship question
Trump says he "just finished" answering Mueller's questions
Diane Greene steps down as Google's cloud chief
631 missing in California wildfire as death and damage tolls rise
White House ordered to return Jim Acosta’s press pass
Autonomous Vehicles could be huge for small businesses
The number of uninsured Americans holds steady under Trump
Justice Department accidentally reveals Julian Assange indictment
Trump's conservative media comfort trap
Facebook leaders' strategy on consultants: "We didn't know"
Russia Swings back to Libya, Promotes the Late Qaddafi’s Son as Next Leader
Portugal Grants China a Mid-Atlantic Foothold
Iran/Hizballah’s Gaza Ploy to Deflect Israel from Smashing their Missile Upgrade Plants
Cabinet Crisis May Spur Israeli Air Force Showdown with Russian S-300s in Syria
How His Tame Response to Gaza Rockets Is Forcing on Netanyahu a Snap Election
Saudi prosecutor seeks death for five suspects in Khashoggi killing
Iran’s army chief praises Hamas “victory”
IDF chiefs impart their wishes for next defense minister. Improper interference in the political process?
Eleven injured, two children critical, in Beit Shemesh fire
Bennett presses demand for defense portfolio
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
The Rockets from Gaza and the Peace Process
UN Committee Criticizes Human Rights Violations in Iran
Ecuador Honors Late Diplomat Who Saved Jews from the Nazis
U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing
NGOs Disappear when Palestinians in Gaza Fire Rockets at Civilians in Israel
UNRWA Narrows Funding Gap after U.S. Pulls Support
Cutting Hamas Down to Size
Ghana's Support Brings Israel a Step Closer to African Union Seat
Israelis near Gaza Have Lived with Rocket Attacks for 15 Years
U.S. Envoy: Iran Sanctions Help Cut Funding Streams to Hamas and Hizbullah
Video: The Israeli First-Responder Organization United Hatzalah
In Rome, Israeli President Rivlin Tells Pope Israel Won't "Stand By" in Face of Hamas Attacks
U.S. Changes Vote on Anti-Israel UN Resolution on Golan Heights from Abstain to No
Italian Deputy FM: European Attitudes toward Israel Are Improving Dramatically
What Would Other Countries Do When Faced with Thousands of Violent Rioters Attempting to Breach Their Border?
Skull-collecting ants slay with acid
The Doctor Who theme and beyond: female pioneers of electronic music
Daily briefing: Exoplanet spotted orbiting Barnard’s star
Largest overhaul of scientific units since 1875 wins approval
Widespread plagiarism detected in many medical journals based in Africa
Plugging the leaky pipeline for UK female chemists
Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies
World’s first automated volcano forecast predicts Mount Etna’s eruptions
Photobombing stars lead to cosmic false identity
Daily briefing: Coral scientist, former naturopath win Maddox prize
Molecular net fishes sugar from blood
Brexit: what the draft deal means for science
Ban on ‘gene drives’ is back on the UN’s agenda — worrying scientists
Linking a cell-division gene and a suicide gene to define and improve cell therapy safety
‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells implanted into patient with Parkinson’s disease
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Capital of the Cyber-Century
Overpraising the Overseers
Mission: Revive the Rust Belt
Red Britain Looms
Jim Jones, Made in San Francisco
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Trump claims, without evidence, that he is "extremely happy"
Shaming Ocasio-Cortez for her clothes is a classic ruse to deflect attention from real issues
Ouch! This man tries to take off his hoodie while running on a treadmill, and it ain't pretty
Scotty of Strange Parts takes a tour of Akihabara, Tokyo's geek culture headquarters
Here's the new $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+
New iPad Pro bend test
MAGA Blocks are the perfect holiday gift for xenophobes-in-training
What's new in tabletop gaming (November edition)
Welcome To The Internet, the tracksuit
Instagram "influencers" phished and accounts stolen
Pricier, more powerful Mac Mini reviewed
UN poverty envoy calls UK poverty a "political choice" that inflicted "great misery"
Quick how-to on making great scrambled eggs
Dale Gribble's thoughts on Facebook
Friday assorted links
Everyone is upset at Amazon, but…
Science is getting less bang for its buck
Do we need a Journal of Controversial Ideas?
Thursday assorted links
How much did the housing shock drive political polarization?
Why aren’t millennials buying boats? (the boat recession)
Twentieth-century cousin marriage rates explain more than 50 percent of variation in democracy across countries today.
Ho hum, or hidden externalities?
Wednesday assorted links
Propaganda, Nation Building and Identity in Rwanda
The sex recession
Why chess has remained popular, and why the internet is hard to predict
Tuesday assorted links
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Last remaining AirPort Wi-Fi accessories no longer on sale from Apple
Apple should keep Lightning for now, but USB-A has to die
Adobe Lightroom CC adds support for 2018 iPads and iPhones, new Apple Pencil gestures
Three new Apple Watch Sport Loop and Sport Band color options available from Nike
iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Putting Apple's 'pro' claim to the test
YouTuber unsurprisingly discovers that if you try to bend an iPad Pro, it will actually break
How to work with, edit, and share HEIC images without data loss
iPad USB-C, AAPL price, Apple poaching from Qualcomm and more on the AppleInsider Podcast
Apple Pay adoption in Switzerland may have been hampered by colluding banks
Qualcomm might be using political campaign-style attack tactics against Apple
US iPhones and iPads might soon access EU's Galileo satellite navigation system thanks to FCC order
Apple earns A+ rating from toxic chemical watchdog
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Logo for Comscore by Firstborn
Linked: Overwatch League Expansion Teams
Noted: New Logo for Miami Marlins
Announced: Co-Op Shop: Volume 1 Campaigns are Ready for Pre-Order!
Spotted: New Logo for Chicago Sky by David Day Associates
Spotted: New Logo for Affirm by Mackey Saturday
Linked: TARGET now target?
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Proof Alliance by 10 Thousand Design
Reviewed: New Logo for Azerbaijan (Tourism) by Landor
Spotted: New Logo for Kemper
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Motorsport UK by rbl Brands
Linked: WW III Identity
Noted: New Logo and Identity for ATP Tour by Matta
Reviewed: New Logo System for USL by Athletics
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Refactorings Roundup 10/07/18 — 11/12/18
May You Live in Epic Times