Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Our subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, scientists discover.
It is now anachronistic to sport no anachronisms.
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.
Friday, December 14th, 2018
A seriously fun piece on Agatha Christie, modernist.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Our subterranean biosphere is teeming with some 20 billion tons of micro-organisms, scientists discover.
“The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Health: Critical Review and Clinical Trial Recommendations” published 2015 in Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine.
A screed we need: “When Supplements Become Substitutes” by Joshua Mitchell in the redoubtable City Journal. This conceptual framework clarifies much of what Western societies are concerned about regarding themselves.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
The insect apocalypse is here, reports The New York Times. This seems likely to be what does us all in; indeed most of us already have been.
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
“Respected journalist” Joel Golby has pulled off a rather spectacular series of mini-essays for Vice in Choose Your Own Adventure: Friday Night Edition!. More relevant perhaps for people say a quarter of a century younger than me, but one can appreciate.
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.
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
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”
Tuesday, October 9th, 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.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
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.”
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
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.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
“Breaking Smart” by Venkatesh Rao. This is the first collection, “Software is Eating the World”, inspired by a residency at Andreessen/Horowitz.
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.
Nancy Wilson dies at 81...
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The $500 brownie...
552-Carat Diamond Discovered, Largest In North America...
School evacuated, dismissed...
Bomb threat at Sandy Hook on shooting anniversary...
MYSTERY: Bizarre 'Alarm Clock' Sound Perplexes Neighborhood...
EXODUS: 156 Residents Leave Chicago Daily...
Inside BOEING's $500million 777X private jet...
Harvey Weinstein Accusers Want to Ban Him From Disclosing Their Emails...
TONY BLAIR PUSH FOR NEW BREXIT REFERENDUM...
UPDATE: FOX meteorologist kills herself after botched Lasik...
UPDATE: Human Heart Left On Flight Miraculously Makes It To Donor...
2020 Dem Debates: More, Sooner...
Biden wrestles with age...
Trump Is a Good President: One Foreigner's Perspective
Mueller Team Destroyed Strzok/Page Texts Before Review
Michael Cohen Got Wise. Will America?
Republicans See 2018 'Autopsy' as Vital to Trump Re-Election
Will Uprisings Thwart Green Central Planners?
Forget Trump. We All Must Act on Climate Change.
LGBT Liberals Becoming the Bullies We Used to Fight
It's Time to Drop the 'LGBT' From 'LGBTQ'
Lie of the Year: Online Smears vs. Parkland Students
Here's the Problem With PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year'
Republicans Failed--Dems Have a Chance to Succeed
Checking Robert Mueller
Trump and the Rapidly Expanding 'Witch Hunt'
Comey, Mueller Put Michael Flynn In a Cage & Shot Him
Prosecutors Have Strong Criminal Case Against Trump
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
The LLVM Compiler Infrastructure
I was scammed by a celebrity influencer
Chinese Hackers Breach U.S. Navy Contractors
T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal
Remote code execution vulnerability in SQLite
UCLA asked faculty to consider declining to review for Elsevier journals
Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
Debt Worldwide Hits Record $86k per Person
Switzerland to test ‘hyperloop’ train technologies
Red Hat contributes etcd to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
China’s Economy Slows Sharply
Experts Urge U.S. To Continue Support for Nuclear Fusion Research
9cc: A Small C Compiler
Pytext: A natural language modeling framework based on PyTorch
CenturyLink is blocking customer internet, saying Utah legislators told them to
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
The upheaval around massive financial, political and technological changes could get worse
Trump says Mulvaney will be his acting chief of staff
Trump broke two long-standing presidential norms this week
Stocks fall into correction territory
Chris Christie tells Trump he doesn't want to be chief of staff
Pro Rata Podcast: Trump's hush-money headache
Facebook bug exposed photos for up to 6.8 million users
Robinhood's new checking account runs into legal trouble
Michael Cohen: Trump directed hush payments to help his campaign
Trump v. Pelosi showdown will define 2019 and 2020
Facebook looks for new income as display ads stagnate
A new era of hostility in the U.S.-China fight
The IDF fortifies 20 key bus stops across Judea and Samaria
Palestinian rioters in Gaza, Judea and Samaria sustain 1 death, 100 injured
Israeli soldier seriously injured in Palestinian attack in Bethel
Extremist Fatah wing throws support behind latest Hamas terror onslaught
IDF General: Latest terror outrages the work of same Hamas network
Hudaydah Ceasefire Agreed at Yemen Peace talks. Major Hurdles Remain
Turkey Again on the March in Syria, Picks a Quarrel with US over East Euphrates
Syria: Israel Wages Electronic War in Real Combat Conditions
The UAE Grants Israel Footholds in Its Network of African and Red Sea Ports
UAE Makes Dollar-Powered Grab for Control of Suez Canal and Key Mid-East Ports
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Jews on Campus Shouldn't Have to Play the Politics of Permission
Strasbourg Christmas Market Attacker Killed by Police
Video: What's the Connection between Jews and Israel?
Iran Hackers Hunt Nuclear Workers, U.S. Targets
Israeli Medical Imaging Startup Makes TIME Magazine's List of Genius Companies
Israel to Build Diplomatic Compound in Jerusalem
The Hamas Plan to Take the West Bank
Incoming Lawmakers Briefed by Netanyahu, Tour Hamas Tunnels into Israel
Why Anti-Zionism Is No Different from Anti-Semitism
University of California Chancellors Condemn Israel Boycott
Reservists on Duty Combat Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus
U.S. Army Buys Israeli Armored Vehicle Protection System
Senate Votes to Condemn Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi Killing, End Support for Yemen War
Two Israeli Soldiers Shot to Death by Palestinian Terrorist
Despite UN Vote, Palestinian Terror Is Still a Losing Strategy
South Korean university delays vote on whether to suspend president
China introduces ‘social’ punishments for scientific misconduct
Conference attendance boosts authorship opportunities
Mini-tumours tell of immune cells’ role in cancer
Massive ocean carbon sink spotted burping CO2 on the sly
Daily briefing: Chemist sent mercenaries to save her PhD student from ISIS
Daily briefing: Is blood-spatter science all it’s cracked up to be?
Italian scientists protest funding for vaccine-safety investigation
US science academies urge expansion of fusion-energy research
Transmission of amyloid-β protein pathology from cadaveric pituitary growth hormone
How Neanderthal DNA might have shaped some human brains
International students steer clear of graduate programmes in the United States
The best science images of the year: 2018 in pictures
NIH considers restrictions to counter foreign influence in research
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
The Dignity of the Humble
Defamed for Being Right
Prescription Drugs and Price Controls
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Megachurch pastor struggles to defend $200,000 Lamborghini purchase
Starrkeisha’s Christmas Carols, an insanely great Holiday music video
Enchanting, dark, heavy Indonesian music blending traditional and experimental modes
Man rescued after two days stuck in Chinese restaurant grease vent
K-Swiss's new line of performance sneakers for videogaming
A baboon-proof garbage can can't keep a honey badger from its late night snack
The future of science is in your hands: An interview with Michael Nielsen
Facebook gave third party developers access to 6.8 million users' private photos
Every Mickey: a chimera made by combining every available online 3D model of Mickey Mouse
Rudolph's Revenge, by Mr Werewolf
Fantastic film of Paris in the late 1890s
Augmented reality and machine empathy: another great sf story from Sarah Gailey
Gorgeous fan-made retro Star Wars propaganda posters
The journalists Facebook installed as fact-checkers say the company is using them as window-dressing
A Progressive review of *Stubborn Attachments*
Friday assorted links
Gulf States fact of the day
The second cohort of Emergent Ventures winners
Who read what in 2018
Thursday assorted links
The Economics of Gift Giving
The Brexit equilibrium
*A Life of Experimental Economics, volume I*, by Vernon Smith
Why I disagree with Scott Sumner on China
Wednesday assorted links
Does Macron have any new ideas to save the moment?
Gustave Flaubert on travel books
Interstate trade is relatively high in India
Paul Romer marries and wins Nobel Prize on the same day
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Review: CaseMate's new iPad Pro folios offer good protection and functionality, have a few flaws
Class action suit alleges Apple lies to customers over size & resolution of iPhone X, XS & XS Max
First issue of Macworld signed by Steve Jobs fetches $47,775 at auction
Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Here are the best stocking stuffers for Apple fans
How to play Apple Music from your Amazon Alexa devices
All of the future TV shows that Apple has in development
Apple Music goes live for some on Amazon Alexa devices
Facebook says bug may have briefly exposed photos of 6.8 million app users
Last minute holiday deals: Free 1TB G-Drive and up to $300 off popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros
Justice and governance can be blind, but willful tech ignorance by them is hurting us
Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone XR demand is weak, cuts sales estimates for Q1 2019
Apple plans increase in Pegatron iPhone assembly to skirt China ban alongside iOS 12 patch
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Icon for Facebook Messenger
Linked: Trophy Brand Extension
Noted: New Logo and Identity for BOMA by Papanapa
Reviewed: Friday Likes 270: From Spy Studio, Werklig, and LOVEMEDO
Spotted: New Logo for Tuxx by Fresh Next
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for CPA Ireland by White Bear Studio
Linked: Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year
Noted: New Logo for Australian Space Agency
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for One Medical by Moniker and In-house
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Broldan by OverscoreDesign
Spotted: New Logo for Rockwell Automation
Linked: I Amazon NY
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Florence 1 Schools by Townsend
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for The Nobel Prize by Stockholm Design Lab
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Elderton Homes by Traffic
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Refactorings Roundup 11/13/18 – 12/08/18
“Something Runs Through The Whole Thread”
The Digital Maginot Line