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.
The Bond movies tend to go downhill once you see henchmen in jumpsuits.
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.
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.
Friday, August 24th, 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.
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
David P. Goldman has been predicting this for years, and now it is happening (nudged along by Trump’s new steel tariffs): Turkey is in a horrible mess and likely to become a Chinese satrapy.
Contrast with George Friedman’s notion that Turkey will become a superpower, which to me seems comically misguided.
That said, Turkey does seem a fulcrum power, a bellweather of who dominates global affairs; if it falls to China’s influence, this is not great for the West.
To me, with my papercut exposure to Turkey, the fundamental problem is this: they are unsatisfied with being a nationstate. Instead, they want to be the local imperium, which cannot be. Turks, I say: apply your justified satisfaction with quotidian life to the national level. That way you will indeed make friends and influence peoples.
Perhaps Look to Britain for this, which once ruled much more than the Ottomans, but harbors no hopeless dreams to revive a moment in history.
Perhaps not coincidentally, both states are currently in some danger of a secessionist crack-up.
Sunday, August 19th, 2018
On nationalism old and new. In Tablet, the prophetic columnist David P. Goldman discusses Yoram Hazony’s new book The Virtue of Nationalism.
Friday, August 17th, 2018
This guy wrote reviews of every Queen song.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Who is Michael Cohen? Part of the exquisite series on Trump’s coterie by Josh Fruhlinger in The Baffler.
Clips from the great British documentary The Great British Year. No need for a BBC license; this is the programme’s web page. Just great stuff.
Sunday, August 5th, 2018
Why does tech have so many political problems? A list of 17 answers by Tyler Cowen. I love the phrase “Robespierrean social justice terror”.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
Why was he like this to her? Excerpt from Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ upcoming book about her father Steve.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
“Shouting ‘Peace, peace’ may actually push peace away,” argues game theorist and Nobel Economics laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann, New York-born head of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality at Hebrew University.
This is just about common sense — by that I mean it’s only a single twist of what Edward Luttwak calls the paradoxical logic of strategy. Yet perhaps there are further twists; I suggested one back in 2003 in “Allah Help the Jackals”:
Perhaps Israel is following a subconscious national strategy of the strong, in which it behaves too meekly for a decade or so, emboldens its vicious but feeble enemies until they go too far, then lashes out in a now-obviously-justifiable response and gains untold assets in the process.
Not to mention that the more time goes by, the more Israel strengthens and the Palestinians weaken.
This subconscious national strategy of delay by dint of wanting too hard, if it ever were effective, seems to have played itself out now, as demonstrated by Israel’s shift of focus towards undermining UNWRA, which plays such an underlying role in prolonging the conflict.
What with the Sunni warming to Israel and the supremely sympathetic Trump Administration, Israel it seems believes that allowing the conflict to fester for gradual gain has now become counterproductive, and so seeks a new path to end it.
All that notwithstanding, nothing ends until the Palestinians begin educating their children towards co-existence alongside Israel.
Saturday, July 21st, 2018
Friday, July 20th, 2018
We have a bunch of companies that are comprised of a sales department and a tech department, because every other job has been outsourced to a website run by another company composed of a sales department and a tech department.
Peter Welch, “How to Worry Less About Being a Bad Programmer”
Programming Sucks is some cynical cuteness on coding by Peter Welch.
Doing this all day leaves you in a state of mild aphasia as you look at people’s faces while they’re speaking and you don’t know they’ve finished because there’s no semicolon.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Hillel Frisch explicates the Russian view on the Middle East: while Israel is most concerned these days about Shiite Iran, Russia worries more about Sunnis.
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
Friday, July 13th, 2018
Nicely done on the semi-colon. Besides, anything that gets in Moby Dick‘s chapter 42 is alright.
UN: France ban on full-body Islamic veil illegal...
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China to clone humans...
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Identical twins born female -- now brothers...
NSA Awards $6.7 Billion Secret Spy Contract...
Migrant Caravan a Political Gift to Trump & Republicans
Illegal Immigrant Caravan: Real Election Meddling By Left
Donald Trump Is Lyin' Up a Storm
Reassuring Message for China Economy Despite Challenges
It's Wrong to Abandon the INF Treaty
Administration Is Right to Define Gender Biologically
President Trump Waging a Midterm Campaign of Fear
The Assault on Objectivity
Is the Media Making American Politics Worse?
Tribalism Isn't a Threat to Our Democracy. The GOP Is
The Trauma of Trump's Attack on Transgender People
Trump & Cruz Complete the Transaction in Texas
Trump Pushes Ahead With Ambitious Foreign Policy
How to Win Indiana
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Why did the golden age of the Simpsons end?- an analysis of the show's writers
Gates Still Working Behind the Scenes at Microsoft
Dyson to build electric cars in Singapore
Focals by North (Formerly Thalmic Labs)
NSA DarkPulsar implant
Things an architect should know
Unikernels: No Longer an Academic Exercise
YouTube CEO says EU regulation will be bad for creators
AMD Responds to Intel's 9th Gen Benchmarks
Django zero-downtime migrations for Postgres that respects database locks
The Slide Rule
C++: Associative map containers with compile-time lookup
How Hillsong Church conquered the music industry in God’s name
How a Brewer and the Government Killed Colombia’s Ancestral Drink (2017)
Automatic Differentiation with Julia
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
White House report warns of socialist "comeback"
Report: Amazon, Palantir play "key" role in immigration enforcement
SoftBank CEO won't speak at "Davos in the Desert"
Erdogan says Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Saudi government plot
Jobs for humans in the robot age
Economist cited by Trump says tariffs won't bring back lost jobs
Repressive regimes are weaponizing social media to maintain power
Republicans don't act like they're going to keep the House
Supreme Court blocks questioning of Wilbur Ross in census suit
Trump's Chinese divorce problem
Landmark of Cold War I cast aside for the next one
The chances of a U.S.-China war
Sky TV’s sources claim Khashoggi body parts found
Erdogan’s “Khashoggi speech” is meant to boost his Muslim credentials (and Turkish lira)
No audio or video evidence of Khashoggi murder in Erdogan speech
Israeli farmers may stay in enclaves if they register as Jordanian firms
Opposition leader Livni: Jordan’s partial abrogation of the peace treaty is dangerous
Fresh Palestinian-Israeli clashes off Gaza coast and ashore
IDF exposes new Hizballah spy post across Lebanese border
Terrorist stabs soldier in Hebron
US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley confirmed wounded in Kandahar attack
Israel fire drives Palestinian intruders back to Gaza. Balloons attached to grenades
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Iran Sent Hizbullah Advanced Weapons to Turn Rockets into Precision Missiles
The Increasing Threat to Israel of Precision Missiles
Palestinian with Knife Arrested inside Israeli Community in West Bank
Jordan Plans to Revoke Parts of Its Peace Treaty with Israel
Israel Reopens Gaza Crossings after Decrease in Palestinian Violence
Jordan Dismantling the Isle of Peace at Naharayim
Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?
Israel Arrests Palestinian Officials Suspected of Abducting Palestinian-American in Jerusalem
Israel's Cabinet Delays Evacuation of Bedouin Encampment
Anti-Money-Laundering Body Gives Iran until February to Complete Reforms
Palestinian Stabs Soldier in Hebron
Hamas Planning Uprising in West Bank Against the PA
Amb. Nikki Haley: Iran's Use of Child Soldiers Is a Moral Outrage
White House Slams "Sick-Minded Terrorists" Flying Explosive Balloons into Israel
Palestinians' Refusal to Accept the Jewish National Movement Has Been Disastrous for Them
Climate change implicated in marsupial-lion extinction
Italian earthquake data hint at possibility of forecasting one type of quake
Use the patent system to regulate gene editing
Look to Africa to advance artificial intelligence
From the archive
Chinese maker of faulty rabies vaccines fined billions of yuan
Back the idea of human capital with solid research
Europe’s Nobel laureates step up warnings about Brexit’s effect on science
Daily briefing: So you want to be a cyborg?
British universities set up European outposts as Brexit looms
Mission to Mercury launches successfully
Enzyme inspired by primeval molecules shows its superpowers
Ben Barres: neuroscience pioneer, gender champion
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
The amazing deluxe commemorative edition of The Art of Dungeons and Dragons is out today
I’m suing the U.S. government for causing the climate change crisis, and I'm 22.
As Brazil prepares to elect 'Trump,' Facebook shuts down 68 pages & 43 accounts that got him there
CIA Director Gina Haspel heads to Turkey for Jamal Khashoggi investigation
Trump's midterms strategy: Lying his ass off to scare white people into voting Republican
Magnificent "Voyager of the Moons" GIF from Cassini's images from Jupiter and Saturn
Must-have travel gear - inexpensive zipper bags
The more Instagram followers you have the more free sushi you get at one restaurant
Because sexism: Mansize Kleenex to be renamed
Anti-gay protestors sue library over Drag Queen Story Hour
Embassy murder squad made 4 calls to Saudi crown prince's office on day Khashoggi was killed
Entire amusement park for auction
The worst of modern websites, in one short video
The Saudis had a Khashoggi body double conspicuously leave the embassy after murder, but he wore the wrong shoes
In a short number of years this story will sound like madness
Are we exporting Austrian business cycle theory?
*Stubborn Attachments* opening week
Why the U.S.-Saudi relationship has proven so enduring
Monday assorted links
*First Man* and the great stagnation
*Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom*
17-minute Tyler Cowen talk on charter cities
Sunday assorted links
A new “ideal” proposal for immigration reform
The high-return activity of raising others’ aspirations
Saturday assorted links
What I’ve been reading
Iceland book fact of the day
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Early iPhone XR reviews praise performance & battery life
How to use your new iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPad as in-flight entertainment
Bloomberg's iCloud spy chip attack allegations technically impossible
Apple confirms 'beautygate' fix for iPhone XS camera arriving in iOS 12.1
It took Apple four days to sell initial iPhone XR supply
Teen intent to buy iPhone hits record 86 percent, Android wallows at 10 percent
Trade group representing Apple proposes new framework for privacy regulations
Amazon, Super Micro executives join Apple's call to retract Bloomberg spy chip story
Former high school teacher used Elcomsoft software in 'Celebgate' hack
Apple ceases iOS 12 code signing following release of iOS 12.0.1
Apple opens Beats 1 studio in New York City
Lowest prices anywhere: Apple's 13" Touch Bar for $1,399; loaded 1TB 15" MacBook Pro for $2,499 ($900 off)
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Linked: FC Barcelona Logo May No Go
Noted: New Logo for NBC Olympics 2020 Broadcast by Mocean
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Debenhams by Mother Design
Spotted: New Logo for Beteasy by Interbrand
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Good Food Awards (and Foundation) by Gamut
Announced: Brand New Co-op Shop: Introduction
Linked: Gum Equality
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Championship Horse Racing by Red Bee
Reviewed: New Logo and On-air Graphics for Nelonen by CapeRock
Linked: Opening at Syniverse
Spotted: New Logo for NFL 100th Anniversary
Linked: Nebraska: Not for Everyone
Noted: New Logo and Identity for SpareRoom by Idea Is Everything
Reviewed: Friday Likes 263: From Tomomi Maezawa and Takram, Studio Lennarts & de Bruijn, and BDF Team
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for UNTIL by Mandala Studio
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Seattle Drinks-and-Waterfront-Walk Meetup, Friday 19th