Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Ashdod-based Aleph Farms is growing bovine steak within 3 weeks.
What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.
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, January 17th, 2019
In a great blog post, Hoefler explores something that typeface designers have long known but that researchers have only now made official: horizontal lines appear thicker than vertical ones.
Most in-depth article on hoarding I’ve yet seen.
mailto: web sites & systems
Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Chronicling from “below the API line”, as Venkatesh Rao calls it, are Austin Murphy with “I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon” in The Atlantic and Lauren Hough with “I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America” in The Huffington Post.
The depicted harshness of American work life for so many is terrible not just for those involved but for all. (Also these two share a prodigious unmet need to urinate on the job — is this the top new workplace tribulation?)
Monday, December 31st, 2018
The Six Day War, Fifty Years On is a series of articles by Tel Aviv University’s INSS think-tank including authors such as Gabi Siboni and Moshe Ya’alon.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
My first reading of Bikram’s second book in light of Bikram’s sexual assault accusations and exile from the USA, this one is not only weaker than his first due to a more lecturing tone and structure, now it seems downright tawdry, given the clean living Bikram advocates that he himself allegedly was not living up to. Ah well.
Monday, December 17th, 2018
The nine totally must-read lessons of Brexit by Ivan Rogers, who was fired as Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union for stating some of these truths. Abject.
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Harvard’s Belfer Center has produced an English translation of the Israel Defense Forces’ 2015 formal defence doctrine directed mainly against Hizbollah. This is the first such publication, which is worrying because pieces of paper now comprise at least some elements of the country’s deterrence.
Friday, December 14th, 2018
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class
A re-read due to renewing my practice of Bikram’s hot yoga, again I’m struck by how perfectly balanced is its jaunty tone of humor, optimism and inclusion; it’s evidently a product of what in retrospect now seem the buoyant optimistic 1970s.
Thank you JINSA for this bracing, worrying overview of the situation between Israel and Hezballah: “Israel’s Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges” [PDF].
Wednesday, December 12th, 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”, as 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.
Monday, December 10th, 2018
The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
This book seems like one for our times: a self-improvement topic given fresh life by being supported by social science data. There are sufficient surprising results — similar to say Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow — to warrant reading, despite, when stepping back and taking it on the whole, the thing feeling largely self-evident. But it is not, and probably deserves a reread.
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.
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
It All Adds Up
Bellow is meaty to pick up on any topic; we’re confident in the arms of a leading novelist. His tributes to old friends read the richest, even though impressionistic more journalistic pieces such as his coverage of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty signing are also satisfying.
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.
US regulators mull record FACEBOOK fine...
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Remains of ancient life discovered beneath Antarctic lake ice...
'Cubesats' form luminous words, logos...
Glowing space billboards to show ads in night sky?
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Police ordered to focus on quashing popular uprisings...
Hitman's GPS Watch Links Him to Mob Boss Murder...
'Biblical' sandstorm turns Cairo orange...
Is Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across USA?
Dems' 2020 nominee might be someone never heard of!
Drug maker payments to doctors linked to higher overdose deaths...
When World Opened Gates of China...
How spy tech is propping up authoritarian regimes...
Same old elite? Macron's 'revolution' fails with fed up French...
Mueller's Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report
Ohio's Now a Red State. Can Dems Ever Take It Back?
The Real Governments of Blue America
What School Choice Advocates Want Wis. Governor to See
The Anti-Choice Movement Is About Controlling Women
Video: 8 Weeks After Conception, Baby Kicks Arms, Legs
The Problem With Fact Checking Whether ISIS Is 'Defeated'
Trump Directed Cohen to Lie About Moscow Project
Rudy Giuliani's Remarkable Retreat on Collusion
Why No FBI Investigation Into Feinstein's China Collusion?
Pelosi Is Done Enabling Trump and the Republicans
Trump Should Deliver State of the Union--as Planned
The Left's Unending Contempt for Christians
Death on Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?
Trump Stole Pelosi's Lunch Money - Then Ate Her Lunch
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Fossilized Insect Discovered Not in Amber, but in Opal
M.U.L.E. for MSX2
Q2VKPT: Fully path traced Quake 2
MakeCode Arcade: Retro Gaming, Modern Programming
GNU Octave: A high-level interactive language for numerical computations [pdf]
I Took a Couple Years Off of Work to Swing Trade. Here’s What Happened
L4Linux – Linux running on the L4 microkernel
50 Years Ago, the Sugar Industry Paid Scientists to Blame Fat (2016)
I interviewed at six top companies in Silicon Valley in six days
Future of TypeScript on ESLint
Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America
Supporters of Mexico’s Soda Tax Targeted with NSO Exploit Links (2017)
What People Say Before They Die
Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years
To Cover China, There’s No Substitute for WeChat
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
Mueller investigation goes on the record to dispute BuzzFeed report
U.S.-China trade talks could be inching toward progress
Summit 2.0: Trump and Kim to meet in late February
Senator asks FBI to open perjury investigation into Kirstjen Nielsen over family separation
What we (and the Mueller investigation) now know about Donald Trump Jr. and Russia
Giuliani denies BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress
Trump to meet with North Korea's lead nuclear negotiator
The slow decline of big bank bond-trading
Nancy Pelosi postpones overseas trip to war zone after details leaked by Trump administration
How the future of commuting could cut emissions & travel time
Investor Roger McNamee's new book, "Zucked," takes aim at Facebook
Democrats bring up impeachment after BuzzFeed's report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie
Second summit with Trump-Kim Jong-un in February
Moscow tells Israel to stop attacks on Damascus airport – report
IDF blows up apartment of terrorist killer
Iran Begins Transferring Deadly Ababil T UAVs to Proxies
Erdogan Pretends to Play Ball with Trump and Putin, Secretly Prepares to Bash Kurds
Russia Sends Mercenaries to Prop up Sudan’s Bashir, Aims for First Red Sea Base
Iraq Dragged into Epicenter of anti-Iran Front after US Withdrawal
US Intelligence Bases Go up in Manbij and Tanf
Russian and Israeli military officers end working session
A Jewish American detained in Lebanon after wandering across the border
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
The Persistence of European Anti-Semitism
Islamic State Returns to Guerrilla Tactics as It Loses Territory
Hamas, PA Suspicious of Israel's New Internet Radio Webcast
Rich Iranians Face Blowback at a Time of Economic Stress
Israel's Watergen Develops Disaster Response Vehicle
Israel: No More Honorary Consulates in Jerusalem
The Era of "Never Again" Is Ending
Arab League: Palestinian Issue Has "Reduced" Importance
Video: See IDF Tank Cross Water Obstacle
New "Divided" Road near Jerusalem Will Considerably Shorten Travel Time for Palestinians
Israeli Startup SeeTree Aims at Better Fruit Yield
PA Deports Palestinian-American Jailed for Selling Land to Jews
Germany Accuses Afghan-German Linguist of Passing Military Secrets to Iran
Israel Blasts Malaysia for Refusing to Admit Its Paralympic Swimmers
How Jews Became "Too White, Too Powerful" for U.S. Progressive Activism
Methane showers leave Titan’s northern reaches gleaming
Fate of Madagascar's forests in the hands of incoming president
Working Scientist podcast: Grant application essentials
EXCLUSIVE: Tiny animal carcasses found in buried Antarctic lake
The US government shutdown has lasted as long as 3.5 Apollo missions
Shutdown will cast a long shadow over research
Author Correction: Landscape of somatic mutations in 560 breast cancer whole-genome sequences
Rare whales and seals thrive thanks to controversial US law
Daily briefing: Fever helps immune cells crawl along blood-vessel walls
How a fever helps the immune system to battle infection
NASA postdocs hit by shutdown get emergency lifeline
Publisher Correction: Cryptic connections illuminate pathogen transmission within community networks
A superchilled molecular gas nears the quantum limit of coldness
How to use ‘20% time’ to manage pet projects
Daily briefing: Meet the neurologist who became “Dr Rapp”
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Mainstream Ideas, Fringe Opposition
Sound of Silence
Dark Horse from the City of Angels
Portfolio for the Common Man
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
China is blurring men's earrings on TV
Android malware uses accelerometer readings to figure out if it was running on a real phone or in emulation
Twitch Presents is streaming classic 'Doctor Who' thru most of January
Great deal on ball-end hex key sets
Plug in at an NSA charging station
Excellent video shows how pull-back toy cars work
Trailer for "The Drone," a horror film about a sentient flying drone
An archive of Freedom, Paul Robeson and Louis Burnham's radical Harlem newspaper
Japanese company develops artificial meteor showers on demand
Organized crime is laundering money through Fortnite's in-game currency
The Grand Tour Season 3 is here!
Unsealed court documents reveal that Facebook knew kids were being tricked into spending thousands of dollars on their parents' credit cards
Why charter schools are the flashpoint for the LA teachers' strike
Diver swims with 20-foot great white shark
Friday assorted links
The polity that is Sikkim
I don’t actually favor the “citizen dividend” side of a carbon tax
A Behavioral Interpretation of the Origins of African American Family Structure
A simple test for whether or not you understand an organization
Thursday assorted links
Who again has the power to end the government shutdown?
Declining Labor Force Growth Explains Declining Dynamism
What people actually say before they die
Government shutdown (price-capped) markets in everything
John Bogle, RIP
How to study history of economic thought
Wednesday assorted links
My Conversation with Larissa MacFarquhar
Might there be a new eurozone-China recession?
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Apple to streamline team management in Apple Developer Program and App Store Connect
Apple highlights iPad Pro's productivity prowess in new ad series
Here are some of the documentaries you can watch on Apple Music
Apple & Qualcomm relationship broke down over concerns of proprietary code misuse
Apple's claim that all iPhones are available at retail enjoined by German court
Microsoft suggests shift to iPhone as Windows 10 Mobile end of support date announced
Hands on with the HomeKit compatible ConnectSense V2 smart outlet
The top seven MacBook Air features that make the 2018 model great
How to live with Apple's absurdly over-complicated music features on Apple Watch
Apple stock threatened by growing backlash against App Store revenue cut
ING promises Apple Pay coming 'soon' to Spain, could hint at more rollouts
Killer deals: $150-$225 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega graphics
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Logos for University of South Carolina
Linked: Will it Pasta?
Noted: New Logo and Identity for House of Hoops by SouthSouthWest
Reviewed: Friday Likes 273: From Metric, Yuchou Pan, and Futura
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Terminus Done In-house
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Maringá Futebol Clube by Brandigno
Noted: New Logo and Packaging for Mavericks Snacks by Jones Knowles Ritchie
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Slack by Pentagram and In-house
Spotted: New Logo for KBPS
Spotted: New Logo for Tanaza by Copystudio and In-house
Linked: F1 Logo Appreciation
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Soundation by Kurppa Hosk
Spotted: New Logo for Joe Media done In-house
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Remembering Pierre Kabamba