Archive: January 18, 2014
Catching up ... whew, what a wild week. Did you catch the fool moon?
Can I just say, of all the crapping things about Windows ... and there are many ... the crappiest from a user interface standpoint is the way the icons on your desktop don't stay put. Now why is that? Surely this could be fixed, right?
It has been suggested that IOS 7 is a little like Windows 8. Yep.
So ... Google have bought Nest. As a recent Nest customer I'm delighted with the thermostat and scared by this acquisition. Scanning the net I see that I'm not alone; Google have long since ceased to be associated with their professed "don't be evil" credo. I understand the need for companies like Nest to seek exits, and understand the desire of companies like Google to seek companies like Nest, but it isn't great for the end customers. I wish the market could work differently and companies like Nest could stay independent forever.
I keep thinking ... if you're not the customer, then you're the product. Of course I did pay for my Nest. But perhaps the model will change, they'll give Nests away in exchange for knowing what you're doing at home? Scary...
So, the Bitcoin mining race heats up. As well it might. Seems like more people are interested in Bitcoin as a potential investment right now than as a medium of exchange. Until that changes it will continue to be more like gold than dollars.
Rolling Stone fawns over Jerry Brown's tough-love California miracle. "I just want to get shit done." I'm not a big fan of Californian government and we're not out of the woods yet, but I have to admit things are much better than they were two years ago.
Meanwhile: $90M in maintenance per year, for the healthcare.gov website. Now that's a contact I'd like to have, I believe I could do it for half of that :)
Are curved TVs a gimmick? Is that even a question? Who wakes up and says "gee, I wanted a curved TV?" Maybe curving the screen improves the picture or makes 3D possible or in some other way makes the TV better, but having a curved screen in and of itself is useless. (Unless you have a curved wall?)
Finally, you don't need to know anything about figure skating to think this performance is amazing. I fully agree. I love it when athletes perform, instead of merely execute. Go Jason Brown.
Okay one more: Here we have atomic soap. Excellent.
Isn't it weird how this picture seems slanted a bit? I assure you it isn't, but it sure looks that way...
Pretty cool ... seen on the wall at one of my partners' offices ...
(The amazing thing is that now that you know this, you like him better, right?)
So ... I've been following this whole bikini bridge thing with great interest :) and I don't understand why it's a "hoax", do you? (In case you've been living in the Far North for a while, a bikini bridge is the gap between a flat stomach and a bikini bottom.) So what's the hoax? It is most definitely true that most guys like fit, slender, women, and I doubt that this "hoax" has any affect on that one way or another.
People are apparently concerned that a campaign glorifying slender women will "do lasting damage by giving people with eating disorders a dangerous new goal to obsess over." Well, possibly. To me the pictures labeled "bikini bridge" are healthy, fit women. And they are undeniably attractive, whether we pick a term for their fitness or not.
I'm a little tired of the way we bend over backward to defend people who are out of shape. Let's face it, being fit isn't like being tall or short, or being dark or light, or having long hair, or wearing a beard. Being more fit is ... more attractive than not being fit, at least to most people. To me there isn't anything "fake" or wrong with celebrating fitness.
I must have a lot to do this year, because poof! here it is January 18th already and I haven't made time for a year in review post. So. Here it is...
For a lot of the year I posted solely to Facebook, and they have a great 2013 in review page. Nice to see all that... the pictures they picked for the page header are great choices; visiting Tuscany, seeing the Stones with Alex, visiting Ireland, and ... me, driving!
- Decompressed in Napa.
- Enjoyed dusk at Westlake (*still* my computer desktop)
- Loved Meg and Nico (Oaks Winter Formal)
- Danced with Meg at Oaks' Father-Daughter dance
- Printed 3D hearts for Valentine's Day
- Survived a tough break
- Enjoyed Raspberry Pi
- Marveled at the National Aquarium (while attending USCAP in Baltimore)
- Escaped from Saturn to the Venetian
- Adopted the future early, with Tesla!
- Rooted for DeeDee Jonrowe in the Iditarod
- Listened to Jonathon McEuen at a house party
- Thought "deeply" with MC Escher
- Turned Easter up to 11, with Spinal Tap :)
- Together with Samba Pa Ti at the Stonehaus
- Voyaged to Goteburg and Lund, in Sweden
Touched the sky at Mount Baldy
- Victorious, at Westlake Yacht Club
- Summitted Breathless Agony
- Cruised the Conejo (first time)
- Watched the Amgen Tour of California (and rode up to Palm Spring Tram!)
- Participated in Caltech Alumni Day (and debated the Higgs Boson)
- Rolled with the Stones, with Alex
- Crawled Dublin!
- Awed at the Cliffs of Moher
- Mystified by Glenveigh Castle
- Doubled up at the Eastern Sierra (206 miles, 11,120 feet)
- Toured Tuscany!
- Delighted by Florence... incredible
- First! under the bridge in the annual Round the Island
- Testing the spiffy new machine
- "Upgraded" to IOS 7 (on 7/7); like it less and less
- Pedaled along with the Tour de France up Mont Ventoux
- Survived the Tour de Big Bear (106 miles, 8,400 feet)
- Put on the Ritz, book launch party in Half Moon Bay
- Learned at Caltech Alumni College (on Translational Medicine)
- Cheered for Meg, cheering for the Oaks Lions
- Surfed with the Alien, Joe Satriani at the Canyon Club
- Tried not, printed
- Centered console ... makes me happy
- Did not forget, nor will I ever
- Rooted [hard!] for Chris Horner as he won the Vuelta at age 41
- Presented eyesFinder at the Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch final
- Rode the Trona 353 (truncated from the Furnace Creek 508), and ...
- Wore the coveted Furnace Creek 508 jersey (at last)
- Attended the awesome La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
- Climbed Deer Creek, with friends
- Sailed the Trick or Treat regatta
- Blogged again (it's a new world!) and have not yet stopped...
- Enjoyed dinner at Third Corner, for the 1,000th time
- Traveled all over the world, with my browser
- Reunited with my family, most excellent (under less excellent circumstances)
- Visited the Iron Horse Train Museum in Sacramento
- Thanked the world for everything I have, which is too much
- Including my beautiful angels :)
- Lived in Gnome Man's land
- Celebrated my birthday, with a story (without a submarine :)
- Wondered at Spaceport Chicago (from the John Hancock, while attending RSNA)
- Introduced eyesFinder, and left Aperio / Leica (after twelve years)
- Selected the Coolest Photos of 2013
- Wallowed in Holiday spirit :)
- Wished everyone a Merry Christmas!
- Proudly flew my wine flag
- Welcomed 2014, and made a few resolutions
Return to the archive.
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
where are the desktop apps?