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filter pass

Wednesday,  01/27/16  08:35 PM

Spent the *entire* day debugging one silly thing, which ended up being ... silly.  Some days are like that, so be it.  And now for a filter pass...

Trump vs O'Reilly, Fox, KellyI had been slowly warming to Donald Trump, perhaps mostly since I cannot possibly vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, while secretly rooting for Ted Cruz; but this whole "I don't like Fox News so I'm not going to participate in the debate" episode has reset me back to zero.  He seems to be proof, if any were needed, that the "average voter" doesn't seem qualified to vote.

In case you were wondering: What went wrong in Flint.  Many things, seemingly.  In the US we have come to take healthy running tap water for granted - despite the huge adoption of bottled water - but this episode shows how technically difficult it can be.

Airstream National Park Centennial editionThis I love: Iconic Airstream gets magnificent revamp to celebrate National Park Service Centennial.  There's something so ... "Americana" about both Airstreams and National Parks.  A glimpse through a looking glass into a bygone era - and one we wish would still be with us.

Of interest (to me): the rise and fall of the singular they.  Long before it was fashionable, I began using "they" in user documentation, as an accompaniment to s/he; it seemed better than him or her.  Or maybe it's just because I'm Dutch :)

project Monsoon: river-themed street murals which only appear when it rainsProject Monsoon: transparent river-themed street murals that only appear when it rains.  Love it.  And wish it would rain around here, maybe we would see some!

You might have thought One Entangled Evening was futuristic fantasy, and it is, but meanwhile quantum entanglement archived in semiconductor wafers.  Wow.  This new understand is just too weird for my feeble brain.

Related: the 17 equations that changed the course of history.  All of your favorites in there, including E=mc2 and a2+b2=c2, not to mention the Fourier Transform, Maxwell's Equations, and Schrodinger's Equation but what about my personal favorite, W=UH? :)

Also missing: the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.  At least, I *think* it is missing... but I can't be sure.

it's a small world after allThe incredible winners of the "small world" microscopy competition...  the real world is so weird :)

Tim Bray: Vancouver Real Estate - the game of homes.  "Let’s assume that buckets of overseas money are flowing into Vancouver. The conventional explanation — which I find believable — is that the local real-estate is being used mostly just like a bank account; a safer place to put money than under your mattress."  The notion of stored value is so elusive.

Perhaps Apropos: How to pull off a bank heist.  It's not easy.  Especially in comparison to investing in Real Estate.

Good to know: You can explore New York's Guggenheim museum with Google's help.  They've created a "street view" of all the galleries in the museum.  I's cool, but I'm not sure this is actually useful?

1905 Wood electric carOMG how cool is this?  1905 Woods electric car sells for $95,000.  Probably incompatible with Tesla superchargers, but guaranteed to get a spot in front of any restaurant in LA :)

Yawn: Oracle announces Java plugin will be deprecated in JDK 9, scheduled for March 2017.  Is *anyone* still writing Java web applications?  (Another question might be, did *anyone* ever write Java web applications?)  I so remember the promise of Java, way back in Netscape 2, with Kim Polese leading the "Green Team" at Sun Microsystems.  But the promise of "write once, run anywhere" was never realized.

TAG Heuer connected smartwatchWhat does it say about me that this has me interested: TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch looks like an actual watch.  My current favorite watch is a 40-year-old pre-TAG-Heuer, which not only looks like an actual watch, it is one.  Hmmm...

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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
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Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
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
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained