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the day after

Wednesday,  02/10/16  08:56 PM

New Hampshire primary resultsThe day after (the New Hampshire primaries): wow, I can't believe Bernie Sanders actually beat Hillary Clinton (yay) and by 20 percentage points (double yay).  And wow, I can't believe people are still supporting Donald Trump (boo), and Jeb Bush still has support too (double boo).  Sort of a regression to the mean from Iowa, I guess.  Next up is South Carolina...

If you want an example of the sort of weird thinking people put into their support for a Presidential candidate, here's Jason Kottke: the symbolic President.  He's actually planning to vote for Hillary Clinton because she's a woman, and presumably voted for Barack Obama because he's [partially] black.  I like Jason (usually), but that is not deep thinking.

And this: the left has two huge advantages, and I have no idea how we overcome them.  The third advantage is shallow thinking, apparently.

Scott Adams tries to explain: the Thinking Filters.  He also tries to explain why he was wrong about Rubio, and fails (after explaining that we would think so).  Some of what he's written about Trump is interesting, but it is starting to feel more like random hammers hitting nails than actual analysis.

DiSaaSter 2016Mark Suster: the resetting of the startup industry.  "Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business."  Regression to the mean.

It's starting to feel 2008-ish again, featuring a presidential election year and a major economic meltdown.

professional peloton blows overThis you have to watch: impossibly strong winds stop professional cyclists cold.  Yes the entire peloton comes to a standstill with riders falling off their bikes etc.  Wow.  I thought that only happened to me and my friends :)

From John at Desk: the customer is right (and wrong).  "The customer is right about the experience today and wrong about what the experience will be tomorrow."  I think that's right.

One year of Apple World Today!  Congratulations to them.  My advice, should they choose to take it, is to concentrate on features and analysis, and leave the news to big sites like Engadget.  That's what makes John Gruber and MG Siegler worth reading.

FirewatchNoted: Firewatch could be the prettiest mystery you play this year.  It could be the only mystery I play, too, but "pretty" and "interesting" have me pretty interested.  The trailer looks great.

Ark Royal, science fiction by Christopher NuttallReviewed: Ark Royal, the first of a new science fiction series I've started to read, by Christopher Nuttall.  So far I like it a lot, reminds me of the Hornblower series but moved from the oceans of the 1800s into space.

Oh, and Christopher has a blog, too.  (Sample: In Contempt, about the Sad Puppies fiasco around the Hugo Awards for science fiction.)  Subscribed!

To be read: Free Bitcoin textbook from Princeton.  "It's over 300 pages and is intended for people 'looking to truly understand how Bitcoin works at a technical level and have a basic familiarity with computer science and programming'."  Huh, stay tuned.

So be it, New Hampshire is over, and we're on to the next.  Onward!

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