Tuesday, August 31, 2010
2. Homemade, 1/10th scale, functionally accurate Cray-1 supercomputer replica.
3. Witch hunt season in Washington.
4. Sarcopenia (muscle loss) treatments for the elderly.
5. LILO model used in medical device startup.
6. Ryan McGinley, Fireworks Hysteric
7. Parse trees
8. Really good knives
9. Personal assistants for startups.
10. On early printing
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
2. Ornamental turning.
3. Against the banana unit of radiation
4. Brad DeLong vs. Christina Romer et al. June 2009.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
She has the distinction of submitting the highest expenses claim in the history of Condé Nast - for a dilapidated building. Issie wrote on the expenses form, 'Just £50,000 for a very small ruin that really was a must'. It went unpaid.
Issie immediately created a stir by the bold outfits she turned up to work in, and her eccentric manner. Wintour recalls, 'People would stop by my office just to see what Issie was wearing that day. One morning she might be in full punk regalia, the next dressed like a maharajah, dripping in jewels and sari silks.'
It rapidly became clear that although Issie was not a great administrator, she was highly creative, and hard-working - on things that interested her, at least - and second-to-none at spotting new talent. Wintour says, 'Every day she'd leave Vogue as if her working day was only beginning; the next day she'd come in and relate with breathy excitement about the new artist, the new designer, the new photographer, the fabulous girl we absolutely must work with.'
As Wintour observed, 'the more something shocked her, the more it captivated her imagination'. One such discovery was the painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol's collaborator. Both Warhol and Basquiat ended up doing assignments for Vogue as a result of Issie's introductions. Issie met Warhol at a party where she was wearing one silver and one purple shoe of the same style by Manolo Blahnik. Warhol came up to Issie and said, 'Gee, you had to buy two pairs of shoes to get that look.' Their friendship was to last until his death in 1987.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
2. Geek tattoos: bomb tech with "crib sheet" of tattoos. Also here.
3. Michael O'Hare's letter to his students on education spending.
4. Impact of the stimulus package.
5. How to tell cyclical from structural unemployment.
6. Jeff Sharlett interviews a saintly Ugandan gay man.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It's an expectations trap.
Elsewhere: Experts weigh in with their opinions at the Economist.
Monday, August 23, 2010
2. Lisbeth Salander's IKEA shopping list
3. The Chart of Fantasy Art
4. Hi-res photos from 2001: A Space Odyssey
5. Odd German turns of phrase: "Eulen nach Athen tragen" and "Aa machen"
6. Kathy Foust interviews Peter Straub
7. Positioning your company against the competition
8. Playford's English Dancing Master, the oldest songbook in England.
9. New Brian Eno album coming out.
10. Scientific Method slides
11. The Koch brothers' "libertarian totalitarianism" and war against Obama profiled.
12. Greer Gilman talks Shakespeare
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
2. Ross Douthat's not fooling anybody.
3. Were the World Trade Centers examples of Islamic architecture?
4. Tennis player Andy Murray interviewed, photographed, Photoshopped.
5. Erik Prince to be deposed in Abu Dhabi.
6. Shatner's Toupee, a website that would also work as a band name.
7. Was Herman Melville hot for Hawthorne?
8. 35 lessons in 35 years.
9. Amar Bhide calls for decentralized finance & financial research.
10. Fever Ray, "Mercy Street" cover.
11. Nathan Branch gets a bespoke perfume from Mandy Aftel, and I am jealous.
12. Sharon Angle, Christian Reconstructionist.
13. Elliot Allagash
14. First Kiss stories.
15. Calculating COGS for software companies
16. Jake from NoFo talks about Social Anxiety Disorder.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This was a hard song to track down, partially because of misspelling/misremembering the name. There are unbelivably sad lyrics in this one, based on a series of letters sent to an absent son in America--memories of a time when a trans-Atlantic voyage might mean never seeing a family member again for the rest of your life.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
2. Library Catalog of King Henry VIII, with comentary.
3. Justin Bieber at 1/8th speed=cool ambient track
4. Tony Robbins inspires a pimp and learns to adjust his golf swing by 1mm.
5. Better book titles
6. Irish banks do strange things
7. People (me included) trust the codex over the screen
8. Jamais Cascio
9. How Power Affects Us
Sunday, August 15, 2010
2.Scott Pilgrim behind the scenes Flickr set
3. John Clute on the new Robert A Heinlein biography, Learning Curve. Cory Doctorow on the same.
4. Tony Judt on King's College and educational reform.
In Julian's analysis above, there's also a hint of John Boyd (America's best military thinker). Julian's focus appears to be on disrupting/slowing the decision making cycles (OODA loops) of organizational opponents through a "secrecy tax" (a tax that is radically increased through leaks). Like Boyd, he maintains that any organization unable to respond to environmental changes, due to very slow decision making cycles, will eventually succumb to competitors.Robb also makes a point that Wikileaks is an important innovation in "non-violent" warfare. The key to the Wikleaks strategy is to do as little as possible to make your opponents do as much as possible, as with traditional insurgencies. The difference is that, compared to other insurgencies, the provocations are less and less virulent, yet produce very large, confused responses. Call this the allergy method of warfare. Soon, they'll have the Pentagon doing mole hunts every time a pizza gets delivered to the Pentagon at an odd hour.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
2. Eat, Pray, Love's Elizabeth Gilbert has a store in New Jersey.
3. Neal Pollack tussles with a Jivamukti yoga instructor.
"I showed that last movie at NYU last month, at a faculty critique," Franco says, flinching a little. "It's a fairly confrontational piece, and it got a little ugly. One faculty member — she's always tough on me, but she flat-out called me an asshole. She jumped me. She was muttering it the whole time: What an asshole. What an asshole."Also, Franco reads Twilight and gets a straight razor shave, apparently as part of the interview.
Previously: James Franco
Thursday, August 12, 2010
And boom goes the theory.
2. Rachel Maddow on DADT. Brilliant segment last night.
3. Why the GOP really wants to repeal the 14th Amendment: Hispanic Demographics
4. Eye Bench IV in New Orleans. I saw another edition of these benches in Pittsburgh.
5. Net Neutrality made simple.
8. China Mieville on magic, JJ Abrams & Joss Whedon.
Mathematically speaking, you are the descendant of every person who has descendants and who lived more than a couple of thousand years ago (at the very earliest). Here's the math for you and your probable ancestor Confucius.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
2. The air attendant Super Bail.
3. How to scale a company.
4. Ray LaMontaigne album "Good Lord Willin and the Creek don't Rise" streamed on NPR
5. The "Frozin Chosin" battle, in which Chesty Puller advances to the rear, while demolishing Chinese battalions and carrying the wounded.
6. Tom Hardy's lived an interesting life.
7. Spinal cord regeneration via the PTEN/mTOR pathway. Don't get excited yet, it's just in mice. Anybody can get mice up and walking. Really.
8. Ed Stafford walks the length of the Amazon in two years.
9. The Books quote Gandhi
10. P=NP, or does it? Another view.
11. Ted Olson rules Fox.
More: Nate Silver comments on the kerfluffle
I suspect that for most liberals, any real sense of progress has now been lost. Yes, the left got a good-but-not-great health care bill, a good-but-not-great stimulus package, a good-but-not-great financial reform plan: these are a formidable bounty, and Obama and the Democratic Congress worked hard for them. But they now read as a basically par-for-the-course result from a time when all the stars were aligned for the Democrats -- rather than anything predictive of a new direction, or of a more progressive future. In contrast, as should become emphatically clear on November 2nd, the reversion to the mean has been incredibly swift.Even more: Obama and the Agent problem
What liberals haven't had, in other words, is very many opportunities to feel good about themselves, or to feel good about the future. While the White House has achieved several wins, they have never been elegant or emphatic, instead coming amidst the small-ball banality of cloture vote after cloture vote, of compromise after compromise.
Meanwhile, the White House has had two incredibly cynical moments in the past several weeks -- Gibbs' rant today and the premature firing of Shirly Sherrod three weeks ago. Both reflected politics at its worst, the clumsiest possible efforts at "triangulation".
Even yet still more: Yelling at liberals is one of the White House's few joys.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
2. Tom Coats's new presentation style
3. Matt Taibbi on Christie Romer's resignation
4. The Pentagon has no idea how the Internet works, demands Wikileaks "return the emails" and forbids soldiers from accessing publicly available secret documents
5. Tumblrs in everything: Fuckyeahtheoccult
6. Steig Larsson, the Man Behind the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
7. Abd El-Kader , one of those Victorian era larger than life figures. (via kottke)
Brunch at Tweet le Soir with Dave, Lauren & Andrew. Had the crabcake, avocado, and bacon sandwich, which the waitress referred to as "the Holy Trinity". Followed up with red velvet cake. Tasty, tasty.
There are a lot of cops in Uptown these days, after a five day riot back in May. Somebody in my old apartment building got hauled off by federal marshalls for some kind of heavy-duty sex crime. The guy who makes cell phone calls without benefit of a cell phone is still on the corner. That neighborhood is so much more colorful than where I live now.
Bought some Gap selvage jeans at a massive discount with no sales tax due to the tax holiday.
Back to Lollapalooza. Lot of guys in lacrosse shirts this year. Watched Social Distortion, who I'd first seen over twenty years ago, and who still rock just as hard. Talked with a bunch of guys from Montreal, who had "driven 17 hours to be here" and who were impressed that I'd been to the first Lollapalooza back in '91, making me feel old but cool. They said the "marijuana situation" down here was a bummer, that pot up in Canada was "basically free" and that it was "even cheaper than that in Quebec". I apologized and told them "like so many other things, Canada is ahead of us in this area" and that I'd "see what we could do" about the problem. :-) Watched Green Day from the second row of people. They really understand how to entertain a crowd, and played a great show. Brought up a bunch of people who looked like they were having the time of their lives.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Barack Obama's motorcade blows through the Loop. I swear that man follows me everywhere.
Cocktails with Eric G at the W. We meet a cute blonde attorney from Virginia who got booted from her room and is staying with friends for the weekend. Good times.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as it has already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same sex couples and has not suffered any demonstrated harm as a result, see FF 64-66; moreover, California officials have chosen not to defend Proposition 8 in these proceedings. Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently enjoining its enforcement; prohibiting the official defendants from applying or enforcing Proposition 8 and directing the official defendants that all persons under their control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
2. This guy doesn't believe in a fair trial for the alledged Wikileaks leaker, just wants him executed. What an asshole.
3. Harry Reid eviscerates the 14th Amendment repeal brigade.
4. Iran bans music. More assholes.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Still, I often ask myself if they see the connection that's staring you right in the face: when is "the consumer" going to start spending again? Well, maybe when you stop firing him.