...and why I don't own one. I am looking forward to my sone learning to ski or snowboard someday though!
I wager there is one person on the planet that could write this book - and he did. This is one of the most gratifying, epic, science fiction stories I have ever read. It was so good that when I finished, I immediately went and pressed it into the hands of a coworker.
The most salient part of the novel for me, was the recurring theme of humanity's ability to create story and myth, even when - or perhaps especially when - on the brink of collapse. A giant story that encompasses what it means to be human and transhuman and an excellent argument for why space and long-term thinking matter.
I expect the camera to be the marquee feature on the new iPhone 6s and I wouldn't be surprised if Austin is right about most of these; his main predictions seem to be buttressed by lots of other reporting. The thing I hadn't considered was the use of force touch as a means of quick access to the camera, which would be great. The current swipe gesture has been really fiddly on both of the 6 Plus devices I've owned in the last year, with swipe working only 50% of the time or so. I've missed a number of "precious moments" with my son by not being able to get to the camera quickly enough.
I sold my 6 Plus this morning to be ready to pre-order the new one next week.
A small but really nice feature for Prime members on iOS or Android. As an Amazon Prime member, I wanted to load up on some shows on my iPad before my last flight and couldn't. Now, it looks like I'll at least have some options for stuffing my device before flights.
Netflix? Can you follow suit please?
A suspenseful page-turner with literary quality, what's not to love? The character set is a haphazard collection of liars, cheaters, and shoplifters; the subject is the decades old, Satanic mass murder of a down-on-their-luck farming family; and the plot is fueled by a clever two-timeline structure and serious narrative chops.
Here's the thing, while I enjoyed reading the book a lot, I called the whodunit portion really early - like immediately early. Normally, that kind of fizzles a mystery thriller book for me (insert sad trombone music here), but there was some great stuff in here and plenty of things I didn't see coming that were so artfully handled. While I didn't get the sense of demented joy I had while reading "Gone Girl," you can definitely see that these were cut from the same cloth and appreciate this pot-boiler for what it is.
We lack a well-informed (and well-reasoned) populace and this video is downright scary proof.
Trump's platform is to boorishly make fun of politicians by calling them ugly and stupid and to play off voter skepticism of government. I'm not cynical enough to take him seriously and believe (hope?) that foot in mouth disease will eventually catch up to him, but it's difficult to understand how he has made it this far. He's smarter than he shows, but if this disgusting platform wins him office, it's time to move somewhere else (Iceland?).
In a word - disorienting. I found the experience of reading Kelly Link's stories intriguing, although not terribly enjoyable. Her stories create a swirling vortex of layered fantasy that push emotional buttons without resolution - it's sort of like a runaway process on a computer that just keeps eating up more and more resources until the operating system crashes. I just crashed.
I love the Uber service but I've experienced this every time I book a car. The cars I was looking at (prior to my actual booking) all disappear and another car, invariably further away, gets tapped for my transit.
Damn Uber, you shady...
This video was my initial introduction to Shakey Graves and has turned me on to his work in general. None of his other work, however, touches the joy and jauntiness on display in this video with Esmé Patterson. It makes me grin and my 18 month old son loves it.
A well-done business biography with direct access to Musk that depicts him as a "force of nature" maniacally focused on solving acute energy resource problems and making the human species interplanetary. The incredible success of Musk, however, has not come without ongoing personal sacrifice, and the book is not simple hagiography - it touches on the cost of this focus to work relations and personal relations (his marriages and children). What makes Musk unique as a human being is the level of pain he is willing absorb in order to achieve his goals. This is what makes Musk such a fascinating study. It will be interesting to see a followup in 30 years, recounting how far he actually gets against his goals.
Caffeine zero day came so quickly. Herbal tea instead. Here's to hoping the day runs smoothly without withdrawal.
"Our Endless Numbered Days" was an enjoyable read, although I found the "twist" ending completely gratuitous and clumsy. Ultimately, the main plot mechanic fell flat and fizzled, where it looks like many readers have a "Keyser Söze moment" that I just didn't get to enjoy.
Had the ending been left more artfully ambiguous, I would have enjoyed it much more.
Well it's not "trainspotting bad." I'm still on plan, down to a single 12 oz. coffee a day (yesterday and today, planning on maintaining that level through the weekend). Unfortunately, I've had a low-grade headache all day. Perhaps a slightly stronger 12oz. tomorrow would not be considered cheating?
This book is positively chockablock with insights regarding Apple's unique Industrial Design and Product Development process, making it a worthwhile read for people in the industry trying to get a better sense of how Apple keeps managing to churn out hit after hit. What makes Apple unique and how did it come to place Industrial Design at the core of it all?
- Don't create a product just because you can be competitive. Build a product where you believe you will own the category.
- Focus. Kill products that do not meet the bar to focus on successes. Printers and the Newton were both killed off.
- Don't expect customers to tell you what they want. You have to think about this harder than they do so that it fulfills a primal need when they experience it. Jony's team didn't ask customers what they wanted in a phone or in a music player.
- It's more important to be right than first.
- Double down on things that prove to be competitive advantage. When Apple launched unibody enclosures milled from aluminum, they literally bought every milling machine being produced until they could hit their scaling needs. Nobody else could copy it.
- Design is not just how something looks, it's how it works and feels.
The reason this book only gets three stars from me, however, is that it's the biographical parts about Jony Ive that fail to resonate, given that they lack his own voice as a contributor. This is a great look at a company that is built from the ground up to do things differently, but I suspect this will not be definitive on Jony Ive or his legacy.
I can't say I'm loving this book yet, but this passage really jumped out. A young girl has been taking on a "camping trip" by her father, essentially kidnapped while her mother was away on travels. This observation is from the girl after multiple days of hiking and working their way towards the heart of the wilderness. It feels foreboding and creepy in a way that nothing else has yet.
Today is the first day of caffeine weaning, so if I seem snappy or belligerent, then GIVE ME SOME FUCKING SPACE!
Actually, so far no problem. I had a half cup less coffee than normal. Instead of two mugs (it's a 12oz. mug), it was 1.5. Tomorrow will remain at 1.5 and then I'll move to 1 cup alone for Thursday and Friday. I plan on maintaining the 1 cup a day thing through the weekend (because who wants to wean on the weekend) and then go to a half cup next Monday and Tuesday, and 0 cups by next Wednesday. I'll stay off the sauce for a week and then reintroduce.
Why the weaning?
I used to wean off coffee fairly regularly, in preparation for big climbs, so that caffeine would actually be a tool when I needed to stay awake, rather than a crutch just to get going. I love caffeine and I generally keep the urge to drink it under control, but it's good to clear things out once in a while so that's what I'm going to do.
“The Remains of the Day” is written with a singular voice, perfectly inhabiting the main character’s view while simultaneously calling attention to things just outside of his immediate awareness. The story itself is a bildungsroman, the road trip of a middle-aged Mr. Stevens, a butler with a couple weeks away from his job, access to his employer’s Ford, and a goal of possibly returning to the house with a former housekeeper who had left the house many years previous. She had left to become married but written recent letters to indicate unhappiness.
The further the butler presses away from the house into the countryside of England, the more he reminisces about the life he has spent in service - what it means to embody a dignity which facilitates the great ambitions of noteworthy people, while suppressing any of his own ambitions and desires. As these memories are relived, the reader has a chance to interpret them outside of the butler’s skewed representation, and the image it starts to form is nuanced, poignant, and tragic. Easily the best thing I have read in a long time.
It is possible to enjoy a book's central conceit while simultaneously finding displeasure during the actual reading experience; such was the case for me here. The speculative core of the novel is inventive - the goddess Athene creates a city based on Plato's "Republic" and populates it with children salvaged from slave markets throughout time. These children are brought to a beautiful, largely uninhabited city at the foot of a volcano (Atlantis), and instructed in how to be their best selves by Greek elders.
Into this grand experiment, several chaos monkeys are thrown: Apollo (Athene's brother) relinquishes his powers and enters the city as an anonymous mortal child and Sokrates is brought in to teach the children rhetoric and question the validity of the entire experiment. Intriguing elements to be certain.
The ideas are worthy and the Socratic dialogs setting the stage for the book's action are interesting, but the book proceeds with all the subtlety of an Ayn Rand novel. This is philosophy as blunt force trauma - philosophy for people who have never studied philosophy. It felt like my brain was being prodded by a 19th century doctor using chopsticks as surgical tools.