If it weren't for "unanimity of hate" in the quote above, it could very well have been spoken by Bernie Sanders. Right now, it's easier to be dismissive of Bernie than to address his message, tar him with an unelectable message and just use the word "socialist" a lot.
Say what you will about his economic beliefs, but Bernie is running a 100% "blue-collar" campaign, only taking money from the individuals he hopes to represent. The constraint of fund-raising from actual humans is something I'd love to see us force our politicians back in to. How would any of our other candidates fare if they weren't allowed to take money from corporations or special interests? How different would this election look if it were real people supporting these candidates?
Check out this great profile of Bernie Sanders on Bloomberg.
Another surprising Hawks game, left in Viking's hands to win in the closing seconds. Nobody likes winning this way, but given the alternatives, we'll take it.
Thanks to Rocky, the fantastic owner of Beyond Hi-Fi, for hosting us today, providing my son Theo with unlimited string cheese, orange juice, and apple sauce; and ensuring the adults were hooked up with beer, chips, salsa, and barbecue.
Let's not rely on any more hooked last-second field goals in order to progress, mmm-kay? Fate has been kind, it's on us to show the world we deserve to be there.
Here's to hoisting another Lombardi!
Finding others who share your beliefs does not make those beliefs true. See Donald Trump, Ammon Bundy, and Ben Carson for sterling examples of misguided individuals leading others, yet spewing mountains of misinformation. Plenty of people believe these leaders speak the truth and hand-wave around obvious falsehoods and misstatements that they would be quick to call out on the opposition.
Do you really want a president who never admits when he's wrong? Just look at Trump's recent commercial - purporting to show the Mexican border as illegal immigrants stream across but actually footage of the Moroccan border as refugees flee. Do you prefer a president that believes he has special insights from God, and that just one of these insights is that Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids as grain silos? How about a rancher, Ammon Bundy, who occupies federal land at gunpoint in an misguided attempt to give it back to the people? I'm "the people" too and he certainly doesn't represent me... Is this a new type of democracy I don't know about?
What the followers of these people prove is that many people do not know how to tell the difference between fact, which is generally nuanced, has two sides, and consequences (and is unfortunately kind of boring and work to assess); and fiction, which, while it may align with a simple world view, almost always fails to deal with the complexity and consequences of reality. There are many leaders who paint the world as simple in order to attract simple people.
Saunders iteratively creates a story and action from a mundane description, proving that it's the engagement and dissatisfaction with the writing that generates the life the story will ultimately inhabit.
...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.