Critical Section

Archive: November 19, 2009

<<< November 17, 2009


November 20, 2009 >>>


Thursday,  11/19/09  09:39 PM

Yesterday was just about perfect.  I can't tell you why, but it left me very inspired.

"contemplation"This morning I slept in and actually did a little nothing for a while before “going to work”.  It was good.  Weird but good.  Somehow the world didn’t stop just because I didn’t check my email immediately.  I realize, *this* is the mindset I need for being productive.  Not the customer / email / status / phone kind of productive, but how-do-I-change-the-world productive.  It is so easy to fall into the spin cycle and lose the big picture.

Cyclelog, 11/18: Kessel run, 30 miles.  Took it easy in the fog.
Cyclelog, 11/19: Hidden valley, 25 miles.  Cold and dark and thoughtful...

vista: Eze and Cap FerratThe BMW Oracle team racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup apparently have bicycles, and used them to ride from Nice to Monaco, stopping to take the amazing picture of the ancient city of Eze at left.  That would be Cap Ferrat in the background, some of the most amazing real estate on Earth.  I have fond memories of a certain dinner in Eze itself, overlooking the Cote d'Azur...

66,666 miles at 66 mphYesterday I passed a milestone; 66,666 miles.  Naturally I did it at 66mph.  Unfortunately the temperature did not cooperate; as I was in San Diego, it was of course 70o :)

Paul Graham: Apple's Mistake.  "Software isn't like music or books.  It's too complicated for a third party to act as an intermediary between developer and user.  And yet that's what Apple is trying to be with the App Store: a software publisher."  For a company that has shown everyone it knows what it is doing, Apple sure does get a lot of criticism and advice.  The iPhone App Store sure doesn't feel like a mistake to me...

dinner with M: Michelin inspector in actionThe New Yorker interviews a Michelin inspector, and has Dinner with M.  An interesting peak behind the curtain.

Finally, here we have the Top Ten Internet Moments of the Decade.  See if you can make your own list first, before reading theirs...  man there are so many.  My own vote would go for Google AdWords, it seems like in fifty years looking back, that would be the most significant.


Quantum Sculptures

Thursday,  11/19/09  11:03 PM

These are awesome:
Julian Voss-Andreae's Quantum Sculptures
Please click through and check 'em out

I would love to have some of these :)

Julian Voss-Andreae's Quantum Sculptures

[ via Boing Boing ]


Return to the archive.

this date in:
About Me

Greatest Hits
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
The Nest
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