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Wednesday,  07/02/14  10:58 PM

Yosemite ValleyHalf two!  Time to start playing :)

I've enjoyed the World Cup so far (go Oranje!) but have a fundamental observation about soccer: the game doesn't become interesting until after one team scores.  Maybe they should flip a coin to see which team starts out ahead 1-0, in the interest of making things interesting.

I am *not* tired of pictures from Yosemite Valley yet.  Stay tuned for [possibly a lot] more...

world population mapA weird map showing the world's countries drawn according to their population size.  This is excellent.  One of the key takeaways for me from my recent trip to Kazakhstan was how much bigger the world is than just the US.  We all know this intellectually, but a map like this really brings it home.  Just look at all those people in Asia.

So, is there such a thing as "coder's high"?  Of course there is.  Pass the C++ please.

Seth Godin: Don't blow it (the secret of b2b).  "If you sell to businesses, you're either calling on unsuccessful companies, who are panicking and afraid and don't have a lot of resources to spend on new things...  Or you're selling to successful businesses. And in those organizations, most people walk around with a three-word mantra imprinted on their arm: Don't blow it."

writing on the wallThis is awesome: Rube Goldberg meets MTV, in M.C.Escher's warehouse.  The writing is on the wall ... or is it?

Wurlitzer wizardsDid you know, I love church organs?  I do.  Not only their awesome music, but their amazing physics and ancient engineering.  So now Wurlitzer wizards bring the music back to Amsterdam's art deco marvel.  How cool is that?

Do I think this is cool?  Yes.  Software spots genetic disorders from regular photos.  Do I think this is real?  No.

Jimmy the robot (Intel's 3D-printed kits)Welcome to the 21st century:  Intel offering 3D-printed robot kits.  I can only imagine where this will go ... how soon before they start printing themselves?

On the Fermi Paradox (aka, "where is everybody?").  "Depending on where The Great Filter occurs, we're left with three possible realities: We're rare, we're first, or we're fucked."

SecondLife VRExcellent: SecondLife's second act will be a social network for virtual reality

Microsoft are preparing to release 'Threshold', a new desktop-focused version of Win 8.  Whew.  Kind of like the way Win 7 was a correction to Vista, this will be a correction to Win 8.  But it might be too late to matter much...

From Popular Mechanics: 25 Makers who are reinventing the American Dream.  Unlike a lot of such lists, I actually knew of most of these people, and yes they have made an incredible difference.  Where would we be without them?

There is no App.  M.G.Seigler considers WUT, in which the notification is the message.  Not groundbreaking but interesting, and potentially useful.

Android Wear watchesDan Frommer, on the new Android Wear watches from LG, Samsung, and Motorola: These are not the wearables we've been waiting for.  Bad grammar but good points.

solar flaresAnd meanwhile, on the surface of the sun ... wow!


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visiting Titan
unintelligent design
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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