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Thursday,  03/24/16  11:41 PM

Escher: drawing handsI am writing a test system for my test system. My motto: anything worth doing more than once is worth automating.

(Oh, and this is not the first time that I've written a test system for testing.  But I want to avoid the hammer factory factory effect :)

C|Net ask, do you think virtual reality will be bigger than phones in your digital life?  Yes, I do.  Especially if you remove the word "digital".  I think VR is going to be huge.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks virtual reality will be the ultimate iPhone killer.  It could be...

21st century: North Carolina passes bill which limits bathroom use by birth gender.  This doesn't seem weird to me.

Ivanpah solar electric generatorThe great solar epic fail of all time?  "A federally backed, $2.2 billion solar project in the California desert isn't producing the electricity it is contractually required to deliver to PG&E Corp., which says the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it doesn't receive a break Thursday from state regulators."  $2.2B pissed away.

Also this: "California’s one remaining nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, produces more electricity than all of California’s solar power installations combined."

Meanwhile: This is the year that shale gas passes coal.

Gary SchandlingComedian Gary Schandling has passed away.  Watch this episode of him with Jerry Seinfeld in Comedians in Cars drinking Coffee, and tell me it didn't make you laugh out loud.  He was great.

From Caltech's Quantum Frontiers, Remember to take it slow.  "'Spiros, can you explain to me this whole business about time being an illusion?'  These were William Shatner’s words to me, minutes after I walked into the green room."  In which the arrow of time is revealed to be nothing more than probability.

Charles Murray: An open letter to the Virginia Tech community.  Most people who criticize the Bell Curve have never read the book.  I have, and I think it is amazing.  You should too :)

Apple's HLS streaming ... who ordered that?One thing I forgot to mention about the Apple Special Event, at which the iPhone SE was announced; Apple have apparently decided to create their own proprietary event broadcast software called HLS.  Isn't that special.  It was not possible to watch the presentation from Chrome.  The only supported Windows browser was Microsoft Edge (yes, seriously!)  I literally booted a VM with OS X so I could watch in Safari.  Now that cannot be good.

Interesting profile of Jeff Bezos in Fortune.  Amazon are truly unique.

Josh Newman quotes Epectictus: "If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to be wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become.  Precisely describe the demeanor you want to adopt so that you may preserve it when you are by yourself or with other people."


the chart of cosmic exploration

Thursday,  03/24/16  11:58 PM

Love it!
(as usual, click to enbiggenize)



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