Critical Section

where are the desktop apps?

Tuesday,  09/16/14  08:28 PM

So, where are the desktop apps?  I'm confused.

Windows appsWe all know, mobile app ecosystems are all the rage now.  Everything has to have an Apple app and an Android app.  In mobile there's a definite trend in favor of native user interfaces for speed and usability.  Every website has to have mobile apps also, and any site with *only* a web interface is considered behind.  Yet ... nobody feels this way about the desktop.  Nothing has to have an OS X app and a Windows app.  There's no trend on desktops in favor of native user interfaces, despite the fact that they have an even bigger advantage in speed and usability over web apps.  No website is considered behind if they don't have a desktop interface.  Weird.

Consider Facebook.  On mobile platforms everyone uses their apps, not their website.  But on the desktop everyone uses the web interface, they don't even have desktop apps.  Same thing for Twitter.  And Instagram.  And LinkedIn.  And Google search.  And eBay.  Amazon don't have a desktop app.  Nor do Macy's, or Overstock, or  Where are the mapping apps for the desktop?  I challenge you to name one website which has a desktop app.

It isn't any harder to create desktop apps than mobile apps.  They use the same technology, and have the same advantages in speed and usability.  Late-model operating systems like OS X Snow Leopard and Win 8 have app stores for the desktop, just like iTunes and Google Play for mobile apps.  But they're ghost towns.  I don't get it.

Mac appsI grant you that there are more mobile devices than desktops, and the mobile market is growing faster.  But the Windows and Mac desktop user communities are by no means negligible.  Furthermore people are more willing to invest in apps on desktops than they are on mobile.  Compare the prices of Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite on the desktop against their mobile brethren.  So in addition to user experience, websites are leaving money on the table.

When I look at the mobile apps I use most often, for each there is a corresponding website which I use on my desktop.  And in each case a native app would improve the user experience.  Facebook.  LinkedIn.  Yelp.  Twitter.  Strava.  OpenTable.  Etc etc etc.  Yet none of these companies have or are working on desktop apps.

What's even stranger?  Most of these websites have APIs, so third-party developers could jump in to fill the void by creating third-party desktop apps.  But these are rare.  TweetDeck is the only one that even comes to mind.  Not only has the opportunity of creating desktop apps eluded websites, it has escaped independent developers also.

It's confusing.  Where are the desktop apps?


that syncing feeling

Monday,  09/15/14  10:56 PM

bottled sunlightHi everyone!  Thought I'd poke my head out of my self-imposed isolarium to check in with the world.  How's it going out there?  In here it has been quite busy - lots of coding going on, and lots of other stuff also - and I see the blogosphere has been busy as well...

Wine is sunlight held together by water... Galileo

U2: Songs of InnocenceI for one like U2, and am happy that Apple have arranged for me to get their latest album Songs of Innocence free.  Why this act of marketing should have made so many people angry I cannot imagine.  If it were a band I didn't care for, so be it, I would simply delete the album.  Sheesh.

File under no good deed goes unpunished.

One more comment: it's actually a good album.  Says me.  I'm listening to it right now ... :)

Interesting: PayPal open fire on Apple Pay.  "Apple Pay is as safe as your selfies".  A most dishonest claim, by the way.

Related: Apple proves that moats are for dummies.  A good thought piece from Robert X Cringley, who has been rather scattered of late.  Welcome back Robert :)

And yet: Apple's $100M gift to U2 was not cool.  "For a company that makes products that are supposedly about personal creativity, they seem to focus on elite creativity a bit too much."  Yep, good point.

Four factors every founder must keep in mind when determining valuation.  Good to know.

Dilbert: strategyGood advice on strategy, from Dilbert...

Excellent: A startup hopes to teach computers to spot tumors in medical scans.  The applications for visual search technology are limitless - and important.

the Sweden Solar SystemPretty cool: the Sweden Solar System.  "The Sun is represented by the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, the largest hemispherical building in the world. The inner planets can also be found in Stockholm but the outer planets are situated northward in other cities along the Baltic Sea."  I love that they've embraced the "outer planets" like Eris, Sedna and Quaor.

Interesting think piece from Josh Newman: To have or to hold.  GenX-ers want to own stuff, while GenY-ers just want to be able to access it.  Seems like a key tipping point which pivots around the availability of nearly everything as a service.

RF Flip shipCool: Eight incredible vessels that changed how ships are made.  I am kind of surprised they didn't include any aircraft carriers in this list...

I wonder if this one could have made the list, too: Russian billionaire's $300M yacht.  I actually saw this vessel anchored outside Marina Del Rey last Wednesday, must be too big to enter the harbor.  Looked wildly cool.

the SS United StatesAnd then there's this one: The SS United States, the fight to save America's last great ocean liner.  Truly the end of an era.  I would have dearly liked to make a transatlantic crossing back in the heyday of liners.  Maybe someday we'll have the equivalent for visiting other planets :)

Alberto Contador wins the 2014 Vuelta a EspañaMaximum congratulations to Alberto Contador, who won the Vuelta a España in convincing fashion, just two months after breaking his leg while riding in the Tour de France.  A pivotal stage was last Sunday's stage 15, which finished at the top of the massive climb up Lagos de Covadonga.  (I rode that climb myself back in 2007, while watching a stage of the Vuelta.)

Google's object recognition technologyWow, cool: Google's latest object recognition tech can spot everything in your living room.  Of course the killer app for visual search applications isn't identifying stuff you already own, it is helping you buy new stuff you don't own yet :)

ZooBorn: teeny African elephantAwww... ZooBorn of the day, a teeny African elephant.  Where by teeny, I mean in comparison to her Mom; she weighed 245 lbs at birth :)


never forget

Thursday,  09/11/14  09:11 AM

never forgetDriving home last night I passed by Pepperdine University's awesome "Waves of Flags" 9/11 tribute. Beautiful and sobering in the misty night.

I was walking through the seemingly endless columns of American flags waving in the night breeze when suddenly I came upon a French flag.  And it suddenly struck me that each flag represented an individual death.

I hope they never stop doing this, and I hope I never stop feeling chills when I see it. 



Apple Day

Tuesday,  09/09/14  09:33 PM

Apple Day!  Yay, we the consumers of the world get ... new iPhone 6s!  Bigger and better (in fact, "bigger than bigger").  And we also get Apple Pay - wow, most interesting - and the much-rumored Apple Watch.  Well in the latter case we don't get it yet; Apple decided to announce this device family six months ahead of its launch date, presumably to enable third-party developers to create applications ahead of its initial launch.

So, what do I think?

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusThe new phones are very nice ... I will most likely get an iPhone 6, not an iPhone 6 Plus, because I'm not a big fan of big phones.  Other than the size the other improvements seem rather incremental.  The shape is maybe a little nicer (with rounded edges), and faster is always better.  And better battery life!  That is truly better.

The camera improvements seem nice; it's so interesting that the most important hardware in a new phone is the camera, isn't it?  And having a barometer so the phone becomes a better motion tracker ... great.

I wish the new phones didn't have to come with IOS 8 ... still don't like the "new" look and feel of IOS 7 ... I was hoping Apple would backtrack a bit.  But no.


Apple PayApple Pay seems like a most interesting service, and will perhaps end up being the most significant announcement of the day, long term.

Interestingly Apple are purely a wallet, they are not involved in executing or settling transactions at all.  They make money by selling devices, and get a piece of the action on the back-end from banks, who should see savings from lowered fraud and repudiation risk due to Apple's TouchId.

The combination of Apple and Google should be enough to tip NFC as the mechanism of choice to replace credit cards and magnetic stripe readers.  So be it.

Apple WatchAnd the Apple Watch, hmmm...  not sure what to think, yet.  Unlike others I'm not blown away by the appearance; it's attractive and I guess the square face is functional, but it is no competition at all for my Hublot or Cartier as wrist jewelry. 

I'm intrigued by the fact that Apple have announced it six months before it's available, and also by the availability of three editions times three colors times six band colors times three band styles.  Perhaps the customizability is good - maybe everyone doesn't want to wear the same watch - but perhaps it shows they don't know what everyone wants, and will let the market figure it out.

I guess I won't really know what to think until I get a chance to wear one.  My Pebble Steel was an experiment, and while at first it seemed like a gimmick, I actually do like being able to read messages and alerts on my wrist without pulling out my phone.  Two key selling points for the Pebble are simplicity and battery life, and it seems Apple have sacrificed both in order to invent a new platform.  We'll see.

Finally, a comment about the "event".  When Apple announces new products they always make waves, and they did a great job of preparation and polish, but ... well this event just didn't have much charm.

I watched the whole thing, and while it was tight and well scripted, it wasn't entertaining.  So be it.

We get a spiffy new phone, a new payment mechanism, and a new wearable computer.  Not bad for Apple Day :)


Steve Jobs announces the iWatch[Update]  A perfect overview of the event: Steve Jobs unveils the iWatch.  Be sure to click through to this article for the full analysis.  It nails what was missing.


Milky Way over Yellowstone

Thursday,  08/28/14  02:42 PM


Wow!  Milky Way over Yellowstone is the most amazing NASA APOD ever.

Milky Way over Yellowstone

(click to enbiggen amazingly)



over 21

Monday,  08/25/14  09:51 PM

over 21Today is of special note; it is my daughter Alexis 21st birthday!  Wow.  How the time flies... Happy Birthday Alex, congratulations on another trip around the sun.  I hope the next 21 are even better :)

Meanwhile, it's all happening...

3D-printed jet engine, courtesy of GEHow awesome is this?  GE releases instructions for 3D-printable jet engine.  Yes, of course I printed one for myself :)

Yobi 3D is a search engine for 3D objects.  Excellent, and much needed.  I'll be back.

A message from the Amazon Books team.  In which the transition to e-books is compared to the previous transition to paperbacks.  Well-reasoned, and reasonable.  Book publishers are most definitely not on the side of history.

The counterintuitive trait that will make you significantly more successful.  It's ... skepticism.  Hmmm, I have to say, I'm skeptical :)  I grant that excessive optimism and unrealism can hurt, you, but sometimes the man who knows something is impossible is interrupted by the man who is doing it anyway.

IBM Mark I computerSeventy years ago today ... IBM presented the Mark I computer to Harvard.  I love those old machines, they're so ... intricate, right?

Important news: the best beer in baseball.  The Washington Post ranks every ballpark in Major League Baseball by the quality and breadth of their beer offerings.

Is HBase's slow and steady approach winning the NoSQL race?  I don't think so.  I think Cassandra has a huge lead and is gaining on everyone else.  This isn't a race, by the way.  There is no network effect to the leader, selection of databases is purely a meritocracy.

Twitter's small chance to maim email.  I rate the chances of Twitter denting email use as approaching zero from the left.  Good direct messaging in Twitter might replace other kinds of messaging, but email is longer form and queued, giving it other properties.

stunning cliffside beachesTwenty stunning cliffside beaches.  Wow.

Spring shopping - follow brands, not usersHmmm... this is interesting: Jello Labs launches Spring, a new shopping app.  "On every other platform, users follower users.  On Spring, shoppers follow brands."  I predict this won't work, but it is an interesting experiment.  And it could most certainly benefit from inclusion of visual search :)

So I can find it later: how to center one object inside another in CSS.  If I could comment, I don't find CSS to be at all elegant.  There's an inherent crapiness which makes even simple stuff hard.

Interesting: Wind power requires 700 times as much land as Fracking.  I prefer nuclear power to both, but I must admit I am greatly troubled by the land area consumer by "clean" wind power.

Darian National Park - the gap in the Pan-American HighwayThe gap in the world's longest road.  It's the Darien National Park, in Panama, which breaks up the Pan-American Highway that runs from Alaska to Argentina.

Robert Scoble has thrown in the blogging towel: I've completely moved to social media.  So be it.  For myself, I'm still Facebooking, but blogging allows two things which Facebook does not: linkblogging (like this post), and long-form essays.  Both of which I like to write.

What Facebook doesn't show you.  "All I want is an unfiltered feed of what my friends post, as they post it."  Amen, brother.  That's all anyone I know wants, but somehow Facebook doesn't want to give it to us.  Does anyone prefer "top stories" to "recent posts"?  Yeah see, I knew it.

Dave Winer: Little Facebook Editor.  Huh, this looks interesting... must check it out.  "Little Facebook Editor can cross-post to both WordPress and Facebook simultaneously, and when a post changes, both sites are updated."  Maybe a good solution for Robert Scoble :)


our Curiosity

Tuesday,  08/19/14  10:07 PM


Our Curiosity is a nice video by Caltech narrated by Neal deGrasse Tyson,
celebrating NASA's Curiosity Rover (which was designed and made for NASA by Caltech's JPL)

One of the most successful and influential unmanned spacecraft (robots) of all time. 
So cool



apathy to dependence

Saturday,  08/09/14  10:22 PM

we the people ...So, apparently democracies go through the following cycle:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.


Hmmm... doesn't seem inevitable, but it does seem like it happens a lot.


It's pretty hard to get good decision making from the masses, they generally vote in favor of their own self-interest and against the common good, until something cataclysmic comes along to reset the cycle.


NYTimes 1943, if edited today

Friday,  08/08/14  11:10 PM


This would be funnier if it were less true: 
If today's editors of the NYTimes were in charge in 1943:

NYTimes of 1943, if edited today



Wednesday,  08/06/14  01:16 AM

SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts offA little midnight blogging, after a wonderful night at the center of the universe (Dodger Stadium).  Yes, the Dodgers won in the bottom of the ninth on a walkoff error, after the Angels moved one of their outfields into the infield.  And yes, the final score was four hot dogs two beers.

Picture of the day: SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off.  Awesome!  (Click to enbiggen.)

Don't you love the way iCloud stops syncing at random, and the only way to restart it is to uninstall / reinstall it?  Yeah, me too.  That's what you call user friendly.

Starbucks payments' appWith all the talk about mobile payments, guess who is the leader in number of mobile payment apps deployed?  If you said Starbucks, you would be correct.  So now Starbucks wants you to use their app for payments in other stores.  How interesting.  It's a simple stored-value system, not clear why you would want to use this, but ... we'll see.

They do have a plug-in for my Pebble Watch :)

Bitcoin gatewayMeanwhile: Stripe CTO explains how Bitcoin could improve the financial system.  Excellent.  Seems like the transparency of all transactions is most important; not who did them, but that they were done.

Apropos: Wikipedia now accepts donations in Bitcoin.

Seth Godin: Doing the hard things.  "'How do we do something so difficult that others can't imagine doing it?' is a fine question to ask today."  Hehe.  At eyesFinder we do the impossible every day :)

Guardians of the GalaxySo, the power of Han Solo is alive in Guardians of the Galaxy?  (Question mark is mine)  Meh.  I saw it after reading reviews like this, and I was underwhelmed.  It was entertaining enough I suppose, but not in the same class as Star Wars.  At all.

Strong Bad!Meanwhile: Ranking all 205 Strong Bad emails.  So good.

How to fake flawless predictions for any event on social media.  Basically, you make a bunch of predictions beforehand, and then afterward highlight the only one which was right and delete the rest.  "Never trust a prediction revealed after its outcome."

Bill Nye: How finding ET will change the world.  And it will most likely be found on Europa.  So be it.  I would *still* like to visit Titan, maybe there will be Europa-ians there already!

More proof, if any were needed, that the world is sinking Idiocracy-like into decline: Jerry Pournelle republishes a book sixth graders used to read 100 years ago.  Now it would be college-level reading.  This is fueled by Unnatural Selection.

The Scarlet Pool, ThailandAmazing swimming pools.  Wow!  (Pictured, the aptly named "Scarlet Pool", at a hotel in Thailand.

So, does technology have a "gender gap"?  Maybe.  I feel like if anything technology is mostly a meritocracy, the examples in the article notwithstanding.  There is most definitely a gender gap in available engineers - when I run an ad for programmers, nearly every applicant is male - but I suspect that has more to do with interest than bias.

Jens Voight and Chris HornerJens Voight is calling it quits after USA Pro Challenge.  So be it.  He's going to be missed.  That's him at right, with Chris Horner; two 42-year-olds still at the top of their sport.

Alejandro Valverde answers his Tour critics with Clasica victory.  Nobody should have to apologize for finishing fourth in the Tour de France.  Alejandro is a great rider.

How to be lucky.  As you might expect, this turns out to be mostly a matter of attitude.  I always feel the harder I work, the luckier I get :)

adorable little PenguinAnd we'll end tonight with an adorable little penguin.  You're welcome!



Thursday,  07/31/14  11:45 PM

Got for it, little Picton!Whew, what a week!  What a two weeks...  work work work and a wonderful interlude sailing an E Scow with a friend in Charleston and a business trip to Boston.  And so much going on at eyesFinder.  But there's a lot going on elsewhere too ... let's take a look, shall we?

PS if you're interested please check us out at eyesFinder (we have a cool new site); we also have a cool blog all about visual search where we're posting every day.  If you're interested please subscribe, or Like us on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter.

I am spending 50% of my time coding these days, and the other 100% of my time doing everything else.  It has been great.  There is so much pleasure in slowly patiently building something piece by piece, making all the pieces fit just so.  Awesome!

And you cannot code without music, and good code makes good music even better.  Yay, Slacker.

the Martian, by Andy WeirJust finished The Martian, by Andy Weir.  It was excellent, highly recommended, as plausible near-future science fiction.  So much greatness and so much humor too.  (Thanks, Brad Feld.)  Couldn't wait to reach the end of each day so I could visit Mars :)

Fun fact: this book was first self-published as an e-book on Amazon, and Random House picked it up for printing afterward.

The Honest Truth About DishonestyThe 'Just in Time' theory of user behavior.  Aka, "the path of least resistance is everyone's best friend".  Taken from a cool new book: The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely.

Bill Gates' and Warren Buffets' favorite business book is out of print.  Written in 1971, in consists of 12 stories from The New Yorker.  However, it is now available ... as an e-book.  Cool.

Nobody doubt's Google's cloud intentions anymore.  Nope.  But then, whoever did?

Nobody doubt's Apple's either.  They've been accused of incompetence, but they're serious.

And ... Microsoft, IBM surge ahead of Amazon in cloud revenue growth.  Note they're talking about the first derivative here, not the absolute numbers.  But, still.

I read this with great interest: What's Google's biggest fear?  Native search.  That is, sites and apps which have their own search, instead of using Google.

If this is truly their biggest fear, then visual search will exacerbate it.  We strike fear into the heart of Google! Yes!  (getting a bit carried away here :)

Speedtest: Verizon FIOS now symmetrically fastVerizon FIOS gets speed boost; uploads now as fast as downloads.  Yep.  Thank you!

Helpful: Why seven hours of sleep might be better than eight.  Personally I suggest six, but that's just me...

Minion on Fire (Amazon's new Fire Phone)So did I tell you?  I've got a Fire Phone.  So far I like it, stay tuned for a full review.  In the meantime, the critics have soundly panned it.  Ah, they didn't like the first Kindle either, and now look. 

Yes, my minion is on Fire :)

MG Siegler thinks it is so much of a failure that he's recommending a VP of Devil's Advocacy.  We'll see.

Amazon's 3D StoreExcellent: 3D-printing comes to Amazon.  Of course.  Although right now they're selling 3D-printed stuff, someday they will sell the models so you can print your own at home.

Guess before clicking: The most important factor of startup success.  I agree entirely.  (It’s not having a funny Dutch founder who sails and cycles, although that was a good guess :)

Why OKCupid's experiments aren't the same as Facebook's.  Yeah I kind of agree.  The difference is setting expectations.

ZooBorn: Lynx CubThis little guy is too cute, ZooBorn of the week is Jasper, a Lynx Cub.


Le Tour 2014, stage 21: Kittel wins final sprint (again); Nibali golden in yellow

Sunday,  07/27/14  10:53 PM

the peleton rides down the banks of the Seine on their way to the final straight over the Champs d'ElyseeTo nobody's surprise Marcel Kittel won the final bunch sprint down the Champs d'Elysee in Paris, after the usual flurries of attacks on the cobbles in front of millions of screaming Frenchman.  It was an amazing pageant, as always, to see 200 brightly clad riders flying down the boulevard at 40mph.

The final jerseys of the 2014 Tour; Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Rafael Majka (polka dot), and Thibot Pinot (white)And so ends the remarkable 2014 tour; with Vincenzo Nibali in firm possession of the overall leader's yellow jersey, Peter Sagan equally secure in the sprinter's green jersey, Rafael Majka in the king of the mountain's polka dots, and Thibot Pinot as the best young rider in white.

It was a great three weeks of great racing, with a little bit of everything, and after looking forward to each day's racing I'm sorry it's all over.  I guess I'll have my little period of mourning and then we can look forward to the 2014 Vuelta a Espana.  (Will Chris Horner be able to defend against Chris Froome and Alberto Contador?)

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Le Tour 2014, stage 20: Martin wins TT as Nibali cruises to final yellow

Saturday,  07/26/14  10:43 PM

Tony Martin wins the 2014 Tour's final time trial stageThe amazing 2014 Tour de France continued today as Tony Martin won the long 40km time trial, extending his dominance in the TT discipline.  Vincenzo Nibali finished a strong fourth, wrapping up his overall GC victory.  JC Peraud passed his French countryman Thibot Pinot to end up second, despite two punctures, and Alejandro Valverde failed to gain ground, leaving Pinot on the podium in third and finishing fourth overall (and taking the white jersey as best young rider).  Tejay Van Garderen finished fifth for the second time, after barely passing Romain Bardet.

So ends a great Tour; tomorrow is the traditional parade to Paris, punctuated at the end by what will likely be a ferocious bunch sprint.  I'm sad!  I don't want the Tour to end...

[ Le Tour 2014: all posts | index ]


Le Tour 2014, stage 19: Navardauskas outruns charging peleton

Friday,  07/25/14  11:33 PM

Ramunas Navardauskas powers away from a charging peleton to grab victoryOn paper the last road stage of the 2014 Tour looked like one for the sprinters; a flat "transition" stage.  But as the last chance for glory you knew anything could happen, and something great did; Ramunas Navardauskas attacked the peloton on a dinky Cat 4 climb near the end and then powered away from a charging peloton to give Team Garmin Sharp their first victory of the tour.  And it certainly made for great spectating, it seemed he would be reeled in just at the end like his teammate Jack Bauer on stage 15, yet he held on and made it.  Yay.

Stage 20 tomorrow is the time trial, and there's quite a lot at stake; 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place are up for grab between JC Peraud, Thibot Pinot, and Alejandro Valverde, and 5th and 6th are in play between Romain Bardet and Tejay Van Garderen.  Stay tuned!

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Le Tour 2014, stage 18: Nibali confirms dominance up Hautecam

Thursday,  07/24/14  11:20 PM

Vincenzo Nibali confirms his dominance of the 2014 Tour by attacking on the final climb and winning the stageIn the final decisive road stage of the 2014 Tour, Vincenzo Nibali triumphed up the final HC climb of Hautecam and confirmed his dominance of this year's Tour.  Barring a disaster in Saturday's time trial, he will wear the yellow jersey in Paris.  And at this point who could deny him; the way he's ridden this tour, he might well have won even if Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were still riding.

Chris Horner attacks on the final climb of stage 18 up HautecamIt was a great race all the way up the last climb; if you've ever wanted to watch a truly great race up a truly tough mountain, this would be a good one to go back and watch.  I enjoyed every minute of it, especially 42-year-old Chris Horner's late attack on the GC leaders, which was glorious despite ultimately failing.  Rafael Majka had a great ride too, as did Tejay Van Garderen and JC Peraud.  Unfortunately Alejandro Valverde faltered in the final battle and now sits fourth, with some serious work to do in the time trial to get back on the podium.  And it was a great race for France, as there were no fewer than three French riders battling and left with a chance at the podium.

Tomorrow is a flat sprinters stage - the last chance for a breakaway, so could be interesting - and then Saturday is the long time trial before Sunday's parade into Paris.  Onward.

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Fairly recent posts:

09/16/14 08:28 PM -

where are the desktop apps?

09/15/14 10:56 PM -

that syncing feeling

09/11/14 09:11 AM -

never forget

09/09/14 09:33 PM -

Apple Day

08/28/14 02:42 PM -

Milky Way over Yellowstone

08/25/14 09:51 PM -

over 21

08/19/14 10:07 PM -

our Curiosity

08/09/14 10:22 PM -

apathy to dependence

08/08/14 11:10 PM -

NYTimes 1943, if edited today

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07/27/14 10:53 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 21: Kittel wins final sprint (again); Nibali golden in yellow

07/26/14 10:43 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 20: Martin wins TT as Nibali cruises to final yellow

07/25/14 11:33 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 19: Navardauskas outruns charging peleton

07/24/14 11:20 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 18: Nibali confirms dominance up Hautecam

07/23/14 11:08 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 17: Majka triumphs, confirms polkadots

07/22/14 11:45 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 16: Rodgers attacks downhill, GC shuffled

07/21/14 10:56 PM -

Le Tour 2014, rest day 2: movie + thoughts

07/20/14 05:10 PM -


07/20/14 11:17 AM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 15: Kristoff wins transition stage as break caught with 20m to go

07/19/14 09:29 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 14: Majka triumphs, GC solidifies

07/18/14 09:26 PM -

the real world

07/18/14 08:12 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 13: Nibali wins on HC final climb, solidifies hold on yellow

07/17/14 11:02 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 12: Kristoff nips Sagan on another lumpy day; GC unchanged

07/16/14 10:50 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 11: Gallopin nips Sagan on a lumpy day; Talansky survives

07/15/14 11:04 PM -

complexity: Men vs Women

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07/15/14 10:42 PM -

Le Tour 2014, rest day 1: pics and thoughts

07/14/14 11:35 PM -

Le Tour 2014, stage 10: Contador crashes out as Nibali takes the queen stage and regains yellow

07/13/14 11:31 PM -

awesome Cassini

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