Critical Section

Friday,  12/13/13  06:20 PM

Had a great day today; spent time with my friends and colleagues at DoubleBeam, and did a little video shoot with friends and colleagues from eyesFinder.  In between I spent time coding and thinking.  Zero politics.  Wonderful.

The Hobbit / Desolation of Smaug: Dwarves in Barrels!Last night I saw The Hobbit / Desolation of Smaug (midnight showing), and it was great.  Better than Unexpected Journey and closer in spirit to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  It tracked the book pretty well although there was some new stuff thrown in, but it was good stuff.  And the dwarves-in-barrels-going-down-river-while-fighting-orcs scene alone makes the whole thing worth it.  Smaug is pretty good too...  Going to see it again tonight :)

As an Eichhorn, I loved this: Ten Germans try to say the word 'squirrel'.

Halle Feysinnet train station turned startup hubThis looks excellent: Renovated Paris train station will house 1,000 start ups.  I've always loved the Musee d'Orsay, itself a renovated train station.

The challenge will be finding 1,000 Parisian startups; for some reason the startup culture just hasn't taken hold there.  Fear of failure?

LEGO Star Wars, now on IOSLEGO Star Wars: the complete saga is now on IOS.  Wow.  What an excellent new way to waste spend time!

Maybe Big Data is the killer app for Google's cloud.  Yep.

3D printing cell penExcellent: 3D printing pen lets surgeons draw cells on damaged bones.  What a time to be alive, eh?

Correlation vs Causality confusion of the day: Readers who own Kindles spend $1,233/year on Amazon, those who don't spend $790.  Alternate headline: Readers who spend more on Amazon more likely to own a Kindle.

Plane crash tribute in desertThis is amazing: Stone Plane Crash tribute emerges from Desert.  It's horrible that this terrorist attack happened, but given that it did, this is an amazing way to memorialize it.

Mac Plus surfs the webSuper cool: Browing the web on a 27-year-old Mac Plus.  I happen to have a Mac SE 30 which still boots, and I need to see if I can get it back online.  At one time it had a SCSI-to-Ethernet thingie but that was ... wait for it ... thinnet!  Yep, pre-10BaseT.  And yep, I am that old.

Have you heard of Medium?  Yeah, me too.  This latest creation from Ev Willians (Blogger, Odeo, Twitter) is "YouTube for longform", where by 'longform' they mean longerish stories.  Interesting.  With each of Ev's previous startups I didn't get it, until I did.  And I don't yet get this one :)


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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
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
the big day
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?