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Saturday,  01/10/15  11:50 PM

2014 NFL playoffsSettled in to a nice rainy day with lots of great football, including lots of great chili.  What could be better?

Am rooting for the Ravens (over the Patriots), Colts (over the Broncos), Seahawks (over the Panthers), and of course the Packers (over the Cowboys).

Great news!  L.A. stadium plans going forward.  "The St. Louis Rams could be headed back to Los Angeles as early as 2016."  I'm an old time Rams fan ... Roman Gabriel, Jack Snow, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olson, Rosey Grier, Deacon Jones ... fXf!

CES wrapup: smartwatches everywhereSo, CES is finally over.  Here's everything you missed.  Whew.  There always seems a bit of an offset; last year at CES it was "the year of wearable computing", and yet it feels like that year will be this year.  This year at CES there were lots of tech/car things, and that might be next year.

SpaceX successfully launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station, but their attempt to land the booster on a drone ship at sea was unsuccessful.  CEO Elon Musk tweeted "Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho."  So be it.

Apple Pay - death of digital wallets?With the launch of Apple Pay, have they killed digital wallets?  Seems like yes.  Digital Wallets offered convenience to consumers but nothing to merchants and banks.  Apple Pay is more convenient, and saves banks money (on fraud).  Now all that remains is saving merchants money too, by bypassing the credit card exchanges.  Stay tuned.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's new novel Mycroft HolmesKareem Abdul-Jabbar has written a novel about Sherlock Holmes' older, brainier brother Mycroft.  Coool.  Kareem continues to surprise :)

MG Siegler considers McDonalds vs ShakeShack.  "The young are leaving McDonald’s and Taco Bell for burger brands such as Shake Shack and Five Guys. They prefer the food, they can afford the prices and they regard McDonald’s as unhealthy, outdated, downmarket and not a nice place to be."  So be it.

Another demo shift: Brand and Retailers, if you don't get mobile right, you're screwed.  Yep.  Those same kids eating at Shake Shack are on their phones 24x7, that's where they live and that's where they shop...

Brody Brixton the French BulldogToo cute to be missed: Brody Brixton the French Bulldog puppy performs a bunch of tricks.  Awww.

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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