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(not) too busy

Wednesday,  03/09/16  11:10 PM

(not) too busyGreetings, blog public, how is everyone "out there"?  I've decided it officially feels like 2016 now, the new year is no longer the new year, and we're well into the meat of it.  (Just in case you wanted to know.)  I've been too busy coding on various projects to take a breath and step back and get perspective.  Maybe I'll do that.  But in the meantime...  I'll just blog.

So, even NPR agrees that Obamacare has failed.  The question now is what do we do about it.  This Genie cannot go back into the bottle, so we must move forward to make the program work.

Ann Althouse thinks it's time Marco Rubio suspended his campaign, before the Florida primary where he will take voters away from Ted Cruz, and perhaps give Donald Trump another victory: "It seems obvious to me that if Rubio is interested in stopping Trump, he should get out before Florida and allow as many of his votes as possible to go to Cruz. He should endorse Cruz now. It's the one thing he can do, and since it is so clear, if he fails to do it, he's responsible for Trump's getting the nomination."  I doubt very much he will do this, but it's a great point.

behind the curtain: Blue Origin's headquartersThis is excellent: Behind the curtain, Ars goes inside Blue Origin's secretive rocket factory.  Interesting that Blue Origin are now "coming out" and going public.

Blue Origin are often cast as a "rival" to SpaceX, but I think both companies are on the same side, of finding a commercially viable path into space.  They're going about it differently and are at different points in their development, but I see their efforts as complimentary.

Interesting point: Chris Nuttall, author of Ark Royal, notes that space science fiction usually envisions the military in space as being like the Navy, rather than the Air Force.  (His own books, for example!)  He ponders what it might look like with Air Forces in space...

Dos Equis exiles the Most Interesting Man in the World to MarsThis is classic: Dos Equis exiles Most Interesting Man in the World to Mars.  A perfect end to a great campaign!

It's interesting to think about ... what makes someone interesting?  I think it has to do with unexpectedness.

Mark Suster on falling valuations and LA's tech scene.  I've never met Mark but he just seems like a great guy.  I would love to have Upfront back a company I was involved with, and Mark is the biggest reason.  And yes, "By any definition we've been in a funding bubble for years... with a massive increase of supply of capital undoubtedly valuations go up and you end up with overfunding."

Aston Martin DB11 ... beautiful! (too bad it isn't electric)Too bad it isn't electric :) ... The Aston Martin DB11 arrives with 600 horsepower, stunning design.  Yes it does.

News you can use: Apple's software SVP says quitting multitasking apps not necessary, won't offer improved battery life.  I've been telling my friends this for years, but they didn't believe me.  Maybe they'll believe him...

Use a pun, go to jail: The curse of people who can't stop making puns.  Clearly, they should be punished!

 

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