Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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A similar photograph of this setting was published in my book Mystical San Francisco, in which Herb Caen wrote, "A real city, the kind they don't make any more. Nowadays the so-called metropolitan areas are horizontal, stretching to infinity, a pall of malls." The headlands are now open (for us photographers) to capture these angles once again. Looking at the city from the Marin Headlands on a summer evening, I photographed this scene with a Mark II Canon digital camera, using a 200mm lens set at f/22 and shooting with a 30-second shutter speed."
- How I Finally Started Doing Small Exercises Regularly - James Hong
- Interning at Facebook: Failing Harder - Alex Bain
- Sugar Paper's First Step - The Daily Love (written by Scott Orn (me!))
- That Was For Duane Kuiper - Joe Posnanski
- Stationery's New Followers - WSJ - my friend Elizabeth of PaperWheel was featured
- Selected Scenes from Betty & Bobby Draper's Off Camera Interactions - Mark Lisanti
- Quoting Steve Jobs - Bijan Sabet
- New Apple CEO: I'm Thinking Printers - The Onion
- Bank of America: Some Comment on the Deal - Bronte Capital
- Healy Jones on Fremium - Healy Jones at Startable
- Buy Stocks Until 2011, and Then... - Kedrosky
- Euthanasia of the Renter - Kedrosky
- Finding Fake Reviews Online - NY Times
- Fed Crisis Lending to Wall Street Banks - Chart Porn
- August Corn After the Storm - Kathleen Conally's Photoblog
- Han Solo Carbonite Ice Tray - Kottke
Saturday, August 27, 2011
"Six months into the job she was unhappy and designing after work was the only thing keeping her going. She fell into a funk and knew she needed to make a change, so she quit the office job. Although she wasn’t making a lot of money, she was designing for friends’ events on the side to keep her spirits up. Those were tough times for Chelsea and she would talk to her mother nightly. One night Chelsea made an off- hand remark about how much she loved letterpress printing. Her mother was listening and decided to do something about it. Her mother began scouring eBay for a used, antique letterpress, and to Chelsea’s surprise, a printer magically appeared in her apartment. The rest is Sugar Paper history."
Friday, August 26, 2011
Here's this week's playlist called Spotify Care by Matt Ziser. You'll have to sign up for Spotify which is really quick and easy. You're going to be doing this anyways sometime down the road if you haven't - Spotify is that good - so just take the extra minute now and enjoy Ziser's great playlist.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I was just a kid, but I liked being the voice of truth. Tim Cook sat at the end of a long table, and I’d try to get there early and sit as close to him as I possibly could. Most folks had more skin in the game than I did, and tried to sit far away, so wasn’t exactly taking someone else’s seat.
For a while, I was focused on the education market, which tends to sell in large clumps, and has big swings up and down. Some weeks were bad enough that they could put the whole quarter meaningfully in jeopardy.
I knew when I joined Apple that Steve Jobs had a reputation for being quite vocal, at times screaming in frustration. I was surprised to see in these meetings that when Tim Cook was disappointed or wanted to get a point across, rather than getting louder and louder, he’d get quieter and quieter. Not like a wimp would, but like Jack Bauer would.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
“There’s a surprise for you here.”
I turned to see that the driver was standing next to someone else, who I just assumed was another driver he was talking to. Then I noticed the “someone else” was in a tuxedo.
And he was carrying a Morton’s bag."
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
- I'm Your Singer
- Ballmer was Right About Android
- Watching Mickey Watch Bird via Maximum Alex Bain
- 21 Mutual Friends - Mark Lisanti
- Diet Coke Redesign
- Douchebag Cat Doesn't Approve
- This Make Me Feel Like, I Don't Know, Howling... - Life with Lupus via Ben's Friends Blog
- Rooms (photo)
- Minor Differences via The Oatmeal
- Ego Depletion and Fatigue
- Sparta Point - great health blog by my friend Phil Wagner
- Where Android Needs to Improve - Healy Jones
- Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me
- The Boldness of Ally Burguieres
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Very interesting article by the Last Psychiatrist on the nature of grift and how the US immigration is purposely set up for gamesmanship. I read the New Yorker article on asylum she is referring to and it was a little unsettling but I couldn't pinpoint why. She explains exactly what is so unsettling about it, but then makes the case that it's set up that way on purpose. More accurately, it's setup to reward liars but not financial bribers. Fascinating article, I recommend reading the whole thing.
"The system wants Caroline, the system wants there to be a way for "intelligent" and "hard working" and "church going" resourceful people to game the system. All of those words mean "taxpayers." It wants the kind of person who sticks with this tedious bureaucratic process even if it is all a lie; it doesn't want the person who doesn't bother to try to get legal. And, most importantly, when you establish the grift as based on the best "rape narrative", it therefore isn't about the most money. That's what you want to avoid, because Caroline has none of it, and MS13 has lots of it.
What distinguishes this grift from the overt kind-- of Greece, Mexico, Pakistan-- is that in the former case the cheat occurs top down, while in the latter case the cheat occurs bottom up. In Greece, you want a permit? You have to know who to bribe. Bribery may go "all they way to the top," but importantly your bribe has to start from the bottom and move to the top.
In the case of American asylum seeking-- and everything else-- the grift is at the top and it lacks a human face. This story is in The New Yorker, right? So it's hardly news, hardly investigative journalism. So at minimum, everyone in the business knows the score. Novick knows that, in general, much of what he hears is a lie, even if he isn't sure/ignores that he is being lied to right now. Unless you piss him off personally, or flaunt your lying, he doesn't care about the veracity of your claim exactly, just the internal validity of it.
That's the system. The system favors narratives over truth to avoid the terrible reality of reflexive human corruption."
Friday, August 19, 2011
A couple new things I’m listening to … not bought. I’m full on with Spotify right now and digging it. Wish I could embed the playlists, but I’ll keep doing the Grooveshark thing for a while I think while also posting the Spotify links (e.g., 2011.08.08 3x3).
I loved the intro song to Portlandia and discovered Washed Out that way and this new one is good background music working around the house, in the office, etc.
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire On The Mountain
I’m a big fan of this somewhat hyped album and love the big guitars and build up song structures (some of it very Explosions In The Sky sounding even). Only question: is it wrong to play an album by a band whose name stands for World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation while playing with my two kids on a Saturday morning? Am I going to pay for that later somehow?
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
At this point all EITS music blends together, but I’m okay with that b/c it all sounds so good. This is no exception.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
"Konichiwa bitches. Are you looking for the most kick-ass fucking roommate that ever lived? If so, look no further. You fucking found him. I'm a 25-year-old professional marketing agent with experience at bad-ass companies in New York Fucking City. That's right! What you know about experience? I graduated from Auburn University in Alabama, and moved to NYC at the ripe, tender age of 22. After deciding that New York was a stinky shit-hole, I moved back to Alabama to cultivate more professional experience. Why? So I can make millions of dollars and not have to post shit like this on Craigslist. "
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We took a major step forward last weekend as my mom actually sketched out on a piece of paper (see below) how it should work. The drawing solved our problem. It's just a shame we didn't think of this 6 years ago. :)
btw - it's worth nothing that this is our second crazy complex remote. The one before is the exact one featured in that Modern Family episode.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I absolutely loved this article. It turns out that modern day humans actually mated with Neanderthals and that about 4% of our DNA is attributable to Neanderthals. Lot's of interesting facts and thoughtful questions in this piece.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
- Four Days & Roughly Flat - Bronte Capital
- Advertising's Quiet Pitch Man - Fast Company
- More Love Than Hate - Matthew Berry - My favorite fantasy football writer finds love, and he mixes in some recs. Cute article.
- Some Final Words on Mullin - Bruce Jenkins - Chris Mullin was my favorite basketball player growing up. There were times when I practiced shooting left handed just so I could shoot like him. He taught me (vicariously) the satisfaction of making a great pass; something I try to remember every day in my adult life.
- Louie's Brilliant Second Season - Chuck Klosterman at Grantland - My favorite TV show by a mile.
- My Son is My Hero - Ben's Friends Blog - very touching
- Three Ways to Make the U.S. Downgrade Work for You - Kathryn's Conversations
- Got a Coffee, Give an API - Flowing Data
- Medicare Musings - Code Red Blog
- The End and Barry Zito - Chris Jones at Grantland
- Turn an Email Into a Snail Mail - Techcrunch
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Japanification of the West continues — high debt, low growth, and low yields — as treasuries plumbed record lows this week. Felix Zulauf weighs in on same in Barron's, saying the following:
Providing liquidity isn't the solution, but if we don't do it the system will break down. Providing growth is a difficult task. I don't know how to do that. Long-term, we have begun the Japanification of the Western World. If we are unable to bite the bullet, our problems will grow bigger. Eventually, after many years, some central banks and governments might lose their nerve and go completely in the wrong direction, ending up like Zimbabwe.
As circumstances would have it, Richard Koo of Nomura has out a new report on Japanification. Here is a residential real estate graph from Koo's report:
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Based on a survey of 109 people with step-parents and 555 people in general.