Scripting News: Technology and evolution, day 2.
Brent Simmons: Mark All as Read.
FWIW, my RSS software never had unread counts. My newspaper didn't have them. I never read more than a handful of articles in any issue. If I took a vacation, I just recycled the papers that came while I was away. News is meant to slip through your fingers. That's why I always preferred the river-of-news approach. I never thought of RSS as a mail-like application.
Today's background image is downtown San Francisco at sunset.
Today's background image -- clouds over Seattle.
I bet Facebook's drones will have excellent cameras.
Ford's Takedown Of The Cadillac 'Poolside' Ad Is Perfect.
WSJ: Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO.
The Amex ad asks us to hear Paul Pierce to tell a story how a semi-pro bowler came to his house (presumably) where he has a private bowling alley. He bowled a 230, and apparently this upset Pierce, because (as he reminds us, again and again) he never invited him back again. Great. I wonder why I ever needed to know this. But I've seen this commercial at least 100 times. Always when I'm on the road, because I watch Knicks games on MSG at home.
Audio of Paul Pierce's commercial. Enjoy!
Glorify the expert user features Twitter has that Facebook can never add because it has to appeal to grandma and grandpa. (Hint: That's called a positioning statement. It's also ageist so a better way of saying it is needed.)
I watched the movie Nebraska.
It wasn't what I thought it would be. The acting -- so superb. Gorgeously filmed in black and white. It starts with a caricature of old age, but then fills in the details that most of us younger people overlook. Behind the cranky facade is a generous man, who always was willing to share what he had with his friends. Who wants some life in the life he has left. Who suffers the tolerance of those around him. And who is lucky to have a son who wants to know him.
The doddering Bruce Dern who we knew as a young actor in westerns and scifi movies, reminds me of my father in his final years. They both had dreams, neither accomplished them, but they moved the marker a little further along its path.
Remarkably parallel to another Oscar-nominated movie, Philomena, about an old woman's searching road trip. Very different stories, with different outcomes, but remarkably similar setups, and both were acting and story-telling masterpieces.
In Seattle today. Rainy and gray. Typical spring weather. Went for a walk yesterday, the same walk I took regularly when I lived here in 2004. This was during the bootstrap of podcasting. Every day I'd take a podcast with me on the walk. Daily Source Code, Dawn & Drew, a few others (my memory is so bad these days, sorry for omissions). They were good days, full of promise. The memories remind that I want to do more of that kind of work.
I heard from a bunch of people yesterday who said they didn't like the new Cosmos series. I might know what they mean. The writing is not first-rate, and it has continuity problems. But it has the right spirit. When he teaches about evolution, and it's a great story -- my visceral instinct is "That's what I want to do!" And he tells the story of great people who had the creative impulse, and made a valuable contribution. Again -- that's what I want to do! I think we're born with a feeling about evolution, that that itself must be part of evolving. It might be something that makes humans unique.
Another reason it's an important program is that there isn't much on the airwaves that appeals to the intellect. If for no other reason the show deserves our support, as people who think, and who value thinking.
I just watched the first three episodes of the new Cosmos series, with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and it's very good. He's not Carl Sagan, but that's okay -- the show is updated, with really great visuals, and tells stories in a highly accessible way, yet gives you a feel for how different the universe is from the way it seems living our normal head-down lives here on Planet Earth. Tyson has the same passion that Sagan had. It's important to spread the news, encourage everyone to watch the show.
I loved the story about how Isaac Newton invented modern mathematics, and how he was hassled by the trolls of the day, but science won out in the end and we got differential and integral calculus and we understood how suns, planets, comets and galaxies influence each other with gravity.
I recently had to make that decision. My first move was to set up a Linux server, install Node on it, and it worked fine. But then I talked with an old friend, Eric Kidd, who has been doing this for years, and he urged me to try Heroku. I did, and no regrets -- the servers work so well and scale so easily that I eventually turned off the Linux server I already had deployed. I just wasn't using it.
Scripting News: Different-size bits of content. podcast
Watergate taught us to watch out for the non-denial denial.
In 2011 I prototyped a river with a What's Happening box at the top.
Utah to welcome marijuana for limited medical use.
Brendan Eich: Inclusiveness at Mozilla.
"Popcorn Time isn't an achievable dream; it's a cruel joke about a future we won't realize any time soon."
Worries Abound as Citi Bike Nears One-Year Mark.
Good Writing and Editing Is Part of Great Design.
Joe Moreno: Twitter's Single Point of Failure.
NYT: "The rapidly escalating cost of doing business is driving out bookstores, threatening the city’s sense of self as the center of the literary universe, the home of the publishing industry and a place that lures and nurtures authors and avid readers."
Mike Arrington says he's pretty sure Google read an email to discover who his source was on a leak from within Google.
Google denies it, but the denial is weak. "While our terms of service might legally permit such access, we have never done this and it’s hard for me to imagine circumstances where we would investigate a leak in that way."
Now consider how little regard Google had for its own employees in this classic exchange between then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. If they have such disdain for their own employees, how much regard do you think they have for users? My guess is, if they want to read your email, they're reading your email, and that's that. Every time you write something in GMail, pretend that Larry and Sergey are discussing it with their lawyers at their next staff meeting.
They'd do well to study the Johnson & Johnson example for how they managed a crisis with Tylenol. In that case, of course -- J&J had nothing to do with the underlying problem. But they embraced it, fully adopted the user's point of view, and kept their product alive.
2. If it works, it will be a space that humans occupy, like hard drives on Macs and PCs, and Facebook profiles on cell phones. This purchase is not specifically related to the product we think of as Facebook today. Today's Facebook is like search is to Google, or MS-DOS was to Microsoft. Facebook is so big, its ambition has to be big to match it.
3. Zuck wants to bring the Internet to the next billion people -- why? Because everyone in the first billion is already a user of his network. My guess is that the next group will neither be easy to convert or as lucrative. If they want growth it'll have to come from elsewhere.
8. Zuck is of the generation that grew up with game consoles. He wants to be the first user of Oculus the same way people of my generation would have wanted to be the first user of Marantz. (Look it up.)
Scripting News: Unpopular truths.
Today's background image is the default Mac OS wallpaper.
Facebook to acquire Oculus Rift virtual reality manufacturer for ~$2B.
I do prefer to open doors for myself, whether it relates to self-esteem, I'm not sure
In the past if I wanted to link to an image, I'd put the link in the HTML. Click the link, see the image, hit the Back button. Now I can put the image in a popup dialog, click OK to dismiss it. Same interaction, this way is a little faster and less disruptive to your flow. Less jarring. I hope. Examples follow...
First Look says Omidyar to stay out of newsroom.
Swiss Watchmakers Skeptical of Digital Revolution.
Video: The final images from every Best Picture winner.
Google Announces Price Drops For Its Cloud Computing Services.
Million Dollar Homepage still exists, but 22% of it has rotted.
Harvard: Closing the gender gap in computer science.
Gay Firefox developers boycott Mozilla to protest CEO hire.
I'll be at EmpireJS, May 5-6, NYC.
If you look in the Links menu at the top of each page, you'll see a new item there, Open comments window.
Choose the command if you want to comment. A familiar Disqus comments interface appears.
Fargo blog: Fargo 1.52.
Scripting News: Best way to parse XML in Node.js?
Today's background image is King Kong in Manhattan.
Fargo blog: Overriding font choices.
Is Scripting News a Fargo site? Yes.
Jay Rosen on the launch of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com for ESPN.
I did a Google image search for the term screen shot on scripting.com to see what it would find.
One of the first images was a Windows screen shot from the late-90s UserLand CMS.
We were really proud to have successfully gotten off the Mac web platform, which had been completely rebooted by Apple overnight around Unix, shortly after Jobs returned. By getting onto Windows, we got onto a platform that we felt was more stable and had a better future. (Didn't turn out exactly as we thought, but none of these kinds of navigations ever do.)
I go for continuity. If I labor over an idea until I find the right answer, that pretty much settles it, and I move onward. And it has a nice side-effect that old users can become new users more easily.
Note to self: Screen shots make lousy blog background images.
Thanks to Chuck for the link.
I'm staring at the docs, and the elements in the DOM structure, and I'm trying to puzzle out how to get from this to the span just before it, and then find the wedge icon, and flip it from pointing right to down. I type some shit in, "This can't possibly work" I say to myself, and shrug -- what the fuck -- can't hurt to try. Then I run it and it fucking works. I don't trust it. So I'm going to put the code right here in this mini-post, just so I can come back and look at it in a while, after this stuff makes more sense and have another look.
Spring Blizzard Threatens to Swipe Eastern New England.
Pando: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties.
Today's background is a Google map of Fargo, ND.
The Guardian and NY Times both have stories that make Secret sound insidious. Their sources find it threatening. You'd think reporters would welcome an environment where people can exchange information without fear of retribution by exactly the people who say they don't like it.
Screen shot of today's Scripting News.
Fortune 500 companies receive $63 billion in subsidies.
A Packet’s Tale. How Does the Internet Work?
A product like Secret should go public right now.
Because you need us, and we know it. I'm doing a lot to help you get off the ground, and I've been down this road many times, and we know how this goes. If you're successful the users get your gratitude and if you fail, we lose our data (not that that means a whole lot in this case).
I don't know why but I've always loved maps. As a kid I would stare at them for hours. Practice drawing them. I liked the idea of maps, and that they represented places I could think about and maybe visit one day. Maybe the visiting wasn't even the big deal. I wanted to know about them.
So for me, being able to put a map behind a day's worth of blogging is as interesting as putting an image. A way to focus attention on a place, a logical view of that place, without the reality of trees, cars, people, waterways, buildings, armies, etc. Just graphs in a graphic view.
What's cool about this is that it's not a hack. The fact that it's a map is just an attribute on the outline heading for the day. I can also specify the latitude and longitude, what style map it is and the level of zooming.
Here's a screen shot of the attributes dialog for the map behind today's posts. The center is in the heart of Fargo, North Dakota. What does it mean? Not much other than it's a really cool place to name a product after.
Scripting News: Users make standards.
Scripting News: The second guy makes the standard.
Scripting News: They love horse shit.
Atlantic: Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History.
The Fountain of Youth is a spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters
My favorite podcast these days is Planet Money from NPR.
All of a sudden the price of Knicks tickets is way up!
Another example. I was watching the gubernatorial debate betw Schwarzenegger and whoever his opponent was. At the end of the debate the candidates could ask each other questions. So the first guy goes and asks a "question" that's actually an attack. "Why are you such a jerk?" Arnold says a bunch of nonsense that he's been saying the whole night. Good-natured nonsense. Then it's his turn to ask. "What's the most interesting thing you've learned on the campaign?" A total softball question. The guy just fell over. He had been prepared for anything but that. It totally worked. He had no idea what to say.
I wrote this in a tweet: "I think you have to deliberately temper your ambition to keep it at a human scale. Otherwise there's no integrity. You are just human."
My idea of integrity is this: If there's a difference between what you seem to be and what you are, then you have an integrity issue. For example, a boat with a hole in its bottom has an integrity issue if it's in water, because pretty soon it's not going to be a boat. One of the key things about boats are that they float. However if it's a beached boat, it can have a hole in its bottom and still be a boat. I'm sure you understand why.
So having too much money is a problem because to manage a lot of money you need to be more than a human at some point because it gets complicated as anyone with a lot of money can tell you. You have to hire all kinds of people to help you, the more you have.
Scripting News: Civilization is made of interop.
Fargo 1.51 released.
Race against time: Climate change and the Olympic Winter Games.
Slate: New winter storm may be headed East.
Guardian: US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists.
Turkish graffiti spreads the IP addresses of Google's DNS servers.
Apple After Jobs: Pretty Much the Same as Ever.
Fast Company: How Much Will A Pack Of Joints Cost?
Barbara Boxer at water symposium: 'Water wars have got to end'.
Patching surveillance cameras in public space with appropriate copyright terms.
Mt. Gox Says It Found 200,000 Bitcoins in 'Forgotten' Wallet.
WSJ: Citi Bike, Needing Millions of Dollars, Looks for Help.
Scripting News: The "noteblog" format.
2002: The trick is to have art in your life and make some of it pay. And that in itself is an art.
I have six Windows servers. I thought most of them were XP. Turns out none of them are. What a relief.
Wired: Larry Page Lays Out His Plan for Your Future.
FiveThirtyEight: Fear Not, Readers, We Have RSS Feeds.
NY Post: Knicks short on time, but focused on possibility.
Ron Chester: Big Changes With Fargo.
Jesse Jackson Confronts Silicon Valley.
Yahoo loves 25 people who hail the web at 25.
Locations where The Royal Tenenbaums was shot in NYC.
PDF of Ted Nelson's Computer Lib/Dream Machines.
When I first read Ted Nelson in the 70s, his books gave me ideas I've used when I dream about software, ever since.
Fargo blog: Testing Fargo 1.51.
Scripting News: How I did the bookmarklet.
Scripting News: How to ask for help with software.
Kevin O'Keefe: Law blogs ignore the history of blogging at their peril.
NBA commissioner says ads on jerseys are ‘inevitable’
The 100 Most-Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences.
National Geographic Plans to Show Crimea as Part of Russia on Maps.
Ars: Two-factor authentication directory.
Harry McCracken: I’m a Google Voice Addict, and I’m Frightened About Its Future.
Today's background image. Snowy Bethesda Fountain.
Matt Terenzio suggests reminding the user that the name of the linkblog outline has to end with .opml. I thought I could do even better, making it work even if you forgot to include the .opml.
Scripting News: Internet justice.
Scripting News: Every programmer should have an open source project.
Scripting News: What would an open Secret look like?
Fargo blog: Updated outline template.
Animated visualization of all the flights over Europe in a single day.
LA Times: Google Glass attack victim accused of recording neighbors.
AnonyWatch: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times.
Guardian: If libraries can't make it here in New York, can they make it anywhere?
Wired: A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet.
The Knicks are live-streaming today's press conference.
Today's background image is the 1973 NY Knicks.
This group proposes to make a historical social network of people in Wikipedia. I really like the idea. Find out which historical figures were contemporaries, and knew each other
Thanks to Rex for the link!
Scripting News: Roy Wildstein.
Scripting News: Title-less items in my feed.
Scripting News: A celebratory podcast!
Today's background image is subtle.
Andy DeSoto: Using outliners to enable open science documentation.
Brent Simmons: "RSS is the domain of indie developers."
L.A. Times Journalist Explains How a Bot Wrote His Earthquake Story for Him.
NYT: Tech's Favorite Cartoonist Enters Mainstream Publishing.
The new FiveThirtyEight has a feed.
Someone just asked me on the street if I am Steven Spielberg.
NYT: Man Named by Newsweek Issues Denial on Bitcoin Claim.
Sri Lankan hangman resigns in shock at sight of gallows.
"I love Phil Jackson," Shumpert said. I'm so glad to hear Jackson is a fan of Shumpert's and vice versa. I am too! He's got the winning mania. He just needs his friends to believe in him, because he's still pretty young.
You know how guitarists have licks?
PS: Thanks to Dan MacTough for his help with a gritty programming problem related to this feature.
Here's how Chrome deals with title-less items.
And here's how River3 deals with title-less items.
Feedly handles them a lot like Chrome.
Fever seems to handle title-less feeds!
So if you're making or using tools in innovative ways, and don't depend on Facebook or Twitter or the like to spread the word, or are working on other ways, or even just thinking about them -- write a blog post and send me a link.
Scripting News: New Scripting News. A place to note problems.
A Fargo user who likes the new stuff. "He must have read my mind."
Today's picture: The Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
Here's the RSS feed for the noteblog.
Here's the OPML source for this site. Fargo users, choose Open by URL in the File menu to have a look.
Yahoo to Release New Flickr App.
You hear this these days -- that mobile is so compelling, so pervasive, that we'll stop using desktops and laptops. I don't think so. And I've always been among the first to get and use the newest and most expensive devices. I'm not anything remotely like a Luddite.
But you can swing too far in your enthusiasm. Saying there's no use for desktop computers is just wrong. I drive a 4-door sedan. At one time I had a Mazda Miata. I've also had a pickup truck, and a huge van. And a bunch of shitty little cars that served as basic transport. There are semi trucks on the highway. And the kind of truck used to move mining equipment and missiles. And tanks and buses. There isn't one single form factor for cars, why should there be one form factor for computers?
I have yet to see a tablet that's as easy to type on as a desktop. That can have so much material on screen at once. I am a professional computer user. Sure most people don't need all the hardware tools I have. But I'm damn glad I have them.
Here's a screen shot of how it looks on opening night.
BTW, I like to switch things over on Saturday nights. That way if there are any problems, I can fix them while no one is watching. And Sunday morning, over coffee, I can start making lists of things that are broken!
This is really two sites in one. The previous essays site is still here. Only its index pages are not part of the new site. Example. Those pages, and the home page, are from the new noteblog site, using a new template, and a new editorial process that includes a bookmarklet that shoots links into the Fargo outline. That this even works is due to a hack that Rube Goldberg would have loved.
Snapshot of the Scripting News home page for October 15, 2000.
Snapshot of the Scripting News home page for March 15, 2014.
Scripting News: Indieweb and RSS.
IndieWeb: feed page.
For now, the main Scripting News feed stays as it was.
NBA Rumors: Rockets Eye Sign-And-Trade For Knicks Carmelo Anthony? Jeremy Lin Back To New York?
The author speculates that the Knicks are bringing on Phil Jackson to help persuade Melo to stay, but my guess is that it's the other way around. Bringing Jackson on is a way to give the fans hope for the future, a future without Melo.
The Surprising Law of Upskirting.
About compilers compling themselves.
Kottke is 16 years old today. One of the great blogging champions.
I wrote this on Quora, a while back: We expect too much of geeks.
Joey deVilla: Toronto-to-Tampa Road Trip, Day 1.
FP: For Illegal Migrants, Southeast Asia is the Means, not the End.
RIAA Wants Google to End Piracy "Whack-A-Mole".
Fast Company: Need A Little Serenity In The Workplace? Try These 7 Simple Steps.
Ron Chester reviewed the archive from Sept 2001.
Pando: Buzzfeed, Twitter, and how embedded tweets might have broken journalistic ethics.
Nicolas Gallagher: Custom CSS preprocessing.
New Yorker: 'True Detective' and the Art of the Television Finale.
U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours.
NYT: Anger Can Set Off a Heart Attack.
Scripting News: It's okay to ignore the commercial motive.
Knicks fans ready for Phil Jackson to “come home.”
Ted Cruz: Pro-Choicers Chant 'Hail, Satan' To Silence Opponents.
This Is What Happens When You Put Dogs In A Photo Booth.
Maybe it's time to start publishing on Scripting News in a stream?
Scripting News: Time waits for no one.
Scripting News: Caught betw Twitter & Google Reader.
Jeremy Lin demands more minutes.
Neighbors stop a new Starbucks opening in Berkeley.
LA Times: After 30 years on Louisiana death row, inmate exonerated of murder.
Glad I asked why Elisa Camahort isn't posting on her blog.
Carmelo Anthony: Knicks say Phil Jackson is “coming on board”
NYT open source project called StreamTools.
Wow Celtics tickets are cheap relative to NYC tickets.
The cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying celebrates the approaching completion of the new design of Scripting News.
Heroku: 10 Habits of a Happy Node Hacker.
Fast Company: The Infinite Lives Of BitTorrent.
Radiolab: This is Your Brain On Love. #oxytocin
Chrome can emulate mobile devices for debugging! Nice.
Now when you click the + icon in this outline, you will create a calendar structure of nodes of type idea. Each one of these items appears in your RSS feed because it has an isFeedItem attribute, which is put there when you hit the + icon.
However these nodes are treated differently when we create the RSS guid for it. We don't generate a path to the node, we generate a path to the headline 2 levels in from the summit that contains it, a node that represents a day in the calendar. Then we add a #name value at the end of the URL to construct a guid which is both a permalink and unique. The guid is based on the created att on the headline, so unless you create two headlines in the same second, each will have a unique address. So be careful when creating these items not to create a bunch of them by wailing on the + icon. Do it more slowly.
If you have it set so that new items are comments, that will be respected as before, so until you uncomment the node it won't appear in the feed. This option is set in the Insert tab in the global settings dialog.
Scripting News: Conferences for thinkers.
Scripting News: Opacity in CSS background images.
Often enough when someone makes a request that I change the way something works I'll say no way, it's too much work, I like it the way it is. Then the next day I do it. Sleeping on it makes the idea seem more reasonable, it seems.
This appears to be the live page for the Snowden talk at SXSW.
I stopped watching True Detective after episode 4. It got really boring for me. Nothing was happening. I loved the first episodes, because they were so different from any TV I had seen. But either they got too violent for my liking, or I stopped being interested in the characters. A show has to strike a balance. I don't get off on gore and blood just for the shock value. Uck.
When I start in the morning, I have a cup of coffee and I sit down and fix a few bugs, document a few things, tie off some loose-ends from my last programming session. Then I add a new headline at the top, entitled Morning coffee notes, press Cmd-] to demote, and marvel at how easy it was to put all the details of the beginning of a day neatly under a single headline.
The generalizations are made by the young who have no idea what's ahead of them. The only way you stay sane is to think that it truly is unknowable. But as you get older you learn that there's so much we all do -- exactly the same as everyone else, it's really depressing, but there's no way to avoid it.
We now have background images working. If you put a backgroundImage att on the day headline, with its value as the URL of an image, it will show that image as the background for the day, with an opacity of 30 percent. Not sure this is the right value, also not sure how to let the user set the opacity. For example, the March 4 background image is a great Linsanity picture of Melo and Lin, the two Knicks who loved each other, with Coach D'Antoni in the background, scowling.
Scripting News: Change coming in RSS feed. #head-up
The Amtrak reservations site has been down all day.
Nothing is as tasty as a Papaya Dog.
Quartz: How Stolen Passports Were Used to Board Flight MH370.
Dan Gillmor: Learning about, and deploying IndieWeb tools.
My noteblog now looks good on my iPhone. Happy.
Screen shot of editing environment for this blog.
You're in a Starbuck's and buy a coffee for $2.37. You give the guy a $20 bill. He gives you back bills and change. Quickly, did he cheat you? You have to do the math in your head. Which method do you use? (This blogger believes you'll use Common Core whether you know it's called that or not, and he's right, you will.)
Here's the deal on Newsweek. They didn't have enough info to report as fact that this guy is the Satoshi who invented BitCoin. So their piece was wrong. Had they said "We have a theory that this is the Satoshi who invented BitCoin, they'd have been on solid ground.
I think of the whole thing as a "noteblog" and even reserved noteblog.org if the idea catches on and other people want to keep public notes in this fashion.
Now Google Reader is gone, and Twitter doesn't look like the future anymore. Most of my ideas don't fit into 140 chars, and although I tried writing two sentence blog posts, I was starting to post some of them on Facebook, which is not a good place for stuff that's meant to persist. The rest I would just lose. That's not cool!
Hey I used the new call-to-tumblr feature, they say it's from the 90s but I don't get it. I wanted this feature in the 90s, but we didn't have it.
Melo should go to Miami or Chicago, the Clippers or maybe even Boston. How about Golden State, what a combo that would be. A team with some hot young talent and a major elite point guard. Or even better an ego like Noah or LeBron.
Bring back exciting basketball to New York. For crying out loud keep Hardaway and Shumpert. We need some young promising dudes who are cheap to root for. Let's hold on to some of these guys. And keep Chandler and Stat too. What the fuck they are Knicks.
The Knicks need some kind of shake-up. Having Phil Jackson come back in an executive role could be just the thing.
This is a prototype of the next version of Scripting News.
It's also going to be a built-in capability for Fargo.
Yet another: My templates are open source.
New domain: noteblog.org.
Phil Jackson front-office position with Knicks?
Screen shot of my 1999 browser-based editing system. This was for-real. Not just a mockup.
I like to start a new blog post when I start working on a new version of Fargo. As I make changes, I note them in the sub-outline. When the new version is released, I do a light edit, uncomment the post, and it's published. Nice workflow. Took years to get here. Actually decades.
Trying to show a friend how to write a blog post.
New post: Snowden, Banksy, Satoshi Nakamoto.
NYT: Newsweek Says It Has Unmasked Bitcoin Founder, Stirring Ire.
LA Times: Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto denies founding Bitcoin.
Prototype for a divided page, for lack of a better name.
Anyone with a scientific background can be part of a development team. I'm seeing that with Andy DeSoto, who is a memory researcher. And I remember what it was like working with Andre Radke who was, at the time, a physics student. Those skills are totally applicable to developing software.
The trail followed by Newsweek led to a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto.
He's got two degrees in beebop, a PhD in swing, he's a master of rhythm, he's the rock and roll king.
New post: Recalculating graphics.
Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hey Biz, great to hear from you!
Knicks fans will protest at the Garden on March 19. It's definitely time for new ownership.
I had a chance to see Little Feat in 77 and passed on it. I was in Madison and didn't feel like schlepping down to Chicago. And then of course Lowell George died. Learned an important lesson then, when you get a chance to see Little Feat live, you should go.
How Hollywood treats aging actresses.
Divers Find 65-Foot Crack In Columbia River Dam.
In 2006 this guy was the brains behind Microsoft, according to Fortune.
Blog post: Why blogging is an amateur thing.
Quartz on Silicon Valley's war with Wall Street.
Interesting NY Daily News piece on Melo moving to Chicago.
The Atlantic asks why people think the Oscar ceremony sucks. Because most of the awards don't mean anything to most viewers. We understand the following categories: Best picture, best actress, actor, supporting actor and actress. And that's it. So if the Oscars are going to be more fun, you need more awards for people who are on-screen or at least whose voice is in the movie. How about best voice in an animated movie? Best comedic performance for both genders.
So Jared Leto is a transgender mammy. Makes sense. And in a few years we'll look back at Her that way too. How about casting a real operating system? Scarlett Johansson is human. At least cast an OS actor.
David Denby observes that 2013 was a great year for movies, something that wasn't reflected in the Oscar ceremony.
Here's a perfect mini-post. A quick comment on one of my posts, a quote, and a promise to write more later.
The Knicks should thank Carmelo Anthony for all the fun, and wish him luck, and let him go. It can't work. There's no way the team can add more talent to balance out his talent in time to make a difference for him. His time is now. He should try to get on the Bulls or Heat, or maybe even the Rockets (I like that one). And the Knicks should sign a few promising mid-range free agents, using the cap space freed up by Melo's departure.
The NYT has a public editor, and she's doing a great job. I think they'll eventually need to have a technological counterpart, to provide an outside/inside perspective on how the Times is using technology, since it's so central to what they do.
The first thing I'm aiming to do with this is to create a linkblog and note-taking environment like scripting.com was before 2006. Here's an example of a month of posts, for July 2006.