From the monthly archives:

July 2011

i8, iWant

July 30, 2011

I wrote about how much I loved BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics concept almost 2 years ago. This morning in Frankfurt, BMW took it one step closer to production as the second model in the new electric BMW i sub-brand: the i8. Looking like a hybrid 6/8-series that fell through a portal from 2050, the latest concept […]

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Defining chaos

July 29, 2011

I've been doing a lot of reading on chaos, in particular on the nature of chaotic systems. I was recently trying to explain to a friend why a dynamic system, which can be perfectly captured by a "deterministic" equation, can nonetheless exhibit chaotic behavior. His refusal at first to accept that fact reminded me of my […]

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And eat it, too

July 28, 2011

Mark at Epic Graphic presents a metaphor for the data/knowledge process: While I love the idea, I think it's missing the most important thing -- the recipe! I'm most interested in how we get from data (raw ingredients) to information (consumible product). Do we follow a specific process - taken straight from a cookbook, for example? […]

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Briefly: Spotify/SmartBird

July 28, 2011

As some of you know, I am and will be travelling abroad for two months. Before I left, I purchased a Spotify subscription and have to say I love it. I won't even waste your time trying to review it -- David Pogue did a great job in today's NYT. I tried to talk myself […]

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Demand Media, indeed

July 28, 2011

Jason Calacanis writes: Sad to see Demand Media getting crushed in the market. Demand Media is a content farm (in every negative sense of the word) which (by some accounts) was crushed by Google's most recent "Panda" update that was aimed at removing junk spam Demand Media from search results. So to put this tragedy […]

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If only...

July 28, 2011

Via SMBC:

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Not with a bang but a whimper

July 25, 2011

Old and busted: insightful tech journalism for a general audience New hotness: attacking brand new (prototype!) technologies that you don't understand

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Trials of the early adopter

July 25, 2011

Update: this post is now completely obsolete. I've posted a much more comprehensive guide to installing Python, NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib and IPython on Lion here. This post is meant as a public service announcement for an extremely small audience. If you don't think this is directed at you, then it almost certainly isn't. I'm happy […]

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Novices and the filesystem

July 24, 2011

Speaking of Lion, I've been reading John Siracusa's review over on Ars Technica. Every few years (and lately, every year) John puts out a lengthy review of Apple's latest OS - and by lengthy, I mean you should set aside half an hour to read it. In fact, this year's version is available as a […]

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I love natural scrolling in Lion

July 24, 2011

I want to add my voice to a (silent?) minority: I love natural scrolling in Lion. For those readers who aren't yet running Apple's latest OS, scrolling has been reversed in the new software: to scroll down the page, flick your fingers up; to view a panel to the right, drag your fingers left. It […]

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Value vs Valuation

July 18, 2011

I love this video from Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby: Attend a startup conference and you'll find that people there seem to believe that the mark of a successful company is the amount of money it's raised, not the amount of money it makes. Naturally, by this metric, Color is the greatest company in […]

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QOTD: hindsight edition

July 10, 2011

Kaiser Fung writes on uncertainty and thinking probabilistically about events that have already transpired. The full post is worth a read, but this line sticks out for me: The fact that you won the lottery does not change the fact that economically, it was silly to play the lottery in the first place. This fallacy pops […]

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Words to live by

July 2, 2011

"Hope" is not an investment strategy.

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