Sunday, September 21, 2014

Almost forgot that there's still a war there

Good article from Politico Magazine about the almost forgotten war going on in Afghanistan. I don't totally agree with Bing West (the writer) that Afghanistan is going to follow the way of Iraq, but I thought it was a well written piece, anyway.

I especially the line: (Afghanistan) “hurtling headlong into the 9th century.”

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

After only 240 years, someone finally decided to stay with England.  But hey, that's still a better record than Espana or France :-) 

Alright Catalonia, Scotland struck out, it's your turn at bat.  Good luck and swing for the fences!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Love, Grandpa and Grandmaster Flash

A rather funny article in Buzzfeed about how auto-tagging is making Grandmaster Flash everyones electronically challenged grandmother.

...and more funny post/texts


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The Future Lightweight Auto

Just read a great article in Jalopnik about a Renault concept car. I've thought quite a bit about the design of the future car, and my version would've used more fiberglass parts instead of plastic, a transmission free electric motor(s) attached to the rear wheel to save weight and cost, and the entire roof, rear & side windows, A/C pillars made of polymer. But I love their design, especially since their the real engineers and production managers.  Alas, unless Nissan uses the design, we'll never see it on this side of the pond.  

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It's All at the Mall

Read an article about how a defunct mall has become a giant aquarium.  Now that is a mall I wouldn't mind visiting.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Robert Downey, Jr. as Car Man

Apparently, Robert Downey Jr. is more interesting than Tony Stark.  Or at least, he has a better car collection, according to this Jalopnik article.  It's interesting what happens when you stop putting all your money up your nose, isn't it, Downey?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Say "What" again. I dare you! I double dare you!

The thought of Morgan Freeman narrating my life seemed intriguing, until I saw this video.  Now the thought of Sam Jackson doing it seems more amusing :-)

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Taste Nothing Like Chicken... or Humans

I recently read an article in Ars Technica about drinkable meals.  The story was interesting and I was trying to take it seriously but all I kept thinking was "that's the best name the inventor could come up with - Soylent?"  I'm intrigued by the whole idea, but naming something that conjures images of Charlton Heston yelling into the night, "it's people!" doesn't make me want to go "yummy yummy."

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Post War American Design and The Minimalist

An interesting article in The Atlantic titled, "How Jews Designed the Modern American Home."  The title is a bit provocative but still worth reading.  I'll have to drive up to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco to check out the exhibit. I'm big fan of mid-century modern design and the Bauhus folks.

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