Note archive: June, 2014


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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Latvian equivalent of turning swords into ploughshares is turning Zeppelin hangars into food markets. Nice!

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Here I am in Latvia on the weekend of the midsummer celebrations.

I feel like Edward Woodward showing up on Summerisle.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Experiencing Riga’s traffic in a taxi from the airport … right at the time when I should be giving a talk.

Public transport has become teeth-grindingly irritating, thanks to the default SMS alert whistle on Samsung phones.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

OH: “I could agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.”

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Did anyone else see that other LEO satellite going perpendicular to the ISS, almost intersecting its orbit?

The eyes of the nation turn to the television.

My eyes turn to the sky …ISS flypast in five minutes.

#NationalMovieQA Genuine question: Do you have to be somewhat of an asshole to be a tour manager?

Note to self: the recent change to Flickr’s API requiring that requests are made to https URLs also applies to its oEmbed endpoint.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

At Philadelphia airport (again), availing of the opportunity to grab a cheesesteak before heading home. The only cheesesteak of this trip!

Today I will mostly be in nascent spaceports.

Penn State to Philadelphia, and thence to Heathrow.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Watching many men rush to Reddit’s defence on Twitter.

“Not all subreddits…”

Listening to @AlexisOhanian, unleasher of some of my least-favourite things on the internet: Reddit, Secret, YCombinator.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Landed at the airport for State College, Pennsylvania.

There is a single taxi driver here who looks (and acts) exactly like Gomer Pyle.

Back in Philadelphia’s nascent space port for the fourth—and not the last—time in one week.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

A beautiful sunny day. A beautiful neighbourhood. A beautiful house. A beautiful family going through the unimaginable.

Saw my dear friend going through the worst thing. All I could do was hug him and pass on the love, sympathy, and sorrow of everyone I know.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Preparing to give the closing talk at Rustbelt Refresh.

Must resist the urge to open with “Hello, Cleveland!”

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Going to Cleveland.* brb

*Yes, Cleveland, Ohio. Is the qualifier really necessary?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Waiting to board an airplane.

Some people think of airports as glorified bus stations.

I like to think of them as nascent spaceports.

Resignedly awaiting the inevitable Apple apologism.

“It’s good that you wished URLs into the cornfield, Safari.”

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Apple Kaiju Operating Systems.

OS X Knifehead, OS X Leatherback, OS X Mutavore, OS X Slattern.

Apple Jaeger Operating Systems.

OS X Cherno Alpha, OS X Gipsy Danger, OS X Brawler Yukon, OS X Lucky Seven.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The naming of Apple OSs and the naming of Culture ships are rapidly converging.

GSV Mavericks.

GCU Yosemite.

OS X Sleeper Service.

Thoroughly enjoying this new album by The War On Drugs.

Trying to work from a Photoshop file after working with Sketch feels like such a step backward. Layers of obfuscation (literally).

It blows my mind that there is a @ScienceHackDay happening in Medellín and New York at the same time—wish I could’ve made it to one of them.

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Enemy Mine is on the telly. I remember thoroughly enjoying Barry B. Longyear’s “Manifest Destiny” and “Circus World”.