December 21, 2014

Serial wins

SEO: serial, Hae Min Lee, adnan syed.

Koenig has done what few historians have successfully achieved: she has made the process of research and analysis itself a compelling narrative. Mostly when historians go that route, it's because they're dealing with a murder or a like crime, in which case we can depend on readers wanting to follow the narrative of discovery the same as they might with a police procedural. (See e.g. the still-brilliant Return of Martin Guerre. Also, Ari Kelman manages it in his book on the Sand Creek massacre, because he's dealing with competing narratives about violent deaths much as a detective would deal with competing alibis.)

December 20, 2014

Ram mount adhesive mobile phone holder base

Would it stay stuck ?
For how long ?

RAM Flex Adhesive Mount with Universal X-GripĀ® IV Large Phone/Phablet Holder
Product Number: RAP-B-378-UN10U


December 19, 2014

To embrace the Tofflers as intellectual role models

To embrace the Tofflers as intellectual role models is to make a damning admission: that one is far more interested in inventing half-clever buzzwords than in trying to understand the messy reality that those buzzwords purport to describe. In a recent article in Foreign Policy on the Tofflers, the Khannas are unusually candid about what it is they admire about them:

Need we say more [about this prediction]? Even though it was written during the Carter administration, if you remove the dates from the passage above you have a template for most of today's editorial columns on the aftermath of the current financial meltdown. It's all here: the identity crisis of corporations, skyrocketing commodity prices, morally bankrupt economists, and currencies in flux and free-fall.

So the Tofflers have much to teach us about the origins or the consequences of the current financial crisis! This of course is laughable. The fact that, three decades later, their glib, abstract, and pretentious writings can still serve as a template for the likes of the Khannas says more about the state of public debate in America today than it does about the accuracy of Toffler-style futurism.

-- Evgeny Morozov.

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December 18, 2014

Kimichi belt in Murray Hill, Queens

Pete Wells explores Korean restaurants in Queens.


December 16, 2014

$VXX: value of roll yield

Trading Volatility's Secrets of $VXX: value of roll yield.

December 13, 2014

Schooling getting more boring due to growing alternatives

Driving the "epidemic" of A.D.H.D. has gone unnoticed: the increasingly stark contrast between the regimented and demanding school environment and the highly stimulating digital world, where young people spend their time outside school. Digital life, with its vivid gaming and exciting social media, is a world of immediate gratification where practically any desire or fantasy can be realized in the blink of an eye.

By comparison, school would seem even duller to a novelty-seeking kid living in the early 21st century than in previous decades, and the comparatively boring school environment might accentuate students' inattentive behavior, making their teachers more likely to see it and driving up the number of diagnoses.

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December 12, 2014

Helvetica can't do everything

Despite its grand reputation, Helvetica can't do everything. It works well in big sizes, but it can be really weak in small sizes. Shapes like 'C' and 'S' curl back into themselves, leaving tight "apertures"--the channels of white between a letter's interior and exterior. So each shape halts the eye again and again, rather than ushering it along the line. The lowercase 'e,' the most common letter in English and many other languages, takes an especially unobliging form. These and other letters can be a pixel away from being some other letter, and we're left to deal with flickers of doubt as we read.

Lucida Grande presents open apertures, inviting the eye to move along sideways through the text. It has worked really well--for years, and for good reason. For any text, but particularly in interfaces, our eyes need typefaces that cooperate rather than resist. A super-sharp Retina Display might help, but the real issue is the human eye, and I haven't heard of any upgrades on the way.

-- Tobias Frere-Jones

November 30, 2014

See first 10 observations in a data set: head, r in a day #4

head prints the top ( first observations or lines) of a data set.

head(dataset_name, n=10)

X1 X2 X3
a 2 4
b 2 4
c 1 3
c 1 2
c 2 2
e 4 5

Coruscation's r in a day.