Saturday, February 07, 2015
A Cautionary Tale
A tech blogger I follow does a post mortem on a hastily-written post that went viral:
If there's any flaw, it's an unstoppable nightmare of embarrassment and guilt. Most people, myself included, aren't accustomed to that level of scrutiny. Those who are usually have PR training, editors, and handlers to protect them from publishing flippant blog posts before they go to bed.Marco Arment has helped me realize a hidden advantage to a buffer of rainy day posts on evergreen topics I recently decided to build: The next time I write something in haste, I'll know I can let it wait, unpublished, for a day or so. before pulling the trigger. I've published my share of regrettable posts, but have been relatively fortunate so far not to have endured the wrong kind of popularity. I'd like to keep it that way.
Instead of what was intended to be constructive criticism of the most influential company in my life, I handed the press more poorly written fuel to hamfistedly stab Apple with my name and reputation behind it. And my name will be on that forever.
"[I]f you never allow yourself the freedom of being out of touch, you've made yourself a slave to that phone, and, by definition, to other people's whims." -- Michael Hurd, in "Cell Phone Management" at The Delaware Wave
"[I]f you're single and planning to embark on the adventure of meeting somebody new, especially in and around the nooks and crannies of cyberspace, first take time to get to know yourself better." -- Michael Hurd, in "Can the Internet Cure Loneliness?" at The Delaware Coast Press
"[I]f you don't own a gun but you are enjoying safer nights out on the town or sleeping more easily in your bed at night, give a little thanks to your neighbors who are gun owners." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Herd Immunity Applies to Guns as Well as Vaccinations" at PJ Media
"In today's context, there is a simple way to distinguish a moderate Muslim: he is someone who acknowledges the categorical right to repudiate Islam." -- Peter Schwartz, in "Religion, Freedom and the 'Moderate Muslim'", at The Huffington Post
A Good Example
Via HBL comes a heroic example of what Peter Schwartz is talking about regarding what being a moderate moslem would entail:
The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can 'f*** off'.Thank you, Mayor Aboutaleb!
Ahmed Aboutaleb, who arrived in the Netherlands aged 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week.
Appearing on live television just hours after the shootings, Mayor Aboutaleb said Muslims who 'do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave'.
The Next Great Battery?
An enjoyable story at Quartz helps us appreciate a rarely-heralded invention, and informs us that its nonagenarian inventor is planning a sequel:
Unlike the transistor, the lithium-ion battery has not won a Nobel Prize. But many people think it should. The lithium-ion battery gave the transistor reach. Without it, we would not have smartphones, tablets or laptops, including the device you are reading at this very moment. There would be no Apple. No Samsung. No Tesla.My favorite quote from the story, which Goodenough follows with a laugh (as you can hear on an audio clip), is, "I want to solve the problem before I throw my chips in. I'm only 92. I still have time to go."
In 1980, Goodenough, a whip-smart physicist then aged 57, invented lithium-ion's nervous system. His brainchild was the cobalt-oxide cathode, the single most important component of every lithium-ion battery. From Mogadishu to Pago Pago, from Antarctica to Greenland, and all lands in between, Goodenough's cathode is contained in almost every portable electronic device ever sold. Others have tried to improve on the cobalt-oxide cathode, but all have failed.