You always have email.

You always have email.

iDevice size spectrum, with Pop-Tart for reference.

iDevice size spectrum, with Pop-Tart for reference.

It is not entierly clear what problem the Apple Watch is meant to solve, but it will be difficult to say no to buying one after trying it.

Watchmen and Frozen

While reading Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Watchmen, last night, I came across a scene that was painfully familiar. One of the main characters, Dr. Manhattan, had left earth as an outcast because he feared his powers were harming those closest to him. Alone on the desolate deserts of Mars, he constructs a crystal palace, and I thought, “I’ve seen this before.” This is the exact same thing that happens in Frozen.

I pointed it out to Gabi, and she also saw the similarities. Then I had the idea to overlay the lyrics from the Frozen Song over the artwork from the comic, estimating it would take about two hours to do it well. And I wanted to get started right away! However, since it was already 11:30 at night, Gabi persuaded me to do a quick Google search to see if this was already a thing.

The internet didn’t let me down.

Crystal and ice palace

There was an article in Slate from back in March showing exactly what I imagined. Alex Wolinetz made the original, and it was just what I had in mind.

Common misconceptions

Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions is by no means complete or authroatative, but it is packed with tons of interesting—and well cited—factoids. This list is nearly as fun as the list of logical fallacies and the list of cognitive biases. (via

This supercut, by Jaume R. Lloret, highlights clips from a number of Wes Anderson’s films, where the action is from the POV of characters traveling in a variety of vehicles.

Mesmerizing jello bounce

Jello bounce

I don’t think I can find the words to describe what watching this does for me. Everything about it is just so satisfying. I could watch it again and again and again.

(A young man enters his room and carefully removes a motorcycle helmet. He unzips his white jacket and lowers himself into a desk chair. The contraption exhales as the suspension adjusts. He drifts over to his desk.)

DAVE: (Adjusts an earpiece.) Hello, Facebook.

(A blue dot appears in the center of the screen.)

FB: Hello, Dave.

DAVE: Login and open settings.

FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.


Gallup finds shifting views on morality

A recent Gallup poll shows new highs in acceptance of various morality issues.

The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.

Moral Acceptability of Various Issues, May 2014

What Gallup didn’t provide in this post—and what would be informative to see—is a trend line on how views on these issues have changed over time. The title of the post says they are record highs, but there’s not much details about how much higher the percentages of moral acceptability the respondents reported. Overall, I’d expect to see views on most of these issues becoming increasingly morally acceptable. But I wonder if any of these issues have become more taboo over time?

This is a picture of my dad (on the right) receiving the UW Parkside Alumni Scholarship. My mom say he looks a bit like Clark Kent. I can see the resemblance.

This is a picture of my dad (on the right) receiving the UW Parkside Alumni Scholarship. My mom say he looks a bit like Clark Kent. I can see the resemblance.


The Economist examines Gartners techno-hype chart.

The annual “hype cycle” chart from Gartner, a market research firm, tries to depict the degree to which certain technologies are exaggerated. Smart robots? Don’t hold your breath. Big data? Not yet. In the firm’s view, innovation advances in stages: from exuberance to pessimism to adoption. Not every technology progresses at the same speed, so Gartner assigns each an estimated time until the end of its ride.

Daily chart: Technohyperbole | The Economist

Most of the Technologies listed in Gartner’s chart seem well placed. However, Cloud Computing seems off, especially since much of the ‘computing’ most consumers and even business users do is over the Internet and in the cloud in one sense or another. For example, even a Google search is a cloud computing task. You ask a question and Google’s vast technical infrastructure computes and delivers an answer.

Unless you are actively working to develop the technologies in the “Innovation Trigger” section of the chart, it is probably safe to ignore most news articles about how ‘X’ technology is going to change the world. However, the toys that emerge from the technologies in this section are fun to play with. Technological innovations have to prove themselves by passing through the “Trough of disillusionment” to prove that they are actually useful.

Humans Need Not Apply. via Kottke.

Relaxing in the afternoon

Besides capturing them while they are sleeping, the only way to get the boys to stay still long enough for an in-focus closeup photograph is to have one of their favorite movies on for them to watch.

The boys

This photograph is by my very talented friend, Viktorija Girton, who visited us earlier in the year.