A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.[
Source: John Gall (author) – Wikipedia
The Economist notes that the median age in China is on track to exceed that of the US. Bit of a game changer.
In the conclusion she talks about the function of humans to sustain other forms of life, and I thought “that’s what my mum does when she’s working in the bush!”
Ian’s flying in from London, and he’s bought me a ticket to the MLS Cup in Seattle on Sunday. Going with him and Grant Neubauer; Ian and I have been watching the Sounders since they were pre-MLS and he was 8 or so. We’re going to have a ball.
That’s how he described this when he sent me the link
He came out to the Microsoft campus for a couple of days to shoot the video. The face of Google! I love it. Proud Dad.
Popula says it
“Civility” is code for “deference”.
I have a facility in my web application to publish RSS feeds for the most “significant” events. I built it so that I wouldn’t have to build some way of integrating those events with lots of different mechanisms for lots of different users.
I demo’d it to the guy who’s taking over tech for the company I’ve been consulting to. Started by asking “do you know what RSS is?”. His response: “oh, yes, that’s really old tech” and made some analogy with a tape player in his old car.
So I fired up Zapier, and showed him how to take the feed and plug it into a Google Sheet, and into Slack so that his customer support people got pinged with new items. Oh. I could see his brain start to whir. I said something about “old tech, but still good tech”.
This morning after watching the debate, Shelley says “I’m going to send $25 to Amy Klobuchar”, and we have a discussion comparing her and Elizabeth Warren’s approach to governing.
Then I read Scripting News, as is my wont in the mornings, and lo and behold Dave has posted a message that he’s sent Klobuchar $25.
The next blog entry he posts mentions that he had a bike accident a few weeks ago and broke a rib. I had a bike accident at the beginning of August and fractured two ribs, collapsed a lung, detached a nerve in my eye, broke a bone in my hand and separated my shoulder.
What’s going on? Am I living Dave’s life? Shelley accuses me of being the secret author of Scripting News.
Enough with the bland liberalism
Dan Conover has had it with liberal pablum with no content.
In the ’70s, I remember Gough Whitlam, PM in Australia, was summarily dismissed by the Crown in the person of the Australian Governor-General. I never knew why it happened and just attributed it to some sort of internal politics.
Today I read that it was because Whitlam wanted to close down Pine Gap, the 5-eyes listening station in Oz, because the US and the British had been spying on his cabinet. A few discussions between the CIA and MI6, and voila.
Wow. Was it really that simple? Anybody know more?