Flashback thanks to PUBLIB (a discussion of receipt printers): I never realized that Star Micronics--makers of the first (dot matrix) printer I had at home--is still in business (albeit not making printers for PCs). They made solid gear, and based on the PUBLIB comment I guess they still do. Fifty years: not bad in tech.
Old-guy technology grump 1: Forced to use Yahoo!mail (for freecycle), encountering old-style idiot reply defaults (tendency to wind up replying to yourself). Gmail handles this logically (you probably *don't* want to reply to yourself) and I'd forgotten that idiot email systems worked this way.
Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Chronicle is running more pieces about Robin Williams, some pointing out that he was an actor and comedian, not a comedian-actor (he trained at Juilliard), and the local movie critic's list of ten best films (headed by Moscow on the Hudson). Too many to link to; just go to SFGate.com
An hour ago, on the way to lunch, hearing NPR's "Here and Now" interviewing a hero, a doctor (Harvard grad, professor, high-profile) who travels to Mississippi to do abortions. He's deeply religious and grew up anti-abortion, but after a lot of thought concluded that the deeper calling required him to do them.
Anyone know of a way to get back a specific Special Offer on a Kindle? (The ones that come up when you first turn it on, if you've saved $20 by buying the special offer models.) Twice now my wife's seen possibly-interesting Kindle book offers, but gone past them and been unable to get back.
Bookending August with live musical theater at the Bankhead. Yesterday was Shrek: The Musical, Tri-Valley Rep (all volunteer). Good, except orchestra too loud (so we missed some of the lyrics) and kids miked with too much treble (which young voices already have too much of). End of month: Pirates of Penzance, Lamplighters.
Am I wrong to feel irritable when a free service, where I was encouraged to sign up, says it's going to charge (I've never really used it)--and the site offers no way to say "Remove my account"? (I've sent support email. Clearly, they won't/can't actually charge me, but I don't care for the Second Life "Hotel California" model.)
Another tech pundit (Dan Tynan, I think) saying in a few years we'll look back at keyboards & mice as quaint, the way we do rotary phones & fax machines now. Right. 'Cuz you're going to write extended text using your fingers in the air, I guess. The death of keyboards has been projected almost as often as the death of books.
Heard a few minutes of Mr. "Six Californias" on NPR today. Maybe he should stay off the radio: It sounded like a pure example of very wealthy privileged Native California nostalgia gone wild: Back in the day when California had great education, was the best place to start a business, had no poverty and wonderful weather...
Beautiful hiking day (a little rain yesterday and LOTS of wind cleared some of the muck out of the air), and we did "Brushy Peak counterclockwise." Which in this case meant that for the Ramblers, the intermediate group, instead of a nice pleasant 4 miles with maybe 500' rise, we had *exactly* the same hike as the Scramblers: 6.35 miles...
Fun times yesterday: At 3 p.m. (+/- 5 minutes), power went out. Called PG&E; it had already been reported; estimated fix 6 p.m. Which changed to 8 p.m. Which changed to (gulp) 1 a.m. Finally restored at 11:56 p.m. Went out again after about three minutes for eight minutes. Restored (and stayed restored) at 12:07 a.m.
After one "incompatible" Blu-ray and one damaged one, finally actually able to watch Big Miracle last night--and it's quite a good picture that seems not to have gotten much attention. Great cast, true story (three California Grey whales stranded in early ice near Barrow, during Reagan's admin.). Thoroughly enjoyable.
Never been a Led Zeppelin fan (nor a heavy metal fan), but listening to Pandora yesterday while indexing C&I 14.8 (the only time I use Pandora), suddenly a beautiful little totally-non-metal instrumental from LZ came up (on one of my custom channels). Remarkable. Don't remember the name of the piece, but it wasn't words.
I am...charmed...to see that the Cato Journal http://www.cato.org/cato-jo...
is Gold OA (no fee, as far as I can tell, but external submissions are--I would guess--rare). Those damn socialists can hide in the most remarkable places...
Probably not the first one to say this, but it seems as though somebody at Bentham Open would have realized that their favorite journal-naming convention, The Open [Noun-Phrase] Journal, results in some...unpleasant titles.
Nothing like timing: I tried to read a Tom Peters book 25 years later, and gave up...and in last week's Economist, see the Management Fad of the Hour: Zappos' idea to turn itself into a whole bunch of self-forming project teams with little or no middle management. With a Name, of course: Holacracy.
Always the local angle: Saw an item this morning on DARPA plans to build a neural implant device--but had already read a nice, long, detailed article on Lawrence Livermore plans to build a neural implant, in the Livermore weekly. Same device (I think), different angle.
I haven't read the whole thing (and may not), but based on the assertions at the top, the author is saying "Social psychology IS NOT SCIENCE." Which may be right, but I don't think that's what he intends to say... http://wjh.harvard.edu/~jmitch...
Just about a month ago, I derailed a "wearable tech" thread to talk about accuracy and headphones, being then just about to buy a new pair of headphones because my 5-year-old (or older!) Sennheiser PX100's were wearing out (headband and earpads). With my usual lightning speed, I have now ordered new headphones.