Josh Marshall on an editorial piece at TPM:
The extremely wealthy are objectively far wealthier, far more politically powerful and find a far more indulgent political class than at any time in almost a century - at least. And yet at the same time they palpably feel more isolated, abused and powerless than at any time over the same period and sense some genuine peril to the whole mix of privileges, power and wealth they hold.
The best way to explore Berkeley is by foot.
And the best way to travel by foot is with your running shoes on.
Pretty fascinating insight into the making of The Godfather.
Finally, Colombo grabbed the script and slammed it on the table. “Wait a minute! Do we trust this guy?” he asked his men. Yes, they replied.
“So what the fuck do we have to read this script for?” said Colombo. He told Ruddy, “Let’s make a deal.”
Two things that stuck out and surprised me while reading the piece:
- The Godfather was originally Intended to be a low budget movie, but instead becomes a masterpiece due to a series of interesting coincidences.
- The mafia had a surprisingly large role in the making of the movie. Fascinating to see how some of the same deals that were portrayed expertly in the movie were also involved in the making of the film.
A superb and extremely detailed look at the typography in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
(Err…that high pitched squeal of excitement is definitely not coming from me…I mean, it’s not like I get unreasonably excited or anything for 2001…)
I never realized that the ‘0’s in ‘2001’ used in the titles are actually ‘O’s from Gill Sans because the ‘0’s are not circular. And I’ve always absolutely loved the beautiful Futura and the neat typography used in HAL’s Logic Memory Center.
“Some people will doubtless feel that a movie about particle physics is self-indulgent and unnecessary. The polite term for such people is ‘poopyheads.’”
– Sean Carroll talking about the new documentary Particle Fever
Well, that sucks.
And this is what is meant by “future-proof”. Re-using USB and micro-USB (or any existing standard) could never do any of that.
A very thorough look into the details of the Lightning connector. It’s very technically capable and, especially recently, appears to have been a very smart decision.
Modest mental powers such as memory and trial-and-error learning are the only prerequisites for chimps, bonobos, and early humans to have serviceable cultures. It wasn’t until much later that Homo sapiens developed propositional problem-solving, so we shouldn’t project that skill back into deep time. Neither should we anthropomorphise — or ratio-morphise — current apes. The theory of emotions shows how pleasures, pains, anticipations, lust, care, and other gut-feelings can interact in complex social ecologies to produce sophisticated social behaviour.
Interesting look into the evolution of human culture.
Fascinating look at how punctuation has been adapted for tone and emotion in new forms of written communication.
And as problems of tone kept arising on text and instant message, people turned to other punctuation marks on their keyboards rather than inventing new ones.
AnandTech has a great review covering the design and performance of the new Mac Pro. GPU computing is the future of professional computing and it is especially interesting to see how Apple embraces it in the new Mac Pro.
The Mac Pro’s thermal core makes a lot of sense from an area efficiency standpoint as the chances that you have all three processors in the system (Xeon CPU + dual AMD FirePro GPUs) running at max speed at the same time is highly unlikely. By having all three players share one large heatsink Apple can optimize for the most likely usage scenarios where at most one processor is running at close to max TDP.