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Monday, September 26, 2016

Startup Woes

Phoenix Rising From The Ashes
Pluck and persistence saves dying startup
I'm reading a story about a little internet based startup company. It's not a bad story, but these weird place names pop up, like Vaishali and Hauz Khas and I'm wondering where this could be. I've never heard of any such places, but the USA is full of towns with strange names that I've never heard of. I mean the hills are alive with the sound of strange old European names. Maybe these guys are operating in some obscure, dead coal mining town in Pennsylvania. Unlikely, yes, but you never know. Weirder things have happened. So I check. They are in Dehli, India, half the world away, and he's writing like he's in California. Weird, man.

Other new-to-me terms:
runway period - The amount of time until your startup goes out of business, assuming your current income and expenses stay constant. Typically calculated by dividing the current cash position by the current monthly burn rate. - StartupDefinition.com

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Castle Bran

Castle Bran
The Beckley Foundation logo is derived from the Hapsberg family, which got its name from a castle in Europe, so two castles crossed my path this week.

Via Syaffolee

Goggle's Tilt Brush


Tilt Brush: Painting from a new perspective

I've seen guys using VR (Virtual Reality)-goggles to fly racing drones, OK, I saw a video of it, and some video games are being adapted for VR-goggles. And there was that movie (Johnny Mnemonic?) that had Keano Reeves mucking about with with virtual toy blocks, but this is the first time I have seen something that looks like it might really be good for something.

Via Why Tentacle Porn is the Last Chapter of Human Civilization  by Holly Wood

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nakajima Aircraft Company

Honda S Dream Streamliner
Honda has built a car to try and capture a land speed record for some limited displacement class. They exceeded 260 MPH using a 660 cc engine. The engine is similar to the one they use in their S660 sports car. Never heard of the S660? That's because it is a tiny Kei car, which aren't exported to the USA.

Kei cars originated after WW2.

The Nakajima Aircraft Company produced aircraft up till the end of WW2. Then, since they had no other business and the Allies said 'no more airplanes', they closed up shop. The engineers needed something to do, and since they were prohibited from building airplanes, they turned their hand to building Subaru micro-cars.

Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa fighter
The Nakajima Ki-43 was called Oscar by the Allies. Almost 6,000 were produced.

American Crime

Elvis Nolasco as Carter Nix (left) and Caitlin Gerard as Aubry Taylor
We've been watching American Crime on Netflix. It's well done, but I don't like it. There is not one single character in this show that I like. They are all universally repellent. Stupid, belligerent, pushy, insensitive and in some cases downright insane. Just like real people.

But then last night (episode 3 or 4 of season 1) I got a moment or two of clarity. The couple in the picture above are walking disasters. They are destitute meth-heads (what we used to call speed freaks). The man has been charged with murder and has been jailed. The woman was a foster child raised in a 'nice' middle class home, but now she's on probation. The only thing they want is to see each other. Nothing else matters. They are completely oblivious to the freight train of American justice that is bearing down on them. Aubry's parents come to her rescue, but she doesn't want to have anything to do with them. Her mother is talking about her getting a 'nice' job in a knick-knack shop and Aubry complains about not being able to breath. I can understand that. Working retail totally repels me. I suppose I could do it now, if I had to, but when I was their age it was a concept so alien it may as well have been on another planet.