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Monday, October 16, 2017


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Programmer humor. The exclamation mark means 'not' in some programming languages. Via Reddit

Sunday, October 15, 2017

St. Helena Airport

Bits of the British Empire
A news report about commercial flights from Johannesburg starting this month contained some semi-hysterical statements (which is normal for The Telegraph) that prompted me to do a little checking. First order of business is to plot key locations on a map (above). Gold stars indicate:
  • RAF airbase Brize Norton in the UK is at the top. 
  • Johannesburg is at 4 o'clock. 
  • Windhoek, Namibia is just to the left of Johannesburg.
  • Port Stanley is in the Falkland Islands.
The Falkland Islands are a heck of a long way from the UK. Having a friendly airport at St. Helena would make a military response to Argentine aggression in the Falklands a little easier. If you are going to have an empire, you need to be prepared to defend it, even if parts of it are tiny and half a world away.

St. Helena Airport

St. Helena basics:
It is one of the most remote islands in the world, and was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. It was an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa for centuries. Napoleon was imprisoned there in exile by the British, as were Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (for leading a Zulu army against British rule) and more than 5,000 Boers taken prisoner during the Second Boer War, including Piet Cronjé. - Wikipedia

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blizzard Entertainment

How Blizzard Conquered the Gaming World

I was just talking to someone yesterday about how wildly successful Blizzard Entertainment is and then this video pops up on Reddit this morning. People spent five million years playing games from Blizzard last year. If the average player plays an hour a day, six days a week (you know they go to church on Sunday), that means there are like 150 million players, or 2% of the world population.

The last minute of the video is an ad for programming lessons, just so you know.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Funny Money

Poking around on YouTube and I come across a video from Russia Insider about a Russian citizen, arrested in Greece, being extradited to the USA. The charge is money laundering using Bitcoin, not that it matters. This quote summarizes the situation nicely.
"Unfortunately, in most cases, such decisions are politically motivated. The fact is that Vinnik is a Russian citizen, and, in the presence of two similar requests, the decision should have been made in favor of his extradition to Russia, but in most jurisdictions, the United States has such an unspoken preemptive right to extradite citizens upon their requests. And, in my opinion, in this case, this is what happened." - Yevgeny Korchago, Chairman of the Lawyers Board
I suspect that the news coverage of the Harvey Weinstein dust-up is likewise politically motivated, though not at such a high level.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Accumulation from Yang Minha on Vimeo.

Commercial art in a public space:
Installed new artwork "Accumulation" at the main gate of Le Meridien Seoul
"Accumulation" symbolizes the history from Ritz Carlton Seoul to Le Meridien Seoul.
Via Indy Tom

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

GENESIS - I Can't Dance (Remix)

GENESIS - I Can't Dance (Remix)

This is one of my go-to tunes. The lyrics are kind of dumb, but the sound is great. Play this and play a hand of Spider Solitaire and I am calmer and might be ready to tackle my next tedious chore. Plus dancing girls.

More Toast

The Trouble & Coffee Coconut Club
Pacific Standard has a fine story about the artisanal toast craze that is sweeping the country. Er, make that was sweeping the country, three years ago. Never saw any sign of it here, but then I'm cheap and I ain't much of a social butterfly. Via Iaman.

Previous post on the subject.