Friday, October 21, 2016

Blogger's tiniest font

"The Batavia ear"

The Batavia HS marching band is BIG and they sound great. But their show choreography choices are a bit unusual. They roll this BIG ear out front, and it sits there for their entire show. (ha)


It was kind of odd, disconcerting. (what a baby, ha!) I couldn't get onto Github or The Ryver this morning. It was kind of surreal to wonder if something was wrong with 1) my machine or 2) my network or 3) their site or 4) the internet.

It ended up being #4, something wrong with the internet.
Sites across the internet suffer outage after cyberattack

Apple win

Running errands yesterday, I decided to upgrade my phone. I have TY's old iPhone 4.
I bought the phone at AT&T. That experience was just OK.
My Apple interactions were very positive.
  • Most importantly, Apple is smart enough to create a phone that I like, the iPhone SE. It's small. I won't do a BIG phone. And it's worth upgrading because the thing has all the power of an iPhone 6, tucked into its tiny case.
  • I had 2 memory choices: 16GB for $400, or 64GB for $450. Four times the memory for just 50 bucks?!? That's an easy choice! Color was an easy choice for me too... fruity tooty or gray. Ha.
  • I wanted a case, but it's tough to get a good feel just looking at pictures on Amazon, so I went to the Apple store this morning. I told the guy: "I don't mind a little thickness, so that I can hold onto this dang thing." My Apple guy was a little older (over 30, ha) and a big guy. He smiled and whipped out his iPhone with its cover, and said, "Something like this?" Perfect!
Apple. Excellent.

Rude awakening

Here it is for you.
8 years as the most powerful man in the world, and here's your signature achievement. (woof)

In Obama's home state of Illinois, for example, the average increase for a Silver plan is 45%. The average for the cheaper Bronze is 44%. The biggest hike in the state is 84%, and the smallest is 20%, according to the state insurance commissioner.
- Obamacare cost increases, ObamaCare Enrollees Face A Rude Awakening In Two Weeks
Maybe it's just an Illinois thing. Nope.
8 States Where Obamacare Rates Are Rising by at Least 30%
I do appreciate the strained logic in articles like these... "yeah, prices are going up a lot... but most people get subsidies, so meh". (shrug)

MLB Playoffs

I haven't really seen as much of the baseball playoffs as I'd like. I guess it's nice to be busy. It's still been fun and exciting. I especially like seeing a goofball team like Cleveland in the World Series.

This is a fave moment... here's Injun manager T Francona flipping off the TV cameras during the MLB playoffs. (he he)

NBA player Frank Kaminsky flaunts his anti-Cub feelings by wearing a Bartman jersey. Nice.

I have to be a little careful. I've already been exposed here in the williamt blog as a racist, misogynist, anti-gay, xenophobic, Trump-canoodling hater, so I'll put this in Blogger's tiniest font. Just scroll on by. Nothing to see here.

I'm not really a Cub fan any more. I'm not rooting for them. I'm barely following along.
If they win, meh. If they lose, then I won't have to listen to it any more.

There. Don't tell anyone, ok? Thanks.

Go Indians!

he he... yow, bill

PS - Addendum. This article has a really good, minute by minute, description of the internet slowdowns today that are effecting DYN, Twitter, Etsy, Github, Soundcloud, Spotify, Heroku, Pagerduty, Shopify, Okta, and Zendesk.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Take a drink, kid

I like this art shot way too much (inflated ego issues, ha!). 
It's a crappy cellphone pic in a bar... just a reflection that's pretty cool.

"Halloween bar"

Will: Well, you sure killed the hell outta that fella today.
Kid: Hell yeah! I killed the hell out of him, didn't I? Three shots and he was takin' a shit!
Will: Take a drink, kid.
- Unforgiven, link


The Two Pizza Rule at Amazon. Excellent!

No meeting, no matter how important, should ever involve more people than can be fed by two pizzas.
- story
Bezos: Mentally we’re a start-up and obviously we have a lot of scale in certain areas, that’s not like a start-up, but we want to still invent like a start-up.
No wonder Amazon is so dominant.


This article is worthy... and in my case, applicable.
What it’s like to be a college professor who supports Donald Trump

Once, a student said to me, “You’re a conservative, aren’t you?” I responded that I was disappointed that he could tell, because I try to present views on all sides fairly, keeping my own views in the background. He answered: “I know. That’s how I could tell.”
- Daniel Bonevac, professor of philosophy at UT Austin, that wapo story
I definitely don't share my politics at school. (ay carumba!)
The intolerance, hatred, and violence of political correctness is unique to leftie politics, and it's crescendoing here at the end of the pres campaign. The targets are both Trump and his supporters.


Here's a weak headline for you:
Millikin Football Team Sits Out National Anthem

The story here isn't the team sitting.
The story is Connor Brewer. He, alone, came out of the Millikin locker room and stood for the national anthem. Here he is.

Well, Connor Brewer, you rock. Congrats on your positivity and your courage!

FBI Director Comey... not so much on the courage front. He weakly counters Only Black Lives Matter protestors saying that we don't know how many people are shooting who.
That's wrong. I can find the numbers. From williamt post:

  • "there were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014"
  • "In 2015 officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks"
First... How many people would guess that 250 black people were killed by cops in a year? Compared to 6,000 black homicide deaths overall!

Second, make a ridiculous assumption that 1/4 of all police shootings are "bad"... then for every 1 bad cop shooting, 100 black people are killed by non-police, mostly black shooters.


Joel Greenblatt wrote a famous investing book called The Little Book That Beats the Market (amazon). I have the book. It's a fundamental value approach. It's ok.
He's got a new mutual fund called Gotham Index Plus, barrons article.

Interestingly, Greenblatt is also a co-founder of Success Academy Charter Schools: Now, that's making a difference. Wow!

I support these guys in lobbying for more charter schools in the inner cities. It's just astounding that, in 2016, parents still have to fight for control over their own education $$$.
School choice = freedom.
thanks... yow, bill

PS - I usually don't run on consecutive days. But nuts to that! It's too beautiful out there these days: sunny and warm. I hope to grab some lunch and then head out this afternoon. Huzzah!

Will: It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
Kid: Yeah. Well, I guess they had it comin'.
Will: We all have it comin', kid.
- Unforgiven, link

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Molybdenum disulfide

"Starburst art shot"

One sign

I've seen a few bogus local pol signs in people's yards, but it seems way down for an election year. It dawned on me that I hadn't seen a single Trump or Crooked Hillary lawn sign. But then, I went running yesterday and saw one Crooked Hillary sign... all dirty and tilted over, outside the fence behind someone's back yard. Apathy is the sign of the time. As it should be.

Drudge makes his $$$ on headlinea. Here's a good one... the day of the second debate.

Trump is assumed dead in the water at this point. We shall see. One month. Another debate.
Cowards in the repub Congress have fled. Utterly predictable. And good riddance.
Trump says his "shackles" have been removed. I agree! (ha)

It's been true from day one... Trump is a symptom, not the disease. The disease is socialism, political correctness, and the political cowardice and failure of Congress repubs, starting with Paul Ryan.

1 nanometer

A 1 nanometer transistor. You have to use "molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) instead of silicon and a 1D single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) as a gate electrode, instead of various metals."
Why didn't I think of that? (snort)

"We made the smallest transistor reported to date."
- mad scientist, Berkeley Lab announces first transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate
What's a nanometer?
In the International System of Units, the prefix "nano" means one-billionth, or 10-9; therefore one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. It's difficult to imagine just how small that is, so here are some examples: A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. A strand of human DNA is 2.5 nanometers in diameter.
OR if you prefer... a hydrogen atom is about 0.1 nanometers, so you can squeeze 10 hydrogen atoms in a nanometer. (link)

Full employment?

I heard a guy on CNBC say that we were nearing "full employment".

Let me paraphrase this article: Where Did All The Workers Go?
In the last 8 years,
  • More than 13M people have left the workplace in America.
  • The Obama recovery has created 12M jobs.
Conclusion: "which means job creation hasn't kept pace with labor force dropouts".
8 Obama-years and a net 1M lost jobs.

So, where the heck do 13M people go when they're not working?
Amazingly: "From June 2009 to July 2016, 6.6 million people enrolled in the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI)".

I'll leave it as homework for you... are more people on welfare now than 8 years ago?
thanks... yow, bill

PS - Bonus myphoto...

"M&M art shot"