ITHCWY Newsletter for June 2019

Updated on Sunday, December 15, 2019

Animation of a year of Global Cloud Cover

Timelapse of Pacifica State Beach.

Cory Doctorow argues for adversarial interoperability as a tool to weaken tech monopolies. I've reached the same conclusion: Facebook shouldn't own your social graph.

Dead Ringers S18E04 (available very briefly) has a halfway decent Brexit / Douglas Adams joke. Here's a better one.

A longer hike at China Camp State Park.

Previously:

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Bay View and Shoreline Trails at China Camp State Park

Bay View Trail to Shoreline Trial at China Camp State Park

View from Bay View Trail at China Camp State Park

A nice 4 mile hike at China Camp State Park - starting at the day use parking in the campsite follow Powerline Fire Trail up to a left on Bay View Trail then left on Back Ranch Fire Trail and finally left again on Shoreline Trial back to the parking lot. Gentle ascent for three miles then a fairly steep stretch down Back Ranch Fire Trail (I slipped three times, watch where you're going) and then gentle again for the final half mile.

(Previously: shorter 3 mile hike of Back Ranch Meadows and Turtleback Point loop)

Hike starts at: 38.006014, -122.496775. View in Google Earth.

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Summer Solstice 2019

Summer Solstice 2019 in Catfood Earth

Summer starts now in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter if you happen to be south of the Equator. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

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San Francisco from San Bruno Mountain

Updated on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

San Francisco from San Bruno Mountain

Photo of San Francisco framed by a mossy tree on San Bruno Mountain.

(Previously, Previously)

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Pacifica

Pacifica

Timelapse of Pacifica State Beach.

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Book reviews for May 2019

Updated on Thursday, June 6, 2019
How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki

How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki

4/5

 

Children of Ruin (Children of Time, #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Ruin (Children of Time, #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

4/5

 

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

5/5

 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

3/5

 

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

3/5

 

Winter World (The Long Winter #1) by A.G. Riddle

Winter World (The Long Winter #1) by A.G. Riddle

3/5

 

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ITHCWY Newsletter for May 2019

Limantour Spit

Limantour Spit

Limantour Spit

There is a shorter trail through the dunes before you get to the beach which we attempted a couple of years ago. The vegetation is spiky and unforgiving for small people. Better option is to hit the beach, turn right and walk as close to the end as you can. Five mile flat round trip. We saw harbor seals and one very decomposed whale.

Hike starts at: 38.025765, -122.884455. View in Google Earth.

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Facebook Interoperability

Updated on Friday, May 22, 2020

In TechCrunch today Josh Constine gets friend portability for Facebook almost right:

"In other words, the government should pass regulations forcing Facebook to let you export your friend list to other social networks in a privacy-safe way. This would allow you to connect with or follow those people elsewhere so you could leave Facebook without losing touch with your friends. The increased threat of people ditching Facebook for competitors would create a much stronger incentive to protect users and society."

The problem is having a list of friends does me no good at all when none of them are on Google Plus, Diaspora or whatever.

What we need is legislation that forces interoperability. I can share with my friends via an open protocol, and Facebook is forced to both send and receive posts from other networks. This would actually create an opportunity for plausible competition in a way that a friend export could never do. Social networking should work like email, not CompuServe.

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Tire Chalking Constitutional Amendment

US Constitutional Amendments by Century

We haven't passed a constitutional amendment since 1992. I have an idea or two, but given the length of the hiatus maybe we need to warm up with something easy.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that that chalking car tires to detect illegal parking violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Civilization is collapsing a little in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Parking spaces are a limited resource and a fundamental role of local government is figuring out how to carve this kind of resource up equitably. Time limited spots are a pain, and if you don't like them you could complain to your representative or even run for office on a parking anarchy platform. Maybe you'd win and then good luck finding any parking at all. But if the courts decide to open up a tragedy of the commons enabling loophole then it must be time to slap them down.

The 28th amendment should explicitly allow tire chalking for parking enforcement. With the momentum from that we can start fixing some real problems.

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