ITHCWY: Twitter: Put some status in status updates: Give me an extra character for every year that I’ve been with… http://goo.gl/fb/gCEpT— Robert Ellison (@abfo) July 8, 2011
“Good Morning,” said the Electorate at last.
“Er… good morning, O Electorate,” said Cameron nervously, “do you have… er, that is…”
“An answer for you?” interrupted the Electorate majestically. “Yes, I have.”
“There really is one?” breathed Cameron.
“There really is one,” confirmed the Electorate.
“To Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
“Yes, though I don’t think,” added the Electorate, that you’re going to like it.”
“Doesn’t matter!” said Cameron, “We must know it! Now!”
“All right,” said the Electorate, “The answer to Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Is…”
“I’m going to get lynched, aren’t I?”
“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the Electorate, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”
“But it was Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” howled Cameron.
“Yes,” said the Electorate with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, “but what does that actually mean?”
“Well, you know, enjoy the benefits of the single market without being part of it, points based immigration here but still retire to Spain, restore the sovereignty of parliament without actually letting it vote…” said Cameron weakly.
“Exactly!” said the Electorate. “So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”
“Look, all right, all right,” said Cameron, “can you just please tell me the question?”
“But can you do it?”
“No, but I’ll tell you who can,” said the Electorate.
“Who? Tell me!”
“I speak of none but the referendum that is to come next,” intoned the Electorate, “A referendum whose merest subordinate clauses I am not worthy to comprehend. A referendum that will actually tell us what Brexit is. A referendum of such infinite and subtle complexity that understanding ATM modernization under Single Sky and the medical implications of leaving Euratom shall form part of its introductory reading material…”(Apologies to Douglas Adams)
A datalapse video of San Francisco street trees:
City elevation contours and street tree database from DataSF. I included all trees with a latitude, longitude and known planting date. On the visualization trees grow over 25 years to a generally exaggerated 25 meters radius. Each species of tree is assigned a random color.
360 spherical video of totality. This is best in a virtual reality headset.
The three timelapse videos edited into the version at the top of the page. The first one was shot on a GoPro. The second is from a Sony RX100V with an ND5 filter and the third is the Sony timelapse processed to keep the sun at the center of the frame.
When you get a piece of spam in Outlook you move it to Junk or block the sender. And then, even if that junk mail is marked as read, the Junk folder has a BOLD MESSAGE COUNT. It's the only folder that does this. I cannot do any other work while I have a bold message count and so I have to switch to the Junk folder and delete the message to get rid of it.
Regular email: read, file, done.
Junk email: recognize as spam, click block sender, confirm that I really want to block the sender, switch to Junk folder, mark as read, delete.
Something is really wrong with this workflow. It's a lens through which you can view the ultimate demise of the company. Sure, Office isn't going away soon and Azure is growing like crazy and SQL Server runs on Linux. But somewhere in Redmond 5,000 people designed a Junk email folder that is the MOST IMPORTANT folder in Outlook. The rest were presumably too busy making Windows Update worse to stop this.
My Google experience is that I really don't get much spam. The spam that I do get is hidden from me unless I actually need to rifle through it for some reason. On the occasion I actually get legitimate junk I just flag it as such and never have to touch it or it's ilk again.