San Francisco from San Bruno Mountain

Pacifica

Pacifica

Timelapse of Pacifica State Beach.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

ITHCWY Newsletter for April 2019

Nest learning thermostat, learning

Conway's Game of Death.

The site I had been using for global cloud cover images in Catfood Earth abruptly shut down recently so I've had to scramble to build a replacement service. This is live now and updates are available to download for Windows and Android.

More details about putting together the best possible clouds image for Catfood Earth here.

Previously:

Book reviews for April 2019

Updated on Sunday, May 5, 2019
The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1) by Derek Künsken

The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1) by Derek Künsken

3/5

 

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

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

3/5

 

Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds

Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds

3/5

 

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren

4/5

 

Catfood Earth 3.46

Improved clouds in Catfood Earth

Catfood Earth 3.46 is now available for download. Catfood Earth for Android 1.70 is available in the Google Play Store and will update automatically if you already have it installed.

This follows hot on the heels of the last release as the new clouds layer service running on this blog can update far more frequently than the source used prior to 3.45. You will now get a fresh helping of clouds every hour! Unrelated to this release I've improved the quality of the clouds image as well. If you're interested you can read about this in exhaustive detail here.