My previous plan was to leave San Francisco June 19th and drive out to Colorado via LA. On the first of July I would fly to mexico for a 10 day meditation retreat and then move to New York City. That plan obviously didn’t work out and I’m very happy that’s the case.
I’ve been working with a friend on an early stage startup called Financial Gadget (fingad.com) which is the most fun I’ve had in ages. Working at Google was sort of like playing a video game with the cheat codes on, unlimited money and time made for easy sailing (most of the time). That can be fun for a bit (or until I’m no longer indigent from college) but ultimately I’m more excited about an interesting challenge. FinGad is going gangbusters, we’ve got an absolutely phenomenal team and more users than we know what to do with. Some big things are in the work$ and I’m going to be staying in California until the 10th of July, and yes, that means I’m going to priceless. The evening of the 10th I’m driving out to Colorado and flying from Denver to NYC on the 15th. From there:
from: Vipassana Meditation Center
to: TittyD date: Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM subject: 7/16/2008 Vipassana Course Registration
We are happy to accept you for the 10-day Vipassana meditation course at
the Vipassana Meditation Center from Wednesday, July 16, 2008 to Sunday,
July 27, 2008.
All course applicants must read, understand and agree to follow the Code of
Discipline as part of the application process. It is essential that all
participants understand the serious nature of the ten-day course before
applying. Therefore, please take the time to carefully read the Introduction
to the Technique and Code of Discipline prior to your arrival. Go to www.dhamma.org/code.htm
Jonathan Zittrain was on the Colbert Report a couple weeks back. I worked for JZ at HLS and he’s one of the best professors out there. He’s repping his new book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. The interview is funny but really watered down.
The book on the other hand is a brilliant look at how increasingly controlled systems on the internet are preventing generative content from emerging. It’s a hard argument to make in a sentence or two but it’s really worth reading.
analysis by Maplight.org indicating that those Democratic representatives who changed their vote on telecom immunity between March and June received on average 40% more in contributions from telecom interests than those Democrats who held firm. Maplight asks, “Why did these ninety-four House members have a change of heart? Their constituents deserve answers.” Across both parties, representatives who voted for immunity in June had received almost twice a much telecom money as those who voted against. Wired’s coverage includes a quote from Larry Lessig, who is on the Maplight board: “Money corrupts the process of reasoning. [Lawmakers] get a sixth sense of how what they do might affect how they raise money.”
:: Sigh via Wired via Google Reader (thanks AB!) ::
In less than 7 years, Mercedes-Benz plans to ditch petroleum-powered vehicles from its lineup. Focusing on electric, fuel cell, and biofuels, the company is revving up research in alternative fuel sources and efficiency.
The German car company has a few new powertrains in the line-up that European journalists have had the opportunity to test out in their facility in Spain. One vehicle includes the F700, powered by a DiesOtto engine that combines HCCI and spark ignition to get nearly the same efficiency as diesel, but minus the expensive after-treatment systems. The engine can run on biofuels, and we may have a purchasable vehicle by 2010 – a year that seems to be popular for the debut of a lot of new alternative fuel car models, making ’08 and ’09 simply thumb-twiddling years for consumers. I don’t know, maybe car makers just like the roundness of “2010.” The company’s next big step will be to launch a Smart electric car which is fuel and emission-free.
Tim was telling me about it last night. He used it to discover that he had a parasite that he got while sailing around in New Zealand (or something). You can input your symptoms into wrong diagnosis and their engine will tell you about obscure things you might have instead of what your doctors think. Quite handy, and great for hypochondriacs!
Race, which Harper says has been implicated as a key factor in sentencing criminals to death, was not found to be an important factor when it came to the decision to execute. The most striking factor by far was educational level – the number of years the inmate had spent in high school. This may be crucial because it indicates how well an inmate can manage their appeal process. “This finding confirms that being executed is not about what you’ve done, but more about your ability to defend yourself,” says Simon Shepherd of Death Watch International, a group that campaigns against the death penalty worldwide.
The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week.
So you might be sort of astounded by how fucking insane a strategy that is, but wait! there’s more!
This week, more than six months later, the E.P.A. is set to respond to that order by releasing a watered-down version of the original proposal that offers no conclusion. Instead, the document reviews the legal and economic issues presented by declaring greenhouse gases a pollutant.
It worked! Can you fucking believe it? But remember, Impeachment is off the table as unilaterally decided by Nancy Pelosi. Even Mecha-Abe Lincoln is surprised:
Yeah, I had absolutely no idea that the EPA was this easy to roll over. I wonder what it would take to get a senior epa bureaucrat to drink their own piss? I mean you would think that a rational response to the White House refusing to open an email would be to plaster that information all over epa.gov and then initiate a lawsuit…
This part is great: The Transportation Department made its own fuel-economy proposals public almost two months ago; they were based on the assumption that gasoline would range from $2.26 per gallon in 2016 to $2.51 per gallon in 2030
—Mecha Abe Lincoln
This entire article is full of keepers, check it out
:::: White House via NYTimes ::::
if I get less than 3 hours of sleep 2-3 nights in a row I become a total emotional basketcase. I get moody, depressed, afraid of everything(?). 90% of words seem like they’ve been misspelled. Not sleeping: probably worse than getting attacked by robots.
Anti-American socialists like the watchdogs at the Anti-Advertising Agency often point out that the advertising industry is—without exaggeration—one of the biggest vandals in New York City. Illegal advertising includes everything from entire sides of buildings and scaffoldings covered in banner ads without permits, to virtually the entire “guerilla marketing” and “street team” industries. All those things are, technically speaking, vandalism. So the NYPD’s vandal squad should be breaking down ad agency doors daily, right? This handy pie chart puts the law enforcement situation into perspective.
::: Words via Gawker :: Graphic via Anti-Advertising Agency :::