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Gyroscopic Precession

Very well done video. The bike tire example is nicely done.

So What’s the Question?

Irrational? What's the question? I don't see it.

Also, I don't think "being offended by something in which you don't believe" is the proper framing of the situation. Would Christians be offended if instead of "under God" was replaced by "under Buddha" or "under Allah"? Probably, and justifiably so.

P.S. I don't consider myself an atheist.

The Importance of Defensive Driving

Don't assume that everyone else is going to drive properly. Others make mistakes, but you can avoid accidents by driving defensively.

Smart ED Acceleration

One gear = no shifting.

I've roasted my fair share of "fast" cars within a city block…

My One Hope for iOS 8?

You know what it is?

That the damn Siri realizes my name is spelled "Erik" - not only on my iPhone, but on the friends who iMessage me or who say my name in other contexts.

Perhaps the type-ahead stuff will help with that.

I've always found it ridiculous that my iPhone couldn't be trained to spell my own name properly.

Halt and Catch Fire

Looking forward to this:

And the background info on the name, of course…

Nat’s First U.S. Kids Golf Event

Yesterday Nat played in her first U.S. Kids Golf local "tour" event.

Stupidly, we arrived at the course at 12:30, because tee times started at about 1:20. Unfortunately, her tee time was 4:47… so we went to Boston Market and to a driving range to kill some time, then came back to the course at about 3:50.

The course for 10-11 year-olds is 1900 yards or so over nine holes. That's an average hole length of about 225 yards. There were two par fives (280, 330), and two par threes (95, 75), but the rest of the holes were about 225. The rough was THICK and the fairways were quite narrow.

MediaTemple Server Health – Yellow to Red?

I think it's the fact that I'm running a virtual dedicated host, but these kinds of things aggravate me: why is my server status "red" when I'm barely using any of the CPU or Memory?

Quad Copters (Again)

Phantom 2 Vision+ | DJI

Getting Started with the DJI Phantom 2

QuadCopter for my Birthday? Still waiting. Here's to 2015?

Amazon Screwing with Publishers, Authors

As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish.

Maybe the U.S. Government should go after Apple again.

BackBlaze

Michael Tsai on What Backblaze Doesn't Back Up:

My other concern is that Backblaze doesn't actually back up everything. It fails all but one of the Backup Bouncer tests, discarding file permissions, symlinks, Finder flags and locks, creation dates (despite claims), modification date (timezone-shifted), extended attributes (which include Finder tags and the "where from" URL), and Finder comments. Arq, CrashPlan (as of version 3), SuperDuper, and Time Machine all support all of these. Dropbox supports all of them except creation dates, locks, and symlinks.

That was particularly interesting given John Gruber's canned promos about how it's built by former Apple engineers. Were they good Apple engineers, because that metadata matters.

I'm still using CrashPlan and it's been working beautifully, so far as I can tell.

Update your eBay Password

They had a security breach. Log on and update your eBay password if you haven't already.

That is all for this public service announcement.

AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5B

AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout

I'm a long-time subscriber to both. I wonder if that will benefit me at all.

Stop Forcing Bikers to Wear Helmets

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets. Not motorcyclists. Bikers. Bike riders.

There's very little evidence to support the idea that bicycling is terribly dangerous. In fact, wearing a helmet may make you more likely to get in in an accident.

Intelligent Details

A video about Bentleys (the cars) shot entirely on an iPhone 5S:

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