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Never Alone might appeal to some folk, available for OS X and Windows, $18 on Steam. Is the trailer not beautiful? ^_^

huskyteer recently pointed out the life of Josephine Baker, rejected at times in the US - once for being "too skinny and too dark", only to find acclaim in Paris. Even then, an attempted "1936 return to the United States to star in the Ziegfield Follies proved disastrous, despite the fact that she was a major celebrity in Europe. American audiences rejected the idea of a black woman with so much sophistication and power, newspaper reviews were equally cruel (The New York Times called her a "Negro wench"), and Josephine returned to Europe heartbroken." There's a good bit more, but there's no need to copy it here. But, please, read it - it's only a few paragraphs. Perhaps her story will catch you as it did me?

The story of one company, Buffer, who ditched their office, going fully remote. It's all about good communication - with that in place, many programming positions (amongst others) have no reliance, or particular need of - or even benefit from - being in the same place.

Compo of the week: the Telegraph's travel survey, with some fairly eye-popping adventures on offer, including ten business class tickets to New York (on a 757 that is entirely business class, with just 74 seats), a three week tour of Italy valued at £85,000, and many more.

I was most entertained by this rather accurate portrayal of tech recruiters. ^_^ (If you've ever encountered the genus, you'll know of the hilarity that inevitably ensues)

The team that, two years ago, made a lab-grown burger, hopes to bring them to market in five years, initially upscale, with the hope of mass market availability as the price comes down. Interestingly, the story does address the different environmental impacts, which their chart claims to place lab-grown beef as taking 55% of the energy, with 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions, and 1% of the land use, versus conventionally farmed beef.

jenndolari pointed out quite a classic Carson clip: Paul Williams straight off the Planet of the Apes set, in full costume. Such a gem. ^_^

Randomly, I wondered just what makes White Lightning "cider" quite so terrible, and found the answer. It's not what you'd really think of as cider - apples, pressed for their juice, which is then fermented. Oh, no.. think of it more as the drinkable version of "mechanically recovered meat". "White cider is made by processing dessert apples and the pomace after the traditional milling process, resulting in an almost colourless product that has been heavily filtered. Pomace is the dry apple pulp left behind when the juice has been pressed out of it and this is usually fed to animals or used for making pectin. Other large manufacturers use apple concentrate from abroad and get most of the alcohol from the addition of glucose or corn syrup. This is then fermented out to about 15%abv and then brought down with water to around 7.5abv and sold in 2 or 3 litre bottles at prices that sometimes make lemonade seem expensive. The glucose is derived from maize or wheat starch and is changed by enzymes into sugars which in turn are changed into alcohol. So the majority of the alcohol in white cider has very little to do with apples at all."

So, turns out the Jon Stewart's wife, Tracy, "was a veterinary technician and founded a farm sanctuary for abused animals in New Jersey, where she and her husband live." I rather wish I'd been around to hear her talk about her new book last week, "Do Unto Animals", "part memoir and part how-to guide, details how people can more ethically interact with animals and offers 'practical humane solutions to common animal-human conflicts.'"

There's a Chinese SSD maker planning on entering the US market with high capacity (but still, unfortunately, not dirt cheap - the flash chips themselves are from Samsung) drives, in capacities up to 8TB, in a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. They're relatively slow, at around 200MB/s, aiming more for a need for space than speed, but also come with some different extras, like the Smart Destruction feature, which 'can be set to erase encryption keys, perform a drive erase or physically fry the memory chips with a pulse of high voltage. The Smart Destruction mode can be triggered using a digital timer, a mobile phone instruction, or by simply pressing a button. "Yes, it actually smokes sometimes when you push the button," Rutt said. "People like that."'

The founders of the lamented Be Unlimited ISP are back in the game, this time as Hyperoptic, offering full-duplex, unmetered one gigabit service. =:D "If you opt for Hyperoptic's 1Gbps package—which is about £60 per month for broadband only, or slightly more if you want a bundled VoIP phone service—you really do get 1Gbps, both upload and download. There are no bandwidth caps, and Hyperoptic told me that they 'don't do any deep packet inspection or throttling.' There is an acceptable use policy (AUP), which is mostly in place to stop you from using a residential Hyperoptic connection for running commercial servers, but the Hyperoptic engineers told me they'd only ever 'warned 2 or 3 people, because they were doing all sorts of crazy stuff.' Basically, as long as you don't constantly sit at ~100% utilisation of the pipe, Hyperoptic is happy for you to do just about anything. 'People host their own FTP servers. We're okay with that.'" The catch, of course, is coverage - given they're a very small player (for now), they're beginning in central London, given the population density, and thus, practicality of connecting many people per building, blocks of flats and offices especially.

Stuart Manning is, apparently, continuing to be commissioned for some superb 60s cinematic style posters for Doctor Who, with these two for Under the Lake and Before the Flood. Ye gods, I wish the box sets had such style!

So, the first Democratic Party debate took place in Las Vegas. I was quite surprised - there were some actual policies put forward, some justifications for past actions, and actual, real questions and answers. Of the candidates, of course, Bernie Sanders remains easily my favorite. Clinton I'd swallow, though without enthusiasm. O'Malley quite impressed me, too - I hope he'll continue to have bearing on politics in some regard, whatever the level. Chafee.. wasn't bad, but seemed rather ineffectual. Webb was disappointing - he's not been too bad politically, but he came off poorly, being rather evasive on several occasions. Best moment? Easily Sanders following on from Clinton's response over her emails. =:D

You may have read - perhaps even as a business case study - of Alexander Graham Bell, weighing against an entrenched Western Union, as an example of the old versus the new. Except.. it wasn't actually like that. (However, majestic beards and sideburns were strongly in evidence)

How old are your oldest shoes/boots? I was quite tickled to learn of one SLU poster's older pair of Chucks dating from 1983, and still in use. ^_^ In my case, it'd probably be the Fornarina wedge boots I picked up in the Upper Haight in 1999 - though, they're not currently in daily rotation, but I feel inclined to reintroduce them - their heel is perhaps the epitome of the wedge. ^_^ Ah, how excited I was to hear they'd received them in stock! Despite being close to closing time, I said I'd be right over - not exactly immediately, given the need to scoot from San Leandro on BART, and then the 6/7/71 to the Upper Haight. Even though I arrived maybe 30 mins after closing, they let me in to make the purchase. ^_^ I'm delighted Shoe Biz have continued to thrive - indeed, they even have their own line of locally produced footwear now. Given how fierce retail competition can be, not to mention San Francisco commercial rents, that's a testament indeed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The oldest shoes I own are the black patent leather loafers my mum bought me for formal occasions when I went off to university in 1995. I have so little use for smart shoes that they are still going strong for weddings and other special occasions..

(When I tried them on she said they made me look like Roger Moore, as if this was somehow a bad thing.)
If you pull that look off for Halloween, please ensure there are photos. ^_^

I'm certainly not one for formalwear, although that could well change in the coming years. =:) Indeed, I forewent my graduation, because of all the formality involved. (Do you still have your diploma? Sadly, mine went missing somewhere along all the many moves. It was quite a functional thing, anyway - laser printed, with the University's seal embossed, so the duplicate I requested for one of the previous visas isn't very much different. In my world, diplomas would come in a variety of styles, including Lisa Frank =:)
I think I have my degree certificate somewhere (most employers have taken my word for it, luckily). I do still have my 5-metre swimming badge!
My oldest boots are motocross boots I bought in 1974/1975. These lay dormant for much of the last three decades, and my son uses them for 'punk' wear now.

My second oldest boots are a pair of Herman Survivors purchased in January of 1981: I know the approximate date because I bought them after a New Years' Eve party in Vermont when all I had was a pair of sneakers for footwear, and it was -30 F outside. These I wear every winter!
Oh, that's most cool indeed. =:D I wish I had any that old, but around the 80s, my shoes were sadly functional (with the regrettable exception of a pair of Kickers, which lasted weeks before the sole separated from the upper. I still like the look of them, but I can't ever trust them for quality), like the Clark's - cozy, and ultimately, very well worn. ^_^

Ah, I see Herman Survivors are not subtle. =:D I'm amazed how the essential nature of grip eludes many manufacturers - even the Salomon suede boots I have are only okay in icy conditions, which I find surprising, given the brand's origins in skiing. (I do vaguely recall once wearing leather ski boots =:) And then we have MBT, who put so much effort into the sole supports, and the design of the uppers, yet seem to regard the soles themselves as merely an afterthought - even when new, the grip was along the lines of Formula 1 racing tyres, with very narrow serrated grooves, essentially relying on the rubber. Fine in most cases, but on frosty ground.. there, you learn quickly to be careful. (And similarly walking on metal grates in the rain)
Mocko has apparently lost their website registration.  Here is Google's cache.

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Hmm? All seems well here. Perhaps a transitory issue? (If not, we should let them know)
Never mind; false alarm.  I got a GoDaddy parking page before, but it's fine now.
re: never alone: YAY for fluffy foxes! That's the hug I need after being made aware of the climate change photo of the red fox hiding the carcass of the arctic fox it killed.

re: Buffer's all remote working: YAY! I've never worked at a company spending anywhere near that $17k for a retreat or anything for employee morale. Usually a xmas party and that's it.

re: tech recruiters: WELL SAID BRUCE! It gives me the courage to tell them to smeg off!

re: Bell vs. Western Union: what a tangled tale! Thanks for finding that.

My oldest sandals are from around 1975 when Earth Shoes were new. I bought them from the Earth Shoe Store and wore them to Israel in 1977. Since I rotate my sandals and such, they're still in great shape.

Around that time I bought "Mobeez" sandals: the first to have Velcro straps, but the rest was leather. I still have them but the rubber soles are so brittle that I'm afraid they'll crack from flexing.

If you're interested, I just recorded the two segments of Jon and Tracey Stewart on CBS This Morning on 22 Oct and can put it on Dropbox for you.