June 23rd, 2016

Porsupah head on arms

Pea soup with chickpeas

Konstantin Binder, who moved to London 15 years ago, writes about the right's EU-exit aspirations. As one whose mother similarly moved west from Germany, I can only wholeheartedly concur with his sentiments.

Thus far, the bookies seem to be unanimous in leaning toward "remain", with odds around 1/4, and "leave" around 3/1. Results of today's referendum, in any event, will apparently start coming around 0030, with around half announcing by 3-4am, 80% by 5am, and likely all done by around 7am.

Are you reading jakebe's writings? If not, go, go! You won't find a more insightful and engaging writer. (Better known ones, yes =:)

A fascinating approach to a realistic vegetarian burger, designed to handle and taste just like the conventional kind, even seemingly "bloody" when raw. "The taste is unreal. When I tried a mini burger slathered in vegan mayo, mashed avocado, caramelized onions and Dijon prepared by San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardin at the company's headquarters in Redwood City, I was floored. The flavor was slightly less potent than meat, but if I didn't already know this burger was made from plants, I wouldn't have guessed it. The texture as I chewed was just like ground beef." It's still at a relatively early stage, so the burgers are more expensive than beef, but they're hoping to bring the cost down as they ramp up production.

So, I did indeed finally get to see The Martian, and I'm very pleased I did. ^_^ It's always great to see real sci-fi, on TV or on the big screen, not merely Alien Invasion of the Week. I did have a few quibbles, like the lack of international involvement until Suddenly, China, or the point where our orbital mechanics whiz, needing some computation, is shown snoozing with his laptop wired to a node of a NASA cluster, with requisite COMPUTATIONS ACCURATE modal dialog appearing, in true Sneakers style. ^_^; But that's small stuff, versus the magnificence of manned space flight - whatever the risks. BTW, if you're given to wondering about the science behind the film, a fan's come up with a detailed pair of eBooks going into the assertions made - really quite good fun! The first volume was recently free, but like its companion, it's back to the mighty figure of 99p/99¢.

Peter Gabriel has a new track out! I'm Amazing, apparently inspired, in part, by the life of Muhammed Ali.

Coming soon from the Canadian Mint: a range of Star Trek coins, all legal tender, and mostly in full color.

Headline on HN the other day: "Twitter Acquires Magic Pony". Go back 20 years, and try parsing those four words. =:) (Me, I'd love to derail the PlayStation's debut, and let 3DO's M2 come to the fore =:)

On an even geekier level, here's some detailed tech info on APFS, Apple's forthcoming filesystem, going beyond the documentation. There's a lot of good stuff in there, including this rather neat tidbit: "APFS addresses [latency] with I/O QoS (quality of service) to prioritize accesses that are immediately visible to the user over background activity that doesn’t have the same time-constraints."

Rather a novel means of recycling plastic, though currently only on polyethylenes: catalysis into gases like butane, a diesel-like fuel, and waxes. The big wins are relatively low energy required, and no concern for purity of the source.

Evidently, Dan Piraro is a Good Egg™, for as he observes on his "Bunny of Exuberance" secret symbol: "We must all stay in touch with the bunny inside us at all costs."

Speaking of whom, I'm afraid there haven't been any new bunpics lately, owing largely to rather mediocre (damp and cloudy) weather much of the time.

Just to avoid duplicating work: has anyone already made a VM of NextStep 3.3 or OpenStep 4.0? I feel I need to, if not. ^_^ Such a brilliant OS family, even if Display PostScript had to be dropped on its way to becoming OS X - that loss of separation of client and server meant the loss of X-Windows style abstraction, so remote control became the blunt instrument that is VNC.