Tag Archives: birthday

Happy 10th Birthday to Daring Fireball – a role model for this blog

Happy 10th birthday, John Gruber, of the curation blog, Daring Fireball. A role model of mine in both style and eccentricity. I hope to one day achieve your level of excellence and also prove to the world that being a blogger can provide a happy life for me and my family.

A fellow writer, Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic, also pays tribute to Daring Fireball:

This, from a 2008 interview, is still a better articulation of the joy of reading great sequential writing than you’ll regularly find:

Gruber: I’ve always enjoyed the way that with good columnists, it’s not just that their individual articles stand on their own, but that there’s something greater than the sum of the parts when you follow them as a regular reader.

And he can still better articulate what’s fun and compelling about link-sharing (which he’s been doing since before we deemed it curation) than anyone. From the same interview:

Gruber: There’s a certain pace and rhythm to what I’m going for [when I share links], a mix of the technical, the artful, the thoughtful, and the absurd. In the same way that I strive to achieve a certain voice in my prose, as a writer, I strive for a certain voice with regard to what I link to. No single item I post to the Linked List is all that important. It’s the mix, the gestalt of an entire day’s worth taken together, that matters to me.

 

Continue reading

July 1 is the national day of Canada – Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867, in Canada), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

Frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”, particularly in the popular press, the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date, but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens.

ViaWikipedia

Continue reading

The highly productive habits of Alan Turing

On the week of his 100th birthday, we celebrate the mathematician’s life.

June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician would surely be on my list. Turing’s genius played a key role in helping the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic—a naval blockade against the Third Reich that depended for success on the cracking and re-cracking of Germany’s Enigma cipher. That single espionage victory gave the United States control of the Atlantic shipping lanes, eventually setting the stage for the 1944 invasion of Normandy.

But even before this history-changing achievement, Turing laid the groundwork for the world we live in today by positing a “universal computing machine” in 1936. “It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence,” he contended. His proposed device could read, write, remember, and erase symbols.

 

Keep reading for - 7 Turing Qualities we should all emulate - and also be sure to participate in:

Continue reading

Start-up perks – the standards, impressive ones, & no way that’s amazing

We asked more than a dozen startups (Thrillist, Fab, Tumblr, Jetsetter, StumbleUpon, Asana, Eventbrite, Warby Parker, Rent the Runway, Coloft, ZocDoc, GetGlue, Foursquare, Birchbox, Modcloth, Evernote) what perks they offer and we’ve grouped these perks into three tiers, giving you the sampling of who offers what and why these companies think it wise to spend money on them.

The Standards

  • Free snacks
  • Free coffee
  • Casual dress code
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Ping pong table, pool table, foosball table or basketball hoop.

Wow, That’s Impressive

  • Catered lunch every day.
  • Paid vacation day on your birthday.
  • $100 Uber car credit each month (StumbleUpon) or car service for late nights (Tumblr).
  • A “Fun Committee” to plan company outings, such as ice skating, scavenger hunts.

Really? That’s Amazing

  • Unlimited sick and vacation days, because “we believe in treating everyone like an adult,” says Braley. (Thrillist, ZocDoc, ModCloth, Foursquare).
  • A tab at the local coffee shop, so teammates don’t have to eat the cost of networking (Jetsetter).
  • In-office massages, chiropractor and acupuncture sessions every week (Eventbrite).

Just small selection of the perks from the articleAre These the Best Startup Perks You’ve Ever Seen?

Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Richard Feynman – the best mind since Einstein

Richard Feynman — Nobel-winning physics icon, curiosity champion, graphic novel hero, bongo drummer, wager-maker, no ordinary genius — would have been 94 today (May 11). To celebrate, here is one of Feynman’s most beloved classics, a 1964 lecture in which he distills with equal parts wit and wisdom the essence of the scientific method:

keep reading & watch a PBS biographyThe Best Mind Since Einstein

Happy Leap Day! – Here’s some little-known facts about leap years

You probably know that 2012 is a leap year. And that means that this year we get an extra day on February 29th.

Well, leaplings (people born on Leap Year Day of a previous year) finally get to celebrate their actual birthday.

Epipheo shows you how, based on astronomy, the Gregorian Calendar uses leap year to keep us in tune with the sun, the stars, and the universe.

The oldest age people can reach is 114…so far

A puzzling part to the equation has emerged. While humans are in fact living longer lives on average, the oldest age that the oldest people reach seems to be stubbornly and oddly precisely cemented right at 114.

A person born in the US at the turn of the 20th century could expect to live 49.2 years. Their ancestor born in 2003 could reasonably expect to see their 77th birthday. But while average lifespans continue to lengthen, the oldest of the old appear to be encountering a rather powerful limiting factor.

In 1990 there were 3,000 people 100 or older, the oldest of them being 114. Twenty years later the number of people aged 100 and over had grown to around 44,000, but the oldest was still 114.

Longevity researcher Aubrey de Grey, author of “Ending Aging,” was asked about this:

“Time and time again over the decades past demographers have been brutally misled by short-term phenomena, by statistics gathered only over a few years. Blips happen for all manner of impenetrable reasons. In this case we’re talking about people born in a small segment of time, around 1900, and most of them born in particular countries and going through certain types of life they might not have gone through had they been born 20 years previously or 20 years later.”

via Don Burke / Singularity Hub

130 years of news for the L.A. Times, my favorite newspaper’s birthday

1937, the Times Building, beautiful right, gives Batman's Gotham a run for its money.

 

The Los Angeles Times has the best newspaper website in the world. Their online presence is the fastest growing in the U.S., and for a technologist, like me, that is awesome.

I have their iPhone and iPad apps, including the LA Times Magazine app which is the best magazine app I’ve seen yet. I love their spinoff websites, like Hero Complex that talks all about super hero movies, science fiction, fantasy, and more.

Most importantly, the taste of the newspaper suits me. From the art and architecture to sports and business, I feel a kinship with the writing and focus. It’s really cool to find something like that.

Especially, when the gray lady is putting up paywalls and messing around with commenters. The New York Times is supposed to be our newspaper of record, and they do have some great journalists, but when it comes to winning over technologists they are far, far behind. I say that until they fully embrace the online world we avoid their site and make them earn that number one spot.

Anyway, back to the special paper of the day. Happy Birthday Los Angeles Times!

Keep up the good work and here’s to another 130 years.

Capturing history as it was made – The Times celebrates its birthday with a look back at some memorable photos and front pages

Continue reading

130 years of news for the L.A. Times, my favorite newspaper's birthday

1937, the Times Building, beautiful right, gives Batman's Gotham a run for its money.

 

The Los Angeles Times has the best newspaper website in the world. Their online presence is the fastest growing in the U.S., and for a technologist, like me, that is awesome.

I have their iPhone and iPad apps, including the LA Times Magazine app which is the best magazine app I’ve seen yet. I love their spinoff websites, like Hero Complex that talks all about super hero movies, science fiction, fantasy, and more.

Most importantly, the taste of the newspaper suits me. From the art and architecture to sports and business, I feel a kinship with the writing and focus. It’s really cool to find something like that.

Especially, when the gray lady is putting up paywalls and messing around with commenters. The New York Times is supposed to be our newspaper of record, and they do have some great journalists, but when it comes to winning over technologists they are far, far behind. I say that until they fully embrace the online world we avoid their site and make them earn that number one spot.

Anyway, back to the special paper of the day. Happy Birthday Los Angeles Times!

Keep up the good work and here’s to another 130 years.

Capturing history as it was made – The Times celebrates its birthday with a look back at some memorable photos and front pages

Continue reading