Friday, March 23, 2018

"In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them?"


In the textile town of Lowell, Mass., in 1846, the mill clock slowed down to lengthen shifts and then sped up at night when the workers were off, according to one contemporary reformer. U.S. Steel built Gary, Ind., but took little responsibility for its employees, many of whom lived in substandard housing in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

There were more benign examples too. Milton Hershey began building a chocolate factory in the middle of Pennsylvania in 1903 and then surrounded it with a community where, he pledged, there would be “no poverty, no nuisances, no evil.” In return for surrendering certain rights — like local elections and privacy — workers in the town of Hershey got medical coverage, a free junior college, parks and a zoo.

New Carrie Kelly comic

By Frank Miller and Ben Caldwell.

"I trained a neural network to generate new Dungeons and Dragons creatures"

"How a Location Scout Spends 3 Days Touring L.A."


Following Carr’s lead, we’ve put together a three-day itinerary featuring some of Los Angeles’s most iconic shooting locations. While some are well-known pilgrimage sites for film buffs, others are inconspicuous reminders that, like the most skilled of actors, Los Angeles can take on any role.

"The superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district has . . . equipped his classrooms with 5-gallon buckets of river rocks for students to throw at an armed intruder"

"The schools call these buckets of rocks 'go buckets.'"

Deluxe MaFex John Wick figure available for preorder

Multiple heads and weapons.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"We’re at Mars, an exclusive three-day conference at a midcentury-modern hotel here in the California desert run by Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, for some of the world’s most successful geeks"


For its first two years, Mars was largely secret; the most prominent image that leaked was a photo of Mr. Bezos piloting a 13-foot robot last year. This year, Amazon lifted the veil and invited a handful of reporters into Mr. Bezos’s brainiac pow-wow.


For Mars, Amazon and Mr. Bezos handpick the roughly 200 attendees


In the afternoon, we had a choice of activities, from falconry to Navy Seal training to sausage making.


Eighteen of us, including me, flew aerobatic planes.

"The Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month will require students to carry only clear backpacks"

"Students also will be issued identification badges, which they will be required to wear at all times while in school."

"One Northwestern University professor . . . has worked with Gatorade to create a Band-Aid-like flexible patch that he said can will let you know you’re dehydrated by simply looking at it"


As the wearer begins to sweat, perspiration flows through microfluidic channels within the patch’s reservoirs, passing through food-coloring dye and indicating the levels of chloride within the sweat.

Users can then examine the patch to monitor both the level of dehydration and the concentration of chloride within the sweat. (Chloride levels are good indicators of total electrolyte loss, Rogers said.)

Athletes can even snap a picture with their smartphone to receive more detailed analysis.

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries is really good

All Systems Red by Martha Wells is great--after reading an advanced copy, I bought another copy for myself. The sequel, Artificial Condition, is also terrific. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Updated FAQ by Max Temkin ‏

"I will make time to do almost any podcast"