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"

"A massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from federal labor laws"


The exemption would represent the culmination of more than two years of lobbying by Major League Baseball, which has sought to preempt a spate of lawsuits that have been filed by minor leaguers alleging they have been illegally underpaid.


“We’re not saying that it shouldn’t go up,” he said. “We’re just saying that the formula of minimum wage and overtime is so incalculable. I would hate to think that a prospect is told, ‘You got to go home because you’re out of hours, you can’t have any extra batting practice.’

Meltdown Comics of Los Angeles to close March 30

"Anyone who spent time at Meltdown Comics could tell that it wasn’t your typical comic book shop."

Related, Marvel is selling new comics collections for 99 cents each:

Iron Fist Volume 2

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Clone Wars Vol. 2 (424 pages)

Spider-Men II

"The Tale Of Theranos And The Mysterious Fire Alarm"


As I was interviewing them — but before we knew which test they could get — a sudden and jolting BEEP BEEP BEEP reverberated through the drugstore. “Fire alarm!” someone called out, and we evacuated to the street.

I’d never been in a drugstore when the fire alarm went off. There was no smoke and no fire.

Trailer for Under the Silver Lake (from the director of It Follows)

Trailer for Afterparty (from the makers of Oxenfree)


In afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to earth.

What adventures will you stumble through in the underworld? Every step is up to you. Time to go on the best bender ever, uncover the mystery of why you’ve been damned, and drink the big guy under the table.

"Latham & Watkins LLP, the country’s highest-grossing law firm, said Tuesday that its chairman, William Voge, is relinquishing his position and retiring from the firm after engaging in sexual communications"

"last year exceeded $3 billion in global revenue, the first firm to do so"

"Based on Law360’s work reviewing dozens of documents, Voge’s undoing began when he approached a woman online to 'help her engage in 'Christian reconciliation' with a member of the New Canaan Society.'"