Sheboygan

July 24, 2017

I enjoy crossword puzzles but I’m not great at them (I recall my grandmother doing them in ink). I tried some free apps that were largely lame, so a couple months ago I started paying for the NY Times crossword app. You do get what you pay for.

I was doing today’s puzzle (Monday is super easy, it then gets harder all week). After whipping through the across clues, it really seemed like a down answer was Sheboygan. Really? Who knows Sheboygan? Great brats, but in the NY Times?

Sure enough, the clue was Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan.

I think the clue should have referenced bratwurst…


Boring Follow-Up

July 20, 2017

In an attempt to move things along (see previous post), Elon Musk tweeted this:

Our local prosecutor, Preet Bharara (you may have heard of him – US Attorney, prosecuted public officials on both sides, fired by Trump) tweeted this:

Classic.


Boring Tunnel to DC

July 20, 2017

Elon Musk is claiming that he has “verbal approval” to build a hyperloop from NYC to DC (with stops in Philly and Baltimore). That would be super cool and I totally hope they try. His new “Boring Company” designed to bore tunnels would do the tunneling part.

Just call me a tiny bit skeptical on the “verbal approval” part.

I’m a big Elon Musk fan and I’d love to get to DC in 29 minutes (I don’t even like DC that much, but damn).  I just suspect he’s underestimating the challenges of digging a tunnel across several states.

 

 


SpaceX is Taking Over, well, Space

July 13, 2017

From PBS, the percentage of commercial space launches by County/Company.

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Zero percent in 2012 to over 60% next year. This is for the entire planet.

And Elon Musk snarks a bit towards Boeing/Lockheed:


An Article for Font Nerds Everywhere

July 13, 2017

Fontgate” is an amazing story if you are a font nerd, threatening to bring down the daughter of the Pakistani Prime Minister (of course now a hashtag, #fontgate).

Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.

But the font was only made commercially available in 2007, leading to suspicions that the documents are forged.

At least it wasn’t Comic Sans…


Friends With Houses on Lakes

July 7, 2017

I highly recommend them. Here’s where we spent the 4th of July weekend…

Candlewood Lake


Amazon Echo Show – Thumbs Up

June 30, 2017

I pre-ordered the original Echo (Alexa) before it came out in 2014 (put it under the Christmas tree as a surprise), so of course I pre-ordered the new version with a touch screen, the Echo Show. It arrived two days ago.

All the video call and drop-in stuff is dependent on people close to you also owning one, so while cool (and creepy) I’m not sure we’ll use that. I debated buying one for my wife’s sister who we often FaceTime with. We’ll see.

But who cares? It’s Alexa with a better speaker, YouTube search, music lyrics on screen (I like that a lot more than I thought) and your calendar right on screen.

I’m quite happy with it.