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daily 01/31/2013

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment
    • “Kathy was working for John Milius, and yet she kept hanging around my area of the office,” recalls Spielberg. At one point, he asked her to organize some notes. “I stayed up all night long putting these little booklets together,” says Kennedy. “And he seemed incredibly impressed. I thought that’s what was expected.
    • So while Kennedy’s job was always to keep projects on budget, she had a more than willing partner.
    • Says Marshall: “I knew that the best way to know what my director was doing was to become friends with his assistant.
    • Not only was Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) writing the script, but Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, was on board to consult.
    • Abrams had “very genuine concerns” about his obligations elsewhere and the impact on his wife and three kids, given the likelihood that the film would not be shot in Los Angeles.
    • Disney has said Lucasfilm generated about $215 million in licensing revenue in 2012 without having released a Star Wars-related movie in five years
    • So Kennedy had to do what she does so well: put one of the industry’s most prominent directors at ease
    • Second, your estimate of the number of asshole cyclists and the degree of their assholery is skewed by what behavioral economists like Daniel Kahneman call the affect heuristic, which is a fancy way of saying that people make judgments by consulting their emotions instead of logic.
    • The affect heuristic explains how our minds take a difficult question (one that would require rigorous logic to answer) and substitutes it for an easier one. When our emotions get involved, we jump to pre-existing conclusions instead of exerting the mental effort to think of a bespoke answer. The affect heuristic helps explain why birthers still exist even though Obama released his birth certificate—it’s a powerful, negative emotional issue about which lots of people have already made up their minds.
    • Inspector Marcelo Arigony told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that members of the band knowingly purchased flares meant for outdoor use because they cost a mere $1.25 a piece, compared with the $35 price tag for an indoor flare
    • The school’s solution, apparently, has been to require that either Williams or her partner sit in class with her son. Every single day. Believe it or not, Williams has not been able to swing that!
    • What do I mean by the Great Inflection? I mean something very big happened in the last decade

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daily 01/29/2013

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment
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      09 Australia 6C Malaysia
      0A Austria 73 Mexico
      0F Belgium 7B Netherlands
      20 Canada 7E New Zealand
      31 Denmark 82 Norway
      72 Europe 26 People’s Republic of China
      3C Finland 89 Philippines
      3D France 8B Portugal
      04 or 42 Germany 9C Singapore
      46 Greece 9F South Africa
      50 Hong Kong A0 Spain
      51 Hungary A5 Sweden
      53 India A6 Switzerland
      54 Indonesia A9 Thailand
      57 Ireland AE Turkey
      59 Italy B4 United Kingdom
      00 Japan B5 United States of America
      61 Korea BC Vietnam

       

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daily 01/26/2013

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment
    • Applewhite’s lesson is a terrifically important, though often overlooked, bit of wisdom. Buy-in to a program is one of the most important substances a player can possess. Many great coaches and great teams demanded buy-in to their systems and their methods, and when they had it they could win championships. Without it, even extremely talented teams can crumble.
    • While he may yet have some life in football, it was horribly unwise to anchor a program to him in the way the Texas staff chose to, passing up on future Heisman winners to honor a promise to a kid who turned out to be nothing more than a system QB with questionable intangibles.
    • The liar’s lesson is also an important one: coaching and program performance must always be greater than the promise of any single recruit or class of recruits
    • Texas with Colt was a Heisman finalist squad, fantastically accurate and disciplined, and a contender for the national championship of college football. Without Colt, the team was 5-7, riddled with attrition, and completely void of a leader who could demand both performance and discipline from his peers in a way that generated results.
    • Good leadership creates a lift for the program that can sometimes outperform physical limitations and coaching complacency, putting a team in position to defy gravity.
    • My point: We don’t know that Ash isn’t the answer. His running backs the last two years have been freshmen and sophomores (plus, briefly, Fozzy Whittaker). His offensive linemen haven’t been, and likely won’t be, invited to the NFL Combine.
    • I will say this: with Davis and Shipley at WR, an O-line that features a number of multi-year starters, and quality running backs stacked to the rafters, the only externality working against Ash is Mack Brown. He doesn’t lack for weapons or (hopefully) protection.
    • “It’s great for us, but it sucks for the recruits,” said another recruiting coordinator. “You take the top 50 kids in the country — every school in the country is going to be calling and texting these kids all day.”
    • So it’s a triumphal recruiting moment for everybody except recruits, recruiters and the recruiters’ family members. Which figures, since improving recruiting was never the focus of these reforms.
    • Meanwhile, the rule about sending printed materials may seem trite, but don’t underestimate just how over-the-top recruiters can be if handed more money and fewer restrictions. 

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       “This is a boom for the Fathead industry,” said Farrell. “I can’t wait for the first team to send an eight-foot Fathead to a kid of himself wearing their uniform. He’s going to take a picture of it, put it on Twitter, it gets retweeted 85 times and everyone’s going to know about it.”

    • In the meantime, two different recruiting staffers used the same analogy to describe the forthcoming environment: “It’s going to be like the Wild, Wild West.
    • Security, the most acute problem, has been slowly improving. Last year saw 34 murders per 100,000 people, nearly a tenth fewer than in 2011 and almost a quarter down on 2009, the worst recent year.

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daily 01/25/2013

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daily 01/23/2013

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    • Anthony Sharp, a 50-year-old veteran of tech startups, grew up with a love for ships. On February 7, he’ll turn that boyhood affection into what might be the first private navy since the 19th century.
    • But he might be too late. Without much notice, piracy actually declined in 2012, bringing down the high insurance rates that send shipping companies running for armed protection
    • It used to be that when navies needed aid on the high seas, they would hire private warships as auxiliaries.
    •  But by the mid-19th century, the notion of private navies seemed like a threat to a stable economy.
    • So in April 1856, most western nations (with the important exceptions of Spain and the United States) signed the Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law. “Privateering is, and remains, abolished,” it reads.
    • Claude Berube, a prominent analyst of maritime security, considers Typhon reminiscent of the British East India Company, the firm chartered to protect the Crown’s all-important eastern trade.
    • “Let’s say you’re going from Djibouti to Mumbai, you’re crossing the Indian Ocean right through the pirate-risk area,” Sharp says. “That would be one of what we call our milk runs. So you can join our convoy.
    • “I served my time working in the salt mines of investment banking when I was very young, and then branched out,” Sharp says. He claims to have raised $40 million for Typhon over the past two years, all preparing for the February launch in London and the fleet’s first voyage in April.
    • “You’ve probably got several hundred companies that are just websites, with ex-military guys who thought this was a great idea but don’t have customers. I see them standing up every day.
    • Arranging with port officials to allow weapons to be transited and stored is another headache; corruption is ever-present. Fuel costs are back-breakers.
    • But in the past few years, maritime security firms have settled on a different model: just put armed guards aboard commercial ships.
    • “Companies have had success with embarked security teams,” s
    • Sharp also disputes that piracy is actually down: he believes companies aren’t reporting pirate attacks so their insurance rates don’t spike.
    • There’s no foolproof way to know the future for RigNet or any other company.
    • Alone, AR — the amount of money owed the company — and DSO — the number of days’ worth of sales owed to the company — don’t tell you much
    • However, AR that grows more quickly than revenue, or ballooning DSO, can, at times, suggest a desperate company that’s trying to boost sales by giving its customers overly generous payment terms.
    • Investors don’t like revenue shortfalls, and employees don’t like reporting them to their superiors.
    • RigNet’s latest average DSO stands at 65.7 days, and the end-of-quarter figure is 83.7 days
    • , RigNet’s year-over-year revenue grew 65.9%, and its AR grew 107.3%. That’s a yellow flag.
    • End-of-quarter DSO increased 25.0% over the prior-year quarter. It was up 23.3% versus the prior quarter.
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  • Even on cloudy days, training at Cal. is a beauty of a facility. Photo: teekkayy http://t.co/MLcpnEWx

  • tags: CSLewis

    The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. – #CSLewis http://t.co/zrfL3pYj

  • Interactive math textbooks http://t.co/YkR1MR0H “to illustrate a mathematical concept, we use the example you created…the text changes”

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daily 01/22/2013

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment
    • The ties to the state clearly helped, but this was never a slam dunk for Texas considering that both starting tackles are back for the ‘Horns next year.
    • that offensive line coach Stacy Searels hasn’t been particularly impressed with the play of one or both of his starting tackles, senior Donald Hawkins and junior Josh Cochran.
    • The guess here is that Hawkins is more likely to either slide inside to guard or end up as a back up.
    • At the least, the addition of Harrison puts the Longhorns closer to achieving some level of depth and margin for error at the tackle position, which has been an ongoing problem as recruit after recruit comes in and fails to hack it outside, whether due to developmental problems or poor evaluations. Or both.
    • For someone over 300 pounds, Harrison moves exceptionally well, with the ability to block and redirect in space because of his body control and foot quickness. He should be excellent downfield in the screen game in college.
    • Of paramount importance, though, is the fact that he has the flexibility and knee bend to do be able to sit in his cylinder and maintain his balance as he pass sets and punches.
    • Most important remaining target on the board, I think. At worst, he’s quality depth that pushes Cochran and Hawkins to perform. At best, he becomes a starter. Eager to see where he shakes out.
    • Espinosa as the weak link on the line, but Harsin valued his ability to pull and operate in space enough to leave him on the field.
    • Regardless, our line features 1 yr, 3 yrs, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, and 2 yrs of starting experience. Won’t be easy to crack that, but at least we’re getting quality depth.
    • the pin and pull will be a part of the offense next season. It was the best running play in 2012.
    • Go watch Billings’ film. We played against him this year and he was a monster. Of everyone I’ve ever played against, whether it be in high school, college, or as a coach, I’ve never seen one player simply influence the whole game like he did and change it.
    • Content marketing is an umbrella term encompassing all marketing formats that involve the creation and sharing of content in order to attract, acquire and engage clearly defined and understood current and potential consumer bases with the objective of driving profitable customer action
      • it is the hook, the first taste, nothing new here.
    • Content Marketing,[2] including social media, eNewsletters, and articles on a company website.
    • persuasion occurs because the media consumer’s experience with the content is positive, and so becomes associated with a positive experience with a Brand.
    • 904Jell-O salesmen go door-to-door, distributing their cookbook for free. Touting the desert as a versatile food, the company sees its sales rise to over $1 million by 1906.
    • Though there has been some disappointment regarding both the quantity and quality of the 2013 class, one area without concern is offensive line. Harrison joins a stellar trio of committed prospects: Darius James (Harker Heights), Kent Perkins (Lake Highlands) and Jake Raulerson (Celina). In addition to the trio, Rami Hammad (Irving) is fresh off an official visit to Texas and plans to announce Wednesday.
    • Instead he offered a straightforward and fairly abstract case for economic liberalism in the American sense—a not even slightly anti-capitalism ideology that nonetheless believes in the importance of a robust welfare state and select government interventions in the economy to overcome collective action problems.
    • the insistence that it’s not an ideology at all, but simply a pragmatic response to changing circumstances.
    • We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.
    • But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future
    • We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.
    • The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security
    • He starts by rejecting the idea that the federal government has a fixed budget constraint that renders it incapable of meeting obligations to seniors and forward-looking public service needs of students and parents. You can raise taxes!
    • No person is full master of their own destiny and everyone deserves protection against the vicissitudes on life
    • Policies to minimize downside risk facilitate risk-taking and increase rather than reduce the level of dynamism in society and the economy
    • The Article of the Future initiative aims to revolutionize the traditional linear format of the academic paper to make it more dynamic and user-friendly.
    • Through one-to-one user interviews, group discussions. and observations, usability tests and on-site visits, we gathered in-depth knowledge of user needs and workflows for each field.
    • 3 guiding principles
    • Readability.
    • Discoverability.
    • Extensibility.
    • Our findings clearly indicated that there is a definite need for discipline-specific improvements,
    • All prototypes support the three-pane presentation layout: navigation bar, main content area and right sidebar.
    • Recording online behavior
    • Normally, participants perform trial tasks in their usual office settings.
    • What makes volatile countries settle down and grow in a stable way?
    • In Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, roughly the same sequence of events has resulted in relative stability.
    • First, a center-right government has taken power and instituted the kinds of policies that warm the hearts of international investors: flexible exchange rates, fiscal balance, and tight monetary policy.
    • Then, a center-left government has been elected. These new leaders have maintained the policies of their predecessors but, crucially, have also legitimized those policies by pursuing priorities that spread the gains of investment-led growth: education, health care, social programs, and other forms of redistribution.
    • Here’s a theory. As people’s incomes rise, they’re less likely to be swayed by political extremists.
    • In those four cases, the first election after crossing the $8,500 threshold ushered in the center-left government that would confirm the country’s path of steady, equitable growth.
    • ReadWrite – China’s ZTE Corp. Has A Plan To Defuse U.S. Espionage Concerns
    • the midst of this friction between the two nations lie companies that claim a desire to just do business, but still find themselves cast in the role of villain based on the winds of political change.
    • The plan is known as a trusted delivery mechanism, an industry euphemism for pulling in a trusted third-party to check and monitor hardware and software delivered to a customer.
    • ZTE wants to use Virginia-based Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a defense and logistics contractor that performs services such as transportation of toxic materials, electronic
    • Think “spook-shop” for hire, and you get the idea.

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daily 01/21/2013

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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