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daily 03/07/2014

    • What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.
    • He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.
    • Actually, it’s not inane: It’s malignant. Why feed children? Because at the end of the day, who gives a shit about the parents, whether they’re poor or not or neglectful or not, if their kid’s hungry? Jesus wouldn’t ask a hungry kid, “Where are you parents?” before sating the kid’s hunger. Jesus might have a word with them after the kid’s eaten. But eating would probably come first. Because, you know, Jesus.]
    • What’s more, not all developers live in San Francisco or other rich-world tech hubs. Who will make apps for developing world customers?
    • It’s kind of like a college…


      With 12,000 employees on site, just think of it like a college, says Foster: “You could compare that with a typical university of the same size.”

    • In addition to The Circle, there’s also a wellness center, which will serve all the Apple employees in the greater Cupertino area (a total of 20,000 people), plus a presentation center, so they won’t have to rent out theaters in San Francisco for product events anymore. And all the journalists in SF will have to truck it down to Cupertino. Maybe they’ll have an Apple bus or something?
    • “You won’t look out of your window and see row after row of parked cars,” says Foster, who is burying the parking below the structure. “The car would visually be banished, and tarmac would be replaced by greenery, and car parks by jogging and bicycle trails.” Yes, Apple will have its own bike share, he says: More than a thousand bikes will be kept on the site.
    • Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford will take insight from Strong during the game, but will ultimately hold the responsibility for what happens defensively.
    • “He has great suggestions because the biggest thing that he believes in is keeping it simple. So do I so we get along just fine. If it is simple, they can play fast. If they play fast, you have a chance to win a lot of games.”
    • With the continuity enabled by Strong, Bedford, and Jean-Mary working together and the level of buy-in from the two new coaches, the Texas defense should have a chance to improve quickly, especially since the players won’t have to digest a big playbook, but instead focus on on fundamentals like technique, all while honing their toughness in the crucible of strength and conditioning coach Pat Moorer’s offseason program.
    • We’re mad because this boot is the dumbest fucking boot ever made. Furthermore, this boot is an abortion of ambition. The goal forever, or for decades, anyway, was to make soccer cleats that fit your foot like a sock. Like a sock. The good folks at Nike decided “Fuck it and fuck you,” and turned the entire shoe into a sock with teeth.
    • The 6’4, 230-pound quarterback visited Texas in mid-February and told Orangebloods at the time that his visit “exceeded” his expectations, citing a strong connection with the coaches and players. At that time, Wittek was not sure if he would continue taking visits.
    • Based on the way that Wittek performed as a Trojan, the odds of him unseating David Ash for the starting job without the benefit of spring practice seem pretty low as long as Ash can stay healthy.
    • However, a little bit of perhaps irrational confidence on the part of Wittek regarding his abilities may be the final consideration that results in the Mater Dei product choosing the Longhorns over his other remaining choices
    • Here’s an only slightly cynical view of what may happen if the suit goes forward: The NCAA and the power conferences will settle. They’ll agree to allow schools to cover those additional expenses for scholarship athletes. They’ll agree to pay some nominal damages to every FBS scholarship athlete from the last four years. And they’ll agree to pay the lawyers something for their trouble. In exchange, the plaintiffs will agree to waive any other claims against the NCAA and the power conferences.
    • It couldn’t be a class action. While class-action suits may promise much bigger paydays in the end, they are necessarily more drawn-out and complicated. The sideshow arguments that go with them — are all the plaintiffs really the same? — only distract attention from the core issue. (In this instance, is the NCAA system illegal?)
    • Imagine, for our purposes, a college athlete, or better yet a high school senior, facing a stack of NCAA documents demanding that he waive all of his financial rights in exchange for the privilege of enriching a university.
    • Instead of seeking compensation, the suit would simply ask the court to rule that the NCAA’s caps on student-athlete compensation violate anti-trust laws. It would ask the court to call NCAA “amateurism” by its proper name: price-fixing.
      • A reporter for the Toronto Star asked a climatologist with Environment Canada (Canada’s version of the National Weather Service) why Lake Ontario has so little ice during even the harshest of winters. The expert listed three reasons as to why the lake sees less freezing than its four counterparts:



        • Lake Ontario is deep, so it retains more heat than the other four lakes.

        • The Niagara River feeds water into Lake Ontario from Lake Erie, providing agitation which keeps the water’s surface from freezing.

        • Its geographic location protects it from the brutal temperatures that Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan experience most of the winter.
    • Since Lake Ontario rarely freezes over, areas east of Lake Ontario in upstate New York average over 100 inches of snow per year, with seasonal totals exceeding 200 inches during the worst seasons.
    • This is a bad decision by Microsoft, but their reasoning behind that (from what i think) is also quite clear: It is based on the assumption that their future will be in the tablet market. Since ClearType only works in one direction (horizontally, that is), it is totally useless if you rotate the tablet. The other thing is animation: if you animate a Clear Type anti-aliased font, its boundaries will start to flicker. And since Modern UI is a lot about animations and transitions, this would offer a bad experience. 
    • Johnny Manziel is getting P-A-I-D before he even takes a snap in the NFL. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports Thursday night that Manziel signed an endorsement contract with Nike. It will be the largest of the 2014 NFL rookie class.
    • I think Eric Ries really nailed this concept with his notion of the Minimum Viable Product. The great thing is, we see that even historical successes like Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, published in 1936, started as just a short talk and a few notes on a small piece of card. That was the MVP, and it was a perfect way to start. And if the content in this smaller form hadn’t resonated with people, my guess is that the book wouldn’t even exist.
    • When we think about automation in PPC, our minds tend to jump to expensive tools like Marin, Kenshoo and Acquisio or advanced algorithms and Google Scripts.
    • Louisiana Voodoo (otherwise known as “Hoodoo”), which draws upon African and European folk traditions alike, derives much of its occult resonance from such practices as vengeance by proxy (voodoo dolls), suspended animation (zombification), and gris-gris (talismans, not unlike the knocked-together fetish sculptures that Hart and Cohle discover at the scene of Dora Lange’s murder).
    • On the one hand there is Papa Legba (a horned trickster god who presides over the fates of humans) and zombification rituals (to which human bodies respond like those “biological puppets” Cohle mentions in the third episode).
    • Not that True Detective goes easier on Christianity: The show seems to reel back in equal-opportunity horror and disgust from all religion, or what Cohle calls “the ontological fallacy of expecting a light at the end of the tunnel.”
    • And then, bravely, some friends went against the grain of the conversation. “Teachers’ continued job security and pay can depend on how the students perform on the test—hence the panic.” “There is enormous pressure on the school. The school is not choosing to inflict these tests—it is forced to.” 
    • In his acceptance speech, he mentioned: There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
    • God has shown him that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.
    • if you have someone greater to look up to – they become your guiding force toward success.
    • Symbolically, they also provide the hope we need to continue and fight for what we believe in.
    • “Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, but only character endures.”
    • He mentioned he was always chasing the 10-year-older version of himself – even today.

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