January 22, 2014
A Primer on Bitcoin by RapGenius

Bitcoin is slowly gaining mainstream recognition, and yet it’s hard to understand exactly what it is unless you’re scouring through tech forums and The Economist. Enter Rapgenius, of all places, which just posted a pretty good primer. 

January 16, 2014
Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

After the Great Recession, I once thought that Detroit was beyond hope, beyond repair. 

I was wrong. 

November 25, 2013
Inside The Mind of Marc Andreessen

A great interview of Marc Andreessen, who discusses everything from how technology is changing the economic landscape, Facebook, and cars.

November 7, 2013
An Oral History Of Apple Design: 1992

It’s incredible how Apple has turned around from being a mediocre PC company to the world’s most valuable company that also happens to influence pop culture and design. This is a fascinating look at Apple design philosophy, according to insiders. Altogether, six parts. 

June 26, 2013
Wendy Davis, the LeBron James of filibustering. Read her incredible story here at NPR and be inspired. 
Photo credit: Eric Gay / AP

Wendy Davis, the LeBron James of filibustering. Read her incredible story here at NPR and be inspired. 

Photo credit: Eric Gay / AP

June 25, 2013
Game of Thrones “Mhysa” Review

Note:


It took awhile to get this final review for Season 3. Warren was out jetsetting across the  globe, enjoying a nice sunny vacation on the beaches of Cancun, and then trotting over for a gathering of hipsters, or also known as Bonnaroo. And with this, we will take a hiatus until next season. Or who knows. 

June 11, 2013

To Warren

I hope you caught the season finale of Game of Thrones during your stay in Cancun. Can I just start off by saying what a great ending to season 3? For the most part, season 3 was preoccupied with a lot of exposition and slow moving chess pieces around the board, but largely made up for it with the second to last episode, and this final episode sets things up very nicely for season 4. I know a lot of people on the internet wished that the “Rains of Castemyre” were the final episode, but if that were to be the case, I’d venture to guess a lot of people would feel betrayed and abandoned by the show-runners and perhaps really call it quits. Setting the explosive turn of events in the second to last episode (similar to season 1, where Ned Stark was killed then), allows the show-runners to use the finale to tell us what to look for over the horizon, that is, the next season. And a great job they did with that.

And boy, is there a lot to look forward to. Yara Greyjoy and her band of 50 assassins reminds me of some Seal Team 6 mission: completely badass. Bran’s band of misfits going north of the wall in White Walker territory seems like a one-way ticket to Mordor, very Lord of the Rings-esque. Then there is Stannis, who is coaxed to go north of the wall to fight the White Walkers by Melisandre, with the perennially underrated Ser Davos by his side (I can’t believe he’s not dead yet!). And how can we forget Arya? Her transformation is quite remarkable throughout the series, from tomboy child, to struggling orphan, now to budding assassin (it all begins to make sense now, from the training received by Syrio Forel, to the “friendship” with Jaqen H’ghar). Arya, Bran, and Jon Snow might be the ones to recover the honor of the Stark household, unless of course, they get killed while trying.

The conclusion is nobody is ever safe in this book, and more heartbreak may be around the corner for us viewers in season 4. Now, it’s time for me to catch up on the books.

June 23, 2013

To David

Sorry for the delayed response.

In all the years I’ve known my brother, we have never had a more profound bond over a TV show. We talk regularly now about how haunting the Red Wedding was for us, and how it still messes with us. And though I’m only 90% of the way through book two and loving it (A Clash of Kings) and my brother keeps telling me to read faster, I am kind of dreading reading the rest for two reasons:

1) I don’t want to finish and have nothing to tide me over before next season starts, and

2) some of my friends have hinted that it gets significantly worse for our friends in Westeros. I don’t know if I should consider this a spoiler, since it’s obvious that everyone is in danger, even if they don’t realize it. I doubt any of that could ever rival the Red Wedding, but maybe I should shut my damn mouth.

Yes, I agree, the season moved slowly at times… For example, I was frustrated by how long it took to reveal our “boy,” Ramsay Bolton. But it makes sense given the way it sets up the next season. I believe book readers are even more enticed because they know lots more about the badasses going to retrieve Theon, namely, how super badass they are. I wish I knew more about House Bolton and why they seem to breed such awful people. The ripples of the Red Wedding, like the death of Ned Stark, are surely going to ripple out for the rest of the series.

I didn’t love the whole “Mhysa” chanting scene. Her desire to emancipate everyone never really made all that much sense to me. And slaves by the thousands pouring out from behind the city walls lifting her up like that made them seem like stupid sheep. Usually people in this series have more depth than that. Maybe she’ll get to know some of her new liberated people?

Some lingering questions I have now:

1) The Hound feels suddenly responsible for Arya. He sort of became her protector right there during the wedding. What does this mean for her? Will he remain on her death list? Will she escape?

2) What did it mean when Cersei said she would not be marrying Loras? How does she plan on defying her father?

3) Dany has the Second Sons and the Unsullied and three baby dragons… how much more power does she need to march on King’s Landing?

4) How will the rest of the realm react to the news from the Night’s Watch? What role will Bran play north of the Wall?

And probably most importantly, what happens when the show catches up to the books?

June 25, 2013

To Warren

Glad you made it back in one piece amidst all your adventures. 

I need to agree with you on the point about “Myhsa.” It didn’t really do it for me either, and I’m going to be the first one to say this, but the whole Daenerys character just isn’t my cup of tea. I’m all for strong female characters, which this show has a bunch of them, but Daenerys just seems a little forced. Maybe the books portray this transformation better, but the whole naive little girl to warrior princess to emancipating queen just seems a little too much contrived. 

I’m very interested in following the Hound’s journey. That has all the right mixes to become a really shocker. 

And to borrow from Jon Stewart, here is your moment of zen. Until next season!

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June 21, 2013
It’s all about data. Great infographic courtesty of BBC Future.
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130621-byte-sized-guide-to-data-storage

It’s all about data. Great infographic courtesty of BBC Future.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130621-byte-sized-guide-to-data-storage

June 20, 2013

Doctors treat a dying girl with…. HIV. Amazing short film on what medical technology, creativity, and calculated risk-taking, can do to save a life.

June 20, 2013
Hello, summer.

Hello, summer.

(Source: andisbetter)

June 7, 2013

Now, this is awesome. Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra play an impromptu piece during a 3-hour delayed flight on the tarmac.