Mar 23

“Keurig’s next generation of coffee machines will have a way to prevent any coffee not licensed by Keurig from brewing in the machine as early as this fall.” — Ars Technica

Mar 21


Mar 20

"Is Twitter Getting Rid of @-Replies and Hashtags?" -

The latest hand-wringing. The answer is clearly: of course, but eventually.

@ replies and hashtags are hacks for the behavior we really want. They’re abstract pointers to real subjects and people. Of course they will disappear.

Similarly, we select contacts instead of dialing phone numbers and use periods instead of writing STOP.

Once a simpler, less abstract method arises we will shift. Eventually, a hashtag will be nostalgic marker or joke, like a Polaroid or record scratch.

Mar 19

Mar 18

“And here we are, with a restored Russia, paranoid about encirclement, increasing their leverage in the neighborhood. It may be ugly and it may be wrong, and Ukraine deserves the moral support that small nations always deserve when they are bullied—but it is also historically normal. If we become hysterical every time historical forces assert themselves, there will be no end to the hysteria.” — Adam Gopnik on Ukraine

"How I Track My Life" -

Buster Benson covered every bit of advice I wanted to write about using Reporter, and then some.

Mar 15


Mar 14

Be sure to check out Time’s Gigapan from the apex of One World Trade.

Be sure to check out Time’s Gigapan from the apex of One World Trade.

Mar 11

“Like other high-minded people, he failed to recognize when he himself was being ruthless or devious, perhaps because he took for granted that his motives were pure.” — Margaret Macmillan describing Sir Edward Grey

A High Frequency Trading Firm is Going Public -

Quartz writes:

New York based high-frequency trading firm Virtu Financial is slated to go public, having filed the required regulatory disclosures today. The firm, which was co-founded 12 years ago by chairman Vincent Viola—who recently bought the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers—reported profits of $184 million in 2013, 108% higher than the prior year.

Virtu is just one of a number of so-called electronic market makers which have devoured the business of matching investor buy-and-sell orders and collecting a profit based on the discrepancy between the two. Humans—such as the New York Stock Exchange’s specialists—once had the job. But in recent years, high-frequency trading such as Virtu have gobbled up the business. These companies are known for using super-charged computers and sophisticated algorithms to quickly take advantage of small price changes.

Bet on the business of a company which bets not on business but the nuances and noise within larger bets on other businesses. It’s post-investment.