Adventures on the Silicon Prairie

Amazon’s New Customer

I suspect Amazon’s ambitions stretch further, though: Amazon Grocery Services will be well-placed to start supplying restaurants too, gaining Amazon access to another big cut of economic activity.

Amazon’s New Customer

A few years ago, I worked for a small independent grocery store in Iowa City that actually leveraged this model. The store had been purchased by a local restaurant chain, and they used the store as a wholesale point to supply the restaurants. It was a pretty successful relationship, one that aided both the store and restaurants.

The Road to King’s Fall

I finally finished King’s Fall the other night. This was the last raid for me, the only one I hadn’t completed. A few weeks ago, I had only finished one of the four Destiny raids, and now I’ve completed all four. Of the six of us, one was a player whom I’d never played with before, another was a player whom I’ve only started playing with recently, but the other three were members of group that I started working on King’s Fall with almost a year and a half ago, so it was nice to complete it with them.

Patrolling in Destiny

Destiny is winding down. After three years, it’s ready to be replaced with Destiny 2. As its send-off, Bungie created The Age of Triumph, a record book that rewards you for playing through all of the different pieces that make up the game. Completing the record book allows you to order a special commemorative T-Shirt. I flew all over the solar system and saved the world four times, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

Burying the Lead

I was thinking this morning about how actions in Getting Things Done should be able to provide the same basic information that the lead paragraph in an article should provide. You should be able to look at an action and understand what is to be done, when it’s to be done, where/how it needs to be done, and why it needs to be done.

Memory Lane

I was cleaning off my dresser, and I came across my old iPad 1 again. It had been sitting there for almost a year, I think. The last time I had it out was to show someone the size of the screen, when they were debating whether to get a laptop or a tablet.

How the Swastika Became a Confederate Flag

The barons of the Negro press ridiculed the attempt to frame the war as a fight for liberty at a time when the military was segregating by race soldiers, nurses and even plasma in the wartime blood bank, and running Jim Crow military bases in ways that were fully consistent with the German view of Negroes and others as not fully human.

Editorial cartoonists underscored this point by depicting Hitler and Hirohito together, laughing uproariously, while reading newspaper accounts of lynchings in the American South. The Pittsburgh Courier finally made it palatable to African-Americans to support the war in Europe by recasting it as a struggle to vanquish Nazism abroad and Jim Crow racism at home.

One the of the things I’ve gained over this past year is an exposure to some brilliant journalism being done by black writers. I think that racism, in all its forms, subtle or not, is a problem that we all need to work on, and I really appreciate the dialog that these authors open up.

How the Swastika Became a Confederate Flag – The New York Times

Mere Stops

To one who has enjoyed the full life of any scene, of any hour, what thoughts can be recorded about it, seem like the commas and semicolons in the paragraph, mere stops.

Margaret Fuller

The Great Wave That Swept the World

Hokusai gradually introduced colour into the series, delicate pinks and darker shadows, to show the illumination of the world as the sun creeps up over the horizon. The print Ejiri, Suruga Province shows early morning on a desolate patch of the Tōkaidō highway, Mount Fuji drawn with a single line, while in the foreground a group of travellers are struck by a gust of wind that sends hats and papers flying in the air. It is one of my favourite of the Thirty-Six Views. In Japan the best-loved print is Clear Day with a Southern Breeze. Included in the British Museum exhibition, an early impression of this print shows the delicate atmospheric effects of sunrise, lost in later printings probably made without Hokusai’s direct supervision.

I’ve always loved the Great Wave painting, but it was interesting to learn more about the artist behind it. The painting mentioned in the quote above is really striking—particularly Mount Fuji rendered with a single line.

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world | Art and design | The Guardian

Peter Matthiessen

When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions — such as merit, such as past, present, and future — our direct, spontaneous experience of the thing itself, in the beauty and precision of this present moment. We identify, label, and interpret our surroundings as abstract concepts, quite separate from another concept, which is our own separate identity and ego.

Peter Matthiessen