“Stop acting like the president takes an oath to keep us safe, when his job is to protect and defend the Constitution. Doing so keeps the American project safe. Past generations fought monarchies, slaveholders, and Nazis to win, expand, and protect that project. And we’re so risk-averse — not that we’re actually minimizing risk — that we’re “balancing” the very rights in our Constitution against a threat with an infinitesimal chance of killing any one of us? That makes about as much sense as the 5,000 American lives lost when the same ruling class that built the national-security state found it prudent to preempt a perceived threat from Iraq. And we still trust them?”—http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/all-the-infrastructure-a-tyrant-would-need-courtesy-of-bush-and-obama/276635/ (via factoidlabs)
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Over the course of our work on Opal, there have been a few graph traversal patterns that have shown themselves to be repeatably useful. While these will not likely be generalizable to all domains, they map well to our current data set and its modeling within the graph.
With Persona, you can log into web sites using the email address of your choice. The first time you use an email, our servers send you a confirmation link. By following that link, you confirm your identity to Persona, which then vouches for your ownership of that email address.
tear the bandage of night off of the unhealed wound of sleep. the rose gold sun breathes softly brilliant color into the wind blown forms of the canyon, turns topaz clouds into amber smoke, and lights the path ahead.
as much as i love graph systems, i have a persistant bias toward spatial systems where the distance function of each dimension can be modulated on the fly. that requires having consistent components in your vectors, though, as opposed to the more extensible nature of the property graph approach. can’t have it all, can you?
At the heart of Opal is the concept of the opportunity. The entire product is crafted around the concept of delivering to you the most compelling and engaging opportunities possible, opening up the range of options in your world.
What is an opportunity, in this context? Many people use the…
“Instead of thinking about virality, I think the focus should be on what makes something worth sharing to begin with. I think emotion plays a big role. What do people really love, what gets people to feel something, what sorts of experiences can you give people that they would want to give to someone else. Thinking about it on a more personal level keeps the process of making content grounded in something real and approachable, and I think that results in better media overall.”—Ze Frank (via brycedotvc)
There will be Ruby in the middle of this blog post. But first, a tangent in which we explore the lambda calculus. Don’t worry too much about being lost in this next section; we’ll fix that immediately afterward.
A Simple Language
There is a programming language named the lambda calculus. It’s…
There is no arguing that the platform-agnostic nature of web applications is one major advantage they have over their native counterparts. Developers and designers have always aspired to reach users on a multitude of devices and contexts using the same codebase, and we’re almost there thanks…
i need a local adventuring team. above and beyond co-workers or academics, but people i can count on to push me, to respond to challenges, to be up for crazy ideas or for general hanging, scheming, and doing.
i have some of this in Los Angeles, but i’m several hundred miles from the city of angels, and it’s long past time to assemble some sort of cabal around Oakland.