Very cool infographics by Eric Fischer. Obviously, this is San Francisco. The tourists are downtown, along the wharves, out to Alcatraz, and along the Golden Gate Bridge. The locals are further up Market Street, and out through Golden Gate Park, but also in downtown Oakland and Berkeley.
Less familiar is my old stomping grounds of New Orleans – where the tourists don’t leave the French Quarter, CBD and Warehouse District, except to go a little uptown to the Garden District.
Then there’s my hometown, Buffalo, where tourists dare not tread (and apparently the locals don’t post many photos either):
Everyone seems to be missing the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Delaware Park.
The information was derived from people who posted and geotagged their photos.
The FLDS polygamist sect was based about a hundred miles southeast of here (before leader Warren Jeffs decamped for Texas, and then prison).
The former compound of Jeffs was auctioned off the other day. The winner was a former bodyguard who’d been awarded a $30M judgment because the FLDS community ruined his business after he went apostate.
Here it is, covering a large city block (perhaps about 6 acres), on Google Maps:
Carter delivered a genuine tribute that was both warm and substantive. He told of importuning Bush at his 2001 inauguration--where, he recalled, "my wife and I were the only volunteer Democrats on the platform"--to do something about the Sudanese civil war. Carter said he asked for a meeting with the secretary of state and national security adviser; Bush followed through soon after Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice had assumed their positions. Result: "In January of 2005, there was a peace treaty between north and south Sudan that ended a war that had been going on for 20 years. George W. Bush is responsible for that."
Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making. He flew to New Orleans and addressed the nation: "Tonight I also offer this pledge to the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives."
George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf states 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf's residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked.
Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn't forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced. To this day, there are many local libraries with tributes devoted to her efforts.
… With an over abundance of players, the Winnipegs decided to field two teams in 1933. The best players played for the 'A' team which kept the Winnipegs name. They wore blue and white jerseys. …
In 1934, the Winnipegs wore new uniforms which were blue and gold. …
… In 1936, during a game against the University of North Dakota, Winnipeg Tribune sports writer Vince Leah remarked "these are the Blue Bombers of Western football." This phrase was referring to then heavyweight champion Joe Louis, known as the Brown Bomber. From that day forward the team has been known as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. …
I was unable to determine when they started calling Joe Louis “the brown bomber”. But, he started fighting professionally in 1934, and was on every boxing fans radar after he defeated Primo Carnera in June, 1935. So, the 1936 date for Winnipeg seems plausible.
Now, it is the official position of the franchise:
It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed ridiculous if you had heard them prior to seeing them working.
Ask yourself, if you were a venture capitalist pitched one of these ideas, what would your reaction have been?
Facebook - the world needs yet another Myspace or Friendster except several years late. We'll only open it up to a few thousand overworked, anti-social, Ivy Leaguers. Everyone else will then join since Harvard students are so cool.
Dropbox - we are going to build a file sharing and syncing solution when the market has a dozen of them that no one uses, supported by big companies like Microsoft. It will only do one thing well, and you'll have to move all of your content to use it.
Amazon - we'll sell books online, even though users are still scared to use credit cards on the web. Their shipping costs will eat up any money they save. They'll do it for the convenience, even though they have to wait a week for the book.
Virgin Atlantic - airlines are cool. Let's start one. How hard could it be? We'll differentiate with a funny safety video and by not being a**holes.
Craigslist - it will be ugly. It will be free. Except for the hookers.
iOS - a brand new operating system that doesn't run a single one of the millions of applications that have been developed for Mac OS, Windows, or Linux. Only Apple can build apps for it. It won't have cut and paste.
Google - we are building the world's 20th search engine at a time when most of the others have been abandoned as being commoditized money losers. We'll strip out all of the ad-supported news and portal features so you won't be distracted from using the free search stuff.
PayPal - people will use their insecure AOL and Yahoo email addresses to pay each other real money, backed by a non-bank with a cute name run by 20-somethings.
Instagram - filters! That's right, we got filters!
LinkedIn - how about a professional social network, aimed at busy 30- and 40-somethings. They will use it once every 5 years when they go job searching.
Firefox - we are going to build a better web browser, even though 90% of the world's computers already have a free one built in. One guy will do most of the work.
Twitter - it is like email, SMS, or RSS. Except it does a lot less. It will be used mostly by geeks at first, followed by Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen.
So, what do I use?
Firefox is my main browser, although I try to have a second one open at all times.
I use Google constantly.
I use Amazon occasionally (I’m a family man, so I’m actually persistently broke).
Paypal (mostly to get paid for stuff, rarely to buy something).
I would certainly us Virgin Atlantic if the opportunity arose (although I can remember when Virgin was just a really hip record store on Tottenham Court Road).
Facebook. Please … I have an account that I avoid like the plague.
Dropbox. Yes, I have an account, but I mostly use Skydrive (which, BTW has failed me badly since they folded the better Windows Live Mesh into it). I also use those 20 other free ones that were mentioned.
Craigslist? I peek at it once in a while.
iOS (I get smartphones, but I spend most of my life sitting near a computer, and I don’t encourage any more of that).
Instagram? What are you stupid? My life is already recorded in thousands of photos just like that. We had lead paint back then too, and reviving that look be just as useful as Instagram.
LinkedIn – I was one of the first people on LinkedIn, and I have yet to see value from it.
Twitter? Again, I was one of the first people to be on this, and what has been most useful for: figuring out the evolving Cyprus crisis last month. Not exactly a big deal.
Does it bug anyone else that Tamerlan Tsarnaev 1) didn’t like Americans, 2) was on the radar of Homeland Security, and 3) had the opportunity (and some motivation) to move with his family to a country which he might have preferred … and he didn’t?
What should we make out of this?
One obvious one may be that possession of documents that allowed him to freely return were valuable to terrorist groups that supported him. Except that there isn’t evidence of those (yet).
Dismissing that, what do my three points leave us with?
One idea is that he actively sought out the people he didn’t like so that he could harm them. Thus, he was a sociopath.
A second idea is that Homeland Security is not quite as thorough and intimidating as our government makes it out to be. Thus, either we’re fools to believe that, or he wasn’t intimidated because … he was a sociopath. The latter is supported by the intimation that he was on the radar screen of the much more frightening Russian authorities too.
A third idea is that he wouldn’t have liked Dagestan because — as an economically marginal place, at best — ostensibly friendly people there would have identified him (as his uncle did) as a loser with weird ideas … a sociopath.
In asking this, I’m not driving at the point that we ought to view terrorists as mentally ill.
What I am driving at is that the mentally ill will attach themselves to groups that don’t weed them out, or that can otherwise make them useful. And it sure helps if the only interest of the mentally ill person is already interpersonal violence (like boxing).
Perhaps we should focus a bit more on reducing the exposure of everyone to negative cultures, and when we identify someone as a loser maybe we should work on diversions for them into inclusive bodies with a more positive outlook.
FWIW: mark my words … it’s going to come out that he was a good but not great boxer, who gave up because he got beaten and someone told him he needed to work harder at it.
Here’s a little hotkey quirkiness. If you access the options menu (ALT+F+T), the tabs on the left do not show hotkeys. But, the first letters work. For example, you can do ALT+F+T+F to get to formulas.
Here’s the thing: what about “Advanced” and “Add-Ins”? It turns out that ALT+F+T+A gets you to “Advanced”. But both ALT+F+T+F+A+A and ALT+F+T+A+D will both get you to “Add-Ins”.
Not sure how widely applicable this is, but it’s good enough to go in my bag of tricks.
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