Kinda weird, I’m watching the Cubs game and I see ads for people to sit out on the rooftops. So rooftop owners pay WGN to advertise, WGN pays the Cubs. Also, when people buy rooftop seats the Cubs get money. Meanwhile, the Cubs field a poor team so nobody wants to buy rooftop seats. Something seems weird in there ... I guess if you have a parasitic business model you have to be careful about who your host is?

It’s amazing what you can do with software. A “solution” with one set of data can become a denial of service attack against yourself with a larger set of data. (This graph shows the result of the Drupal Boost module initially clobbering my server, until I applied two “fixes” to it.)

Ah, the Chicken Oil Company ... once I discovered it when I went to school at Texas A&M, I ate quite a few Deathburgers. I’m glad to see that they’re still in business. (Image from this link.)

It’s amazing what you can do with software. I more or less ran a denial of service attack against myself by misconfiguring the Drupal Boost module. (Actually, it was configured okay for when the website was smaller, but needed to be reconfigured as the site has grown.) #lessonlearned

Pitching and management advice from Leo Mazzone, Atlanta Braves pitching coach. From this article.

Wow, I just saw a very spammy comment on that had been “liked” 36 times. ESPN uses Facebook for their comment system, so this means that there are 37 Facebook accounts used for nothing but spam -- for just this one spammy post. Amazing.

I just saw this bunk bed design, and I really like it. It was created by this construction company.

I just found this “motivation” note I wrote to myself when I was writing on the Scala Cookbook: “Think of yourself as the author writing the Steve Jobs biography (Walter Isaacson); you want to get the facts right, you want the book to be ‘deep,’ and well-organized.”

I just learned about Mr. Pine’s Purple House as I read a review about Amazon’s new phone.

After reading that Apple was granted a patent for an iWatch/iTime device that includes “gestures,” it made me think of a company whose name I can’t remember, but they wanted to let you perform gestures in front of your Mac/Windows PC. If you could perform gestures in the air over your iWatch device, like in The Minority Report, that would be pretty cool.

Buddhist monks in flying training class. :) From this Twitter URL.

Happy Birthday, Edward Hopper, born July 22, 1882. Nighthawks is one of my favorite paintings.

A pilot in Anchorage, Alaska went rogue yesterday (July 21, 2014) and painted a smiley face in the sky. :)

One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy. ~ Twin Peaks

A great quote from Jonathan Ive about focusing on product, and how when you focus on product (design), everything else just falls into place. (Personally I think this is true when someone is clearly in charge, like when Steve Jobs was in charge, or now that Mr. Ive seems to be in charge of design and software.)

Football coach Rod Marinelli (formerly of the Bears, now of the Cowboys) talks about using repetition to build habits. (Text and image come from this espn article.)

Before the thyroid cancer and radiation treatment I could bench press the entire stack of weights. Today I can only do the amount shown. All I can say is that you do what you can do on any given day, and try and hope to keep getting better every day.

A funny movie review of Wizard of Oz that is going around the internet again.

The Alaska Dispatch News, founded in 2008, bought out the Anchorage Daily News within the last year. This is the first print edition of the “new” newspaper. (The website was changed over some time ago. Image from here.)