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One of the biggest disappointments from Apple’s announcements yesterday was the lack of a sapphire screen for the iPhone 6. A seemingly-neverending string of part leaks and rumors indicated that 2014 would be the year the iPhone got a nearly indestructible sapphire display cover.

And while sapphire is used for the Apple Watch’s display, Apple made no mention of sapphire for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

What happened?

According to a knowledgable source, it all came down to a last-minute problem in the manufacturing process.

A mailing list discussion about JVM startup time issues, particularly as they relate to JRuby. Part of the discussion:

The link shows a way to enable fullscreen capabilities for Java applications on Mac OS X systems, including 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, and newer.

These individuals have embraced higher awareness in this life and, though realized, they are still finishing off their karma accrued from past lives. Perhaps their awakening is sufficient so that no new karma is being created and their acts are free from personal attachment. Yet they must still complete the karma of the body and the personality originated in previous lives or former acts in this life. The soul, the jivatman, carries the accumulated sanskaras, or tendencies, from birth to birth until the full realization of the greater ātman.

I like this "no birth and no death" quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, which I found at the URL shown:

Look at this piece of paper. It didn't come from nothing because from nothing you can't suddenly become something. Looking deeply into the sheet of paper, we can see the trees, the soil, sun, rain, and cloud that nourished the trees, the lumberjack, and the paper mill. This is where the sheet of paper comes from. Taking the form of a sheet of paper is only a new manifestation, not a birth.

Yoga in a brewery, and a free beer? Sign me up! :)

A five-minute chakra balancing flow, presented by Yoga Journal and Laughing Lotus.

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer.

Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a thousand “kilobots” that can self-assembled into shapes and patterns. The first few bots create a seed and then the other bots fall into line, positioning themselves perfectly among their peers.

Maria Scrivan is a cartoonist/artist. I first saw her work in a cartoon with two dogs talking about meditation, and one of the dogs says, “The key to meditation is learning to stay.” This was right after listening to a Pema Chodron talk where she talked about helping someone by repeatedly saying, “Stay ... stay ... stay,” so it really hit the spot for me.

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.

Sam makes games instead of going to school.

Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or Flappy Bird — set in a single room, which sees you avoiding lasers, space caterpillars, and other nasties for as long as you can while constantly moving.

It’s an unfair stereotype, but even in the 21st century some still insist on saying that Canadians are genial and polite.

The question is: Are they nice enough to pick up a stranded, hitchhiking robot?

The world will soon know. HitchBOT, a friendly little robot developed by researchers at several Ontario universities, is set to begin its journey from Halifax to Victoria on Sunday, relying solely on the kindness of strangers.

Boulder, Colorado will be home a triathlete “Ironman” competition this Sunday, August 3, 2014. More details are available at the link shown.

React Conf (Conference), 2014. November 18-21, in San Francisco.

I learned about Denali Foldager in this adn.com article, then found her website at the link shown. She’s from Seward, Alaska, is a long-distance runner, and has battled drug and alcohol addiction.

A good story on Peyton Manning’s off-season work ethic.

Roger Federer on serving and volleying more at Wimbledon 2014:

"I remember still how I played in 2001 when I made it to the quarters here," Federer recalled during Wimbledon. "I serve and volleyed 80 percent on the first serve, 30 to 50 percent on the second serve? It was just normal.

"I even did some in 2003 when I won first here. Then, every year I started doing less because the game started changing on the tour, really."

An interesting article on how to beat panic attacks with mindfulness techniques.

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Brendan Gregg, I'm a senior performance architect at Netflix, and do large scale computer performance design, analysis, and tuning. Performance tuning improves the customer experience and saves the company money, by doing more with fewer resources. I also write technical books, contribute to open source projects, and speak at technical conferences as a performance expert. This year I gave the keynote at SCaLE, the Southern California Linux Expo, on Linux and Solaris performance differences.

What hardware do you use?

Tectonic forces along northern Colorado's front range created ripples that forced rock layers to bulge and compress, creating anticlines - or convex folds on the earth's surface. As the bulging anticlines' softer sediments eroded, only hard ridges - known as Hogbacks - remained from previously rounded hilltops between the eastern plains and Rocky Mountain uplift. Mt Sanitas is one such formation that stands above all others in central Boulder, Colorado.

After nine years of research, Numenta finally has apps that mimic the way the brain works.

Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky started Numenta nine years ago to create software that was modeled after the way the human brain processes information. It has taken longer than expected, but the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup recently held an open house to show how much progress it has made.