Archive for April, 2013

2013 LIONS SQUAD bound for oz

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Full-backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Wal), Stuart Hogg (Scot), Rob Kearney (Ire)
Wings: Tommy Bowe (Ire), Alex Cuthbert (Wal), George North (Wal), Sean Maitland (Sco)
Centres: Jonathan Davies (Wal), Brian O’Driscoll (Ire), Jamie Roberts (Wal), Manu Tuilagi (Eng)
Fly-halves: Owen Farrell (Eng), Jonathan Sexton (Ire)
Scrum-halves: Mike Phillips (Wal), Conor Murray (Ire), Ben Youngs (Eng)
Props: Cian Healy (Ire), Gethin Jenkins (Wal), Adam Jones (Wal), Dan Cole (Eng), Matt Stevens (Eng), Mako Vunipola (Eng)
Hookers: Richard Hibbard (Wal), Tom Youngs (Eng). Dylan Hartley (Eng)
Locks: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Paul O’Connell (Ire), Richie Gray (Scot), Ian Evans (Wal), Geoff Parling (Eng)
Flankers: Dan Lydiate (Wal), Sean O’Brien (Ire), Sam Warburton (Wal), Tom Croft (Eng), Justin Tipuric (Wal)
No8s: Jamie Heaslip (Irel), Toby Faletau (Wal).
Sat 1 Jun: v Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium
Wed 5 Jun: v Western Force at Patersons Stadium
Sat 8 Jun: v Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium
Tue 11 Jun: v Comb NSW-Qld Country at Hunter Stadium
Sat 15 Jun: v NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium
Tue 18 Jun: v ACT Brumbies at Canberra Stadium
Sat 22 Jun: v Australia at Suncorp Stadium
Tue 25 Jun:v Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park
Sat 29 Jun: v Australia at Etihad Stadium
Sat 6 Jul :v Australia at ANZ Stadium


With time ticking down until Google (s GOOG) Reader’s demise, competing RSS services are trying to perfect products that will lure in former Reader users. Digg, which is working on a Google Reader replacement, and Feedly, whose product is already up, running and gaining popularity, both posted the results of surveys this week in which they asked current Google Reader users how they share content.

A theme that comes through in both surveys is that RSS users still often rely on email to share content. Of the 8,600 Google Reader users who responded to Digg’s most recent survey, nearly 80 percent say they share news via email.

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That’s not particularly surprising since Google Reader got rid of many of its social features in 2011 and no longer allows for easy posting to Facebook (s FB) or Twitter, while there is still a Google Reader keyboard shortcut…

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CBS New York

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Since the Jason Collins story broke, America has split into the “Now what?” and “So what?” crowds.

Thankfully, most have fallen into the former. The New York Times recently ran the following headline regarding Brittney Griner: “Griner Comes Out, and the Sports World Shrugs.”


This is a non-starter. But we can’t anticipate the aggregate weight of political correctness, or the media’s need to build or bash someone based on superficial data.

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Only you can decide which irritates you more — the ignorance of homophobia or those who are breaking their duplicitous backs pretending that they never cracked a gay joke in 1985. (Remember those Eddie Murphy routines you found so funny?)

If I hear one more person say, “I work with a gay man and I treat him just like anyone else…”


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The Compulsive Explainer

This was the discovery that made the modern world possible.

By modern world I mean the developed (and affluent) world of Northern Europe and North America – as contrasted with the undeveloped (and impoverished) world of Southern Europe and Latin America.

Before this discovery was made, it was assumed that the world was whatever we believed it was. The real world was whatever the human world was (including our religious beliefs). Then it dawned on us (gradually) that there might be a difference – the real world might be something entirely different.

It might have its own rules. And if we played by those rules we could be much bigger – because we were part of a much bigger world. This was the assumption of Science and even the related worlds of Technology and Industrialization. Neither of which happened in the South – which burned any such heretics at the…

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It’s hard to gauge how popular Apple’s iCloud really is, but the idea behind it is solid: give developers a place to save their users’ data, give users control over this data and allow developers to focus on their apps and not storage. NimbusBase, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 today, had built exactly that, with the ingenious twist that the data is stored in the cloud of the users’ choosing. Currently, NimbusBase supports Dropbox and Google Drive, with SkyDrive and other providers expected to launch in the near future.

NimbusBase’s New York-based founders Ray Wang (CTO) and Alex Volodarsky (COO) told me that developers currently have three choices. They can use iCloud, but that’s limited to iOS; they can build their own storage infrastructure and then pay for server space; or they can use specialized backend services, but those tend to charge a premium for storage.

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On stage at Disrupt NY 2013 today, serial investor Ron Conway and filmmaker/actor Alex Winter took the stage with CrunchFund’s MG Siegler to talk about the documentary Downloaded about the rise and fall of Napster. Ron Conway described being an early investor (his Angel Investors fund put around $500,000 into Napster, he said) and how the process of taking them through the ordeal went. One of the biggest issues, he said, is that the sharing economy problem Napster identified never got solved.

Napster made it very clear that there was a strong desire among people to share and collaborate in order to make the most out of resources among a community, but there was just too much of a reaction against that from people who were already established in the industry. And that’s something that never got worked out, which Conway said was one of the most disappointing parts of…

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For large companies that have a long list of suppliers that they work with, it’s not only difficult to manage communication with all of them, but understanding the environmental impact of each supplier is next to impossible. It’s not a sexy space to work in by any means but the addressable market is comprised of Fortune 500 companies and the government itself, which is bound to mandates involving environmental sustainability when working with suppliers.

SupplyShift is a backend tool for those companies and organizations to track everything that’s going on with suppliers, which are usually scattered throughout the world. These buyers are collecting sustainability data but don’t currently have the tools to help them reduce risk exposure.

What SupplyShift really is is a network which allows them to understand their “supply chain footprint” which will make suppliers actually care more about how they present themselves, heating up competing among them…

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Online backlash is growing against Mark Zuckerberg’s lobby’s secretive ads supporting conservative senators who encourage the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. “Immigration reform – fine. Oil expansion and pipelines? NOT fine. Where’s the transparency here, rich dudes? Or does FWD actually stand for Fine With Drilling?,” wrote one angry commenter on the Facebook page. is the latest A-list technology political interest group to come out swinging for high-skilled immigration reform. Partnering with many of Silicon Valley’s brightest luminaries, from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to Bill Gates, made a very public debut this month, promising grassroots activism in support of knowledge-economy-friendly policymaking. strategically splits its operation into liberal and conservative outreach, directly funding ads of senators friendly to high-skilled immigration reform. The Internet rumor machine spun an ad supporting Republican Senator Lindsey Graham into a link bait headline claiming…

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I Want a Handsome Butler

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yangsze Choo

I’ve been thinking very hard about my priorities, and have finally come to the conclusion that what I really, really want is a handsome butler.

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Life in Russia.

Victory Day, May 9th, is a day which commemorates the capitulation between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany after the German Army had invaded St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), leading to a fatal 872 day siege, which brought severe famine upon the city and claimed the lives of many.  As I watched the parade today, there was one young woman screaming “Спасибо!” (thank you) at the top of her lungs throughout the entire parade as the veterans made their way down Nevsky Prospekt.  Little children came with balloons and carnations and ran into the street to give them to the veterans as they passed by.  People everywhere were seen wearing the orange and black Ribbon of St. George, which became one of the Soviet symbols of military valor after victory had been achieved.

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