WaPo – Why your asphalt shingles are falling apart

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2018/06/04/why-your-asphalt-shingles-are-falling-apart/?utm_term=.8be19da088f4  As I'm not a chemist/chem-e, not sure whether to believe the solution suggested. However, after having spending multiple thousands of dollars a few years ago getting my roof re-done, food for thought  30-year-warranty asphalt shingles started to fall apart in nine years and suffered a catastrophic failure just a few years later  national association … Continue reading WaPo – Why your asphalt shingles are falling apart

NYT and WSJ – U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/technology/supercomputer-china-us.html https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-says-its-supercomputer-leaps-ahead-of-chinese-rival-1528473600?emailToken=8a3af6e1baa6d3b68820d69fc14b3a1eAQHwV0xa9R5om/fR9/VKmnfQM4kpy8mNg43AAeEZKASiEhS9ZawcCo8VVrPv+y1D00jUfRI+KEauWAmysM5d3QvWcFR2SVFbQwhhsTb9/hdUXVN6Wj1Wm4E54RoBLdgB&reflink=article_gmail_share United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world's speediest supercomputer China, last 5 years, had the world's fastest computer (note though it was build from CPU's from US companies like Intel, though more recently internally developed CPU's like Sunway TaihuLight) United States retook the lead thanks to a … Continue reading NYT and WSJ – U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

WaPo – ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/06/i-can-understand-about-50-percent-of-the-things-you-say-how-congress-is-struggling-to-get-smart-on-tech/?utm_term=.d9d46ecbb133 https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/disrupter-series-quantum-computing/ The most obvious recent example of this was Zuckerberg's testimony before congress when almost all questions to him were from obviously ignorant politicians and their understand of technology tech experts arrived at a little-noticed hearing at the U.S. Capitol in May with a message: Quantum computing is a bleeding-edge technology with the potential … Continue reading WaPo – ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech

NYT – What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/books/review/edward-tenner-the-efficiency-paradox.html Book Review in NYT … haven't read book, but it's on my reading list and will update this blog entry with more info when done. "The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do", Edward Tenner https://www.amazon.com/Efficiency-Paradox-What-Data-Cant/dp/1400041392 While Silicon Valley's leaders are making platforms, apps and algorithms to create maximum efficiency in life and when … Continue reading NYT – What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency

WSJ – The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-windows-laptop-1-000-ish-can-buy-1522162531 Doing some research on laptop's as my old desktop system bit the dust after 11 years (probably got my monies worth). This article seems fairly unbiased and looks to satisfy just normal users (versus gamers, audio/video artists) This article intentionally did not look at Chromebooks (didn't run full range of Windows apps), MacBooks (luxury … Continue reading WSJ – The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy

NYT – High School Musicians Take On the (Almost) Unplayable

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/arts/music/anthony-braxton-face-the-music.html Looks like some seriously talented young players Anthony Braxton's "Creative Orchestra Music 1976." was one of the Arista label's most expensive productions don't expect to hear high schoolers performing music deemed unplayable by professionals … the Jazz Gallery near Madison Square Park in New York, three young ensembles from the Kaufman Music Center's "Face … Continue reading NYT – High School Musicians Take On the (Almost) Unplayable

NYT – Sometimes You Have to Quit to Get Ahead

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/smarter-living/knowing-when-to-quit.html   the saying: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." What if quitting with intention can be a way to leap toward your goals?  "strategic quitting," free up more time, money and energy for the things that matter.  winners are smart quitters who quit often, like when they realize their current path and decisions cannot get them any … Continue reading NYT – Sometimes You Have to Quit to Get Ahead