What’s so great about summer? Quite a few things, but for me, it is Fogust: the foggy month of August that we get to enjoy in San Francisco. August is the perfect staycation month for me.
First of all, I am extra cautious about the emergent strain of the virus — and see no reason to take any risks by traveling. Secondly, I’m not too fond of hot climes. While most of the northern hemisphere enjoys hot days and balmy nights, I much prefer my backyard—daytime highs of 65 degrees and nights that dip down to the low 50s.
The fog is also a chance to exercise my camera. And spend a lot of time reading — long articles, books, and of course, research papers. I hope that with the arrival of the new month, I will find my writing rhythm. Over the past two weeks, I have probably scribbled more notes in my journal than on the old blog.
Anyway, this being the weekend, I thought I would share some gems I found on the Internet to make you smile.
- We are in “the age of gene,” which is good for our collective future.
- A fantastic Twitter thread about Pier 38 in San Francisco is slowly rotting away. Instagram, Twilio, WordPress, True Ventures, and my little company made it home.
- Move over “seed vault.” It is time for a “vault” for The Beatles.
- A flower called “Rotty Top.“
- AI is keeping time in Tokyo.
- Gin-ing it up.
- Brazilians are playing cricket. Oh yes.
- And something to think about when you think about the cryptocurrency boom/bubble.
A short recap of my Tweek (aka my week on Twitter)
July 29: Every earnings report is a reminder that year-over-year percentage growth numbers are pretty much worthless, except they do make for pretty graphs, nice headlines & hide reality. Good thread to follow.
July 28: “Yup, he’s a great leader! He motivates us to do great work.” Who is “he?”
July 27: The most interesting thing about Apple earnings for Q3FY2021: About 1/2 of the customers who purchased a Mac or iPad in the quarter were new to the product. Mac and iPad grew 16% and 12%. The last 4 Mac quarters have been the top 4 quarters ever for Mac.
July 27: Hello Twitter friends— which Is your favorite Weather app on iOS. I currently use Dark Sky. But hoping for something different/better. (So many great replies in the thread. I am trying out the Carrot app.)
August 1, 2021. San Francisco