“A few weeks ago, and way late to the game, I started listening to podcasts. Of the several I’ve heard so far, the ones I enjoyed have included Horace Dediu’s “The Critical Path“, Benedict Evans’s “Cubed“, Gabe Weatherhead and Erik Hess’s “Technical Difficulties” and Shawn Blanc’s “The Weekly Briefly“. The ones I’ve disliked have included John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” and Marco Arment’s “Accidental Tech“.”

Rasmus Lerdorf on the history of PHP.

“People love me. Why? Because I’m fun. I’m the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am.”
Riding my electric Untitled vehicle.
“There is a great saying, related to this theme: “Startups don’t fail, they just run out of money.” It seems spot-on in the multiple-pivot environment. One fantastic example of this is Adchemy. Here’s the very long headline from the 24 Nov 2013 Business Insider story about the company: “After 6 Different Business Models And $120 Million In Funding, This Adtech Startup Thinks It’s Figured Out The Next Wave Of Search”. Yup, $120m will fund a lot of pivots…and eventually even the blind squirrel will find a nut!”
“The second improvement is that they have upgraded to using high-quality Samsung 18650-format cells. The system uses 36V, which is much better than the old standard of 24V for 250W (which is rarely seen anymore). The 10.4-Ah size is adequate, especially since the switch to using a mid drive will lower the peak amp-draws on hills. The Samsung cells are very good news, because the battery pack is one of the places where entry-level E-bikes often cut corners by using the cheapest possible cells, leading to a bad first experience for new E-bikers…”
“Based on peek to datasheets, 84 does not have the PLL (phase locked loop) unit that could be used to multiply the 8 MHz oscillator to get higher clock speeds. So while ATtiny84 will work, you’ll need an external crystal (e.g. 12 MHz) with it.”

1978 Honda Kick ‘n Go TV commercial

“The first Pelican was George Bernard Shaw’s The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism. “A sixpenny edition” of the book, the author modestly suggested, “would be the salvation of mankind.” Such was the demand that booksellers had to travel to the Penguin stockroom in taxis and fill them up with copies before rushing back to their shops. It helped of course that this was a decade of national and world crisis. For Lane, the public “wanted a solid background to give some coherence to the newspaper’s scintillating confusion of day-to-day events”.”