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Archived Posts for August 2012

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20
Aug 12
Mon

Australia gets a new High Court Justice

Stephen Gageler SC, Australia’s Solicitor-General, has been appointed to the High Court to replace Gummow J. As a junior solicitor I remember sitting in his chambers as my supervising partner at the time and the GC of our client instructed him on a matter, not too long before he was appointed as Sol-Gen. Super sharp guy (obviously). He will be able to spend up to 16 years on the court.

  9:54pm  •  Law  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
19
Aug 12
Sun

Déjà vu… except that je ne vois pas

Was at Great America yesterday, and I lost my glasses. Not in the way that you’d think you’d normally them at a theme park. I did the responsible thing and took them off before getting on a ride (which quite frankly was unnecessary), and then when I went to collect them on the other side, they were gone. Vanished. Just like that. I filled out a lost & found card but I doubt I’ll see them again.

Alas, this is not the first time that this has happened. The first time was 14 years ago, at another theme park. In January 1998, in fact – I know because I wrote a blog post about it (actually like the fifth blog post I ever wrote).

Anyway, I felt like this for the rest of the day (NSFW):

My friends had to drive my car home for me. Might be time to start thinking about Lasik again.

  5:55pm  •  Life  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
17
Aug 12
Fri

How to Read Victorian Novels

Victorian novels. I’m not literate enough to read them. I remember intentionally moving from 2 Unit Related English in Year 11 down a few classes to 2 Unit General English in Year 12 because Austen and the Bronte sisters were required reading. I found those early 19th century tomes impenetrable. Rohan Maitzen has written a guide on how to read them:

Take the book with you everywhere, that’s what. Bank line-ups, buses, bathrooms, those precious 8 minutes while the pasta boils — you know what to do! A few pages here, a few pages there, and next thing you know, you’re 500 pages in, with only another 200 to go.

This guide may have been helpful in high school, but more likely I suspect not. A friend bought me a copy of Middlemarch about ten years ago, and it still remains untouched.

  11:02pm  •  Books  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
15
Aug 12
Wed

What is this, I don’t even (Korean edition)

Try looking away. You can’t, can you?

This thing has over 32 million views.

  10:49pm  •  Music  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
8
Aug 12
Wed

Starbucks to process all card transactions with Square

This is huge:

Just when the mobile payment wars were heating up, Square dropped an A-bomb on the competition. Last night the payment processing startup, previously focused on small and very small vendors, announced a deal with Starbucks. Square will now process all credit and debit payments for 7000 US Starbucks stores. And Starbucks will invest $25 million into Square’s latest monster round of funding. Celebratory frappuccinos all around.

This article explains how this deal was done.

  9:39pm  •  Business & Finance  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
6
Aug 12
Mon

Mat Honan’s Epic Hacking

Here’s a pretty devastating story about Gizmodo reporter who got really badly hacked.

Apple ID access credentials are really scary as a single point of failure. A simple username and password can be all it takes to wipe out all your Apple devices.

  10:26pm  •  Internet  •  Tweet This  •  Add a comment  • 
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Aug 12
Wed


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