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The Secretarybird

Behold the beautiful Secretarybird 🙌

Secretarybird

– Source Unknown

Way out of other birds’ leagues, eats venomous snakes, and “appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa” 🔥

The Ferrari 512 S Modulo Concept

Designed by Pininfarina all the way back in 1970 (!) 😍 🤤

Ferrari 512 S Modulo Concept

It’s what they do at Google

In addition, engineers have commoditized many technical solutions that used to be challenging in the past 15 years. Scaling used to be a tough challenge, not any more for many companies. In fact, part of my daily job is to prevent passionate engineers from reinventing wheels in the name of achieving scalability. It’s not because we don’t need to solve scalability problems, but because the infrastructure is good enough for most of companies. Building and operating so called “big data platform” used to be hard, not that hard any more. Building machine learning pipeline used to be hard, not that hard any more for many companies. Of course, it’s still challenging to build a highly flexible and automated machine learning pipeline with full support of closed feedback loop, but many companies can get by without that level of maturity.

– via Hacker News (emphasis mine)

Tech Yaks

Tech Yaks ranks and lists good tech talks.

Some awesome stuff on there, like one of my favorite talks ever by Guy Steele. Fork Yeah! The Rise and Development of illumos by Bryan Cantrill, the second-most popular one on the list, is very entertaining and needs to be watched many times (and at 0.75x speed.)

Predestination · 2014 · IMDb · A-

Based on –All You Zombies–” by Robert A. Heinlein. Sarah Snook is phenomenal. But “John Doe” is an extended, uncredited cameo by Leonardo Di Caprio and I won’t be convinced otherwise.

Sarah Snook in 'Predestination'

The Invisible Guest · 2016 · IMDb · B+

Like if Rashomon and The Usual Suspects had a child. The ending got me.

Hereditary · 2018 · IMDb · A

Deeply upsetting. One of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker on what gives it its potency

Should you want to measure the psychological disturbance at work here, try comparing “Hereditary” with “A Quiet Place.” That recent hit, for all its masterly shocks, is at bottom a reassuring film, introducing people who are beset by an external menace but more or less able to pull through because, as a team, they’re roped together with enough love to fight back. “Hereditary” is more perplexing. It has the nerve to suggest that the social unit is, by definition, self-menacing, and that the home is no longer a sanctuary but a crumbling fortress, under siege from within. That is why there are no doctors in Aster’s film, and no detectives, either, urgently though both are required; nor does a man of God arrive, as he does in “The Exorcist” (1973), to lay the anguish to rest. Nothing, in short, can help Annie, Steve, and the kids, and they sure can’t help themselves, stationed as they are inside their delicate doll’s house of a world. There is no family curse in this remarkable movie. The family is the curse.

The amazing Colin Stetson did the soundtrack which is somehow even more unsettling than Brian Reitzell’s Hannibal.

10/25/18 If this was a movie:

Mission: Impossible - Fallout · 2018 · IMDb · B

😴. Watch for Tom Cruise being a stuntmaking beast (esp in the helicopter chase scene.)

The Invitation · 2015 · IMDb · B+

Watched with Catherine. Dark, tense, predictable. Uashamed to admit that I thought Logan Marshall-Green was Tom Hardy for the duration of the movie (even after watching “Upgrade” … must’ve been the hair.) Excellent stuff by Lindsey Burdge.