Stark Realty #20: Redemption

March 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

[The following is the final installment of a science-fiction serial I started writing at Matterport, where I worked from May to December of 2015. Someday I will get the rights to publish the entire story, but for now, enjoy this little vignette.]

Stark Realty #20: Redemption

“He didn’t kill your mother, Tanya.” panted the newly-arrived Jane Hathaway. “I did.”

Tanya Bain stared at the petite, matronly woman in shocked disbelief. Tony Stark, his hands nailed to the concrete wall with Q-carbon spikes, screamed “Jane, no!”

The demolecularizing grenade Tanya had placed over her father’s arc reactor-powered heart dropped from suddenly nerveless fingers.  With a supreme effort, Tony levered himself against the spikes and drop-kicked the grenade against the far wall, where it harmlessly vaporized a quarter-inch of foamed concrete.

“Tanya,” he gasped.  “Please. Don’t believe her. It was all my fault.”

His estranged daughter stared at him blankly, sinking slowly to the ground.  She, with help from the anonymous cyber-dwarf Rumplestilskin, had put herself through hell to destroy Iron Man for killing her mother. Had her whole life been based on a lie?

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#InsanelySimple 140 Characters at a Time

May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I just finished reading the eagerly-anticipated Insanely Simple by Ken Segall.  For my money, this is the best way to get a feel for how Apple “Thinks Different” than virtually every other business in America.

From May 10th to 17th I used Twitter to catalogue my journey through the book, and I’ve collected all those tweets below. These aren’t direct quotes, though most incorporate phrases, paraphrases, and summaries from the text.

I hope they give you a taste of the book and its impact upon me, and inspire you to buy your own copy! « Read the rest of this entry »

$AAPL and the Limits of Growth

May 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

It has become a cliché after every blowout earnings call to say that Apple can’t keep growing forever. While technically true (I doubt Apple would survive the heat death of the universe), that assertion by itself is useless. The real question is how long could Apple keep growing at its current rate.

Somewhat surprisingly, I haven’t seen any such analysis. Financial analysts seem barely to think more than a quarter in advance, and industry analysts seem to implicitly assume Apple will implode. So — as a thought experiment, not a prediction — I want to put together a plausible baseline for how much Apple’s existing businesses could grow.

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Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Nightlight (review)

July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Gospel in Calculus, on WordPress LaTeX

October 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

GOOD NEWS for Modern Nerds

Copyright 1986 Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D.

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  1. There is one God over all the universe, from everlasting to everlasting. Deuteronomy 6:4
    \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!\! \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!\!\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!\! \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!\! {\cal GOD}\,dx\,dy\,dz\,dt \equiv 1
  2. He is independent of space and time. Malachi 3:6
    \frac{\partial{\cal GOD}}{\partial t} = \vec{\nabla}\!{\cal GOD} \equiv 0
  3. For all men are sinners, and fall short of God. Romans 3:23
    \forall {\mathit \{men\} } \subset {\mathit \{sinners\} } \ll {\cal GOD}
  4. Christ is the Lamb’ de God. John 1:29
    {\bf Christ} = \lambda({\cal GOD})
  5. The Cross of Jesus is victory over death. Colossians 2:14
    \vec{\mathit Jesus} \times \vec{\mathit Jesus}	 = \frac{\bf victory}{\bf death}
  6. Christ transforms us; the life we live, we no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ. II Corinthians 5:15
    {\widehat{L{\imath}fe}(\dagger)} \equiv \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}	 \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!{\mathit life(I)}\,e^{-iI\dagger}\,d(I)
  7. Love is what differentiates Christians from the world. John 13:35
    {\bf love} = \frac{d\,{\mathit Christians}}{d\, {\mathit world}}
  8. With respect to Christ, there is no differentiation; neither Jew nor Greek, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Scythian, barbarian, slave nor free. Colossians 3:11
    \left\{ \begin{array}{c}	\frac{\partial{\mathit Jew}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} +	\frac{\partial{\mathit Greek}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} \\[1ex]	\frac{\pm\partial{\mathit circumcision}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} \\[1ex]	\frac{\partial{\mathit Scythian}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} +	\frac{\partial{\mathit Barbarian}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} \\[1ex]	\frac{\partial{\mathit slave}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} +	\frac{\partial{\mathit free}}{\partial {\mathit Christ}} 		\end{array} \right\} = 0
  9. Sanctification is integrating faith into life over time. James 2:22
    {\bf Sanctification} = \int^{t}\!{\mathit faith}\,d({\mathit life})
  10. Radical love. The Song of Solomon
    \sqrt{\bf love}

The Day that NeXTstep Died: The Lament of NeXTSTEP User Groups International

August 1, 2009 § 1 Comment

NUGI was the grandly named “NeXTSTEP User Groups International” — a last ditch effort by a bunch of NeXT fanatics to maintain interest in a mainstream operating system while NeXT the company was gravitating towards WebObjects and the enterprise. I as a grad student was President, some guy in Europe was Chairman, and that was pretty much all there was to it.

We didn’t succeed, but we built some close relationships with others equally as zany that continue to this day.

And at least we went out with a bang (below). Amazingly, the original post — including audio from the live performance Rohit and I did — is still available on xent.com!

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MacareNeXT: The official dance song of the Apple – NeXT merger

August 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

It was January of 1997. Apple had just announced the acquisition of NeXT. The Macarena was the world’s most popular dance song. I was growing increasingly restless in my job as a management consultant.

It all came together here…

(apologies for the outdated links, but I wanted to preserve the historical record)

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