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Non-review: The Einstein Prophecy


So this month’s Kindle First picks showed up in my inbox from Amazon Prime and among them was this: The Einstein Prophecy.

The blurb (in part):

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock.

These mysteries may, in fact, defy—or fulfill—the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

Did I somehow miss the moment when Einstein became a religious figure? I mean, “You believe in a God who plays dice, and I in complete law and order in a world which objectively exists.” “IT IS A PROPHECY”

Things you can gather from this post:

  1. I am knee-deep in writing about printing, debug printing, output streams, mirroring, quick looks, and so forth and will take any excuse to grab a break because my brain is about to melt from minutia.
  2. I am so picking this one as my Kindle First choice for this month. (You get to pick from four of them.)
  3. I hope Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter will show up for a quick cameo.
  4. The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action, ” doesn’t sound like a man who will utter vague prophesies for a summer potboiler.

Oh what the hell. Here’s some more

Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined.

Fun with Apple Unicode: Here’s to the crazy ones


There are no fewer than seven different “Here’s to the crazy ones” references in the Apple Emoji set. (If I missed any, please let me know!)

Update: A thank you goes out to commenter Unicode.

Unicode: U+1F4DD (U+D83D U+DCDD), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 9D

Unicode: U+1F4DC (U+D83D U+DCDC), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 9C

Unicode: U+1F4D6 (U+D83D U+DCD6), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 96

Unicode: U+1F4D1 (U+D83D U+DCD1), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 91

Unicode: U+1F4CB (U+D83D U+DCCB), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 8B

Unicode: U+1F4C3 (U+D83D U+DCC3), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 83

Unicode: U+1F4C4 (U+D83D U+DCC4), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 84

Animated out-of-office email

I suppose I knew that using animations in email was possible. I don’t think I’ve actually noticed an animation (outside of GIF attachments) until this week when I received an out-of-the-office response from an Apple evangelist.

Why don’t we see more visual accents like this? Maybe I just normally communicate with the wrong people.

#wrapper img#imageAccent.flyIn {
 -webkit-animation-name: 'flyIn'; 
 -webkit-animation-duration: 1.25s; 
 -webkit-animation-iteration-count: 1; 
 -webkit-animation-timing-function: ease-out; 

Fun with Apple Unicode: John Appleseed, author


Who knew that John Appleseed was such a prolific author? Certainly not I! (And if you will forgive the pun, I wonder what the market price is for the one second from the right.)

Update: A thank you goes out to commenter Unicode.

Unicode: U+1F4D5 (U+D83D U+DCD5), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 95

Unicode: U+1F4D7 (U+D83D U+DCD7), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 97

Unicode: U+1F4D8 (U+D83D U+DCD8), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 98

Unicode: U+1F4D9 (U+D83D U+DCD9), UTF-8: F0 9F 93 99