Fearless Prediction: Derrick Rose will win the 2014 MVP

If he can play the whole season Derrick Rose will win the NBA MVP in 2014.

A lot of people are banking on LeBron winning it, becoming the first player ever to win 5 MVPs in 6 years. It won’t happen – the Rose story of coming back to overcome such a severe injury is too inviting for the MVP voters.

In 2004/05 Steve Nash won the MVP. His stats: 15 PPG, 11APG, 3 boards and a steal.

Allen Iverson that same year: 31PPG, 7.9 APG, 4 boards, 2.5 steals.

The reason Nash won wasn’t because he really deserved it – it was because at the start of the season every reporter ranked the Suns around to 6-8 seed in the West. Phoenix ended up winning 62 games for the leagues best record, which was a huge shock to all those reporters (and made them look a little stupid). And who votes for MVP? The press.

It doesn’t matter if LeBron ends the season with better stats than Rose – it’s about the story. If the Bulls win 50+ games and Rose plays most of the season he’s a lock for MVP…

UPDATE: Rose is out for the remainder of the season after meniscus surgery. Brutal.

Sony is at the forefront of mobile photography innovation


One year ago I tweeted:

“If you haven’t been paying attention, the consumer camera space is erupting right now. Phone cameras lit a fire under the incumbents.”

That was before Sony released the critically acclaimed RX100 (and it’s follow up, the RX100M2). Sony has been pushing extremely hard in this space, releasing innovative and exciting cameras to consumers, while doing great things with glass and image quality at these reduced sizes.

These Sony “QX” Lens cameras may seem gimmicky, but they’re the first step into yet more uncharted territory, forcing the whole space to innovate faster.

$450 does seem pricey for what, at a glance, looks like just a bluetooth lens – but the 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens make it the hardware equivalent of an RX100M2, generally accepted as the best point-and-shoot in the world.

These QX lenses may not be a commercial success, but the future of mobile photography is looking pretty amazing.

Update: The Verge went hands-on:

This FUD is Affecting Me


From John “FUD” Gruber a few days ago:

U.S. Government Report: 0.7 Percent of Mobile Malware Affects iOS; Android Accounts for 79 Percent.

I guess open does beat closed.

Excellent use of subtle FUD there, followed up, of course, by the snarky comment. Something I’ve learned on the internet: follow the source. Let’s click through and take a look at the article.

A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government’s findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS. This figure is in stark contrast to the Android OS, which the memo reports accounts for 79 percent of mobile malware threats.

In addition to ranking both iOS and Android, the report shows that 19 percent of malware is designed to affect the Symbian OS, 0.3 percent for Windows Phone and 0.3 percent for BlackBerry.

(Emphasis added).

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 10.12.07 AMRight, so nothing actually “affected” there, these are just the 2012 statistics for the possible threats of known malware. Clicking through again, the original source mentions nothing of affected users either.

Curious that Gruber didn’t link to The Next Web’s article (credited in the tuaw.com piece), but I guess it’s harder to drop snarky remarks when accurate reporting doesn’t fit your world view.



Hobo Nickels


What’s a hobo nickel? I’m glad you asked!

“The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favoured coin for this purpose.” – Wikipedia

Hobo nickel Google image gallery
Hobo Nickel on Wikipedia

Via David Archer

Related #longread: Twilight Of The Hobos (Buzzfeed):

Minnesota Jim, meanwhile, seems a little confused by the proceedings. His victory seemed, at least in part, based on his age. At 83, he’s one of the few surviving bridgers — hoboes that rode on both steam- and diesel-powered trains during their time — and winning seemed to be a kind of lifetime achievement award. But he cautiously told the local paper that kids today shouldn’t ride the rails. “The trains show no mercy.”