Weekly Digest

A bit of focus on fitness so kept my activity rings full for the week. Boom. Nothing strenuous, just some walking but didn’t seem to have any side effects which is a positive sign.

Overwatch has me hooked. Loving it.


  • Donald Trump inauguration TV listing goes viral
    The Sunday Herald TV critic Damian Love reimagined the ceremony as a return of the classic science fiction series The Twilight Zone. “After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history.
    This went viral last week and deservedly so.
  • The Problem of the Wilderness
    I went to Alaska for New Year with my friend Dan. We spent a week travelling North from Anchorage by rail, 4×4 & light aircraft. I took along my A7SII for the trip, not knowing what we would see.
  • Super real Mario Odyssey
    Mario meets GTA.
  • Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier
    There’s a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be the start of something devastating. In the last few weeks, the Chinese government compelled Apple to remove New York Times apps from the Chinese version of the App Store.
    Tech companies have a responsibility going forward to stand up to governments around the world.
  • Meet the Team Behind Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page
    When Facebook went public five years ago, the world had a pretty vivid picture of who Mark Zuckerberg was.
    President Zuck in a few years time?
  • The Final Days of Obama’s Tech Surge
    Onsome members of the United States Digital Service — President Obama’s shining example of how Silicon Valley’s tech minds can make a palpable impact on government — got up early to attend a retreat at Camp David.
    Trump and the Republicans have threatened to trash much of Obama’s legacy…would that include this team?
  • I Earned More From Photo Gigs in 2016 With My iPhone Than My DSLRs
    2016 ended in a most fitting fashion for the new way I am trying to earn a living as a freelance photographer. On December 27, I was on Montara Beach photographing a college volleyball player on assignment for Volleyball USA magazine.
    Wow, times are a changing.
  • Attack on Alt-Right Leader Has Internet Asking: Is It O.K. to Punch a Nazi?
    Is it O.K. to punch a Nazi? That is not a brainteaser or a hypothetical question posed by a magazine on Twitter. It is an actual question bouncing around the internet after an attack on a well-known far-right activist, Richard B. Spencer, in Washington after the inauguration of Donald J.
  • WhatsApp, Signal, and dangerously ignorant journalism
    There is something about encryption that brings out the worst in journalists. Because to most of them it is magic, they are always searching desperately for the proverbial man behind the curtain, without knowing what to look for.
    The Guardian vs the rest of the tech press. Surprised they are being so stubborn on this story.
  • How 550 Facebook Users Spread Britain First Content To Hundreds Of Thousands Of People
    The Facebook profiles seem entirely ordinary. Scattered across towns in England, Wales, and Scotland – as well as Spain, Australia, and the US – they share photos of their grandchildren, missing children warnings, sad tales of animal abuse, and cute memes about hugs.
    Doesn’t take many to game the system.
  • My home is a mess
    The coffee machine has burbled into life, the aroma wafts temptingly from the kitchen. In the bedroom my sleep monitor suggests I need to wake up in the next ten minutes and the daylight bulb in the lamp starts to glow into life.
    Gordon’s post captures my situation as well. I’ve some smart home kit but it’s pretty fragmented and each platform owner wants to own the game to the detriment of the end user. Can’t see it changing anytime soon either.
  • Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent
    Yesterdays marches were inspiring.
  • To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation
    On a recent October morning in the White House mailroom, on the ground floor of the Executive Office Building just beside a loading dock, 10 interns sat at two long tables, each trying to get through 300 letters. Grab a bundle, sit down and read. It was pretty straightforward: Read.
    He’ll be missed.

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