Weekly Digest

Long week with some travel down south. Tuesday night in Farnborough turned into Tuesday night in London and a great wee meal at Smoking Goat.

Enjoying new Elbow, Little Fictions, and Melanfonie from Emika.


  • Trial Balloon for a Coup?
    The theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than meaningful changes in the field. But this clarity is enough to give us a sense of what we just saw happen, and why it happened the way it did.
    Surely not but then the last two weeks have been pretty crazy.
  • ‘Why let ’em in?’ Understanding Bannon’s worldview and the policies that follow.
    In November 2015, Stephen K. Bannon — then the executive chairman of Breitbart News — was hosting a satellite radio show. His guest was Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who opposed President Obama’s plan to resettle some Syrian refugees in the United States. Bannon cut him off.
    Nazi in charge.
  • Tested: The truth behind the MacBook Pro’s ‘terrible’ battery life
    Read professional reviews of Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup, and you’ll come away thinking the new laptops have great battery life. Dive into a customer forum, though, and the upshot will be exactly the opposite: The new MacBook Pros have “piss poor” battery life.
    Reality is that a lot of people would trade weight for battery.
  • MICHAEL WOLF: Hong Kong’s Architecture of Density
    Lovely feature on Hong Kong’s architecture.
  • Press Statement: Why I held up that sign behind Nigel Farage
    London Labour MEP, Seb Dance, has explained why he held up a sign saying “he’s lying to you” while Nigel Farage defended the immigration policy of Donald Trump in the European Parliament. “Mainstream politics must be more willing to challenge the nationalists and the populists.
    Or just keep Farage of TV and Radio. Cnut.

  • I Feel It Coming – How Streaming is Changing Music Consumption
    Over the past couple years we’ve published two massive articles about the current state and impending trends of music consumption—my deep dive on the tough realities of streaming platforms and Nick’s bullshit-free synopsis of Nielsen’s 2016 music industry report.
    Streaming is my main way of consuming music now and I’m a late comer to it.

  • Arkansas passes law allowing rapists to sue victims who want an abortion
    Abortion rights activists hold placards outside of the US Supreme Court ahead of an expected ruling on abortion clinic restrictions on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.
    Actual what the fuck moment of the week. Shocking.

  • David Bowie Special Stamps
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    Love these. Well done Royal Mail.

  • Being Batman
    A look behind the mask of the real life Batman.Batman: http://ift.tt/2jKIqmg & Music: Ryan Freeman (http://ift.tt/2jvrPOq)Produced by: Lossless Creative (http://ift.tt/2h0N8Hd)Drone & Camera Assistant: Nick Freeman
    I thought this was a spoof at first but no, this guy really is Batman every night.

  • The making of Apple’s HAL
    Between the lack of surprise (so many spots are released early now) and the general mediocrity, it became more chore than fun. That said, I refuse to lose my Big Game spirit. So — how about a little story from Apple’s Super Bowl past?
    With Super Bowl today we’ll see lots of great adverts (and some not so great) and this is a nice write up on Apple’s ad from 1999.

  • Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics is working on a robot that its founder calls “nightmare inducing”
    Boston Dynamics now has a long history of viral videos showing off its latest terrifying robots. Apparently its latest creation takes things even a step further.
    It’s got wheels!!!

  • Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How ISIS Guides World’s Terror Plots From Afar
    HYDERABAD, India — When the Islamic State identified a promising young recruit willing to carry out an attack in one of India’s major tech hubs, the group made sure to arrange everything down to the bullets he needed to kill victims.
    Good article and shows how terror attacks are far more coordinated than we thought.

  • In his own words: Imam Hassan Guillet’s address at Quebec City funeral for 3 mosque victims
    Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder following Sunday night’s shooting. None of the allegations against him has been proven in court. We are here to celebrate Khaled, Aboubaker, Abdelkrim, Azzedine, Mamadou, Ibrahima.
    I fear this won’t be the only attack this year.

  • LIFE – Official Trailer (In Theaters March 24)
    This March, be careful what you search for. #SearchForLIFE In theaters March 24, 2017Follow us on Social:http://www.facebook.com/lifemovieofficialwww.twitter.com/lifemoviewww.instagram.com/lifemovieofficialSubscribe to Sony Pictures for exclusive video updates: http://bit.ly/SonyPicsSubscribeLife tells the
    Nice Alien vibe to this film.

  • What The Fuck Just Happened Today?
    1/ Homeland Security suspends travel ban, and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban. The White House announced the Justice Department would file an emergency motion to stop the halt, but it had yet to do so as of Saturday afternoon.
    Keep up to date with all that Trump fucks up.

  • Sean Spicer Press Conference – SNL
    White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day).
    So good, SNL and Melissa McCarthy tackle Sean Spicer.

  • Inside Libratus, the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans
    For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn’t just any poker player. This wasn’t just any machine. And it wasn’t just any game of poker. Kim, 28, is among the best players in the world.
    Libratus learned how to play poker and then took on the best in the world. The advances in AI are astonishing…what will keep them in check?

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