Weekly Digest

The travel continued with a drive through to Rosyth and then Barrow the next day. Long days meant a quiet and relaxing weekend. The trips were really worthwhile, left a positive impression and got me thinking about some changes at work. Nothing big, just time to shake things up a little.

Finally caught up on Arrival this week. Stunning film, proper grown up science fiction without relying on special effects and asking the audience to think a little.


  • Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying
    MILWAUKEE — If President Trump’s first tumultuous weeks have done nothing else, at least they have again made us a nation of readers.
    Facts. We saw it with Brexit, saw it in recent elections and now Trump and his team are masters of it – repeat your story and be damned with the facts cause it’s lost on the masses. Sigh.
  • Donald Trump visit opposed by Commons speaker
    MPs applauded the speaker of the House of Commons for declaring he would not choose to invite President Trump to Parliament. John Bercow said the valued the relationship with the US, but would oppose inviting the president to address MPs and Lords in Westminster.
    Can’t stand Bercow but well said Sir, well said.

  • The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes
    This videoessay compares the influence and references to Michael Mann’s Films in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Nolan actually screened Michael Mann’s “Heat” for all his department heads before going into production, he say once: “I always felt ‘Heat’ to be a remarkable demonstr
    Love both films but hadn’t realised they shared so much.

  • What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen
    Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them.
    Shocker. Thinking I should disconnect my TV from the internet and just use boxes that I trust.

  • Sad to announce: Hans Rosling passed away this morning
    We are extremely sad to announce that Professor Hans Rosling died this morning. Hans suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago. He passed away early Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden.
    Saddened by the passing of Hans Rosling. A couple of my favourite Ted talks were by him. Loved the passion, clear speaking and graphics he used to make data come alive.

  • ABC News on Twitter
    Tim Cook condemns immigration order in Glasgow speech. “If we stand and say nothing, it’s as if we’re agreeing.” http://abcn.ws/2kKjUir
    Cook was in Glasgow to receive an honorary degree from my alma mater and had some important things to say on Trumps muslim ban.

  • Full Frontal on Twitter
    We sent @Amy_Hoggart to Scotland to discuss resisting oppression with people who are born crotchety. #SamanthaBee
    Trump is a cunt…and a bawbag.

  • This Teen Hacked 150,000 Printers to Show How the Internet of Things Is Shit
    On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a self-described “pissed off high school student” in the United Kingdom sat in front of his computer, listening to Bones and Yung Lean, coding a rootkit, a set of software tools that allows an unauthorized user to control a computer system.
    Don’t piss of a geek.

  • Piers Morgan & Jim Jefferies: The Lesser of Two Evils | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
    Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: http://itsh.bo/10r5A1BBill’s request for an apology from the people who said Hillary Clinton was the lesser of two evils leads to a confrontation between Daily Mail editor Piers Morgan and comedian Jim Jefferies.Connect with Real Time Online:Find Real Time on Face
    Fuck off Piers.

  • The Evolution Of Keanu Reeves In Movies
    As big fans of the first John Wick, we are excited about the sequel, and we thought it would be fun to take a look back at Keanu’s career. Party on, dudes!New videos every month!http://burgerfiction.comhttp://twitter.com/burgerfiction
    He’s hardly aged.

  • One Woman’s Brilliant “Fuck You” to Wikipedia Trolls
    The “fuck you” project crystallized one Friday night last year. As Emily Temple-Wood video-chatted with friends, an email pinged in her inbox: The note came from someone with a history of harassing the 22-year-old medical student. This man hates women, Temple-Wood thought to herself.
    Great response to some horrible abuse.

  • Has Facebook slipped up with VR?
    I first tried the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in the corner of a drab conference room in Las Vegas. I was convinced within seconds – despite feeling a little dizzy – that the device, held together by duct tape and hope, was destined for big things.
    VR sales have been less than expected, but I still believe VR and AR are the next big things.

  • REVEALED: This is what secretive billion-dollar startup Magic Leap has been working on
    Hi everyone – the photo you are all excited about is NOT what you think it is. The photo shows an @magicleap R&D test rig where we collect room/space data for our machine vision/machine learning work.
    Lot’s of laughs about how crap this looks, but it’s a prototype. Remember the iPhone prototype?

  • Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’
    Are you good at your job? Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball?
    Totally agree and some thought provoking statements – But when an employee demoralizes the entire team by undermining a project, or when a team member checks out and doesn’t pull his weight, or when a bully causes future stars to quit the organization — too often, we shrug and point out that this person has tenure, or vocational skills or isn’t so bad. But they’re stealing from us. So true.

  • Google Brain super-resolution image tech makes “zoom, enhance!” real
    Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google’s software, in short, basically means the “zoom in… now enhance!” TV trope is actually possible. First, take a look at the image on the right.
    This is wild…bad TV shows have been doing this for years!

  • A Dead Simple Tool To Find Out What Facebook Knows About You
    If you could measure all the information you consume online, what would you learn about yourself? That’s the question behind the new Chrome extension Data Selfie.
    Too much.

  • A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone
    Two weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back into the United States after spending a few weeks abroad in South America. An employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bikkannavar had been on a personal trip, pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars.
    Shameful. Don’t go to America.

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