Good friend of my Mum’s passed away this week, funeral next week but will remember her help and support during my Dad’s illness. Less travel this week but more tired – was knackered at the end of the week. Spent the weekend pottering and catching up on TV and film. Also tweaked how this post is put together. Instead of Pocket I’m now using Pinboard which allows me to auto populate this post with bookmarks that I’ve specifically tagged saving me a bit of sort time…every little helps.
Enjoying Legion and the production is excellent. Intrigued to see where this goes. Also caught up with Doctor Strange which was OK if a bit predictable.
How Planet Earth II filmed its thrilling “Snake Island” chase scene – Vox
Capturing the terrible thrills of life and death in the animal kingdom, explained.
Still jaw dropping.
Helping You See Outside Your Bubble
A new feature on some of our most widely shared articles…
Interesting addition by Buzzfeed – we are all in a bubble of our choosing.
Apple Vowed to Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t – Bloomberg
The company is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K. It may not be enough to take on Amazon and Roku.
I like my Apple TV but Amazon Fire can do more, my TV streams in 4K which the Apple TV doesn’t and this will probably cost more than anything else on the market.
How Ben Thompson built Stratechery into a one-man publishing empire – Recode
“The internet enables niche in a massively powerful way.”
Stratechery is a great site and podcast.
Here’s What TfL Learned From Tracking Your Phone On the Tube | Gizmodo UK
EXCLUSIVE! Giz UK can exclusively reveal some of the amazing things that TfL discovered by tracking the wifi on our mobile devices.
Some interesting data mining.
Stan Smith Knows You Think He’s Just a Sneaker
He’s no Serena Williams, but he scored big in footwear.
Story behind the shoes, interesting read.
Arrival: A Response To Bad Movies – YouTube
Arrival, only recently watched, was a great film and this is a good tribute.
Comercial Toyota C-HR Street Fighter II (Espetacular!!!!) – YouTube
One for the older gamer.
Eulogy to Gordon Aikman – February 18th 2017 – Kezia Dugdale MSP
Eulogy to Gordon Aikman – February 18th 2017 Kezia Dugdale MSP MSP for Lothian and Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Moving tribute to Gordon Aikman from Kezia Dugdale.
Should you take your phone to the United States? – BBC News
Should you visit the United States?
A Computer to Rival the Brain – The New Yorker
Time for the CPU to think differently.
Employers are going soft: the skills companies are looking for | World Economic Forum
Following on from a similar post I linked to last week, I’m really starting to think more around softer or non-cognitive skills, whats important and how to build a team with these skills.
Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims | Society | The Guardian
Government rebuts verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015
Shocking but no real surprise.
Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? | Society | The Guardian
It’s not just Glasgow looking into universal income as a modern day solution.
CRS-10 | Falcon 9 First Stage Landing
Spectacular and awe inspiring…but needs some You Only Live Twice from Bond as a soundtrack.
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.
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.
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
Love these. Well done Royal Mail.
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?
Kept the walking going this week as well and so far no ill effects. 14 days and counting. Next week will see the first bit of travel in a while as I’m off to Bristol then Farnborough. I used to enjoy travelling but now, not so much.
Homeland is back and I’m hopeful of a good season. Binge watched some West Wing as it’s far better than watching the news. Also keeping an eye on the Sky/Discovery spat. I really need to move on from Sky.
What would Steve (Jobs) do? He sure wouldn’t eat humble pie as the Trump era dawns.
Last week at the DLD conference in Munich, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith appeared onstage to talk about a range of things related to the tech giant.
Tech leaders have finally found their voice this weekend.
Why hasn’t Scotland changed its mind on independence?
Another referendum now would have a similar result to 2014’s.
Some good data in the article, still feel SNP should focus on governing and not independence.
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening
It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids?
From a couple of weeks back but really interesting. Long term wins over short-termism.
NHS spending per person will be cut next year, ministers confirm
The Government will cut the National Health Service’s budget per person in real terms next year, ministers have admitted in official figures for the first time.
Everyone is focusing on America – lets slip out this news. Shady.
Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win 18th Grand Slam title
Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and first for five years with a thrilling five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
Amazing tennis this morning and great to see Federer back and winning.
The Hollywood List Everyone Wants to Be On
Franklin Leonard’s anonymous survey has launched careers, recognized four of the past eight Best Picture winners, and pushed movie studios to think beyond sequels and action flicks.
In amongst the crap news remember, it’s Oscar time.
Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer
In 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004.
Things are getting smaller, like the tech in AirPods but I’d still have a bigger phone with better battery life.
How I Got My Attention Back
There are a thousand beautiful ways to start the day that don’t begin with looking at your phone. And yet so few of us choose to do so.
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery.
Wacky but a good read.
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi spoke out last night against Trumps muslim ban as he feels he is now banned from visiting America and his kids are in the US studying. Another tragic example of how the Trump policy splits families apart and harms the innocent. Zahawi was on Andrew Marr today and said the Trump policy was cruel. Couldn’t agree more. Zahawi feels discriminated against. Of course he does. Think of the refugees – quite right, we always should do.
However it’s hard to feel too much sympathy with Zahawi as he supported the Vote Leave campaign and hammered home why freedom of movement endangered the UK. Be careful what you wish for.