As expected the last week was busy and tiring but ultimately interesting and enjoyable. Hopefully more of the same next week with a few original twists to keep me on my toes.
American Gods is well worth a watch, apart from that it’s been a week of catching up on podcasts.
Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership | WIRED
Flawless curves, milled aluminum, endless glass, walled garden—sounds like an Apple product. In fact, it’s the company’s biggest launch ever.
Looks stunning, will be interesting to see how it ages over the next few years.
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador – The Washington Post
Nothing he does is a surprise anymore…untouchable?
Panic Blog » The Case of the Stolen Source Code
Big shock to see one of the premier Apple developers get stung like this. Shows you how easy it is to be compromised, even on Mac OS.
How and Why Has “Mr Brightside” Never Left the UK Charts? – Noisey
Who knew? Love the song but it’s bizarre that it keeps on resurfacing like a Christmas classic.
Google’s 18-Month Quest To Redesign Its Terrible Emoji
Google is notorious for having some of the worst emoji on the planet. Now it’s righting its wrongs–and taking on gender stereotypes, too.
Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government | The Independent
Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online. Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works. “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”
What a mess. This is unworkable bullshit, just hyperbole to appeal to the right wing.
‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’ – BBC News
Researchers say being fat but medically fit does not protect people from heart disease.
Some folk at work need to read this.
IBM tells thousands of remote employees to come back to office or find new jobs | Ars Technica UK
While selling benefits of “telework” to others, IBM forces relocation in stealth layoff.
Bonkers. Flexibility of when and where I work is one of the better perks that I currently get. While getting everyone together has it’s benefits, in todays age of fast broadband and comms over IP this is such a backwards step.
“MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story – Marco.org
It’s the patents not the format thats dead.
Literary fighters: Glasgow’s last surviving independent book shops – The Scotsman
Since the rise of internet giants and high street chain stores, the humble independent book shop has all but disappeared from our towns and cities. With only a few remaining, we talk to the owners of some of Glasgow’s finest, and find out what drives them
Voltaire and Rousseau is a must visit, a west end classic.
The big picture – The Verge
Photos is growing faster than YouTube, Gmail, or Chrome.
It’s also far better than Apple Photo’s. Will we see any improvements at WWDC?
iOS 11: iPad Wishes and Concept Video – MacStories
Some great idea’s which I fear will remain as items on a wish list.
Ebay accused of failing its sellers as fraudulent buyers manipulate the system | Money | The Guardian
Ebay has been a mess for a while and they are doing nothing about it. Shame.
LUNAR on Vimeo
This short film is dedicated to all people who believe in peaceful expansion of our borders. In the year 1957 the cold war expands to space. The Soviet-Union…
A video on space? Of course I’ll watch it…and so should you as it’s stunning.
House fixing progressing….could be an expensive year. Apart from that work is pretty busy and the next couple of weeks will see some very early starts. Joy.
Mario Kart is incredibly good. Finished off Billions this week as well which is well worth a watch.
The weeks are flying by. Work is busy, health is fair to middling and there’s never enough time to do what I want. turning attention to some projects around the house – shit needs fixing.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was pretty fantastic. Made me laugh, the visuals were top notch and the 3D wasn’t bad. Add on another great soundtrack and there’s not much to hate. Yes it follows a formula, but when done well it’s not an issue for me.
Also watched Nightcrawler (from 2014). What a great but creepy/disturbing film.
PSA: If you opened your PayPal account before you were 18, close it now.
Everyone knows a horror story about PayPal, I’ve had several painful experiences with them over the last decade, but now I’ll never have to experience that again, as I’ve just been permanently banned…
PayPal are such a shitty company. Avoid them if at all possible.
Earth From Above – Earth From Above
Aerial photography has really taken off now that drones are affordable and the camera’s on them are so good. Some of these images are jaw dropping.
Elon Musk: The future we’re building — and boring | TED Talk | TED.com
This just sounds bonkers.
Diane Abbott’s Agonising Interview Over Police Policy Cost – LBC
Diane Abbott being Diane Abbott. The problem with Labour isn’t just Jeremy Corbyn, but that his top team are not of the right calibre to run a country. She followed up with another car crash interview later in the week.
You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you – The Oatmeal
Take 10 minutes to read this. Stunning.
Damage – Matt Gemmell
Apple’s destruction of the value of software, and the sustainability of indie developer businesses.
Hard to disagree with this. Software has so little value for so many people and the App Store hasn’t done enough to combat that perception.
SQL is 43 years old – here’s 8 reasons we still use it today | The Official SQLizer Blog
In this year’s Stack Overflow Developer’s Survey 64,000 developers laid bare their innermost developer secrets. How they learn, the tools they use, what they…
Still love SQL.
Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable – The New York Times
Raw Google search data proves that we are not who we say we are on social media.
Social media can be bad for your health…
Report: Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless” [Updated] | Ars Technica
Leaked 2017 document reveals FB Australia’s intent to exploit teens’ words, images.
And allegedly Facebook will target your misery…although they do deny the story, but they would, wouldn’t they?
Regulating the internet giants: The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data | The Economist
A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.
Thought provoking, especially in this age where news spreads so quickly, almost nothing is fact checked and the mob can rule.
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked
Some great reporting on the sites behind fake news.
Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy | TED Talk | TED.com
Hacking, fake news, information bubbles … all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.
Video of the week.
Nike’s Quest to Beat the Two-Hour Marathon Comes Up Oh So Short | WIRED
It was close, but the two-hour marathon remains unbroken. For now.
What an amazing run. The times are mind boggling.
Introducing Microsoft Surface Laptop – YouTube
This could easily be an Apple advert…except it’s using a modern CPU.
A couple of months back I posted about keeping active every day thanks to the Apple Watch. The tracking and alerts makes it easy to stay on top of what I’m doing and the activity seemed to be helping me health wise. Two months on, have I kept it going?
Apart from two days in March every day has been a circle filling day. Those two days were some of the most snot filled days I’ve had in a long time. Worked from home with a constant stream of snot from who knows where. Apart from that, every day I’ve been out and about keeping active. No running or cycling but walking to keep things ticking over.
I’m not too fussed about the missing days…I tell a lie. I’m more than slightly pissed off that my streak since Jan 16th has been broken by a fucking cold. Granted a stinker, but I’ve had days when I’ve felt worse and still went out and done things. As many others have said, it would be great to mark sick days in the Activity app and get a pass but then it would be easy to cheat. Cheaters always spoil the fun for the honest amongst us.
So will I keep this going? Probably but I’m not too fussed about keeping whole months. I certainly feel better physically and mentally for getting out and about more and intend to keep that up, even if it doesn’t help with any weight loss…but maintaining is good, right? I’ve also got my first audiobook to crack through over the coming weeks so that will help pass the hours. Onwards.