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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.”
    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:’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.com
    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.

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
    Cookies are small text files stored by your device when you access most websites on the internet. We will use two types of cookies: (this Website) uses cookies in order to make it easier to use and to support the provision of relevant information and functionality to you.
    Love these. Well done Royal Mail.

  • Being Batman
    A look behind the mask of the real life Batman.Batman: & Music: Ryan Freeman ( by: Lossless Creative ( & 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: to Sony Pictures for exclusive video updates: 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?

Weekly Digest

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.


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.

Weekly Digest

Work was pretty full on this week but got a lot done. Finished with an 8 mile walk n Saturday morning which was good…but tired me out. Slept like a baby last night. Still not got rid of this viral nonsense yet.

Watched the first episode of Taboo last week. Stylish, moody but needs more plot and story. Also back into West Wing series 2 which is a magnificent counterpoint to American politics right now. If you haven’t watched it (really?!) or haven’t see it in years dive in and watch along with the excellent West Wing Weekly podcast.


  • Uber debuts Movement, a new website offering access to its traffic data
    Uber is opening up in an area where it might make sense competitively for it to stay more closed off: The ride-hailing company’s new Movement website will offer up access to its data around traffic flow in scores where it operates, intended for use by city planners and researchers looking
    Great use of the data that Uber have amassed. For me this is what Ai in cars can bring, not just safer driving but
  • Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars
    By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts From forecourt to scrapyard, a new car in the UK lasts an average of 13.
    Just moved into third year of the A3 so later on will be deciding on keeping, getting a new lease or moving to 2nd hand again. Tipping point soon but maybe not this year?
  • This Is What It’s Like to Read Fake News For Two Weeks
    A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn’t. On December 13, I created a dummy Twitter account. More of a clone, actually. I chose to emulate Michael Flynn Jr.
    Fake news has become so prevalent, not just online but in the newspapers as well, that I’m not sure it can easily be countered. Sad.
  • I wore men’s clothes for a month – and it changed my life
    It’s 9am and I’m having breakfast at the House of Commons. I’m wearing a three-piece pinstriped suit, matching tie and pocket square, and the confidence of a mediocre white man. To my left, a man is pouring me coffee; to my right, another is listening respectfully. How did I get here?
    Eye opening read. Didn’t expect the results.
  • Guy Makes Sweaters Of Places And Then Photographs Himself In Those Places
    Love it!
  • Bringing Wide Color to Instagram
    When captured by an iPhone 7 Plus, most of the oranges and colors in the room are outside the sRGB color gamut, so detail is lost unless we use a wider color space. The color space that Apple chose for its devices going forward is Display P3.
    A great, detailed and downright geeky post…and I love the results on the iPhone. More please, on all devices. And thats not just a plea to Apple but also iPad support please Instagram.
  • Final Fantasy 7 – An oral history
    We are saving your place in the story as you read. Today, it sits above a Doutor coffee shop a few doors from a train station in a busy part of Hiyoshi, Yokohama.
    Long, long read on an incredible game.
  • The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of The Star Wars Franchise
  • The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone
    It looked nothing like an iPhone, or anything Apple might dare to make. Hakkens imagined a smartphone made of interchangeable blocks, and each block — the screen, the battery, the processor, and so on — could be easily upgraded or repaired, so it wouldn’t end up in a landfill after two years.
    Never thought this would work and some of the idea’s are batshit.
  • Tony Fadell tells us the story of the iPod-based iPhone prototype
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone introduction, and with it, a flood of stories about the design and development of the device.
    Some good background from one of the actual team at the time.
  • How the world reacted to the first iPhone 10 years ago
    A decade ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and nobody knew quite what to think. It was expensive; it didn’t have 3G; there was no physical keyboard and the touchscreen didn’t have a stylus.
    Still interesting to see the reaction to the iPhone…especially Ballmer.
  • A closer look at the Nintendo Switch
    Nintendo finally unveiled launch details for its its new Switch console today (to recap: March 3rd worldwide for $299). While the pricing and availability are big news, the bigger news for me was the ability to actually play with the new console at an event in London. The console consists of a 6.
    Really not sure about the Switch. Pricey, lack of games, low tech specs. Still, I’ve ordered one as I’m intrigued…or an idiot!
  • The Greatest Chess Game ever played
    The Greatest Chess Game ever played: Garry Kasparov (2812) – Veselin Topalov (2700)
    Great commentary of a great game.
  • How An Allegedly Fake Video Killed A Much-Hyped Drone Startup
    On Dec. 20, Lily Robotics was up against a wall. It was five days before Christmas, and dozens of eager customers who had spent more than $499 to pre-order the company’s flagship product were wondering if they were ever going to see it.
    Cheeky fuckers. They faked the video, took in millions from people and never delivered the final product. With Kickstarter there is always an element of risk, but these guys look to be fraudsters which doesn’t help anyone on that platform.
  • How voice technology is transforming computing
    ANY sufficiently advanced technology, noted Arthur C. Clarke, a British science-fiction writer, is indistinguishable from magic. The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point.
    It’s early days but voice offers an intriguing glimpse at a future without UI.
  • App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation
    Here’s a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering resources to form app teams that delivered both iOS and macOS versions of applications.
    Really thought provoking article by Sal Soghoian, an automation genius recently let go by Apple.
  • Euan McColm: Why voters should take no pride in the NHS
    It is a minimum requirement of any politician that he or she should be a passionate defender of the National Health Service. Few things matter more to voters than the NHS. We are sentimentally attached to it in a way that we just aren’t to other public services. This is quite understandable.
    Maybe we should focus less on Independence, eh?
  • Understanding the Diderot Effect (and How To Overcome It)
    I am not a psychologist, nor am I philosopher. But I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the goals we pursue, the things we own, and the items we buy. I find it to be a fascinating study into the human spirit. There are countless reasons we buy more stuff than we need.
    So this is why I buy so much shit.
  • How the inventor of Mario designs a game
    Shigeru Miyamoto’s design philosophy, explained.
    But maybe it’s Miyamoto’s influence that makes we want the Nintendo Switch.
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