October 7, 2017
My Mother celebrated her birthday this week. Happy Birthdays Mom! 🎂 (Yes, she is a subscriber to the Weekly Thing. 😁) For her birthday we got her a Series 3 Apple Watch. I've noticed a lot of non-technical people wearing them and I could see her really liking it for notifications and the fitness features.
It’s been interesting to see that the interface is very hidden to her. Force pressing and how to get to certain features are not at all obvious to her. It’s also complicated that some of the things you configure you have to do from your phone, and others you have to do on the watch. She's getting it, but I think Apple could make it easier with a more thorough setup process that asked you a lot of questions about how you want to use your watch and configure it appropriately for your use cases. Instead I’m going to do it for her. I found it fun to also hear what she likes about it and how that matches and differs from what I like. She likes the Breath app and I find that annoying.
With the Series 3 the Apple Watch feels like the iPhone did on it’s 3rd or 4th generation. It’s fast enough now, and has good enough connectivity to become a breakout device. And the fact that folks other than super-geeks reading email on their wrists are finding them valuable make me think there is real value there. I've started to leave my phone behind from time-to-time, which is delightful. The tech will take a while to get there, but I think this category has a lot of potential.
The Twin Cities Marathon takes a gorgeous route and happens to go just a few blocks from our house along Minnehaha Creek. We were home this year so we got to walk over in the morning and cheer all the runners along. It’s so much fun to see all the different people out doing such an amazing thing.
Oct 1, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Minneapolis MN 55419
💬 Enlightening post from the former Chief Privacy Officer of Equifax, Anna Slomovic, on the Equifax data breach.
Equifax’s sputtering response did not surprise me, and neither did the reactions in the press, the Congress, or the consumer protection agencies. Unfortunately, most of the proposed solutions do not address the fundamental issue: to credit reporting agencies, consumers are not a product, they are a cost. To understand this, you need to know something about credit reporting.
How many places hold your data and do not think of you as their customer? This is why we need regulation and laws for this data.
💬 This is worth reading just for the graphs.
Though it is unclear whether men or women are more accurate, many people are obviously ignorant about the reality of their partners’ lives. And even if men are open to doing more at home so their wives can do more at work, the necessity may not occur to them. Gender equality could be boosted by some frank kitchen-table conversations.
💬 I agree with Jason Snell on his read of the Apple Watch Series 3. I've had mine for a week now and it’s completely transformed how I think about the device. It feels like the iPhone did after the first couple of iterations.
💬 Looking at these test shots the iPhone 8 one looks better to me in every case. Will be curious to see more of these. The race for best phone camera is driving an incredible amount of innovation. 📷
💬 If you are curious to learn more about Stoicism this is a good, simple primer.
Stoicism is more a meditative practice that allows us to take the negative feelings we experience, and turn them into thoughts that give us peacefulness and perspective on life.
I’m intrigued by stoicism and I’m also surprised at how many people I've talked to recently that are also reading about it. I think there is something here that is a counter-balance to the intensity of social media that we've surrounded ourselves with.
💬 Google News picked up completely fake content and promoted it shortly after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The answer suggested is further tuning of algorithms. I've worked in the news industry in the past and the answer is even easier — hire some editors! Also covered in NY Times and The Atlantic.
💬 This seems like a really good idea. ProPublica is leveraging it’s brand and financial strength to put more into local newsrooms. Local newsrooms are failing all over as their revenue has collapsed but they remain a critical place for news gathering.
💬 Three things amazing about this link. First, Goldman Sachs putting public facing messaging around blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Two, insightful content that is very approachable. And third, it’s a very cool web experience.
💬 One of McSweeney's better takes. 🙄
💬 After the largest mass shooting in US history the Onion hits it right on the head. 😧
💬 I do a terrible job at having a deliberate beginning to my day. Before I get up I’m caught up on email and have usually also checked in on RSS feeds and such. I find a lot of the thinking on how to structure a morning routine interesting, but I haven't successfully adopted it yet. I think it’s important to answer "for what goal?" in this process.
💬 In general I find the research that people can do on Wikipedia to be amazing and this article is no exception. This is worth looking at just for the great graphs.
We have managed to detect dynamical patterns in terms of events and collective memories in Wikipedia using the combination of the hyperlinks graph and the visitor activity on the website.
There is a lot of focus on using machine learning and algorithms to filter news for events and those algorithms have been easily tricked and manipulated. I wonder if something closer to what researches have been doing with Wikipedia data may be a better solution to that problem.
💬 Nice, simple writeup on some of the highlights that make Kubernetes a compelling platform. This was helpful for me to help see the differences between Kubernetes and some of the other platforms like Mesos.
💬 Whew — we now have pretty good proof that we are not living inside of a giant simulation inside some computer.
If the complexity grew linearly with the number of particles being simulated, then doubling the number of partices would mean doubling the computing power required. If, however, the complexity grows on an exponential scale – where the amount of computing power has to double every time a single particle is added – then the task quickly becomes impossible.
We are not in the Matrix
💬 Yahoo said a major security breach in 2013 compromised all three billion accounts the company maintained, a three-fold increase over the estimate it disclosed previously. This has to be the largest breach in history. Wow.
💬 Newport coins the term "social media industrial complex" and I love it. Good article to highlight the tricks and techniques that social media platforms use to capture your attention and not give it back.
💬 The actual number it built? 260, or 83% less than promised. With hundreds of thousands of these waiting to be purchased (including one from yours truly) I sure hope they get this number up fast.
💬 This is one of the most interesting and thought provoking articles I’ve read about Facebook. This overview of the current size of the Facebook community is amazing.
What is Facebook? We can talk about its scale: Population-wise, it’s larger than any single country; in fact, it’s bigger than any continent besides Asia. At 2 billion members, “monthly active Facebook users” is the single largest non-biologically sorted group of people on the planet after “Christians” — and, growing consistently at around 17 percent year after year, it could surpass that group before the end of 2017 and encompass one-third of the world’s population by this time next year. Outside China, where Facebook has been banned since 2009, one in every five minutes on the internet is spent on Facebook; in countries with only recently high rates of internet connectivity, like Myanmar and Kenya, Facebook is, for all intents and purposes, the whole internet. The point of this article is that Facebook has become something that we have never seen before. Something that we really don’t understand.
The authors assertion is that Zuckerberg himself and Facebook as a whole doesn’t understand what it is.
But if Facebook is bigger, newer, and weirder than a mere company, surely his trip is bigger, newer, and weirder than a mere presidential run. Maybe he’s doing research and development, reverse-engineering social bonds to understand how Facebook might better facilitate them. Maybe Facebook is a church and Zuckerberg is offering his benedictions. Maybe Facebook is a state within a state and Zuckerberg is inspecting its boundaries. Maybe Facebook is an emerging political community and Zuckerberg is cultivating his constituents. Maybe Facebook is a surveillance state and Zuckerberg a dictator undertaking a propaganda tour. Maybe Facebook is a dual power — a network overlaid across the U.S., parallel to and in competition with the government to fulfill civic functions — and Zuckerberg is securing his command. Maybe Facebook is border control between the analog and the digital and Zuckerberg is inspecting one side for holes. Maybe Facebook is a fleet of alien spaceships that have colonized the globe and Zuckerberg is the viceroy trying to win over his new subjects.
This quote stood out to me. I tend to think a lot of social media is just for social media anyway.
Facebook is good because it creates community; community is good because it enables Facebook. The values of Facebook are Facebook.
This is a long article but it’s definitely worth a read.
💬 Website dedicated to only reviewing electric bikes.
💬 Patrick Rhone sharing wisdom with all of us on the occasion of his 50th birthday via his newsletter. Happy Birthday Patrick! 🎂👏
💬 Interesting and unexpected (to me at least) acquisition by Ikea. Does make sense though as a way to distribute the installation work of the products that Ikea sells.
💬 Based on David Spark's recommendation I purchased Flower this morning and it is a treat. Fun and relaxing game with very nice animations and gameplay. It takes a bit to figure out what you are doing, but after you get the hang of it it’s a lot of fun.
💬 I've had my Series 3 Apple Watch for two days now and I can attest that everything in this article is spot on. 👍
💬 Timescale sells a SQL-based time series database so their opinion on SQL versus NoSQL may be a little skewed. With that in mind this is still a well thought out post about the strengths and advantages that SQL has.
💬 Analysis of a handful of different enterprise architecture patterns and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Good article to consider the dimensions and layers to think about architecture on.
💬 I’m still firmly opposed to introducing technology to my grilling and smoking setup. I believe the best smoked food comes from careful management of fire and air combined with wisdom. With that said, these DIY tech projects are pretty fun to read about. Thanks to Dan Grigsby for the link.
💬 Love this deep mathematical look at roasting coffee beans using a more advanced model:
Our mathematical model uses multiphase physics to describe the evolution of the solid, liquid, and gas components within the coffee bean. This is a crucial difference from previous attempts to model coffee roasting, as existing models treated the coffee bean as a single “bulk” material.
A properly sophisticated model with precise measurement combined with a machine learning approach could result in a fabulous, consistent and even personalized roast! ☕️ Hat tip to Isaiah for the link!
Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers, and will help address the world’s hunger crisis. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans.
My book club has picked this this book for this month and it is a very interesting read indeed. It feels like we are at the "PC era" of gene manipulation. Leaving the super expensive research labs and coming closer to cheap and more readily accessible uses.
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Flower lets you take control of the wind as you explore and navigate beautiful, lush environments using motion controls. Journey through varied landscapes at your own pace, interacting with and changing the environment as you go, and find balance and harmony in your surroundings.
If you are looking for a game that is relaxing and chill this is a great one. You play the wind, blowing around various landscapes pollinating flowers. It’s a visual delight and a nice break from the more fast-paced games. It will suck your battery though so be ready for that.
$4.99 4/5 stars
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