Billy Graham, Willing Pawn for Politicians - WhoWhatWhy
Billy Graham has died. He is being remembered as a friend and confessor to presidents, one who gave them guidance and moral fortification. But just as much, Graham was a willing tool of politicians who used him and his supposed pipeline to divine authority to win over the electorate.
The role of “spiritual leaders” in cynically playing the public is both important and largely ignored. But it is well illustrated in this chapter from WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.
religion  politics  gov2.0  RIP  conservative 
march 2018
Mike Allan's iPhone X setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mike Allan, and I’m currently a dispatcher at a local trucking company, while being a videographer, student of life, and constant tinkerer on the side. For some reason, I’ve always been interested in other people’s iPhone setups, so when I found this site and its interviews section, I bookmarked it right away. I’m constantly looking for new apps that will improve my life and simplify things.
What iPhone do you have?
The phone I’m using right now is a 64 GB Space Gray iPhone X, and I could not be happier. I’ve had an iPhone since the 3GS days, but when the new Pixel 2 came out, I traded in my iPhone 6s and made the switch to Android to see what it was all about. Roughly a month later, I sold the Pixel and moved back over to iPhone again. It’s safe to say I’m here to stay.
setup  iphoneX  calendar  gmail  GTD  notes_app  spotify  podcast  messaging 
march 2018
Uses This / Bertrand Fan
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Bertrand Fan, an engineer on the Platform team at Slack. I build things so that you can build things, but sometimes I also build things to verify that the things that I'm building actually help you build things.
I'm less interesting than my wife, Iris Willow. You should be reading her interview instead.
Previously, I helped Barack Obama become president, built VR at Flickr and architected its transition to a Node.js stack, and failed at building a startup.
setup  slack  iphone7  airpods  obama  macbook  mac  plex  NAS  ipad  headphones  gadgets  chrome  1password  dropbox  gmail  calendar  itunes 
march 2018
Uses This / Emily Griffin
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Emily Griffin! I grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas and relocated to Brooklyn about 2.5 years ago. I've been styling for Stitch Fix while balancing and growing my illustration career.
I studied marketing and minored in art, with a focus in watercolor. Though I was never encouraged to pursue art professionally, it has been a constant for me. When I moved here, I began painting more by making watercolor avatars for friends on Twitter. That side hustle grew into making couple and family portraits, and more recently, pet portraits! Art is now a consistent part of my work schedule, which I am incredibly grateful for.
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  iphoneX  chrome  safari  email  smart_home 
march 2018
Uses This / Helen Rosner
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Helen Rosner. I'm a writer -- mostly about the culture of food, mostly for the New Yorker. I also write about other things (gaming, business, feminism) and do a fair amount of freelance editing. Up until recently I worked at Eater, where I founded the longform and features department.
setup  food  iphone  ipad_pro  macbook  imac  headphones  notes_app  gmail  productivity  instapaper  games 
march 2018
Josh Ginter's Mac and iOS setup for 2018 – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi everyone! My name is Josh Ginter. I’m first and foremost a husband and father, which is the funnest job I’ve ever undertaken. By day, I am a public practice accountant and continue to work towards my CPA designation. By night, I am the editor-in-chief of The Sweet Setup, a writer for my own blog, a podcaster, and an administrator on a regional ice hockey executive. I love to play baseball and golf in the summer, and I particularly enjoy hanging around the barbecue on a warm summer evening.
What is your current setup?
I use a 2016 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It has a 2.6 GHz Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and the higher-end (in 2016) Radeon Pro 460 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.
I recently picked up the LG UltraFine 5K Display, which pairs quite wonderfully with the 15” MacBook Pro. I use a Satechi USB-C adapter for connecting SD cards and an extra USB device or two. I intend to pick up a USB-C to Ethernet adapter in the future when the house gets wired for fiber internet.
setup  macbook  backup  GTD  writing  journal  finances  photo  editing  1password  calendar  slack  email  itunes  icloud  iphoneX  weather  instapaper  RSS  instagram  twitter  analytics  ipad_pro  netflix  news 
march 2018
Justin Hamilton's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Justin Hamilton, and I’m a first-year student at the University of Delaware studying computer engineering. When I’m not in classes or doing work, I sometimes write music and take pictures as hobbies. I also tweet a lot.
What is your current setup?
I was recently inspired by the Nintendo Switch and completely revamped my desk, which sports a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar at its core. It spends most of its time in a TwelveSouth BookArc, connected to the rest of my desk via one USB-C cable. What makes this setup special to me is that through this one cable, I am connected to...
setup  macbook  ikea  writing  GTD  calendar  itunes  photo  editing  twitter  messaging  safari  email  journal  1password  menubar  utilities  iphone  podcast  weather  RSS  instapaper  camera 
march 2018
Mike Alexander’s Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Mike Alexander, and I’m a teacher of Modern Languages (German and Spanish) at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What is your current setup?
My Mac isn’t actually that new. It’s a 2011 MacBook Pro running High Sierra. A year or two ago I upgraded the HDD to an SSD, and since then it’s been as fast as the day I got it. Since I bought my iPad Pro, I use the Macbook more as a media and file hub. It has an archive of all my files from high school, University, and all the materials I’ve created in 10 years of teaching, as well as my iTunes library and all of my photos (I’m a bit of an amateur photographer.)
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  itunes  email  gmail  productivity  photos_app  google_photos  instapaper  passwords  notes_app  iphoneX  twitter  podcast  weather  music  whatsapp  messaging  evernote  journal 
march 2018
Bill Gates: tech companies inviting government intervention - Axios
In an interview with Axios, Bill Gates warned Apple and other tech giants that they risk the kind of nightmarish government intervention that once plagued his Microsoft if they act arrogantly.
The big picture: "The companies need to be careful that they're not ... advocating things that would prevent government from being able to, under appropriate review, perform the type of functions that we've come to count on."
Asked if he sees instances of that now, Gates replied: "Oh, absolutely."
Why it matters: With the Big Tech companies feeling they're suddenly drawing unfair scrutiny, this is Microsoft's co-founder saying they're bringing some of the problems on themselves, by resisting legitimate oversight.
Gates in a phone interview ahead of today's release of the annual letter of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...
technology  privacy  security  interview  gov2.0 
march 2018
John Perry Barlow’s Last Words - WhoWhatWhy
Review of 'Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times'
Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times, by John Perry Barlow and Robert Greenfield (Crown Archetype, June 2018).
John Perry Barlow’s sudden death last week shined a spotlight on his high-profile life one last time. His last book, scheduled for June publication, was released for review the day he died. Barlow was a valued member of the WhoWhatWhy Advisory Board, and we review this extraordinary memoir with mixed feelings of sadness for his loss and gratitude for his efforts to keep the internet free.
It was a most uncomfortable feeling to receive and begin reading Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times the day John Perry Barlow died. The prologue, “Not Dead Enough,” describes how the book came about but didn’t make it any easier.
activism  EFF  internet  lyrics  music  RIP  books  biography 
march 2018
Netflix data: 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs - Recode
Most Netflix subscribers sign up on phones or computers. But 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs.
You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want. But the odds are very good that no matter where you watch Netflix, you’re going to watch it on a TV screen.
Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs instead of phones, tablets or PCs.
That number isn’t a shock — Netflix has been clear about the importance of TVs for a long time, and it’s why the company has spent a lot of energy working out integration deals with pay TV distributors like Comcast and Sky — but it’s a good reminder that not everything is moving to the phone.
Netflix isn’t an outlier, either. Last fall, for instance, YouTube said that its live TV service, which it had pitched as a mobile-first offering, was generating more than half of its streams on TVs.
netflix  tv  statistics 
march 2018
Apple’s case of dance fever | Ken Segall
It’s an interesting phenomenon—Apple runs an ad and the internet lights up with comment and commentary. (Points finger at self.)
Not sure many people appreciate how unusual this is. Ads from Dell or HP come and go, and passions rarely flare up. I suppose this is why so many people follow Apple—friend or foe, we actually care what it does.
The Apple story of the week is the new HomePod ad. Four minutes in length, I’m not sure you can call it an ad, but it’s out there and getting mostly positive reactions. Directed by Spike Jonze, psychedelic expanding sets, cool music, emotional dance … what’s not to like?
homepod  commercials  music 
march 2018
Ukraine’s Stolen History, Stolen Culture
Until recently, Ukrainian culture was perceived internationally as a subset of Russian culture. Even now, after Ukraine has had almost twenty-seven years of independence and with hundreds of years of history behind it, Ukrainian history is often presented as Russian. Mykola Gogol, Volodymyr the Great, the Kyivan Rus, Anne of Kyiv—all of this is Ukrainian, but has long been skillfully and fraudulently presented as Russian. The history of Ukraine has been rewritten, changed, and interpreted for years to fit Russians’ own taste and order.
This even includes Ukrainians’ current achievements. Why, for example, on the posters in Prague advertising shows by Onuka, the Ukrainian electro-folk band, does the description refer to a “Russian artist”? During a tour to France, why is the word “Ukraine” not mentioned anywhere on posters for the National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine, which is described as the “Russian Ballet”?
The more important, bigger questions are, why does Russia use Ukraine’s achievements as material for promoting its own culture? And what should Ukraine do to finally detach itself from Russia, including on the cultural front?
ukraine  history  culture  propaganda  russia 
march 2018
Lakers News: Three Lakers named in ESPN’s ‘25 under 25’ rankings - Silver Screen and Roll
The ceiling is the roof for this young Lakers squad.
Time will tell just how good they will be, but there’s no denying the potential of the Los Angeles Lakers’ core of young players. Four years after their first lottery appearance in nearly a decade, the Lakers are finally seeing growth from their young players and it’s catching the attention from people around the league.
ESPN released their annual “25 Under 25” NBA player rankings on Wednesday and the Lakers were well represented with three players, tied for the most players from one team with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets.
Here are the full rankings from bottom to top:
T-23. Kyle Kuzma (tied with Andrew Wiggins)
T-17. Lonzo Ball (tied with Steven Adams)
16. Brandon Ingram
basketball  lakers  ranking  lonzo  ingram  kuzma 
march 2018
How Gun Laws Could Change Even If Republicans Don’t Embrace Restrictions | FiveThirtyEight
President Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other Republicans are signaling newfound support for gun control measures after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I’m skeptical that these ideas will go far because we’ve seen Republicans propose gun restrictions after past mass shootings only to quietly drop them after media attention recedes. The reality is that many GOP lawmakers, influential groups in the party like the National Rifle Association and a sizable bloc of conservative-leaning voters remain leery of gun control. Even if they do move forward, any such GOP bill is likely to be too incremental and narrow to satisfy the demands of gun control advocates.
But a widespread Republican embrace of gun control measures is not the only way that the U.S. gun debate could change. With polls showing a rising number of Americans backing moves like expanding background checks and limiting the sale of some types of guns, let’s look at three other (and more likely) ways that American gun policy might shift.
guns  gov2.0  politics  legal  538  GOP 
march 2018
Why Dozens Of Mass Shootings Didn’t Change Americans’ Minds On Guns | FiveThirtyEight
And why Parkland may be different.
The mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, isn’t fading quietly from the headlines like so many acts of gun violence before it. Nearly two weeks after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, media attention is still focused on the survivors and parents of victims who are demanding action on gun control, and lawmakers are showing signs of responding.
That’s enough to make the reaction to this shooting feel different from the aftermath of other gun-related massacres. But is it a sign that Americans are actually changing the way they think about mass shootings and coalescing around a push for gun control? That may depend on whether this event is able to move people past a series of complicated psychological barriers that can keep Americans from thinking about shootings in the same way they think about about other acts of mass carnage, like terrorism, that can sometimes spark more national unity and political momentum.
Understanding why mass shootings haven’t translated into a broader national movement for gun control in the past can help us evaluate whether the Parkland shooting is likely to spur change. According to psychological research, there are a few key reasons why mass shootings haven’t galvanized a lasting, large-scale crackdown on guns so far.
guns  crime  murder  politics  gov2.0  538  activism 
march 2018
I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier - The New York Times
Exactly one year ago BuzzFeed published what’s now known simply as “the dossier”: a set of reports put together by a former British intelligence officer named Christopher Steele during the 2016 presidential campaign. The 35-page dossier suggested that the Russian government had both compromised and colluded with President-elect Donald Trump.
Our choice to publish the dossier was greeted by outrage from two sources. Journalistic traditionalists didn’t like the idea of sharing an unfiltered, unverified document with the public, whatever the caveats and context. NBC’s Chuck Todd told me on air, “You just published fake news.” Mr. Trump agreed. He described CNN’s reporting on the dossier as “fake news” and called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage.”
dossier  FBI  gov2.0  politics  russia  spying  steele  trump  uk  nytimes 
march 2018
These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia
A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.
A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.
The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.
Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.
dossier  FBI  gov2.0  politics  russia  spying  steele  trump  uk 
march 2018
The Russia Investigation Is Moving Really Freaking Fast | FiveThirtyEight
The investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election took a significant step forward Friday, with the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and and three Russian organizations along with the announcement of a guilty plea from a California man for identity fraud.
The indictment and guilty plea are important because they are the first charges related to Russian attempts to sabotage the election. (The other indictment and pleas in the Mueller investigation have been in relation to other criminal activities.) The election interference is an activity long denounced by the U.S. intelligence community but routinely called into question by President Trump.
The indictment is also the latest sign that Mueller’s investigation is still moving quickly and ambitiously in pressing charges against those involved.
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  special_counsel  trump  538  infographic 
march 2018
How to stop Facebook from tracking your location | iMore
Sure it's fun to 'Check in' on Facebook, but if you don't want to share your every move with Facebook, you might want to turn that feature off.
One of Facebook's many features is that you can "check in" from your current location, letting your friends and family know where you are or where you've been. You can also use Facebook to let your friends know where you are right now using the Nearby Friends feature.
If you take a moment to consider what this means, you'll understand that it means Facebook is keeping tabs on your every movement. As The Wall Street Journal recently uncovered, this data is being used for more than just helping you get in touch with your friends.
If you don't feel comfortable sharing your every move with a bunch of advertisers, you can protect your privacy and disable location tracking.
How to disable location tracking in Facebook on iPhone and iPad
How to stop Facebook from saving your location history
How to delete your location history from Facebook on iPhone and iPad
How to stop sharing your location with nearby friends in Facebook on iPhone and iPad
facebook  security  privacy  tracking  location_services  history  prefs 
march 2018
How to stop Facebook from accessing your Microphone | iMore
Facebook has gone on record to state that it is not listening in on your conversations, but those coincidental ads seem really creepy. You can turn off the microphone.
If you've ever received an advertisement in your Facebook feed that was eerily related to something you were just discussing with a friend, you might be thinking that Facebook is listening in on your conversations through the Messenger app, of which you may have given permission to access the microphone when you started using it.
Facebook has gone on record to state that it does not listen in on your conversations.
security  privacy  facebook  audio  safari  messaging  prefs 
march 2018
Pennsylvania’s New Map Helps Democrats. But It’s Not A Democratic Gerrymander. | FiveThirtyEight
Pennsylvania’s new congressional district map, released Monday by the state Supreme Court, is sure to improve Democrats’ electoral outlook in the state. Over the long term, Democrats can expect to occupy one to two additional seats compared with the current map, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. (The state’s congressional delegation currently has 12 Republicans and five Democrats. One seat is vacant.)
The court ordered that the map be redrawn after finding that the current one, which was enacted by the Republican state legislature in 2011, was a partisan gerrymander and violated the state’s constitution. (Republicans were given a chance to submit a substitute plan — which they did. And the Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, was given a chance to reject the plan — which he did.) The map submitted by Republicans probably would have benefited them less than the current map does, but it would still have been better for the GOP than what would be expected based on the partisan makeup of the state. Because the legislature and the governor couldn’t come to an agreement, the court stepped in.
gov2.0  politics  state  gerrymandering  Dems  538 
march 2018
Mueller Had Another Busy Week | FiveThirtyEight
His investigation continues to move quickly compared to past special investigations.
Rick Gates, an aide to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and making a false statement, according to a copy of the plea document obtained by CNN. This comes a day after special counsel Robert Mueller unsealed dozens of new charges against him. The move is seen as a sign Gates is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and another indication the prosecutor is acting aggressively, as we’ve noted in our ongoing effort to track the pace and scope of his probe. In addition, a new figure in the case, European lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, pleaded guilty earlier this week to lying to prosecutors about a conversation he had with Gates. Gates had previously been indicted, so he was already included in the above chart, but van der Zwaan has been added.
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  special_counsel  trump  538  infographic 
march 2018
Presidential Ratings Are Flawed. Which Makes It Hard To Assess Trump. | FiveThirtyEight
And it may not get easier in the future.
Donald Trump is the worst president? Ever? In the entirety of U.S. history? Throughout all time and space? After only one year?
Yes, said 170 presidential scholars who were asked last month to rate the performance of all Oval Office-holders as part of a survey published by two political scientists, Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn.1
Which presidents do scholars put in history’s bottom bin?
Average presidential rating given by 170 members of the American Political Science Association in a survey from Dec. 22 to Jan. 16.
These results, which placed President Trump below2 notable presidential failures like James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson, drew some criticism for being premature, including from FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver.
POTUS  ranking  538  gov2.0  trump 
march 2018
What you need to know about Christopher Steele, the FBI and the Trump ‘dossier’ - The Washington Post
“Mr. Steele was on the payroll of Fusion GPS, who was being paid by the Democratic Party to do opposition research on Donald Trump. That while he was working with the FBI, he was shopping this dossier all over the world. That’s not what an informant should do.”
— Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Jan. 7, 2018
This article has been updated
Graham and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Jan. 5 referred Christopher Steele, the author of the “dossier” alleging ties between President Trump and Russia, for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department. The move is an unexpected twist in the saga over the document, which was gossiped about in journalistic circles during the 2016 presidential election until a version was published by BuzzFeed shortly before Trump’s inauguration.
The referral was vague about the reasons because the two lawmakers are relying on classified information. A committee aide said a concern arose because of a discrepancy between the classified documents and assertions made by Steele in a London court filing about his contacts with reporters. Graham and Grassley cited a law that prohibits individuals from making false statements to the federal authorities, so it’s reasonable to assume that the files in question concern Steele’s communications with the FBI. The aide said the committee is trying to make some of the information in question available to the public. [Update, Feb. 5: The committee released a redacted copy of the referral letter.]
During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Graham called Steele “an informant” for the FBI and accused him of “shopping this dossier all over the world.”
All of this may be confusing to readers, so here’s what we know about Steele, Fusion GPS and the FBI.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation. - The Washington Post
In the fall of 2016, a little more than a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Christopher Steele had the undivided attention of the FBI.
For months, the British former spy had been working to alert the Americans to what he believed were disturbing ties Trump had to Russia. He had grown so worried about what he had learned from his Russia network about the Kremlin’s plans that he told colleagues it was like “sitting on a nuclear weapon.”
He was now being summoned to Rome, where he spent hours in a discreet location telling four American officials — some of whom had flown in from the United States — about his findings.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
The Trump Dossier Is Fake -- And Here Are The Reasons Why
A former British intelligence officer, who is now a director of a London private security-and-investigations firm, has been identified as the author of the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal. A Christopher Steele, a director of London-based private intelligence company, Orbis, purportedly prepared the dossier under contract to both Republican and Democratic adversaries of then-candidate Trump. The poor grammar and shaky spelling plus the author’s use of KGB-style intelligence reporting, however, do not fit the image of a high-end London security company run by highly connected former British intelligence figures.
The PDF file of the 30-page typewritten report alleges that high Kremlin officials colluded with Trump, offered him multi-billion dollar bribes, and accumulated compromising evidence of Trump’s sexual escapades in Russia. That the dossier comes from former British intelligence officers appears, at first glance, to give it weight especially with Orbis’ claim of a “global network.” The U.S. intelligence community purportedly has examined the allegations but have not confirmed any of them. We can wait till hell freezes over. The material is not verifiable.
President-elect Trump has dismissed the dossier’s contents as false as has the Kremlin. Trump is right: The Orbis dossier is fake news.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
Christopher Steele knew Democrats funding Trump dossier before FBI sought FISA warrant - Washington Times
Christopher Steele learned he was being paid by Democrats soon after beginning work on his unverified anti-Trump dossier, a timeline element that may contradict the FBI’s warrant application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
The FBI’s Oct. 21, 2016, application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge said Mr. Steele didn’t know who was paying him, thus giving him the aura of objectivity, but a House Republican intelligence memo shows that he was an acknowledged partisan.
A New Yorker magazine article by Jane Mayer this week says Mr. Steele learned he was paid by the Democrats several months after he was hired by the investigative firm Fusion GPS.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
Journalist Charts The 'Bizarre Twists And Turns' Of The Trump-Russia Dossier : NPR
As the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, more and more attention has focused on the infamous Russia dossier on Donald Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
NPR has not detailed the contents of the dossier because it remains unverified, but journalist Jane Mayer has written a cover story about its origins for The New Yorker. Although Trump and his allies have sought to portray the 35-page dossier as Democratic-funded propaganda, the work that led to its creation initially started with Republicans themselves.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Doss | Vanity Fair
The man behind the infamous dossier that raises the possibility that Donald Trump may be vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail is Russia expert Christopher Steele, formerly of M.I.6. Here’s the story of his investigation.
There’s a row of Victorian terraced houses on a side street in London’s Belgravia district, each projecting a dowdy respectability with its stone front steps leading to a pair of alabaster pillars and then a glossy black door. And at 9–11 Grosvenor Gardens there is a small, rectangular brass plate adjacent to the formidable door. Its dark letters discreetly announce: ORBIS BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, LTD.
By design, the company’s title was not very forthcoming. Orbis, of course, is Latin for “circle” and, by common parlance, “the world.” But “intelligence”—that was more problematic. Just what sort of international business information was the company dealing in? Advertising? Accounting? Management consulting?
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
HomePod — Welcome Home by Spike Jonze — Apple - YouTube
Published on Mar 5, 2018
HomePod. The new sound of home. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring FKA twigs.
Order now at https://apple.co/2D2kyzw
Song: ’Til It’s Over’ by Anderson .Paak
Only on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2tjWSXQ
Science & Technology
Standard YouTube License
homepod  commercials  music  youtube 
march 2018
Apple Releases ‘Welcome Home’ Video by Spike Jonze and Featuring FKA twigs to Promote the HomePod – MacStories
Apple posted a short film on its YouTube channel called ‘Welcome Home’ directed by Spike Jonze, starring singer/dancer FKA twigs, and featuring the song ‘’Til It’s Over’ by Anderson .Paak. The video, which promotes the HomePod, is the first since the device was released to spotlight Siri. The spot begins with a young woman’s long, crowded commute home in the rain. She arrives home wet and exhausted barely able to muster “Hey Siri, play me something I’d like.’
She sits down on the couch in a small apartment as the HomePod begins to play ’Til It’s Over.’ As she starts to relax and sway to the music, she discovers she can extend her apartment with simple hand gestures. The remainder of the video is an energetic and colorful dance routine that shows off FKA twigs’ talent as she moves around the apartment extending the walls. The spot ends with FKA twigs opening her eyes as she lies on the couch apparently waking from a dream.
homepod  commercials  music 
march 2018
Daring Fireball: 'Welcome Home' by Spike Jonze
Apple marketing at its best: they commissioned Spike Jonze to make a 4-minute music video for HomePod. So fun.
homepod  commercials  music  daring_fireball 
march 2018
Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier | The New Yorker
How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.
Steele told friends that Trump supporters were using him as a “battering ram” to “take down the whole intelligence community.”
Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.
In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a commuter train in Farnham, where he lives, when one of his two phones rang. He’d been looking forward to dinner at home with his wife, and perhaps a glass of wine. It had been their dream to live in Farnham, a town in Surrey with a beautiful Georgian high street, where they could afford a house big enough to accommodate their four children, on nearly an acre of land. Steele, who is fifty-three, looked much like the other businessmen heading home, except for the fact that he kept his phones in a Faraday bag—a pouch, of military-tested double-grade fabric, designed to block signal detection.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele  audio 
march 2018
Daring Fireball: Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier
If you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to the whole Trump/Russia/election interference/corruption saga, I’m sure you have the same feeling I do: it’s hard to get a handle on the whole story because it’s so utterly sprawling, and there are massive gaps in the publicly-known allegations. Jane Mayer has written a magnificent piece for The New Yorker, putting everything known (and adding some heretofore unknown pieces of reporting, including the stunning allegation that Trump decided against nominating Mitt Romney as Secretary of State at the direction of the Kremlin) into a cohesive, even-handed, and I must say, convincing story.
It’s best to think of this not as an article but as a short book. It’s over 15,000 words; the audio version is 1 hour and 42 minutes long. Put aside an hour or so today and read it. It’s compelling reading, and a remarkable piece of journalism.
gov2.0  politics  trump  spying  uk  dossier  FBI  russia  steele 
march 2018
OfflineBay 'Saves The Day' When Pirate Bay Goes Down - TorrentFreak
The Pirate Bay regularly suffers downtime, which can lead to a lot of frustration among users. Software developer TechTac hopes to bring an end to this with the release of OfflineBay, a searchable offline archive of TPB's torrents. The software relies on downloading and updating a dump file manually at the moment, but the developer hopes to replace this with a blockchain in the future.
The Pirate Bay is touted as one of the most resilient torrent sites. While it has indeed weathered many storms, occasional downtime is no longer an exception, as became clear again this week.
This can be quite frustrating for users, including software developer TechTac, who came up with a simple but effective solution: OfflineBay.
bittorrent  piracy 
march 2018
Pussy Riot is back, and taking on corruption this time - Dissent in Russia
The prosecutor-general is accused of graft, and the dissident punk group is here to rap about it
“I RUN the war on corruption here, or to be precise, I run the corruption here,” raps Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the leaders of the art-punk protest collective Pussy Riot, in a new song aimed at Russia’s prosecutor-general, Yuri Chaika. In a video clip released on the internet on Wednesday, Ms Tolokonnikova and a cadre of conspirators dressed in prosecutors’ uniforms take turns beating prisoners, collecting bribes and dancing salaciously under a portrait of Vladimir Putin. “Don’t worry, son, we’ll shut up all our competitors,” intones Ms Tolokonnikova. “You’ll have your bricks, your ships and your salt mine.”
march 2018
In Pictures: Behind the scenes of Pussy Riot’s new video, 'Chaika'
Anti-corruption hip hop
Pussy Riot suit up as Russia’s chief prosecutor for their new music video criticising the country’s corrupt elite. Photographer Denis Sinyakov was at the shoot, documenting the anti-Kremlin punks' latest project.
Russian radicals Pussy Riot have released a new music video for their song ‘Chaika’, poking fun at over-fed officials and the corrupt politicians who dominate Putin’s inner circle. The group’s hip hop single comes in the wake of a major corruption scandal and centres around Yurk Chaika, Russia’s Prosecutor General.
The latest video by the feminist punk collective sees lead singer Nadya Tolokonnikova dressed in the regal blue of Russia’s top prosecutor as she raps about the web of shady dealings, hypocrisy, violence and extravagance. The corruption scandal, one of many that has plagued the country in recent years, was exposed in a short documentary by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny.
march 2018
Graphite on Blockstack
I’d never heard of Graphite or Blockstack before this week. I usually avoid all articles concerning blockchain tech because it's the new Web 2.0 trend that feels more like marketing than anything else. On the other hand, I really like the idea of Graphite. It's a secure alternative to Google Docs that can be used pretty much anywhere I have an internet connection. I don't claim to understand exactly how the blockchain works to decentralize a document editor but I know just enough to think it's still a neat idea.
privacy  security  productivity  blockchain 
march 2018
On Focus — MacSparky
Last year I noticed my priorities were out of whack and I spent several months woodshedding the latest productivity books and websites as I sorted myself out. One prevalent theme throughout the productivity world as of late is how to keep yourself focused. Keeping yourself on target is an important skill. Cal Newport wrote a good book about it and Shawn Blanc developed an entire online course around it. 
Luckily, this is one of the few things I’m good at. I’m not sure if I’m a focus savant or it’s just a side benefit of having a regular meditation practice for over 25 years but I’m good at locking in on one thing to the exclusion of the rest of the world. There are actually some pretty funny stories about me growing up and being completely oblivious to the world around me as I read a book or was dialed in on something else. 
productivity  focus  GTD  notifications  calendar 
march 2018
Halide 1.7 Brings New Depth Photography and ARKit Features, Darkroom Integration – MacStories
We first reviewed Halide, the powerful third-party camera app by Ben Sandofsky and Sebastiaan de With, when it debuted in the summer of 2017, providing a powerful and elegant alternative to Apple's Camera app that fully embraced RAW photography and advanced controls in an intuitive interface. We later showcased Halide's iPhone X update as one of the most thoughtful approaches to adapting for the device's Super Retina Display; to this day, Halide is a shining example of how the iPhone X's novel form factor can aid, instead of hindering, complex app UIs.
While Halide was already regarded as an appealing alternative to Apple's stock app for professional photographers and RAW-curious iPhone users (something that designer de With covered in depth in his excellent guide), it was lacking a handful of key features of the modern iPhone photography experience. Sandofsky and de With want to eliminate some of these important gaps with today's 1.7 update, which focuses on bringing the power of Portrait mode to Halide, supporting the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system, and extending the app's integrations via a special ARKit mode, new export options, and native integration with the popular Darkroom photo editing tool.
iphone8  iphoneX  bokeh  camera  apps  photography 
march 2018
Halide 1.7: In Depth – Halide
Between the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X, over half of all iPhones sold come with dual cameras. With two cameras, killer apps like Portrait Mode become possible. At this rate, depth capture might one day be as standard of a feature to us as the camera flash.
We built Halide as the very best camera for iPhones — heck, for any smartphone — and we always want Halide to be ahead of the curve. So today we’re launching Halide 1.7, a huge update that packs tons of new features and enhancements to make it the very best camera for depth.
Here’s five new features that make Halide 1.7 the best camera for Depth Capture...
iphone8  iphoneX  bokeh  camera  apps  photography 
march 2018
Sheets Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and slept on dozens of different sheets in order to figure out just what makes a great set stand out from the rest. If you’re lost in the bedding aisle while trying to figure out what to buy, this guide will help you walk away with a winner.
The first step is to figure out what texture of fabric you like and how warm or cool you want to feel when sliding into bed. Most people should have at least one or two sets of cotton percale or sateen sheets for year-round use, but you may want to invest in flannel or linen sets depending on how cold or warm your room gets seasonally (or mix and match different types of sheets for extra comfort).
We recommend buying sheets made from long-staple cotton or linen, since they’re breathable and long-lasting. Sheets made from microfiber or bamboo rayon have environmental costs with no real benefit over natural fibers. In addition to helping you pinpoint the type of sheets to buy, we’ll help you figure out the right size and color of sheets for your bed, whether to buy a set or individual pieces, how to parse thread counts, and when you might want to spring for organic bedding.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018
Fish Consumption – Good or Bad for You?
We always have been told that eating fish is good for our system, especially due to the Omega-3-Fatty-Acids it contains.
Actually, there is a lot of truth to that, since fish is a low-fat, high protein food.
However, we have to be well-informed shoppers, in order to actually select the fish which is healthy for our consumption.
While shopping for fish, or enjoying it in a restaurant, we should not only pay attention to the type of fish we are selecting, and the price range, but also its origin:
Wild caught, or Farm-Raised/Farm-Bred
Imported, or from USA
food  health 
march 2018
Ukrainian Kanapky – Open Face Sandwiches
These open face sandwiches, which we call “Kanapky”, or better know to my children as “church sandwiches” (since they always enjoyed them at a church bake sale), are very presentable on a party table, and extremely tasty.
You can use a whole slice of bread, for a hefty kanapka, but for parties I prefer to cut each slice of bread in half, or even into thirds, as for tea party kind of appetizers. Then you use the other ingredients in proportion to your bread size.
They are so delicious…almost addictive… and you will not just have one…I assure you of that.  They will become everyone’s favorite at your party!
food  ukrainian  recipes 
march 2018
Goodyear’s New Concept Tire Has Living Moss Inside—Really | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Goodyear’s eco-tire concept revealed at the Geneva auto show—packed with live green moss—seemed like show-stand decor or a marketing stunt at first glance. But the tire is a serious proposition for the future, eyeing sustainability and looking to a time when autonomous vehicles and all of their onboard components could use every bit of energy recovered or generated.
Plants, as the concept emphasizes, can generate electricity. As part of photosynthesis, they excrete excess sugars into the environment around them (usually the soil), and that generates electrons that can be captured. Meanwhile, the moss inhales carbon dioxide and releases oxygen via photosynthesis—in effect cleaning the air. Goodyear said that, in a metropolitan area with 2.5 million vehicles, if all vehicles used this tire it would absorb 4000 tons of CO2 per year and generate 3000 tons of oxygen.
cars  technology  climate_change 
march 2018
Panic Blog » The Mystery of the Slow Downloads
A few months ago, a complaint started popping up from users downloading or updating our apps: “Geez, your downloads are really slow!”
If you work in support, you probably have a reflexive reaction to a complaint like this. It’s vague. There’s a million possible factors. It’ll probably resolve itself by tomorrow. You hope. Boy do you hope.
Except… we also started noticing it ourselves when we were working from home. When we’d come in to the office, transfers were lightning fast. But at home, it was really, seriously getting hard to get any work done remotely at all.
So, maybe there was something screwy here?
performance  internet  apps  download  ISP 
march 2018
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: MYLES KENNEDY (Slash) - Year Of The Tiger (2018)
MYLES KENNEDY, one of Rock music’s most distinct voices, is set to release his debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger" on March 9, 2018. The acclaimed singer / songwriter known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash And The Conspirators recently completed the record, something different from he usually does.
On "Year Of The Tiger", Kennedy embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career.
His appreciation for the blues, classic rock and acoustic based music can be heard throughout the 12-song concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. Even so, whatever confessional honesty informs Kennedy’s "Year of the Tiger", in the end it’s the music that counts
music  hard_rock  slash  download  2010s 
march 2018
Dashing through the Snow in a 603-HP Mercedes-AMG | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Canada isn’t exactly a popular winter getaway spot for Americans, and Gimli, Manitoba, a small town situated about 60 miles north of Winnipeg, isn’t even a popular winter destination for Canadians. But we have a feeling that would all change if more people knew about the screaming good time they could have driving a 603-hp Mercedes-AMG E63 S on ice.
A 400-acre section of Lake Winnipeg, once it is well and truly frozen, serves as the North American home of Mercedes’ AMG Driving Academy’s Winter Sporting program, where a few thousand dollars can purchase two or three days of hooning around under the careful instruction of half a dozen seriously skilled drift instructors—perhaps the most fun that can be had at that latitude anywhere on Earth. You could travel farther for this experience, as we did three years ago—AMG also offers the program in Arjeplog, Sweden, another 16 degrees of latitude north and many, many more hours of air travel away. By comparison, Manitoba is in our back yard, and the savings on airfare and time wasted in airports could let you upgrade to the top three-day Pro program.
cars  canada  winter  driving  mercedes 
march 2018
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (2017 Target Exclusive Retro Style Series)
This Target exclusive Retro Style casting sure does have a retro feel to it! Not only is the packaging old school, but the deco itself certainly looks retro as well. It's pretty patriotic in colors too!
cars  60s  charger  hot_wheels 
march 2018
ENDEAVOUR: ‘Quartet’ S5E5; Review, Music, Locations, Literary References etc. – Morse, Lewis and Endeavour
Hello fellow Endeavourists and Morsonians. Sorry for the lateness of my post. Been a little under the weather. Feeling better now.
Here we are at the penultimate review for the fifth series of Endeavour. Will my review be a favourable one? I have been hearing on the old grapevine that in some quarters of social media I am persona non grata due to my having the temerity to criticize some people’s beloved TV show. There are times when one has to open their eyes and see that one’s favourite show is not perfect.
Many of my favourite shows over the years have had clunkers amongst their oeuvre. Many of my favourite film directors have made bad movies. (Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot to name one), The same goes for my favourite actors. (Meryl Streep in The Homesman to name but one). My favourite singer for 50 years, David Bowie made a few bad albums (Tin Machine anyone). A few of my favourite writers have written what I believe are either bad or mediocre novels.
No one likes having their favourite TV show, film, actor, singer being criticized but their are times when one has to grow a thicker skin and realise their favourites are not infallible.
Anyhoo let me started on my new post. I have included a video as a starting point for my review please watch that first.
Endeavour Series five, Episode five; ‘Quartet’.
Chronologically this is episode 22.
First broadcast 4th March 2018.
A participant in a TV game show is shot and killed. A stray bullet hits a little boy and puts him in hospital. The killing of the German participant leads Endeavour into the deep and dangerous world of spies and espionage.
60s  bbc  crime_drama  endeavour  police  review  synopsis  trewlove  tv  uk  uniform  wpc 
march 2018
How to switch from Evernote to Apple Notes | iMore
Are you done with Evernote and wondering how to switch to Apple's Notes app? You can migrate everything at once!
With the new that Evernote is limiting free accounts and hiking prices, it's only natural that some people will be looking for alternatives. Apple's new Notes for iPhone or iPad and Notes for Mac might just make for that alternative. But how to migrate all of those notes? It's easier than you think if you have a Mac running OS X 10.11.4 or higher. Here's how.
notes_app  evernote  backup 
march 2018
Best Evernote alternatives for iPhone
Nothing can truly replace Evernote, but OneNote comes darn close.
You may be at a crossroads right now, wondering if it's time for you to end your Evernote subscription and move on to something different. It's a difficult choice. Evernote has been your go-to note-taking, web-clipping, audio-storing, collaboration app for a very long time and change is hard. If you're fed up with Evernote and the change, though hard it may be, is worth it, here's the best alternatives to help ease the pain of transition.
The Best: OneNote
Runner up: Google Keep
Built-in: Apple Notes
For Sharing: Notejoy
notes_app  evernote  comparo  review 
march 2018
Simple Banking Security Tip: Verbal Passwords — Krebs on Security
There was a time when I was content to let my bank authenticate me over the phone by asking for some personal identifiers (SSN/DOB) that are broadly for sale in the cybercrime underground. At some point, however, I decided this wasn’t acceptable for institutions that held significant chunks of our money, and I began taking our business away from those that wouldn’t let me add a simple verbal passphrase that needed to be uttered before any account details could be discussed over the phone.
Most financial institutions will let customers add verbal passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs) that are separate from any other PIN or online banking password you might use, although few will advertise this.
banking  krebs  authentication  passwords  security  privacy 
march 2018
What Is Your Bank’s Security Banking On? — Krebs on Security
A large number of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions just pushed customers onto new e-banking platforms that asked them to reset their account passwords by entering a username plus some other static identifier — such as the first six digits of their Social Security number (SSN), or a mix of partial SSN, date of birth and surname. Here’s a closer look at what may be going on (spoiler: small, regional banks and credit unions have grown far too reliant on the whims of just a few major online banking platform providers).
You might think it odd that any self-respecting financial institution would seek to authenticate customers via static data like partial SSN for passwords, and you’d be completely justified for thinking that, too. Nobody has any business using these static identifiers for authentication because they are for sale on most Americans quite cheaply in the cybercrime underground. The Equifax breach might have “refreshed” some of those data stores for identity thieves, but most U.S. adults have had their static details (DOB/SSN/MMN, address, previous address, etc) on sale for years now.
On Feb. 16, KrebsOnSecurity reader Brent Hoeft shared a copy of an email he’d just received from his financial institution Associated Bank, which at $30+ billion in assets happens to be Wisconsin’s largest by asset size.
security  banking  krebs  SSN  passwords  privacy  2FA 
march 2018
The Impossible Cool. Frida Kahlo.
“You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.” 
quotes  impossible_cool  mexico  art  photography 
march 2018
Smile at least: Style Inspiration of the Moment: Ronny
Ronny was French model who moved to London to become part of the Blitz Kids movement. She worked with artists like Midge Ure, Steve Strange, Vangelis, Rusty Egan and Yukihiro Takahashi, and had couple of hit singles in 1981 - 82. She then disappeared from the public eye. You can find more info about her recordings & collaborations with little googling (or you can ask me).
Her voice is awesome, but what really inspires me is her interesting style. She managed to look masculine, sensual, posh, new romantic, Parisian - all at the same time. If she doesn't inspire you with all that beauty & style, then I don't know what does.
march 2018
What happened to... Ronny? - André Savetier
Can you imagine a hybrid between Marlene Dietrich and Annie Lennox? A music between the sounds of the Weimar Republic and synthpop? For a short while such a blend existed, in style as well as in music. Most pioneers of synthpop in the late 70s/early 80s were eager to surround themselves with a fog of mystery, but one woman managed to become totally obscure. Perhaps you have never heard of her. Her name is Ronny. In early 2015 the synthpop music scene suffered a big loss: the death of Blitz club/New Romantics leader-head Steve Strange (Visage). Re-visiting the history of early synthpop I discovered Ronny, singer and model, masculine and feminine at the same time.
music  pop_rock  80s  europe  uniform  tie 
march 2018
Jaguar Tats Up the F-type SVR with Decals and Stripes | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Blimey, you missed out on Jaguar’s 250-car run of the F-type Project 7, so all you’ve got to show for yourself is an F-type SVR convertible. You can’t add the Project 7’s headrest/roll-bar hump, but Jaguar will gladly sell you some decals to make your 575-hp F-type SVR a little extra special.
The SVR Graphic Pack applies a thick double-lined band across the forward edge of the hood that extends to the fenders and paints the grille surround in a contrasting color. Aside from the “575” text integrated into the stripes instead of a “Project 7” badge on the hump, and the absence of a big white meatball on the door for your racing number, it’s remarkably similar to that crazy, oversteering special edition’s white graphics. More stripes appear on the rocker panels, with additional matching accents for the two-tone side-view mirrors and the inner edges of the retractable carbon-fiber spoiler.
cars  jaguar  auto_show 
march 2018
Audi e-tron Quattro Prototype Is An All-Electric Luxury SUV | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Audi is one step closer to releasing its e-tron Quattro all-electric crossover SUV, as the four-ring brand showed off an almost production-ready prototype at the Geneva show. The prototype is one of 250 such vehicles that Audi has been testing across four continents. Scheduled to launch in Europe before the end of the year, the production e-tron Quattro will apply the lessons learned by Audi over the course of more than 3 million miles of prototype testing. The all-wheel-drive crossover will be joined by two other Audi electric vehicles before the end of the decade: a production version of the e-tron Sportback concept and a smaller compact model.
audi  cars  SUV  electric  auto_show 
march 2018
Rimac C_Two Debuts with 1914 HP, 403-Mile NEDC Range | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Let’s get the big digits out of the way: Rimac claims the C_Two, the follow-up to the Concept_One supercar, will have 1888 horsepower, 1696 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 258 mph. We’re told it also can bolt from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, cover a quarter-mile in 9.1 seconds, and can travel 404 miles on a charge (on the New European Driving Cycle). The most recent Concept_One boasted 1207 horsepower, 1180 lb-ft of torque, a 221-mph top speed, a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.4 seconds, and 205 miles of range. So it’s obvious the Croatian company has been hard at work, but there’s a much smaller number with just as much importance: 150, which is the number of cars Rimac hopes to build for actual customers. If the Concept_One was just a demo, the C_Two is the debut single.
cars  electric  europe  auto_show  concept 
march 2018
Even the Porsche 911 Could Go Fully Electric | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Porsche has clearly stated that it’s not getting on the fully autonomous bandwagon; the 911 sports car will always have a steering wheel, the automaker recently underscored. But Porsche has embraced another big trend: electrification. A plug-in hybrid 911 is confirmed to be back on the table, spurred by the success of the brand’s Le Mans Prototype hybrid race cars, and the electrification of the fabled sports car might not stop there.
According to Stefan Weckbach, head of electric-vehicle development at Porsche, the automaker now sees a day when a version of the 911 could go fully electric.
cars  porsche  electric 
march 2018
Don’t call it hype. The Hot Wheels RLC Bundle BRE 510 is a gem. – the Lamley Group
It is most certainly a phenomenon. Not entirely explainable, but then again most phenomena aren’t.
But the BRE 510 is a thing. It might create eye rolls from some, but there is no denying the two Hot Wheels 510’s released with Brock Racing Enterprises racing livery are legendary Hot Wheels models.
cars  hot_wheels  nissan 
march 2018
So, did you get the RLC Car Culture set? – the Lamley Group
It essentially went down like this...
But I did get my order, after a few frustrating moments. Word is its going to sell out today (if not this morning), so if you haven’t jumped in, do it now.
So, who got a set (or three)?
cars  hot_wheels  collecting 
march 2018
The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards - The Atlantic
The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners for 2018. This year's contest attracted nearly 320,000 entries from more than 200 countries. The organizers have again been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted and commended images with us, gathered below. Overall winners are scheduled to be announced on April 19. All captions below come from the photographers.
photography  competition  award  in_focus 
march 2018
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C / GT C Roadster / GT R | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver
Exploring the racier side of AMG's spectacular sports-car lineup.
Mercedes-AMG’s GT C, in both coupe and convertible guises, along with the full-howitzer GT R coupe, represent the upper echelon of AMG’s sports-car lineup. While not as otherworldy as its Formula 1–inspired Project One hypercar, which is expected in mid-2019, these sultry two-seaters up the performance ante versus the base GT and mid-grade GT S and serve as hard-core Porsche 911 fighters for Mercedes-Benz’s go-fast AMG sub-brand. Gorgeous lines, a stonking twin-turbo V-8 engine, and loads of grip make them as capable as they are sexy, with the GT R standing as one of the quickest track cars we’ve ever tested. A sumptuous interior and the ability to drop the GT C roadster’s cloth top bring plenty of kicks when you’re away from a racing circuit, but these remain serious driving machines through and through.
Bellowing V-8 roar, massive performance capability, beautiful design.
Pricey, the polar opposite of stealthy, some ergonomic foibles.
A trio of sexy autobahn sledgehammers that rival the world’s great sports cars.
cars  mercedes  review 
march 2018
Purely Legendary: Renault Shows Pure, Légende Alpine A110s | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Last year, Renault resurrected its Alpine performance sub-brand’s A110, an iconic rear-engined, rally-dominating machine, as a modern mid-engined sports car with the same name. The result was something like a French Alfa Romeo 4C, with a similarly powerful turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mounted behind the two seats, a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a feathery 2400-pound curb weight. Now Alpine is releasing two special-edition versions, the Pure and the Légende, and unveiling a new racing program.
cars  renault  auto_show 
march 2018
Rams place tag Lamarcus Joyner; Watkins set to be FA - NFL.com
The Los Angeles Rams made a move with their franchise tag.
The team announced Tuesday it placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamarcus Joyner.
The safety tag number sits at $11.29 million for one season. Sides have until July 16 to hammer out a potential multi-year deal.
The expectation for weeks had been that the Rams prioritized franchising Joyner over free-agent-to-be Sammy Watkins. L.A. had hoped to get a long-term deal done with one in advance of Tuesday's tag deadline to free the tender for the other, but a pact couldn't be struck in time.
football  rams  business 
march 2018
See the Netherlands' Historically Cold Winter in Before-and-After Photos
Last week was extremely cold in my country, the Netherlands. February 28th was the coldest 28th of February in history, breaking the record set in 1904. It’s crazy to experience this kind of weather here while some of my friends in Norway and Iceland are having warmer weather.
Temperatures of around -10°C (14°F) at night and still below zero during the day combined with extreme winds that go on for days makes everything freeze up, especially the coastlines. Lots of canals in Amsterdam completely froze up making it possible to ice skate on them. Cruises stopped going temporarily because of the ice. This has not happened over the last 6 years!
winter  photography  europe 
march 2018
PayPal Data Sharing
I found out about this through one of my Pinboard feeds. PayPal documents around 600 different third parties they share user data with. I only use PayPal as a last resort but I might be changing that too. It’s really no more secure than just using a credit card online plus I’ve read plenty of stories about how hard it can be to reverse fraudulent charges through PayPal.
paypal  data  sharing  security  privacy 
march 2018
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1973 Pontiac Firebird (2017 Target Exclusive Retro Style Series)
This Target exclusive Retro Style casting sure does have a retro feel to it! Not only is the packaging old school, but the deco itself certainly looks retro as well. It's pretty patriotic in colors too!
cars  hot_wheels  70s  GM 
march 2018
“Dig Once” rule requiring fiber deployment is finally set to become US law | Ars Technica
Dig Once mandates fiber conduit installation in government-funded road projects.
A simple policy that could speed up fiber Internet deployment throughout the US is finally on track to become US law. A "Dig Once" measure that requires fiber conduit installation during many federally funded road projects was passed yesterday by the US House of Representatives and is expected to pass the Senate.
US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) first submitted Dig Once legislation in 2009 and has periodically resubmitted the legislation in the years since, she said during yesterday's floor debate.
The Dig Once policy "mandates the inclusion of broadband conduit—plastic pipes which house fiber-optic communications cable—during the construction of any road receiving federal funding," an announcement from Eshoo said.
"This will reduce costs drastically and increase access for communities across the country," making it "easier for states and broadband providers to enter new and underserved markets," Eshoo said. Conduit would be installed during road projects in cases "where there's a demonstrated need for broadband access," she said.
broadband  cables  fiber  gov2.0  politics  congress  eshoo  dig_once 
march 2018
Hypercars from Aston Martin and Rimac stand out at the Geneva Motor Show | Ars Technica
In the second part of our look at Geneva, it’s all about the unobtainium.
In the first part of our Geneva Motor Show coverage, we took a look at some of the electric vehicle offerings, not to mention the proliferation of four-door (not) coupes. In part two, we're getting high-end.
cars  auto_show  bentley  aston  mclaren 
march 2018
APOD: 2018 March 6 - Colorful Airglow Bands Surround Milky Way
Explanation: Why would the sky glow like a giant repeating rainbow? Airglow. Now air glows all of the time, but it is usually hard to see. A disturbance however -- like an approaching storm -- may cause noticeable rippling in the Earth's atmosphere. These gravity waves are oscillations in air analogous to those created when a rock is thrown in calm water. Red airglow likely originates from OH molecules about 87-kilometers high, excited by ultraviolet light from the Sun, while orange and green airglow is likely caused by sodium and oxygen atoms slightly higher up. While driving near Keluke Lake in Qinghai Provence in China, the photographer originally noticed mainly the impressive central band of the Milky Way Galaxy. Stopping to photograph it, surprisingly, the resulting sensitive camera image showed airglow bands to be quite prominent and span the entire sky. The featured image has been digitally enhanced to make the colors more vibrant.
photography  astronomy  nature  APOD 
march 2018
MC5 announces 50th anniversary tour, Wayne Kramer memoir announced | Consequence of Sound
Plus, Kramer has written his memoir
This year marks the 50th anniversary of MC5’s debut album, Kick Out the Jams, and band leader Wayne Kramer has some big plans in the works.
To start, Kramer has recruited an impressive backing band to accompany him on the road for a 35-date North American tour. Dubbed “MC50,” the band consists of Kramer, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Additionally, drummer Dennis Thompson, the only other living member of MC5, will appear at select dates. They’ll be playing Kick out the Jams in full, plus an encore of other MC5 material.
music  hard_rock  anniversary  reunion  concert  biography  politics  activism  SG 
march 2018
Kirkville - Smart Speakers and the Commoditization of Music
For several decades, there were only two ways to listen to recorded music. You could play music you owned, or you could turn on the radio. You may have had records or cassettes, or even reel-to-reel tapes or eight-track tapes, and you were able to play them if you were at home, or perhaps in the car. But for most people, unless they had substantial music collections, music listening meant tuning into their favorite radio station and listening to what other people thought they should be listening to.
Things have changed a lot since then: we now have endless options for listening to music at home, in the car, and pretty much anywhere we go using our smartphones. The latest addition to this arsenal of music players is the smart speaker: Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo, and others. These devices are changing the way many people listen to music by providing a frictionless experience. You ask the smart speaker to play some music, and the music plays.
music  speaker  streaming 
march 2018
The Future of macOS Server | The Mac Security Blog
If you use an iMac or a MacBook Pro, you may not realize that, with some additional software, you could turn that computer into a server, a computer that can share files, host websites, run a virtual private network, and much more.
Apple's macOS and its predecessor Mac OS X have long been able to work as servers with the installation of a single $20 app. The Server app, available from the Mac App Store, provides an easy-to-use interface to configure and manage services that are built into macOS. You could run all these services without the Server app, if you know the right commands to turn them on and manage them from the command line, using Terminal, but the Server app makes it easy so almost anyone can do it.
mac  server 
march 2018
Tiny EVs, four-door coupes, and a new Supra star at the Geneva Motor Show | Ars Technica
There were a whole bunch of new EVs, and BMW and Mercedes redefine the coupe.
Over in Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show got underway on Tuesday morning. Switzerland has no real domestic car industry, so it's neutral territory for the world's car companies. That's made Geneva the marquee event on the calendar, where OEMs bring out their biggest reveals of the year in an attempt to steal headlines from one another. Sadly, we're not there on the ground this year—I did get an invite from Lamborghini which we had to decline due to our junket policy—but the wonders of the Internet mean we're still able to bring you the highlights.
And what an array of new reveals to choose from! There's something for everyone, whether you like pint-sized urban electric vehicles, four-door luxury coupes, or new hybrid or electric SUVs. You can even go all the way up to multimillion-dollar hypercars, several of which aren't even going to be road legal.
cars  auto_show  vw  porsche  toyota  mercedes  BMW_M 
march 2018
Led Zeppelin Live on Blueberry Hill The Complete 1970 LA Forum Tapes EVSD(9CD) - Guitars101 - Guitar Forums
Led Zeppelin
Live on Blueberry Hill
The Complete 1970 LA Forum Tapes
Empress Valley Supreme Disc
EVSD #385-393
I've barely checked these out yet. I wanted to get them to the community as soon as possible. I'm hoping that someone maybe can coble together/matrix some of these versions for the ultimate version. Also, please leave me out of the debate as to if EV has the correct version matched with each release. I just wrote up what is on thecovers. I'm not a student of Zeppelin, I just happen to love this concert and the huge number of high quality recordings. Also, I can't tell you how this compares to the Tarantula box. Judging by Underground's write up, one difference that jumps out is that EV tagged the complete intro on to all versions.
I didn't post the artwork because I'm lazy and the artwork ain't much anyway.
I'm sure someone can direct the way to a site with the art. I hope you enjoy this.
march 2018
Led Zeppelin - 1970-09-04 - The Complete 1970 LA Forum Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc - EVSD 385-386-387-388-389-390-391-392-393) : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Led Zeppelin - 1970-09-04 - The Complete 1970 LA Forum Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc - EVSD 385-386-387-388-389-390-391-392-393)
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Led Zeppelin - 1970-09-04 - The Complete 1970 LA Forum Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc - EVSD 385-386-387-388-389-390-391-392-393)
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march 2018
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