Sunday: Robin Williams Required Film Companies to Hire the Homeless If They Wanted To Book Him

When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that.

Brian Lord

Monday: Is the Subconscious Mind Real?

Whatever the subconscious actually “is”, it’s at the very least a handy shorthand for many easily observable phenomena. And when we posit its existence we can, in fact, do many quite useful things with this idea.

Mark Joyner

Tuesday: Dick Van Dyke, 93, Carl Reiner, 97, Mel Brooks, 92 and Norman Lear, 96

Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Norman Lear standing together.

This lead to a tangent of searching for the above comedians, movies they’d made, actors & actresses who preformed with them, and any other time wasters along those lines you can think of. But I love this picture!

Wednesday: Men, Guns, and God

Conversation #1

Man: Hey God, I just want you to know I am committed to protecting my family at all costs.

God: Gosh, that’s great to hear. One of the main things I need you to do to protect your family is laundry. Tons of laundry.

Gabrielle Blair

It’s well worth reading the rest. The Name link above leads to her blog where she posted the twitter thread, so you can use either link to read it. 🙂

Thursday: Remember When – End of an Era

To put 2007 in context, everyone had started to speak about “social media”. But, in 2007, everyone was a much smaller concept than everyone is now – so few people used Twitter that we used to have “tweetups”…

Andrew Burnett

I was invited to join a FB group with several friends that I first started my online adventures with. Thinking back to Digg and my personal favorite, StumbleUpon, and of course, Twitter and the fail whale. Wow, it’s really amazing how much has changed over the years, and perhaps even more amazing, how much has stayed the same.

It really makes me homesick for my old blog, SUComments, although, since StumbleUpon is now defunct, the name would only make sense to people who have been playing online for a decade or so. LOL Now I’m starting to feel old. ?

Friday: Apple Caves to Feds and Wacom Tracks your Data and Shares it if You Use a Mac

Apple first –

Apple’s decision not to proceed with end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups made the FBI’s job easier.

The agency relies on hacking software that exploits security flaws to break into a phone. But that method requires direct access to the phone which would ordinarily tip off the user, who is often the subject of the investigation.

Apple’s iCloud, on the other hand, can be searched in secret.

Joseph Menn

I recommend reading the article. For once, Google actually comes out looking better than Apple…well, except for taking everyone’s information from any source that will share it <looking at you, Wacom>.

What requires more explanation is why Wacom think it’s acceptable to record every time I open a new application, including the time, a string that presumably uniquely identifies me, and the application’s name.

I suspect that Wacom doesn’t really think that it’s acceptable to record the name of every application I open on my personal laptop. I suspect that this is why their privacy policy doesn’t really admit that this is what that they do. I imagine that if pressed, they would argue that the name of every application I open on my personal laptop falls into one of their broad buckets like ‘aggregate data’ or “technical session information,’ although it’s not immediately obvious to me which bucket.

Robert Heaton

The title link takes you to the site where I originally read this article, but if you’re like me and like to read research straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s the link to the original story written on Robert Heaton’s personal site.

Saturday: Science Fiction Becomes Reality – Scientists 3D Print Human Corneas to Cure Blindness

I LOVE living in the future. From the time I could read, science fiction was my favorite genre. And now, I’m living in an age where I get to watch it come to pass (and share gifs).

We are delighted at the success of researchers at Newcastle University in developing 3D printing of corneas using human tissue. This research highlights the significant progress that has been made in this area and this study is important in bringing us one step closer to reducing the need for donor corneas, which would positively impact some patients living with sight loss. However, it is important to note that this is still years away from potentially being available to patients and it is still vitally important that people continue to donate corneal tissue for transplant as there is a shortage within the UK.

Dr Neil Ebenezer

And finally, a fitting quote from one of the books I’ve been reading this week, Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius. This is taken from Letter 6, On Sharing Knowledge: “Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself.”

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