aaaand.... he's back!

"One America News, or OAN, is a far-right news network being embraced by President Trump at his coronavirus press briefings. John Oliver takes a look at who they are, how they report, and why they could be a big problem during the pandemic."

youtube.com/watch?v=UnSILVWDKL

Watched The Platform on Netflx yesterday.

A very unsettling movie on the surface, but a lot of themes reminded me of Snowpiercer and tricke-down economics, the latter quite literally. Class warfare, socialism, elitism, panopticon... quite a heady mix of ideas. Highly recommended.

I have very fond memories of Venice when I was there a few years ago. Feel very sorry to see what covid is doing to it now. Thoughts and prayers to people still there struggling every day, I hope things recover soon.

Really enjoyed this talk by Scott Galloway - describes what's up with Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple, and why it's up to us.

youtube.com/watch?v=GWBjUsmO-L

There are news reports coming out that will be even better for Amazon as people order from home. I wonder how things will turn out as bezos gets a bigger piece of the pie.

This is the kind of thing that gives me hope in our species. Let's make sure this year that humanity continues to live, kicking and screaming, and exploring the edges of its existence as we have so far.

is an amazing love-story, of two people trying to stay together while their home is being taken over and re-created.

+ Story is fun and compelling to explore.
+ From the creators of Bastion.
+ Action has a lot of variation, does not feel repetitive, even for such a small game.
+ Soundtrack by Darren Korb!
+ Gorgeous visuals; stopping and seeing the sights is very rewarding.
+ One of those gems that stays close to your heart, and is a joy to have in your game collection.

Finished playing

Its a video game about "humans" vs the "augmented". It is what video games were supposed to be, to have the conversations we never could.

+ Rich story about technological determinism, class struggles, and bio-augmentation.
+ Believable characters.
+ Augmentations allow for creative gameplay.
+ Excellent replay value; Breach-mode has amazing mini-games.
+ Photogenic visuals.

- Few weapons, small world.
- Designed for stealth, not open combat.

store.steampowered.com/app/337

It's okay guys. I just updated Firefox from the Elementary app center and all the tabs are crashing now.

Problem solved.

Thank you Firefox.

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FYI. Evernote Web is not working with older browsers, apparently. I'm on Firefox Quantum 61 on Elementary OS.

They just made my FF61 feel like IE6 :(

@ashfurrow There's a lot of empty space in my federated timeline. Any profile settings I should take care of? I only saw this problem today because I've pinned my fed timeline now.

Attaching screenshots.

Browsing YouTube today showed me a nice "A privacy reminder from YouTube, a Google company" popup, which is immediately suspicious.

Turns out the "popup" that prompts you to click "I agree" almost immediately is taking your permission to track your browsing activity WHEN YOU'RE SIGNED OUT of YouTube. Attaching a few choice screenshots. Be careful.

Also, if you DON'T want your data to be used by Google Analytics, you can download a browser add-on to "opt out" ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

This just made my day...

I installed Vivaldi and the default search engine is Bing (Bing?). My first search was for duckduckgo. And MS was really cute about the whole thing...

is boring:

+ Steam on Linux is a pleasure!

- Characters are 1-D, can't invest in story.
- Story is epic, story-telling is meh.
- Units for 3 factions are same-ish.
- All missions: Get resources -> Wait -> Build units -> Wait -> Attack-move into enemy based -> Wait -> Win.
- Units are same, can't try new strategies.
- Tries to be love-child of Starcraft and Supreme Commander. Fails.
- Base defense = Plants vs Zombies.

Visuals are "fine". Expected better by now.

Verdict: Pass

You guys have all read this article, right?

Losing Earth: The Decade We
Almost Stopped Climate Change

"...limit warming to 2 degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the worldโ€™s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf. The climate scientist James Hansen has called two-degree warming โ€œa prescription for long-term disaster.โ€ Long-term disaster is now the best-case scenario."

nytimes.com/interactive/2018/0


Reading Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark. Its an amazing non-technical book on the progress of AI research and development and covers some pretty interesting philosophical concepts:

Umm... hi guys. My Tusk client on Ubuntu just switched to Chinese. I didn't do anything, I swear! How can I get it back to English?

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