Angels with dirty faces

If you want to be more optimistic, close your Twitter account. Bad news is addicting. But don’t completely bury your head in the sand. No one acts in public like they do on social media. People say whatever they want online because they’re shielded behind a mobile screen. Go to the grocery and the sick-spitting […]

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Free the animals 🦁🐘🦓

The design for Animal crackers just got an update. Due to mounting pressure from animal rights group PETA, Nabisco removed the cages from its iconic cracker box. The updated version shows the animals roaming free. The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s […]

Coping with the cesspool of news

There’s a certain smugness people get in ignoring the news. Congratulations, you have no idea what’s going on! But I like to stay informed. I’d prefer Walden with Wi-Fi.  While most of the stories are flotsam, sometimes that one little insight can make the biggest impact on your train of thought. The trick is to stay […]

U.K. schools dismiss the traditional clock face

The U.K. is eliminating analog clocks from student classrooms because kids can’t read them. Says one professor from the Times Educational Supplement newspaper: “It is amazing the number of students I am coming across in year 10, 11 and in sixth form who do not know how to tell the time. We live in a world […]

The Record Play app identifies songs based on album artwork

We’re all familiar with Shazam identifying songs by audio. But what about Shazaming cover art? App experimenter Patrick Weaver created the Record Player app to help match up cover art with music on Spotify. He posted the beta on Glitch. This is a Rube Goldberg Machine of the Google Cloud Vision API and the Spotify […]

Millennials are turning their apartments into “house jungles”

Hilton Carter keeps 180 plants in his house. Apparently, he’s part of a millennial trend that’s obsessed with houseplants. From The Washington Post: Others prefer the term “urban rain forest” or the cutesy “jungalow.” In this aspirational landscape, outlandishly and photographically lush is ideal, and filling your home with plants is “urban wilding.” In less […]

Watch Mark Zuckerberg testify live before the Senate right here

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before the US Senate. You can expect the hearing to focus on the manipulation of data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. ‘Move fast and break things’ Can Zuckerberg rectify the damage he’s done to digital oil? We never worry about our privacy until its […]

Instagram tweaks its algorithm to favor fresher posts

Instagram is making tweaks to the algorithmic feed it introduced two years ago. While the social network won’t bring back the chronological feed, it will emphasize newer posts first. You’ll also be able to manually refresh your feeds instead of kicked up to the to while browsing. From the Instagram blog: We’ve heard it can […]

Blame the humans, not the bots, for retweeting false news

According to research done by data scientists at MIT, it is humans, not bots, which disseminate false news. The study began with the 2013 Boston bombings when Twitter spread inaccurate rumors about the aftermath of the events. The three authors of the study then took it upon themselves to dig deeper into the fake news […]

No longer thinking straight

We are suckers for fake news not necessarily because we want to believe it’s true, but because the world has become so chaotic and polluted with noisy opinions that the possibilities are endless. Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas. #HurricaneHarvy pic.twitter.com/ANkEiEQ3Y6 — Jason Michael (@Jeggit) August 28, […]

“Nothing is real until it’s on television”

“It’s such an American thing that nothing is real until it’s on television.” – Tom Nichols As Charlie Brown says after looking into the dark sky: “Let’s go inside and watch television. I’m beginning to feel insignificant.”

Newsletter: The Coltrane Doctrine 🎷

Web Gems THE COLTRANE DOCTRINE John Coltrane and Einstein shared interests in mathematical principles. In response to the Coltrane doctrine (image below), Thelonious Monk replied: “All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.” + Now that ⚾ is back, here’s a little-known fact on how the game influenced jazz music. WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK “I never sleep because sleep […]