GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (289th Issue)
GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (289th Issue)
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE is hitting back at Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo following a speech last week in which Pompeo accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile nonstate intelligence agency” operating outside of the protections of the First Amendment. “We can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us. To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for,” Pompeo declared, adding an ominous assertion: “It ends now.”
Every so often, an idea comes along that mesmerizes Silicon Valley and convinces the most powerful people there that this innovation will irrevocably alter the course of humankind. Outsize proclamations are made, lavish events are held and millions of dollars in venture money are funneled into young, unproven companies. Right now, that fixation has landed on chatbots, little artificial-intelligence programs that work like personalized assistants.
Time for my last article. I could probably write more, yet there are times for everything and after this, my attention will be focused on the most comfortable position for my bed, the schedule for pain killers, and the people around me.
Yesterday I had twelve visitors, including my lovely young children. You’d think it’s exhausting, yet the non-stop flow of friends and family was like being in a luxurious hot bath with an infinite supply of fresh water.
I was a disconnected and lonely young man. Somewhat autistic, perhaps. I thought only of work, swimming, my pet cats. The notion that people could enjoy my company was alien to me. At least my work, I felt, had value. We wrote code generators in Cobol. I wrote an editor that was immensely popular in our company because it worked elegantly, and worked on every platform we ran on. I taught myself C and 8086 assembler and wrote shareware tools.
Over time I learned that if you chat with a stranger, in the course of any kind of interaction (like buying a hot dog, or groceries) they’ll chat back with a beam of pleasure. Slowly, like a creeping addiction to coffee, this became my drug of choice.
In time it became the basis, and then the goal of my work: to go to strange places and meet new people. I love the conferences because you don’t need an excuse. Everyone there wants, and expects, to talk. I rarely talk about technical issues. Read the code.
And so I’m proud of my real work, which has been for decades, to talk with people, listen and exchange knowledge, and then synthesize this and provide it on for others. I’ll take whatever credit people want to give me for being creative, brilliant, etc. Yet the models and theories I’ve shaped and documented are consistently drawn from real-life experience with other people.
Thank you, my friends, for that. When I say “I love you” it’s not some gesture. You literally kept me fed, professionally and intellectually.
So I wanted to document one last model, which is how to die, given some upfront knowledge and time. I’m not going to write an RFC this time. 🙂
We weren't supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn't resist. Last performance of Purple Rain pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) April 21, 2016
Shiver me titties! It’s talk like a pirate day! with Penelope Cruz and Her Treasure Chest!
Tribute in Light shines bright: Most powerful shafts of light EVER projected from Earth are beamed into the Manhattan sky in spectacular 9/11 commemoration as America pauses to remember
Jennifer Love Hewitt is here to save the day with a public service announcement from the Minister of Misinformation.
Unless your power was knocked out by Sandy (and we hope you’re safe and sound now!), you have probably heard the news that rippled through the entertainment world yesterday – Disney has bought LucasFilm in a stock and cash deal valued at $4.05 billion and plans to make a series of new Star Wars films, with creator George Lucas serving as creative consultant.
Speakeasy wanted to find out what movie fans, and especially die-hard “Star Wars” fans, think about all this.
Maine Music Featuring Velocipede. Produced by Alan Lowe of Waldoboro.
One of the most controversial political attack ads of the year didn’t originate with an actual candidate or political party. It came from Stephen Colbert. Or more accurately, “Stephen Colbert,” his satirical alter ego. The ad was funded by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a super PAC formed by Colbert as part of his “exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for [his] possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.” The super PAC ad suggested, in no uncertain terms, that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney might be a serial killer. “He’s Mitt the Ripper,” the voice-over declared. When asked about the ads by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Colbert (or “Colbert”) claimed ignorance. “I had nothing to do with that ad,” he said. Technically he was following to the letter the rules of super PACs, which are allowed, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, to raise unlimited funds for attack ads without being directly connected to a campaign or candidate.
“I don’t know if Mitt Romney is a serial killer,” he told Stephanopoulos. “That’s a question he’s going to have to answer.… I do not want any untrue ads on the air that could in any way be traced back to me.”
It was brilliant political satire—earning Colbert a prestigious Peabody Award, his second—that crossed into the realm of performance art. Colbert mocked the system from within, using himself as a comedic straw man. Although Colbert’s main gig is behind a desk as host of Comedy Central’s faux pundit news show The Colbert Report, it wasn’t the first time he’d blurred the line between satirist and subject. Colbert has mocked President George W. Bush to his face at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration (where he called for Americans “to stop eating fruits and vegetables”) and co-hosted with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart a political rally on the National Mall that attracted an estimated 215,000 participants.
Syrian rebels killed 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints in northern Idlib province on Thursday, just hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus and its outskirts, activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels attacked three military checkpoints near the town of Saraqeb, killing the troops. Five rebels also died in gun battles following the attacks, according to the Observatory, which relies on reports from activists on the ground.
There was no official confirmation of the deaths from the authorities.
I would like to “share with the class” two pictures from the city of Trogir in Croatia. This city is in the province of Dalmatia in Croatia and since 1997, the historic center of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites (link on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trogir). Trogir is beautiful coastal city and great touristic destination. First picture shows medieval tower (St. Marko’s Tower) that has the bar on top where you can sit, drink and enjoy the view during the day and night. In the interior of the tower there is small museum with characteristic souvenirs from that part of Dalmatia. The second picture was taken somewhere inside of historic center. Both pictures were taken by me during my visits to Trogir
Zach brags about his new cologne:
Kevin sent a breakdown of facebook ownership: http://www.whoownsfacebook.com/
More than 42,000 adults and children were found in forced prostitution, labour, slavery or armed conflict in 2011, a US government report has found.
Since it’s such a lovely summer weekend, Roger suggests we grill up some Volkswagen sausages, topped with, of course, VW ketchup.
For years, the U.S. government ran an elaborate “gunwalking” operation on the Mexican border. It was a high-stakes sting operation in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a part of the Justice Department — opted not to stop purchases of weapons that it suspected were intended for smuggling across the border by traffickers. The goal was to let “straw buyers” purchase the guns and move them to large-scale traffickers, but to stop the weapons before they moved across the border.
IN a partisan country locked in a polarizing campaign, there is no shortage of much discussed divisions: religious and secular, the 99 percent and the 1 percent, red America and blue America.
But you can make a strong case that one dividing line has actually received too little attention. It’s the line between young and old.