Many years ago I chose to eat only vegetables and not touch meat. I read labels and if I do not understand the ingredients, I am less likely to go forward with the food item. I also avoid meat ingredients such as eggs so that excludes several baked goods. Last year, I learned about the dangers of acrylamide in fried potatoes and have abstained from french fries and most fried food including potato chips. I am food conscious. Continue reading
More pictures are taken with phones and those pictures still do not stack up to a traditional camera. While it is true that any snapshot of a rare or fleeting situation is better than none at all, when you do have a choice, a phone camera may not be the right way. Brian talks about this in, What smartphone photography is doing to our memories. He focuses on the distraction that phone pose in disrupting our own memory of the event photographed. However, what is not mentioned is the effect photographic enhancement has on accurately capturing a moment in time. Continue reading
The digital apocalypse will be survived. People can definitely live without computers. Yet, any critique of computers is not fatal. They are very useful devices that just happen to be used in the wrong way in some cases. With all the data breaches, identify misappropriation, and easily automated leakage of information, we humans have not learned that these machines cannot keep our secrets … for long. The machines can slow down or prevent you doing things when you cannot access a website because you no longer use paper. Continue reading
The controversy involving data harvesting exposed last week to influence elections will not be the last time. Digital data is easy to scoop up. We all give data to the big social networks. Just clicking on a link from an e-mail or reading a news article contributes to this cycle. Scooping up digital data and selling it is easy money. Maybe the easiest money ever. Why wouldn’t digital spying and profiling occur? Digital advertising is everywhere and many ads contain or are directly connected to computer code that simply records what, when, and where. The stakes are increased power. Cookies are the past, tracking technology has advanced. Your profile can and will be used to manipulate you. Not just in elections which have consequences on regulations you live under; regulations of those in power and without; but all aspects of your life.
Surveillance Capitalism: It’s not just Facebook. Thousands of companies are spying on you
The movie was tastefully done and world-class. The layers of morality woven throughout the film was addressed strove towards an ideal in a realistic way. The portrayal of an advanced African society was dignified, consistent with tribal expressions, and had real life. The blend of a restive, relaxed, connected Wakanda rural and metro city life (with clean bazaars and merchant activity, kids playing in the streets without fear) was a clear and refreshing contrast with the lives experienced in first world nations in reality and the Marvel’s echo of that reality. A lead character T’Challa was presented with various dilemmas and I found the portrayal of how he ultimately expressed himself and emphasized to be a true model of authentically noble leadership. Continue reading
A book was given to me a few weeks ago by the name, Sadhana A Way to God. I am right in the middle pages of the book and the experience so far has been illuminating. It turns out the Jesuits have very compelling views on faith, thought, existence, and spirituality. They have access to solid information and spiritual practices that are perhaps a missing link between East and West. I think the exercises in Sadhana by Anthony de Mello are an exemplary way to deepen one’s understanding of one’s self, existence, internal motivation, and how to widen one’s capacity to receive more inspiration life, God, and the universe. I’ll have more to say on this later.
The ability to fix things, stitch them together so they work again is a fundamental way to understand those things. The resurgence is highlighted in, Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture? How many people got a huge boost from taking things apart, exploring, and then figuring out how to make them go? Steve Wozniak led to Apple. What new innovations may appear once the repair culture gets back into full swing?