TRAWLING: January 30 2017

Welcome to a new week, shipmates.  Also, welcome to a new experiment here at the ship, where I go fishing for links.  This is going to be stuff I think is either relevant or interesting, or just plain freaky.   First off, today's Headlines Courtesy of Democracy Now!

"I went on three network shows and spoke for 35 minutes on three network Sunday shows. You know what got picked? The fact that I said 'alternative facts,' not the fact that I ripped a new one to some of those hosts that they never cover the facts that matter. "

Damn right you got stuck with that.  You know why?  I think you do.  You got stuck with that because it was stupid.  You knew it was stupid the second it came out of your mouth, it was obvious to anyone watching that you knew you fucked up.  Acknowledge, and move on.  

Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food and drinks just by speaking. This includes being able to modify their drink order, as if they were speaking with a barista in real life. 
Another NLP presupposition which is false is "If someone can do something, anyone can learn it." This comes from people who claim they understand the brain and can help you reprogram yours. They want you to think that the only thing that separates the average person from Einstein or Pavarotti or the World Champion Log Lifter is NLP.

...and you can learn how to be the next Einstein if you (buy this book, attend this seminar, send us your first born...)   I've studied these self help people for about a year now, and I really think they prey on the broken who need something to latch onto.  That's not to say there isn't some worth in about 20 percent of the content.  It's just that 80 percent bullshit you have to stomach, and I just can't.   NLP though, is something completely separate.  It's as mumbo-jumbo as anything that L.Ron Hubbard ever dreamed up, and you need to run the fuck away. 

Here's everything you ever need to know about Self-Help.  Really.  A year's work, right here, for free.  You're welcome. 

CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.

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Seriously, if you're a creative, why are you not taking advantage of this?  They do a series of free classes every day.  I dedicate a block of time during my weekend to learning something I didn't know.  This weekend, it was about how to use Snapchat, because I'm old.  It was a seminar by Joel Comm, broadcast free on Creative Live.  Seriously, go check this out.  

I've been a Doctor Who fan so long I remember when it wasn't cool at all to be a Doctor Who fan.  I also remember the time when Doctor Who was not on TV, because the BBC fucked up.  I'll take Who anyway I can get him.  Capaldi has been brilliant, but there seems to be an unwritten rule about Timelords lasting about three years these days.  (or a couple billion, if you've been paying attention...).  I'll be sad to see this one go, but it was in the cards.  A new companion usually comes before the regeneration.  

Now then.  Who's it going to be? (pardon the pun).   Half jokingly, I nominate Sean Bean for the role.  That way we know up front he's going to die...


via  Protests last night at JFK Airport in New York.   Mr. President, I think it's safe to say you have our attention. 

via  Protests last night at JFK Airport in New York.  

Mr. President, I think it's safe to say you have our attention. 










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