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1/23 Tuesday

VNV Nation - Dark Angel (Azrael)

📺 Mama (2013) directed by Andy Muschietti

🎙 Episode 90: Neb-Ma’at-Re – The History of Egypt Podcast

The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for $349, available to order this Friday

Netflix Blasts Past Q4 Subscriber-Growth Expectations, Shares Soar to All-Time High

Snapchat will now let you share some Stories outside the app

The Early Stages of the Brain

🎙 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #114 — Politics and Sanity - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics.


Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education

Uber Eats acquires Ando, the food delivery startup from David Chang that makes its own food

Witch Hunts, an Economic Explanation

6 More Reasons to Question Josephus’ “James the brother of Jesus” passage

1/21 Sunday

🎙 078 – Death By Sympathetic Magic – Mythology Translated

🎙 History in the Bible: 2.14 Grappling with the Greeks V: Jubilees Reconstructs Judaism

🎙 Gospel of Mary – Sunday School Dropouts

Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — with no checkout lines and no cashiers

Slack comes to Linux as a snap

Google CEO: ‘I don’t regret’ firing James Damore

1/20 Saturday

Update on Twitter’s Review of the 2016 U.S. Election

Facebook to rank publishers in News Feed on how ‘trustworthy’ readers think they are

1/19 Friday

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t let nephew use social media

Facebook’s latest News Feed update will prioritize trustworthy publishers - Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5%

Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead

YouTube Is Assembling New Teams To Spot Inappropriate Content Early

After initial rejection, Apple approves Wehe, an app that detects net neutrality violations by testing download speeds and video throttling in seven apps

EU says social networks remove 70% of hate speech, up from 59% in May, review 81% of reported content within 24 hours; Instagram and Google+ join the initiative

Snap Threatens Jail Time for Leakers

Amazon boosts monthly Prime fee to $12.99, while $99 annual fee remains unchanged

Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS

1/18 Thursday

🎙 Mark Epstein: The Task Is Being You by Tricycle Talks - The Buddha had a prescription to end suffering—the eightfold path. But can the Western tradition of psychotherapy build upon these essential steps? Here, Buddhist psychotherapist and bestselling author Epstein talks with Tricycle contributing editor Amy Gross about how the two realms of wisdom view the idea of self as both problematic and helpful. Drawing from his new book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, to discuss the ways meditation illuminates aspects of ourselves that we’re afraid or ashamed of, allowing us to let go of the identities that constrict us.

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought

Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law

Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities, moving to next phase in contest for $5B economic prize

Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

Apple rerouting employee shuttles after highway attacks shatter windows on buses during commutes

NT/History Blog: Episodic Tradition

The Dangers of Celebrity Culture

1/17 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 22 Interpreting Scripture: Medieval Interpretations from our continuing weekly presentation of Dale Martin’s Yale University lecture series on the New Testament

How the Author of Acts Rewrote Stories from Luke

Luke Makes Jesus More Patient with the Fig Tree

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

YouTube Sets Stricter Requirements for Creator Partners in Response to Advertiser Concerns

TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

The impromptu Slack war room where ‘net companies unite to fight Spectre-Meltdown

1/16 Tuesday

The Catholic Church says no to gluten-free communion. Here’s why

If this microwave espresso maker ever gets made, I want one. But I’ve been waiting to hear more news it’s status for like 3 years. They seem to have dropped off the map. Or… Nestles kidnapped them / bought them out and have them locked in a basement in Switzerland some place.

🎙 Literature & History Podcast #48 The Right and the Expedient - Cicero and the Fall of the Republic

Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018

Sakyong Mipham on Why We Must Practice the Art of Good Conversation

The Fear Factor (increasing empathy & altruism) - Matthieu Ricard

More Mental Illness Denial

1/15 Monday

The Four Seasons - Oh What a Night

Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home

Facebook Report Sparks Danish Crackdown on Underage Sex Post

Oprah would be a disaster as president

1/14 Sunday

📺 My Dinner with André (1981) directed by Louis Malle

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969) Full Album

🎙 The History of Witchcraft Podcast #23 - Ten Thousand Hells

🎙 History of Philosophy (without any gaps) Podcast #293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

🎙 2 Peter – Sunday School Dropouts Podcast

🎙 #236 The Burning of Derfel Gadarn – The History of England Podcast

🎙 Birthday Festivities – The History of Egypt Podcast

Wild Man Fischer - An Evening with Wild Man Fischer (Full Album) - If you thought Captain Beefheart’s album was odd, wait till you get a load of this one.

Facebook Couldn’t Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To

Amazon & Google ecosystem presence overtake Apple at CES

Mr. Amazon Steps Out

Google is pulling addiction treatment center ads worldwide

Facebook’s startling new ambition is to shrink

1/13 Saturday

🎵 Brother Sister - Brand New Heavies (album)

5 Reasons You (And Everyone Else) Are Having a Hard Time Meditating

Numismatic Evidence that Corroborates Suetonius’ Life of Otho and Contradicts the Gospels

Comparing Ancient Historical Biographies with the Gospels

1/12 Friday

🎵 Frank Zappa — St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast™

Why the Sun, Moon, Stars Were Created So Late in the Week

🎵 Dont Eat The Yellow Snow, etc… more Zappa greatness from Apostrophe (‘)

Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share

Ex-Google Employee’s Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions

‘Sex Party’ or ‘Nerds on a Couch?’ A Night in Silicon Valley

1/11 Thursday

🎵 It’s a miricle (Roger Waters). I started working on a few new stretches right before xmas, and today on my afternoon walk, I had no pain in my right hip. That pain has been there every day for so many years that I no longer even thought about it. But today, there was none. Let’s hope it’s related to the stretch and I can keep it away.

Google Quietly Buys U.K. Sound Tech Startup Redux

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

Amazon launches virtual Dash button SDK for third-party screens

Another macOS password prompt can be bypassed with any password

Amazon Is Beating Google In The Smart Home Battle, For Now

Meet Three Buddhist Directors Exploring Faith through Film

Theologians Myth-Busting the Jesus Story

1/10 Wednesday

George Benson - Love Ballad

Mindfulness being introduced to New York City’s vulnerable youth

📺 Lecture 21 Interpreting Scripture: Hebrews from our continuing weekly presentation of Dale Martin’s Yale University lecture series on the New Testament

Movie; Ex Machina (2014) directed by Alex Garland

Ataraxia - (literally, “not perturbed”, generally translated as “imperturbability”, “equanimity”, or “tranquillity”) is a Greek term first used in philosophy by Pyrrho and subsequently Epicurus for a lucid state of robust equanimity, characterized by ongoing freedom from distress and worry. The ancient Greek author Sextus Empiricus gave this definition: “ataraxia is an untroubled and tranquil condition of the soul.” In non-philosophical usage, the term was used to describe the ideal mental state for soldiers entering battle.

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-001

Appreciating the Diamond Sutra

Socrates as Anti-Hero according to Biblical Law

Blues Grinder - Ronny Jordan

Cloud companies consider Intel rivals after security flaws found

Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters reporters

Verizon under pressure to cancel upcoming Huawei phone launch - Chinese Huawei seen as spy threat

Apple to transfer Chinese customer iCloud operations to CGBD at the end of February

T-Mobile launches nation’s first service plan for NB-IoT

Senate Democrats get enough co-sponsors to trigger vote on net neutrality

Huawei’s Richard Yu is really pissed at US carriers

Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Computer

Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield

1/9 Tuesday

Earth, Wind & Fire - Serpentine Fire

🎙 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #113 — Consciousness and the Self - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics.

Top 10 TED Talks of 2017

The Republic - PLATO (Bob Neufeld solo version)

Phil Collins-Take Me Home

The Law of Moses, a Reflection of the Law that Condemned Socrates and Other Greek Philosophers

The Brand New Heavies - Midnight At The Oasis

1/8 Monday

Slim Shady EP - Eminem - After watching a documentary about Eminem’s life I was stunned, impressed, and inspired. I only recently came upon the song “Without Me” (Yeah, I live in a cave) After watching the documentary, I figured the EP was a must listen.

Movie - Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) directed by Peter Landesman

Movie - The Disaster Artist (2017) directed by James Franco

🎙 The Valley of Fear, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Exodus, part 3. Israel and Yahweh in Canaan

Having Real Conversations (Even With My Sister) and the Ability to Listen

Fire, Fury, Fake News and Sound Historical Methods

Sylvers - Boogie Fever

Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

Garmin’s first wearable with music storage is the Forerunner 645 Music

Nvidia supersizes PC gaming with Big Format Gaming Displays

GoPro issues weak guidance, to reduce global workforce from 1,254 employees to fewer than 1,000; shares halted

Donna Summer - Bad Girls

1/7 Sunday

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly is great album to sit on your cajon and worship at the temple that is music to, if you want to increase the joy and happiness in your life. Head over to Amazon, find yourself a $50 cajon and give yourself an opportunity to have hours and hours of joy.

The Adventure of the Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Who - You Better You Bet

🎙 History in the Bible: 2.13 Grappling with the Greeks IV: Daniel and the Book of Parables

🎙 Episode 89: Lords of the Desert – The History of Egypt Podcast

🎙 235 Pilgrimage of Grace II – The History of England

🎙 1 Peter – Sunday School Dropouts

Kool & the Gang - Funky Stuff

Digital assistants could alleviate the loneliness of elderly

How to Curb Silicon Valley Power - Even With Weak Antitrust Laws

Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy

Behind the scenes of a bug collision

FCC Commissioner Clyburn guts anti-net neutrality order in extended dissent

Uber Shareholders Including Kalanick Loosen Grip With Sales of Stock

Visa locks down Bitcoin payment cards in crackdown on card issuer

1/6 Saturday

Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Don’t Do It)

Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6

Bitcoin Miners Are Shifting Outside China Amid State Clampdown

Maceo and All The Kings Men- Got To Getcha

1/5 Friday

Devo - [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventure of the Red Circle, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ancient Greece Declassified: 15 Homer’s Meta-Odyssey w/ Richard Martin

Greco-Roman Mysteries

Western Esotericism

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Google eyes Chinese e-sports market with investment in Chushou

Apple joins an alliance to shrink your online videos

Fitbit invests in Sano, diabetes tech start-up, to catch Apple

A Look at Hoa Hao Buddhism in Vietnam

Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again

1/4 Thursday

Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat. MØ)

🎙 His Last Bow (short stories 1908–1913, 1917), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

📺 The Invention of Lying (2009) directed by Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

Matthieu Ricard (Buddhist Monk)

Eminem - Without Me

Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know

Two Artists Explore the Sacred Qualities of Pilgrimage at the Rubin Museum of Art

Greyboy - “Ruffneck Jazz”

1/3 Wednesday

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky - Hey you with the pretty face, Welcome to the human race, A celebration, mister blue sky’s up there waitin’, And today is the day we’ve waited for

📺 Lecture 20 The “Anti-household” Paul: Thecla from our continuing weekly presentation of Dale Martin’s Yale University lecture series on the New Testament

📺 The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

📺 The Adventure of the Second Stain, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyal. Prime Minister Lord Bellinger & the Right Honourable Trelawney Hope might want to strap on their Depends™ if Holmes fails to solve this case. Detective fiction at it’s best. I shit you not!

If I wuz U - P.M Dawn

I Live in the Woods, and Netgear’s Orbi Outdoor Satellite Sounds Like a Dream

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Roku joins the voice computing market with smart soundbars, speakers and more built by partners

The Logan Paul Suicide Video Shows YouTube Is Facing A Crucial Turning Point

China’s Didi to buy Brazil’s 99 in $1B deal to take on Latin America

Peter Gabriel - Steam

1/2 Tuesday

Walk on the wild side. To quote the great Lou Reed “Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo”

Looking forward to reading Guy Armstrong’s, Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators ASAP. If everything is empty, then what ceases in Nirvana and is born in rebirth? Guy Armstrong tackles this question and more in this richly informed, practical guide to emptiness for the meditator. It may seem odd for emptiness to serve as the central philosophy of a major religion. In fact, emptiness points to something quite different than “nothingness” or “vacancy.” And by developing a richer understanding of this complex topic, we can experience freedom as we live consciously in the world. Guy Armstrong has been a leading figure and beloved teacher of insight meditation for decades. In this book, he makes difficult Buddhist topics easy to understand, weaving together Theravada and Mahayana teachings on emptiness to show how we can liberate our minds and manifest compassion in our lives.

🎙 The Waking Up Podcast w/ Sam Harris #112 - The Intellectual Dark Web - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics.

Who Depoliticized Early Christianity?

De La Soul - Say No Go

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law

How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches

1/1 Monday

Aquarius (Let the Sunshine in)

🎙 The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

🎙 Waking Up Podcast #111 - The Science of Meditation - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics.

Brand New Heavies - BNH

Do Buddhists Have Fellow Travelers in the Stoics?

On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, by Richard Carrier

🎙 The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

🎙 What Do Buddhists Mean When They Talk About Not-Self?

🎙 History of Philosophy without any Gaps Podcast #292 - Say it With Poetry - Chaucer and Langland

Funky Stuff - Kool & the Gang

What Happened In 2017

No boundaries for user identities: Web trackers exploit browser login managers

The Bear Case For XRP: Bitcoin Futures Edition

The year we wanted the internet to be smaller

12/24 Sunday

📺 Happy Christmas! Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol… this is the one… the musical. Perhaps my favorite movie of all time. Watch it tonight, and I’ll see you folks next year. Happy New Year!

♬ This is the original “Jesus is my friend” song and this is the parody both of which were only pointed out to me today. Why have I never seen this before? I think both are equally hysterical, but I particularly like the plywood keyboard stand on the parody version, and of course the dude with the white vest. And… is the guitar player not wearing shoes? Irrespective, he’s got some good moves.

📺 Happy Festivus! - I got a lot of problems with you people!

🎙 History in the Bible Podcast 2.12 Grappling with the Greeks III: The Maccabeans Revolt

🎙 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #110 — The Change Artist - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with AJ Jacobs about religion, gossip, polyamory, health advice, our past and future selves, “radical honesty,” human genealogy, tribalism, and other topics.

The Two Stories of Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Jesus is just alright - The Doobie Brothers

CNN Is Axing Snapchat Daily News Show ‘The Update’

Snowden’s New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

12/23 Saturday

Keep Talking - Pink Floyd

Episode 159 – Rest in Peace - The History of Byzantium

The Zen Priest Creating Social Change Through Meditation and Mindfulness

Tricycle’s Top 17 of 2017

The Luminous Mind

📺 Alexander of Macedonia: 14 Lectures - YouTube playlist

Roger Waters - Radio KAOS - Radio Waves

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision

Older Indians Drive Millennials Crazy On WhatsApp. This Is Why They’re Obsessed

Amazon acquires connected camera and doorbell startup Blink

Coinbase up with intermittent suspensions after stopping transactions for crypto

12/22 Friday

(Patti) LaBelle - Lady Marmalade

Viking Identity & Christianity – The Performed Violence of Olaf Tryggvason

📺 Charlemagne - From the Hammer to the Cross, by Richard Winston (YouTube playlist 15 videos)

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 17-054

🎙 Bonus – Cicero With A Lisp – Mythology Translated podcast

🎙 Traitor is Such an Ugly Word - History in the Making Podcast

Starting Over, Again

Harmonizing the the Gospel Birth Narratives Raises A Problem

How John Used the Synoptics: The First Temptation vs. The First Sign

Peter Gabriel - Steam

Eric Schmidt stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Goldman Is Setting Up a Cryptocurrency Trading Desk

Mattermark to shut down after selling to FullContact

Tax reform reaction: AT&T is giving bonuses to 200,000 employees

Iced tea maker soars 500% after pivot to blockchain

Bitcoin and almost every other cryptocurrency crashed hard today

12/21 Thursday

The Brand New Heavies - Midnight At The Oasis

🎙 Literature & History Podcast #47 - O Tempora o Mores (Ciccero)

🎙 Tides of History Podcast - Interview: Actor Gary Oldman from “Darkest Hour” on History and Film

An Aversion to Averroes - Robert M Price

The Memoir’s of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Author Conan Doyle

Next up… The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (David Clarke version)

BNH - Brand New Heavies

Facebook will ditch Disputed Flags on fake news and display links to trustworthy articles instead

Twitter now lets you use third-party apps instead of SMS for two-factor authentication

Walmart is developing personal shopping services and cashier-free stores

12/20 Wednesday

Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces

📺 Lecture 19 - The “Household” Paul: the Pastorals by Dale Martin of Yale University. Find the entire lecture series & more here.

🎙 The History of Egypt Podcast - #88 Lady of the Lake

It works for Esther. Why not for Jesus?

The Value of Religion

The Young Earth creationist argumentative strategy is also used by Old Earth creationists?

The Politics of Archaeology

Us3 - I Got It Goin’ On

Uber dealt blow after EU court classifies it as transport service

Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15

12/19 Tuesday

They Can’t Take That Away from Me - John Pizzarelli

Last night I went Christmas caroling to the home bound with my confessor / priest & a small group from my church. Chit chat obviously ensued. During this chit chat, while we were singing Hark The Herald for the third time, I mentioned that every time I hear the song, I can’t help thinking of Scrooge (1970), the musical version of the Dicken’s classic, starring Albert Finney. My priest acknowledged this, and for a while I thought she was also a fan of that great film. After multiple short clarifying back & fourths, it became clear that she was talking about some other version, since the one she kept referencing was NOT a musical. The musicality of the 1970’s version is one of the great things about it, IMHO. When I got home, I’m thinking that my priest was referencing this Scrooge (1951) with Alastair Sim, which when I then watched via YouTube, realized I had seen before, but watched again, because almost immediately I was taken how some of the dialogue was virtually identical (not surprising since they were like GLuke & GMatthew to Dicken’s GMark) and that was amusing. This version was always memorable to me because of “ignorance” and “want” clinging to the Ghost of Christmas Present’s legs. Yet… not being a musical, and not being one of my all time favorite movies I still think the 1970s version is better. In fact, it’s the only movie I actually own on DVD, and so now I am off to walk up to the parsonage to drop it in my priest’s mail box so she can give it a watch. I highly recommend the movie to everyone during the holiday season, or any time actually. I watch this movie and sing along with the songs all year round. These are great songs, and well worth learning, especially, I Like Life!. So, remember, enjoy life… eat out more often!

🎙 Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris - #109 Biology and Culture - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bret Weinstein about the moral panic at Evergreen State College, the concept of race, genetic differences between human populations, intersectionality, sex and gender, “metaphorical truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics.

Is it Coincidence that the Gospel of John is Called ‘the Spiritual Gospel’?

An Example of the Veneration of the Number Four in the Christian Tradition Before the Four Gospels Were Canonized

Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It

Sexual misconduct outcry makes U.S. lawyers rethink confidentiality

French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing

Introducing Plexamp (a WinAmp inspired music player that will will any file)

SoftBank Leads $120 Million Funding in Fintech (Peer-to-peer insurance) Startup Lemonade

Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology

Blink introduces a $99 video doorbell

France puts Facebook on notice over WhatsApp data transfers

Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

12/18 Monday

Greyboy - La Jolla

🎙 The History of England Podcast #234 Pilgrimage of Grace I

Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On

★★★ Jaron Lanier interview on Silicon Valley culture, #MeToo backlash, AI, and the future

Twitter starts enforcing new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct

Initial Coin Offerings Surge Past $4 Billion—and Regulators Are Worried

Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash

Facebook is clamping down on posts that shamelessly beg for your engagement

Dialogue with Classicist Trevor Luke on Roman Imperial Ideology and the Miracles of Jesus: Part 1

Exodus, part 2. Habiru, Rameses II and the problem of Pithom

Neil Godfrey says he agreewith with James McGrath RE Mythicism

12/17 Sunday

Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies

📺 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Jeremy Brett - The Boscombe Valley Mystery

📺 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Jeremy Brett - The man with the twisted lip

Was the name “Jesus” too common to belong to a divinity or archangel?

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 17-053

🎙 HoP 291 - Alle Maner of Thyng Shall be Welle - English Mysticism

🎙 James – Sunday School Dropouts Podcast

PM Dawn - Shake

Facebook says ‘passively consuming’ the News Feed will make you feel worse about yourself

How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants

12/16 Saturday

The O’Jays - Use Ta Be My Girl

The Teachings of Jesus Christ as the Teachings of Don Juan Matus

How Dog Breeding is Like the Creation of the Four Canonical Gospels

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (David Clarke Version) 12 stories

📺 How Jesus became God - Bart Ehrman

📺 Moving beyond the Mirage: Practicing with Buddhism’s Five Aggregates

George Benson - The Greatest Love of All

Suicide Threats Are A Big Problem On Twitch

★★★ Estonia, the Digital Republic

Google kills its Tango augmented reality platform, shifting focus to ARCore

Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

12/15 Friday

Wild Cherry - Play that funky music

The Sign of The Four - Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (David Clarke version)

If you’re curious of the order of Sherlock Holmes stories

The Near East in the balance

The Migration Age

The Black Death: Human history’s biggest catastrophe?

Charlemagne & the Papacy

The rise and fall of the Knights Templar

Oh yeah… I forgot the mention the other day, I finally looked up why we say Jesus H. Christ. I was curious where the “H” came from.

🎙 The History of Byzantium Podcast - Episode 158 - The Legend Slayer

Kool & The Gang - Fresh

Hackers halt plant operations in watershed cyber attack

Go-Jek buys three startups to advance its mobile payment business

12/14 Thursday

Cake - Opera Singer

A Study in Scarlet (1887), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - I’m going to start going back over Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, and listen to them in order. Tonight, I’ll be starting with the first Holmes story (which was one of 4 Sherlock Holmes novels) and is the tale that introduced Holmes to the world. I’m gong to be listening to the David Clarke version from Librivox. If anyone wants to join me. If you look to the left hand column can download the complete novel as a .zip file. Enjoy the greatness!

Waking Up with Sam Harris: #108 — Defending the Experts - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics.

The Battle of Stamford Bridge, 1066

🎙 Tides of History Podcast #13 - Natural Disasters and the End of the Roman Empire - Good narrative description of life at that time. At one point I was thinking that it sounded like a many year prior backstory for Mad Max in Thunderdome. Mad Petros & Thecla survive the apocalypse. If these occur roughly every 800 years, we’re due for one soon. Cheers!

Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling

AI pioneer Andrew Ng wants to modernize manufacturing

AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines

Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

Patreon scraps new service fee and apologizes to users

The iMac Pro is a beast, but it’s not for everybody

12/13 Wednesday

Boz Scaggs - Lowdown

📺 Lecture 18 - Arguing with Paul? by Dale Martin of Yale university. Find the entire lecture series & more here.

The Authoritarians, by Bob Altemeyer

🎙 Mini Episode: Flower Festivities – The History of Egypt Podcast

Daniel Gullotta’s Review of Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus

The B52’s - Rock Lobster

T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, challenging cable and satellite giants with purchase of Layer3 TV

Google is opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

Target is buying Alabama-based, same-day delivery service Shipt for $550 million

Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language out now in preview

12/12 Tuesday

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne

📺 The Caesars - six episodes - (Augustus, Germanicus, Tiberius, Sejanus, Caligula, Claudius)

Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following

Groupon founder’s new app Descript edits audio files directly from text

The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess

12/11 Monday

🎙 Will Durant - The Story of Philosophy

Deee-Lite - “Power Of Love”

Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

Bananarama - Venus

The evidence of ancient historians

How “Biblical History” is Fundamentally Different From Other Historical Research

On the Plausibility and Purpose of Paul’s Sea Voyage in Acts 27

12/10 Sunday

C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) ft. Freedom Williams

Neil Godfrey; Why I don’t see myself as a Christ Mythicist

🎙 Literature & History Podcast - #46 The Republic at Twilight

🎙 The History of Witchcraft Podcast #22 - Fairies, Demons, and a Cat called Satan

🎙 History in the Bible Podcast - Grappling With the Greeks II: Jerusalem Against Athens

🎙 The History of England Podcast #233 Obedience

Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be

Podcast ads remain stubbornly old-fashioned - Digiday

YouTube Advertising Crackdown Puts Some Creators Out of Work

First Round State of Startups 2017

Why I’m banking on Bitcoin for my childrens’ financial future

12/09 Saturday

♬ I was cajoning to Donald Fagen’s - Kamakiriad again today. That album just never gets old to me, and the beats are like a drum machine in their consistency. Definitely a great album to practice timing to.

Genesis - In The Cage Medley/Afterglow

Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Sweet - Love is like Oxygen

The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another

📺 Architects or Artisans? The Builders of the Medieval Cathedrals - History of Art

12/08 Friday

Nordic Chamber Choir - O Magnum Mysterium (M. Lauridsen)

The Cult Of Isis

The Bizarre Fugue of Larry Hurtado, by Richard Carrier - Ignore Carrier’s frustration with Hurtado, but within this post, there is lots of good information about how the angel Jesus because thought of as an actual person (which happened often in the ancient world). For those interested in learning more, see the book On The Historicity of Jesus.

Ancient Roman texts shed light on earliest Londoners in one of UK’s most important archaeological discoveries

Review - Catherine Nixey “The Darkening Age”

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey - His main triumph was to retain the king’s favor for years

The Battle of Fraga, 1134

📺 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible - Yale University’s Christine Hayes. This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Twitter Users Like Long Tweets More Than Short Ones

Meet “Genies”, the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact news

Dealing with Silence and the Absence of Evidence in an Age of Resurgent Orthodoxy

12/07 Thursday

The Gospel of Mark as Theological Allegory

📺 The Vikings (36 lectures)

🎙 Tides of History Podcast - #12 Justinian the Great and the Reconquest of the Western Empire

Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

Lyft is now offering self-driving car trips in Boston

Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

The Wikipedia Competitor That’s Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy

12/06 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 17 Paul’s Disciples by Professor Dale Martin of Yale University. Find the entire lecture series & more here.

Ronny Jordan - See the new

Google Calendar on my Chromebook has got a new look today. Looks more like a mobile app. Will take a while to get used to before I decide if I like it or not.

🎙 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living? - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Benatar about his philosophy of “anti-natalism.” They discuss the asymmetry between the good and bad things in life, the ethics of existential risk, the moral landscape, the limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics.

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

12/05 Tuesday

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 17-052

From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

FCC won’t delay vote, says net neutrality supporters are “desperate”

Zeta Global acquires commenting service Disqus

Apple Pay Cash starts rolling out to iPhone users in the US

12/04 Monday

REOL - ちるちる / ChiruChiru

Facebook “Messenger Kids” lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve

Facebook opens new London hub, to create 800 UK jobs

Ad Hoc explanations for all those different biographies of Jesus …. (or Socrates)

♬ If you’re looking for a album to practice your cajon to… try Rick Braun’s Beat Street. Rhythm is life!

12/03 Sunday

Dream On Dreamer - The Brand New Heavies - Yesterday while at ShopRite, I heard this song over their in house music system. The Heavies have always been one of my favorite dance bands, but I’ve never heard them in a store before. ShopRite’s getting funky.

The Theology of Hell

Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars explores vice and virtue in ancient Rome

What is the Indus Valley Civilization

Absent the Testimonium, Does the Reference to Jesus in 20.9.1 Hold?

UT Austin professors discover copy of Jesus’ secret revelations to his brother

Zoroastrianism: an overview

Why did the Museum of the Bible’s scholars destroy ancient Egyptian artifacts?

Cnut the Great, the Conquest of England, and the Puzzle of London

Brand New Heavies - Midnight at the oasis

Uber’s use of encrypted messaging may set legal precedents

How optimizing content for search engines in the early days of the web gave rise to today’s never-ending algorithmic arms race against web and social platforms

The History of Witchcraft Podcast #21 - Gloriana? I Hardly Knew Her!

History of Philosophy Podcast #290 - Martin Pickavé on Emotions in Medieval Philosophy

The History of England Podcast - #232 Evangelicals

Sunday School Dropouts Podcast - Acts of John Part 2

“Why the “Mythical Jesus” Claim Has No Traction with Scholars”

12/02 Saturday

Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself

CME says it’s launching bitcoin futures on Dec. 18

Apple will stop accepting 32-bit Mac apps starting January 1, 2018

12/01 Friday

PM Dawn- The Beautiful

AWS relaunches Cloud9 collaborative development environment, a year after acquisition

Twitter Lite with lower data usage becomes available in 24 new countries

Google Home learns how to multitask

Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other local services

Luxury auto brands adopt new strategies as the old run out of gas

11/30 Thursday

Roger Waters - What God Wants, Pt. I (2015)

Archaeologists find first evidence for Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain

🎙 051 Sophocles by The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

🎙 052 Early Euripides by The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

🎙 053 Euripides at War by The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) ft. Freedom Williams

AWS Fargate lets you run containers without managing infrastructure

Alphabet Considers Giving Nest a New Home Within Google

Datally, Google’s latest app for data-conscious next billion netizens

Apple COO Jeff Williams: Heart study interview

YouTube is launching its own take on Stories with a new video format called ‘Reels’

11/29 Wednesday

mo cookin - sweet potato

📺 Lecture 16 - Paul as Jewish Theologian by Professor Dale Martin of Yale University. Find the entire lecture series & more here.

🎙 Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris: #106 - Humanity 2.0 - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/cas9. They talk about the biology of gene editing, how specific tissues in the body can be targeted, the ethical implications of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics.

From Tyrants to Soldiers of Christ: the nobility of twelfth-century Leon-Castile and the struggle against Islam

The Classical and Biblical Canons — & the importance of identifying authors

Kool And The Gang - Jungle Boogie

Snapchat starts algorithm-personalized redesign splitting social and media

Facebook’s New Test: ‘Upload A Clear Photo of Your Face’

Huge security flaw lets anyone log into a High Sierra Mac

11/28 Tuesday

The Crystal Method - High roller

The Gospels were (and are) allegorical stories (PDF)

The Phantom Time Hypothesis, The Theory That Says It’s Actually 1720

India: An Introduction

Autaritus and His Treacherous Mercenary Band

Skeletons could provide clues to who wrote or protected the Dead Sea Scrolls

Ancient Dragons In The Norse Mythology And Scandinavian Folklore

The Atheling and the Tragedy of the White Ship

Khmer Empire

📺 Justice League (2017) directed by Zack Snyder

📺 The Snowman (2017) directed by Tomas Alfredson

🎙 The History of Egypt Podcast - Episode 87: Comforts of Power

Grateful Dead - I Know You Rider

SoftBank Bids to Buy Uber Shares for 30% Less Than Current Value

WeWork To Acquire Meetup

Tumblr Founder David Karp Steps Down

Airbnb launches payment splitting for group trips

Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported

11/27 Monday

Cake - No Phone

AWS launches Amazon Sumerian to build AR, VR and 3D apps quickly

FBI gave heads-up to fraction of Russian hackers’ US targets

People driving while playing Pokémon Go caused millions in damages in 148 days

11/26 Sunday

Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity

🎙 History in the Bible Podcast 2.10 Grappling with the Greeks I: Josephus and the Books of Maccabees

🎙 Sunday School Dropouts Podcast - Acts of John Part 1

🎙 The History of England Podcast - 231b Medieval Castles by George of The World of Castles

Grand Puba - Who Makes the Loot?

More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

AltSchool, funded by tech execs, is closing schools, losing students

Lady Gaga - Poker Face

Saul’s Folly: The King Can’t Be a Jack of All Trades

11/25 Saturday

Thomas Dolby- She Blinded Me With Science

🎙 The History of Philosophy without any gaps podcast 288 - Men in Black - The German Dominicans

🎙 The History of Philosophy without any gaps podcast 289 - A Wing and a Prayer - Angels in Medieval Philosophy

Thanksgiving e-commerce sales hit a record $2.87B, up 18.3% year-on-year

Uber is sued over massive data breach after paying hackers to keep quiet

Linux champion Munich will switch to Windows 10 in €50m rollout

11/24 Friday

Why We Need the Ritual of Holiday Meals

As you know from my book page Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is of interest to me. I’ve been rewatching Elementary, and recommend both it, and Sherlock very highly, as well, of course, as the older (from the mid 80s) Jeremy Brett BBC Sherlock Holmes series.

11/23 Thursday

📺 Happy Thanksgiving! Now that the winter holiday season has begun… make some time to watch Scrooge (1970), the musical version of Charles Dicken’s immortal classic A Christmas Carol.

📺 Neuroscience + Mindful Awareness Training = Thriving Children with Goldie Hawn

Cnut the Great, the Conquest of England, and the Puzzle of London

The History Of Eilean Donan Castle In The Western Highlands Of Scotland

The Fall of Constantinople

🎙 Tides of History Podcast - #10 - Experiencing the Rise of Capitalism and the Early Modern Economic Explosion

📺 From the Earliest Times to the Fall of Rome (History of the Ancient World) - 20 lecture playlist

🎙 Tides of History Podcast #11 How Latin Became the Romance Languages

Ajit Pai and the FCC want it to be legal for Comcast to block BitTorrent

ProtonMail Launches Encrypted Contacts Manager

Peter Thiel May Be Looking To Buy Gawker.com

11/22 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 15 - Paul as Pastor by Professor Dale Martin of Yale University, from my Christianity page where you can find the entire lecture series & more.

M - Pop Muzik - “New York, London, Paris, Munich, Everybody talk about pop-up yoga class!

New York attorney general launches investigation of Uber’s $100,000 hack cover-up

FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws

Giving Thanks

11/21 Tuesday

♬ With Thanksgiving approaching, I’ve been in a particularly thankful mood lately. After coming home from a thanksgiving mixer last night I found mice elf singing Sly & The Family Stone’s, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) while I was walking up the stairs to my studio.

🎙 Ancient Greece Declassified Podcast - #14 Did Aristotle Hold Science Back 2000 Years?

Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, says it will roll out blockchain-enabled smart contracts in beta by next month

Uber adds live location sharing of riders for drivers, expands Beacon program to NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago, and adds in-app Uber credit gifting

Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple’s

11/20 Monday

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 17-051

🎙 The Waking Up Podcast - #105 Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty - The following conversation between Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty was recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 2, 2017.

The Washington Post Is A Software Company Now

Bloomberg expects eight figures for new Twitter network

11/19 Sunday

George Michael - Hard Day

Warfare and Military Affairs in the Letters of Cassiodorus

Warfare in Eleventh-Century Spain (Al-Andalus), according to The Tibyan

🎙 Hebrews – Sunday School Dropouts Podcast

🎙 231a English Music and the Reformation by Heather Teysko – The History of England Podcast

How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online

11/18 Saturday

📺 The Theodosian Walls

Defense Department Spied On Social Media, Left All Its Collected Data Exposed To Anyone

Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

Apple VP of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith is leaving

11/17 Friday

Greyboy - Texas Twister

Book; The Fall of Constantinople (1453), by Steven Runciman - YouTube Audio Reading

Peter Gabriel - Steam

Google Maps gets a new look

Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

Sorry, poor people: The FCC is coming after your broadband plans

Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

11/16 Thursday

James Taylor - Secret o’ Life

🎙 Literature & History Podcast - Episode 45 The Uncuttables - Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things and Epicurean Philosophy

🎙 Tides of History Podcast #10 - Experiencing the Rise of Capitalism and the Early Modern Economic Explosion

🎙 The History of Witchcraft podcast 020 - Witchcraft in Tudor England Revisited

Cake - Opera Singer

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence

Facebook, Google and others join The Trust Project, an effort to increase transparency around online news – Makes me recommend the book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman

11/15 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 14 - Paul as Missionary by Professor Dale Martin of Yale University, from my Christianity page where you can find the entire lecture series & more.

Cnut the Great, the Conquest of England, and the Puzzle of London

📺 Thucydides on Strategy - YouTube (2 parts)

📺 Warring states Japan (6 video playlist)

📺 God Wills It! Understanding The Crusades (14 Lectures)

🎙 Waking Up Podcast #104 — The Lessons of Death - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment.

USITC says launches probe of allegations of patent infringement by Apple

All Major Browsers Now Support WebAssembly

Proposed Senate tax plan won’t impede incumbent companies but would severely handicap startups moving forward, which may explain lack of pushback from big firms

YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists’ video pages

11/14 Tuesday

Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight

🎙 Episode 86: Doing God’s Work – The History of Egypt Podcast

How medieval theologians debated the humanity of Jesus Christ

The Modern Lives of Medieval Monster Scholars

Medieval Censorship, Nudity And The Revealing History Of The Fig Leaf

The Founding of the Templars

Tony Joe White - They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora Arkansas

Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

Amazon Web Services denies reports of China exit, confirms some asset sales

First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

11/13 Monday

Gipsy Kings - Love And Liberte

The Best Way for Retirees to Find Meaningful Volunteer Work

Uber confirms SoftBank has agreed to invest billions

How antivirus can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible

Apple, Google, and the constant chase for tech that can’t be reverse-engineered

★ Garry Steven’s The History in the Bible podcast is excellent. This week he talked about a text few Christian have ever heard of; The Book of Enoch. It is in this text that we first hear of hell as a place of punishment. This text is also a major influence on later Christianity. I can recommend this episode, but also recommend the podcast as a series. Garry has already covered all the books of the Hebrew scriptures (what some Christians call the “Old Testament”) that you can listen to at this episode list link and is gearing up to talk about all the Christian “New Testament” books. Currently he is covering the period between the two sets of books. I can’t recommend this podcast series highly enough. Cheers!

11/12 Sunday

Jhelisa - Friendly Pressure

History in the Bible Podcast: 2.9 The Apocalypse to End Them All: 1 Enoch

Sunday School Dropout Podcast - Philemon

AI Startup Embodied Intelligence Wants Robots to Learn From Humans in Virtual Reality

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

Historical Paul at SBL: Theory & Methods

11/11 Saturday

Deacon Blues - Steely Dan

The Romans built the largest man made waterfall

The Size of the Teutonic Order’s Field Army in the Levant

Roman Military Officers and What They Did

The Crisis of the Third Century

How alcohol played a key role in warfare around the world

Funky town - Lipps Inc.

Alibaba breaks ‘Singles Day’ record, racking up $18 billion in sales in just 12 hours

Discord introducing new feature to make jumping into games with friends easier

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on the site’s redesign, coming in Q1 2018

Amazon expands its Influencer Program to include Twitter and Instagram, in addition to YouTube

Apple has acquired imaging sensor startup InVisage Technologies

11/10 Friday

Spin Doctors - Pocketful of Kryptonite - Full Album - Here’s an album I have not listened to in a long time. I… got a pocketful of kryptonite! Great snare sound. Bass & toms are also rockin’ too. That beat has got some “full on” energy!

Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone - good straight ahead beat.

Spooky Tales from the Bible: The Necromancer of Endor

Uber Drivers Aren’t Self Employed, U.K. Tribunal Rules

YouTube says it will crack down on bizarre videos targeting children

Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars and food

11/9 Thursday

Massive attack - Blue Lines

🎙 Interview: Christianizing the Roman Empire with Professor Lisa Bitel - Tides of History Podcast

Movie; Ben-Hur (2016) directed by Timur Bekmambetov

If you like the Honey Crisp apple, I urge you to try the Winesap apples for $1.49 a pound at ShopRite this week. Years ago, I fell in love with Wine Sap & Spies apples when I discovered them on an apple picking trip in NY state. They are very late apples, and hence are more tart than the ones you usually find in stores. This was 20+ years ago, and back then the apples you find in stores were more basic than the variety we get today. Well… yesterday I realized that the “Honey Crisp” I bought on Tuesday was actually a “Wine Sap” when I looked on Wednesday (I was looking closer because next week I got advanced notice that Honey Crisps were going to be on sale for $2.49 a pound, and I wanted to see what they were when they were not on sale. Although I buy one almost every day, I never really look at the price. I simply call them “the million dollar apples” cause they are so damn expensive. But… looking today, I realized the bin I usually get my Honey Crisps from currently holds Wine Saps. So… if you have not tried a Wine Sap, I highly recommend you do. They are great apples.

🎙 Episode 157 – The Culmination - The History of Byzantium Podcast

The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian

🎙 Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris: #103 — American Fantasies - In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kurt Andersen about the American aptitude for unfounded belief, the religious lunacy of the Puritans, populist mistrust of authority, the link between postmodernism and religious fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics.

🎙 Episode 85: A Clash of Princes – The History of Egypt Podcast

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 17-050

🎙 The Rise of Capitalism and the Early Modern Economic Explosion Tides of History Podcast

Tower of Power - What is Hip

Windows 10’s version of AirDrop lets you quickly share files between PCs

Apple Expands ‘Everyone Can Code’ Initiative to Students Around the World

Voters say “yes” to city-run broadband in Colorado

Upcoming Google Chrome security features will prevent malicious auto-redirects

11/8 Wednesday

📺 Professor Dale Martin of Yale University, Lecture 13 The Historical Jesus, from my Christianity page.

Pink Floyd - Breathe

🎙 Echoes of Glory — History in the Making

Movie; The Name of the Rose (1986) directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

♬ One of the secrets to life - Do it, till your satisfied, whatever it is

♬ I noticed great ShopRite deals this week (1) 99 cent cream cheese. We are lucky to have bagels here on the east coast, and ShopRite’s bagels are quite good. Get yourself some bagels & “CC”, and toast those bad boyz up some Sunday morning and relax, and… enjoy life! (2) Friendly’s single serving ice cream for 88 cents. For me ice cream is a special treat, and I look for when the Friendly’s single servings go from $1.25 to 99 cents to indulge my love of ice cream. I noticed that till 11/11 this item is 88 cents. You know what that means… yeah… I’m eating ice cream all week. Let’s celebrate this event with the Roger Water’s song It’s a miracle

♬ Actually… while we’re on the topic… listen to the entire Amused to Death album AND read Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourself To Death together. Go ahead, I dare you to change your life.

What Is the Proto-Indo-European Language?

The Siculonorman Army, The unknown enemy of Byzantium

Letter of Vlad III Dracula to Matthias Corvinus

How The Roman Empire’s Cities Crumbled

🎙 The Roman City

🎙 The Decline & Fall of the Roman City

Movie; Bottle Rocket (1996) directed by Wes Anderson

🎙 The History of Witchcraft: 019 - The Eternal City and the Evil Eye

Twitter is giving everyone 280 characters

Apple Pay Cash launches in beta today, letting you send and receive cash in Messages

Postmates Adds Grocery Delivery, Undercutting Amazon on Price

Facebook’s testing a new method to prevent revenge porn that requires uploading your nudes

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

11/7 Tuesday

PM Dawn - Paper Doll

📺 Vikings: The European Prospect

📺 Dante sampler, by Ted Sherman, which comes from this great English Liteerature Playlist

PM Dawn - Shake

📺 Decebalus & The Dacian Wars

📺 Middle Ages (Lecture 9)- Heraclius against the Sasanian Empire (610-630)

📺 Middle Ages (Lecture 10): The Birth of Islam (610-632)

US3 - I Got It Goin’ On

Big Brother isn’t just watching: workplace surveillance can track your every move

Will.i.am’s startup raises $117 million, enters enterprise market

Tesla-Partner Tencent Plans Its Own Driverless Technology

Lyft COO Rex Tibbens steps down

Las Vegas is expanding its self-driving shuttle experiment

Mammals were nocturnal until dinosaur extinction, then emerged into daylight

Stephen Hawking AI Warning: Artificial Intelligence Could Destroy Civilization

Scientists May Have Found Missing Link Chemical That Led To Life On Earth

11/6 Monday

♬ Last night I attended a group lead by a friend. The group was about relationships & understanding people (yourself & others). Since for me music is really important of course I immediately think the theme song should be Who are you? Recently I’ve noticed a number of new firms & groups popping up in Nutley with an emphasis on happiness & well being. I like to think that we are on the cusp of a explosion of interest in the subject, just like the drum explosion on In The Air Tonight. Go ahead and play air drums to perhaps the most famous drum fill/Phil in history.

Speaking of the subject of happiness… here’s a simple primer I recommend for helping you if you want to get started down a path to happiness & peace of mind;

BTW… since I’m on this whole peace of mind / happiness topic. Here’s two good guided mindfulness meditation recordings that might be helpful, especially if your working on item #8 of the path.

If you make a conscious effort to follow a more wholesome lifestyle, you will perfume the mind and its seeds with more wholesome experiences

US Mobile Market Update - Q3 2017

What is Broadcom, and why is it trying to buy Qualcomm?

Can we extract history from fiction?

11/5 Sunday

Transit Ride - Guru Jazzmatazz Vol. I

Constantine’s Vision of the Cross ~ Early Accounts and Backstory

Monsters and the Monstrous in the Sagas

Book; Cardinal Wolsey by Mandell Creighton

A Tale of Two Civilisations: The Viking and the Muslim Civilisation

📺 Asian Monarchy - The Royal Court of Thailand

Book The Normans in European History, by Charles Homer HASKINS (1870 - 1937)

📺 Middle Ages (Lecture 6): The Lombard Conquest (568-636)

📺 Middle Ages (Lecture 7): The Laws and the Society of the Lombards Part 1 (636-700)

📺 Middle Ages (Lecture 8): The Laws and the Society of the Lombards_Part 2 (636-700) - great information about “ordeals” of the middle ages, and the role the Christian church played in it. From the excellent Middle Ages Playist by Carlo Rolle

More in U.S. getting news from multiple social media sites

Joint: T-Mobile and Sprint End Merger Discussions

Google’s AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun - This is important to the future of self driving cars & neural networks.

11/4 Saturday

Atlanta Rhythm Section - So Into You. Yesterday I was talking to friends about the importance of drumming & rhythm, and the idea of a drumming forum came up. Later at home I was thinking what a Nutley drumming club would sound like, you know… what would you call it? and of course the “Nutley Rhythm Section” popped into my mind, which then instantly reminded me of this great song by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, always a great groove to fall into.

📺 The Deception of Constantine

What do you want from me (great drum sound), Take it back, and Keep Talking are three great songs from Pink Floyd’s Division Bell, which I sometimes think is my favorite Pink Floyd album (Yeah, I know Dark Side is perhaps the greatest album of all times, but I have to be in the mood for it, while I can listen to Division Bell any time.)

Tor’s Fall Harvest: the Next Generation of Onion Services

Clarifying The Twitter Rules

Aquantia closes at $9.54 after first day of trading, 6% above IPO price

StarCraft II will be free to play starting November 14

11/3 Friday

Cake - Opera Singer

🎙 The Book, by HP Lovecraft

🎙 The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe

🎙 The Oval Portrait, by Edgar Allan Poe

The Brand New Heavies - Dream On Dreamer

One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week

YouTube Kids update gives kids their own profiles, expands controls