♬ 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.
♬ FREAK OUT!
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
🎙 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
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
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
🎙 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
📺 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
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
♬ 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
📺 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
🎵 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
🎵 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
🎵 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
♬ 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
♬ 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.
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
♬ 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
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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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”
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
- 01- BNH - 00:00
- 02- Gimmie One Of Those - 05:45
- 03- Dream Come True - 09:22
- 04- Put The Funk Back In It - 14:11
- 05- People Get Ready - 17:25
- 06- Ride In The Sky - 21:09
- 07- Sphynx - 24:25
- 08- Stay This Way - 30:29
- 09- Shakedown - 34:37
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
📺 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
♬ 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
- Why I Quit Guru Yoga - Does elevating the guru to the same status as the teachings themselves set the stage for teacher-student abuse?
- Hold to the Center! - Zen advice for when things blow up around you
- What Went Wrong - An interview with Tibetan psychologist Lobsang Rapgay about student-teacher relationships that turn abusive
- The Power of the Third Moment - The look you gave the driver who cut you off. The email you shouldn’t have sent. There’s an effective way to avoid acting on your worst emotions.
- Mapping Your Mind: The Original Buddhist Psychology - Clinical psychologist and Soto Zen teacher Beth Jacobs demystifies the Abhidharma
- The Gift of Fear - Fear is a part of human nature, so there is little point in forcing ourselves to overcome it or pretending to be unaffected by it. In fact, we do so at our peril.
- When My Son Became a Monk - A mother adjusts to her son’s new way of being in the world.
- Globalism 3.0 - The secret to world harmony isn’t oneness. It’s multiplicity.
- Three Poems to Introduce Children to Mindfulness - Breathe and Be uses poetry and illustrations to show children practices that can help them stay calm, regulate their emotions, and appreciate the world.
- Why Grief Is a Series of Contractions and Expansions - A Zen priest and bereavement educator explains the importance of sticking with our pain and other difficult emotions so we can come out on the other side.
- Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering - Instead, we should fear not knowing how to handle our suffering
- I Tried the “Buddhist Monk” Diet—And It Worked - But not just for slimming one ex-monks’ waistline
- The Buddha Talks to a Brahmin Supremacist - How a Buddhist teaching on dismantling the superiority of the brahmin class can help us take on racism.
- Hacking My Way to Consistent Meditation - How gamification helped a longtime “bad” meditator develop a steady and successful practice.
- Why Trees Are The Ultimate Meditation Teachers - In Buddhism, trees have long been recognized as living things worthy of recognition and protection.
- Learning to Be Buddha: Examining Our Actions of Body, Speech, and Mind - Soto Zen teacher Susan Moon looks at our vows to practice the Buddhist precepts and teaches us to view ourselves with compassion and humor when we make mistakes.
- Why (Science Says) Buddhism is True - In this episode of Tricycle Talks, journalist and science writer Robert Wright explains how evolutionary psychology supports what the Buddha taught 2,600 years ago.
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
♬ (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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
- A Study in Scarlet (1887)
- The Sign of the Four (1890)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (published in The Strand magazine July 1891 to December 1892)
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (published in The Strand December 1892 to November 1893)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-2 serial)
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (published in The StrandOctober 1903 to January 1905)
- His Last Bow (short stories 1908–1913, 1917)
- The Valley of Fear (1914-15)
- The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (published 1921–1927)
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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
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
📺 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
🎙 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
♬ 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!
♬ 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”
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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’
♬ 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
♬ 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
📺 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
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.
📺 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
📺 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
♬ 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
🎙 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
♬ 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
📺 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
📺 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
♬ 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’
♬ 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!
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
♬ 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
📺 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
♬ 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
♬ 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;
- The 8 Fold Path - BTW… while that path is often talked about as circular (not having a start or end), I’ve come to feel that the items 1-8 are displayed in an order difficult for the novice to grasp. I recommend looking at the items as building on each other, with item #8 being where you want to “start”. I would recommend working on these items from #8 towards #1. Certainly read through them all before you start, because a “link” to the reason your doing all this, The 4 noble truths is listed in item #1, but once you want to get into the happiness gym so to speak, I think you want to start your effort with #8.
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
- The average data consumption in the US is likely to cross 6GB/mo by the end of 2017.
What is Broadcom, and why is it trying to buy Qualcomm?
Can we extract history from fiction?
♬ 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.
♬ 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
♬ 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