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My name is Rich Griese.

I enjoy music, books, podcasts, and movies. I'd like to share this joy with you, turn you on to at least some of the "arts & sciences", show you they can make your life better, and even improve the world. Let's talk together. Aside from the page links above, you'll find plenty of conversation starters below.

I also maintain the NutleyLife.NET Google calendar of town events.

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4/28 Friday

Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined

Internal Uber e-mail reveals Levandowski stepping down from self-driving car job

Facebook and Google confirmed as victims of $100M phishing scam

Nutley Crew Team Interrupts Practice To Rescue Man In Passaic River

Movie; Primer (2004) Directed by Shane Carruth


4/27 Thursday

Episode 41, The End of an Era - The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules

Jack Dorsey on Donald Trump

Cooking with Google Home just got easier

Did the Search for Meaning in Scriptures Really Lead to the Gospel Narratives?


4/26 Wednesday

★★★★★ Literature & History Podcast - Episode 40 - Hellenism and the birth of the self

An explanation of why murder is wrong, even without gods YouTube. But… if you want an even better explanation… read the Sam Harris book The Moral Landscape.

Helping you understand why university Jesus studies are broken. YouTube talk by David Fitzgerald

Movie; October Sky (1999) Directed by Joe Johnston

On-demand ride service Gett confirms acquisition of Juno for $200M

The YouTube Kids app is now available on even more screens!

Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users

Net Neutrality FCC Battle Could End Up in Court


4/25 Tuesday

The History of Byzantium Podcast - Episode 136 - The White Death of the Saracens

The History of Egypt Podcast - Episode 75: Thutmose Triumphant

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news

Hipchat was hacked over the weekend, and it’s bad

Netflix Signs Licensing Deal With China’s iQiyi

Waymo begins first public on-demand self-driving service test in Arizona

Google tweaks Search to help combat ‘fake news’

Movie; Nocturnal Animals (2016) Directed by Tom Ford


4/24 Monday

History in the Bible Podcast : 1.55 Four Prophets of the Babylonian Crisis

★★★★★ Waking Up with Sam Harris: #73 — Forbidden Knowledge. In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book “The Bell Curve,” the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.

Movie; A Serious Man (2009) The Coen Brothers

Tesla’s big Model 3 bet rides on risky assembly line strategy

People are freaking out because email decluttering service Unroll.me sold their data to Uber

How Peer-To-Peer Payment Pioneer Venmo Grew Up And Got Serious

Amazon Forms Team to Focus on Driverless Technology

Netflix to raise $1 billion through debt offering to fund new content and other ‘strategic transactions’

The Hidden Laborers Training AI to Keep Ads Off Hateful YouTube Videos

Uber denies tracking users after they deleted the iPhone app

Watch this Larry Page-backed flying car take to the sky above a lake

Panera to add 10,000 delivery jobs this year


4/23 Sunday

Restaurants are good for a town. They allow residents to meet & eat together easily/regularly, so residents can build & grow friendships.

Fear, Fate and Power — History in the Making Podcast

How H-1B visa program has become a gateway for companies to replace US tech staff with foreign workers earning less and receiving fewer benefits

Machine learning data management startup SafeGraph raises $16M

This phishing technique is more interesting than dangerous

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg’s crazy vision for what comes next


4/22 Saturday

Quora raises $85 million to expand internationally and develop its ads business

Of course Microsoft is working on its own version of the Chromebook


4/21 Friday

The Olympian has Fallen — History in the Making Podcast. The first episode I am listening to of Robert Sims’ podcast.

Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

Biggest Players In Ad Industry Move To Kill Off Worst Ads

Wikipedia’s method for sorting out “good” and “bad” sources is a mess

It’s official: Everyone hates the iPhone 8 design that just leaked

★★★★★ Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust

Why Google Home’s Ability to Recognize Multiple Voices Is a Big Deal

Nutley author Michael Gabriele explores folk music roots in NJ


4/20 Thursday

Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser

Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly

Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Continuing a case for an early Jewish belief in a slain messiah


4/19 Wednesday

Book; Thank You For Being Late (2016) by Thomas Friedman

The History of Ancient Greece Podcast - 040 War Hawks and Peace Doves. In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Persian Wars and how the Athenians and Spartans both come to terms with the new state of affairs; the formation of the Delian League; and the political factions in Athens and Sparta and their struggle to dictate foreign policy in the 470s BC

Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform

Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

Facebook is baking in Spotify and Apple Music right into Messenger

Google Assistant’s speech recognition API is now open to all developers

Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It’s the Network, of Course

The Murdochs Are Turning Against Bill O’Reilly

United Airlines CEO apologizes once again, profits down 69%

How Early Did Some Jews Believe in a Slain Messiah son of Joseph?

U.S. justices sympathise with church in key religious rights case


4/18 Tuesday

PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

Study confirms we all use our phones while driving

Uber business tool lets you order multiple cars from central app

How Google eats a business whole

Pandora’s on-demand streaming service is available to everyone

Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

Nutley Thriving Survivors, Inc. Memorial Garden

Sam Harris’ Waking Up Podcast #72 — General Michael V. Hayden - Privacy and Security. In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Michael V. Hayden about the reality of spying, the difference between the NSA and the CIA, the ethics of secrecy, Edward Snowden, the Russian Hacking of the 2016 US Presidential election, and other topics.


4/17 Monday

How Facebook’s shifting priorities and inferior monetization options for Instant Articles are leading some big publishers to abandon the format

AI technique called “generative adversarial networks”, where neural networks are pitted against one another, could lead to unsupervised learning

How Google, Apple, and Microsoft and their operating systems are faring in their fight for the cheap computer market

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb

Selling Mark Zuckerberg

The new Mac Pro: The audacity to say “Yes” in a design culture of “No”

The Priestly Messiah and the Royal Messiah

How Do People Respond to the Killing of Their Messiah?


4/16 Sunday

★★★★★ Waking Up Podcast - #71 — What is technology doing to us? In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Suffering and Dying Messiahs: Typically Jewish Beliefs

NT/History Blog: Which One Jesus? Whose One Jesus?

Uber is shutting down UberRush delivery service for restaurants in May

Galaxy S5: Most Popular Samsung Smartphone In The US

NASA’s night time satellite images show huge growth of Indian cities

The Bible Geek Podcast 17-013.

Mythology Translated Podcast - 067 – Bye Medea!. Theseus gets to Athens, meets a nice little ol’ lady, captures and kills a rampaging bull, almost get poisoned and Volunteers for Tribute. Medea leaves our mythological stage in a fit of pique and sometimes rescues her father on the way out. Plus the poor neglected Medus.

Princeton’s Ad-Blocking Superweapon May Put an End to the Ad-Blocking Arms Race

11 reasons why Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is better than Apple’s iPhone 7 for business

Apple will begin replacing fourth generation iPads brought in for service with an iPad Air 2


4/15 Saturday

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year… NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs #FireOnIce #FeelThePower. Thank the gods for my ShopRite produce friend who reminded me that the Stanley Cup has started. Man do I live in a cave.

It is the dawning of the age of Aquarius. The 5th Dimension Age of Aquarius 1969

Friday night at the movies; Burn After Reading (2008) Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The History of Byzantium Podcast - Episode 135 – Triumphal Procession

Apple considers bidding for big stake in Toshiba chip business

Apple has an official permit to test self-driving cars in California

Facebook rolling out tech that analyzes patterns to find fake accounts that can spread misinformation, malware, and falsely boost page rankings

T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US

Google has taught a neural network to sketch like humans, understand the concept of what it’s drawing, and complete images started by someone else

So What Is Nintendo Thinking Discontinuing The Beloved NES Classic Edition?

It looks like the iPhone 8 will be even sleeker than we thought


4/14 Friday

I think The Jesus Puzzle, by Earl Doherty would be of interest to so many people… and knowing that folks generally don’t get around to doing too much reading… I’ve TTSed the six main articles into .mp3 files so folks can listen to them while they are on the go. Enjoy!

Passenger dragged from United Airlines plane likely to sue, his lawyer says

Google launches Areo, a food delivery & home services app for India

Amazon opens up Alexa’s microphone and voice processing technology to hardware makers

Galaxy S8 sales are already explosive

Instagram Stories Growth Signals Trouble For Snapchat

Burger King didn’t hack Google Home, it hacked the media

Apple might have a secret team working on glucose sensor technology for diabetes

Scientists Unravel Mystery of the Loose Shoelace

Luke’s Creativity (and Knowledge of Paul’s Letters) Continued — Hasert, part 2