In addition to posts from blog & news sites that I've found interesting, you'll find music, podcasts, books, and movies pages. I'm always happy to meet new friends, both online and in person. I look forward to hearing from you. Always remember to... enjoy life... eat out more often!

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3/24 Saturday

🔊 A gift of stillness. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Human Bible March 21, 2018 - Robert M. Price

🔊 TechMeme ride home podcast for Friday, Mar. 23

Diamonds on the soles of her shoes - Paul Simon

Stillness in meditation refers to the mind, not a rigidly stiff body

Did Paul Think of the Pre-Incarnate Christ as God?

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3/23 Friday

🔊 Creating a world of concentration. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818) Mary Wollstonecraft SHELLEY (1797 - 1851) - LibriVox

🔊 The Odes and Carmen Saeculare - Quintus HORATIUS FLACCUS (HORACE) (65 BC - 8 BC), translated by John CONINGTON (1825 - 1869) - LibriVox

🔊 Judaism Unbound Episode 110: Glean - Elan Babchuck

🔊 TechMeme ride home podcast for Thursday Mar. 22

Reading Garry Shandling’s “Zen Diaries”

Christianity as a counter-cultural myth to delegitimize Rome

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3/22 Thursday

🔊 Refuge for all beings. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 The Printing Press and the Information Revolution - Tides of History #19

🔊 TechMeme podcast for Wed. Mar. 21

The Classics Scholar Redefining What Twitter Can Do

Zuckerberg and other executives are in denial: Facebook is not a force for good, having helped destroy industries and break societies, and should be shuttered

YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

Slack picked a weird time to make it easier for bosses to download you

Twitter’s chief information security officer is leaving the company

YouTube just became the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

Why “What Would Dogen Say About #MeToo?” Is the Wrong Question

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3/21 Wednesday

🔊 A quality of character. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Audio Dharma - Max Erdstein - Path to Wholeness

🔊 Episode 165 – The Eagle and the Frogs - The History of Byzantium

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-010

🔊 TechMeme podcast for Tuesday, Mar. 20

Recommended by Doug Metzger, The Endless Knot podcast (Twitter account). Aven McMaster is a Classicist and a knitter. She edits the scripts, helps produce the videos, and maintains the website. She can be found at @AvenSarah on Twitter. She has a PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto. Mark Sundaram is an interdisciplinarian, medievalist, Anglo-Saxonist, (cognitive) philologist, academic, and philosophical layabout. He is the main force behind the Alliterative YouTube channel and this website; he writes the scripts and creates the videos, including writing and recording the music. He has a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Toronto.

I discovered a classical music radio program worth checking out called Here of a Sunday morning that airs Sunday 9-11am (but you can listen to archived shows on demand) on WBAI 99.5 FM Hosted by Chris Whent.

WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

Zuck and Sandberg go M.I.A. as Congress summons Facebook leadership by name

The European Commission proposes a 3% tax on EU revenues of companies with global annual revenues of €750M+, like Google, Facebook, and Amazon

Facebook launches ‘joinable links’ and ‘admin approval’ tool for Messenger group chats

A “tamper-proof” currency wallet just got backdoored by a 15-year-old

Netflix unveils its own custom typeface, Netflix Sans, to be used globally; brand design lead says it will save millions of dollars per year in licensing costs

Google is buying Lytro for about $40M

Google brings DDoS protection and other new security features to its cloud

Marketers Aren’t Shifting Ad Budgets Because of Facebook’s Data Crisis

Forbes Posts Article on the Cruelty of White Evangelicalism, Then Pulls It

The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

Bouddhism and individualism - Matthieu Ricard

Discovering Why “Even Atheists” Deplore Jesus Mythicism. (Or, Thoughts on “Cult Atheism”)

Nothing to (Im)prove

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3/20 Tuesday

🔊 Wisely Ardent, Alert & Mindful. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Literature & history podcast, #51 Horace and Augustan Poetry

🔊 TechMeme ride home podcast for Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Five Practices for Your Daily Commute

How Europe’s New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Google Play Instant lets you try games without having to install them

Google buys $2.4 billion building in Chelsea NYC

Google unveils its $300M News Initiative, with tools for subscriptions, security and fighting fake news

You Should Really Look At Your Facebook Third-Party App Settings Right Now

Self-driving Uber car kills Arizona woman crossing street

Google News Initiative announced to fight fake news and support journalism

Telegram Loses Bid to Block Russia From Encryption Keys

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3/19 Monday

🔊 Caring for the mind. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Audio Dharma - Gil Fronsdal - Three Forms Of Faith

🔊 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #120 — What Is and What Matters with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark

🔊 Episode 164 – Don’t Believe Your Map - The History of Byzantium

🔊 Episode 94: The Pools of Horus – The History of Egypt Podcast

Apple Is Secretly Developing Its Own Screens for the First Time

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios

HTC drops Vive to $499, opens preorders for $799 Vive Pro headset

Voice Chat App Zello Turned a Blind Eye to Jihadis for Years

Is Buddhism Useful?

Margaret Froelich on the Death of Aesop and Luke 4:16-30

How Did Christianity Switch to a Historical Jesus? - Richard Carrier

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3/18 Sunday

🔊 There is no happiness other than peace. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 History in the Bible: 2.18 Modern Debates: Scandal of the Dead Sea Scrolls

🔊 Aspiration For Awakening - Audio Dharma by Gil Fronsdal

🔊 242 Anne and Thomas – The History of England

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-009

🔊 The History of Witchcraft: 026 - Demon Women and Foul Devices

When an AI finally kills someone, who will be responsible?

They’ll squash you like a bug. How Silicon Valley keeps a lid on leakers

The Perfect Selfishness of Your Mapping App

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Calming the Not Now Mind - Meditation tips for procrastinators and perfectionists

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3/17 Saturday

🔊 Protecting yourself. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📓 The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, by Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson

🔊 Judaism Unbound Episode 106: Cohere - Ari Moffic

🔊 Judaism Unbound Episode 109: Open Doors summary

Buddhist Publication Society - new (to me) Buddhism resource link

🔊 TechMeme podcast for Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Facebook suspends Trump and Brexit affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after reports it and affiliated psychologist lied about data retention

Wikipedia survey across 14 languages with 215K+ responses shows about 35% seek a specific fact, 33% want a topic overview, and 32% want to read a topic in-depth

Digg announces that it will shut down Digg Reader, its barebones RSS reader, on March 26

What everyone gets wrong about touchscreen keyboards

How to Choose the Meditation Seat That’s Right for You

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3/16 Friday

🔊 A well that never runs dry. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 TechMeme “ride home” podcast for Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

BitCoin miners are driving up electricity prices. Plattsburg NY passes mining moratorium.

Chipmaker Qualcomm may attempt to go private

Serverless computing, containers see triple-digit quarterly growth among cloud users

Village Global raises $100M seed scout fund from Zuck, Bezo, and others

Thich Nhat Hanh explains why it’s important to have a sacred space in your home.

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3/15 Thursday

🔊 Comprehending stress. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Audio Dharma - Gil Fronsdal - Noticing

🔊 TechMeme Ride Home Podcast for Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Karma Q & A, compiled by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu. Kamma and rebirth are often understood to be teachings of fate and helplessness in the face of unknowable influences from the past. Instead of teaching fate, The Buddha’s teachings on kamma and rebirth are empowering, showing how people can develop skills in the present that will lead to the end of suffering. So, to help show how valuable these teachings are, here’s a set of answers, based on the Pāli Canon, to some questions frequently asked about these topics.

YouTube didn’t tell Wikipedia about its plans for Wikipedia

EU wants to require platforms to filter uploaded content (including code)

Google is opening up Maps so game developers can create the next Pokémon Go

Latter-day Zen

Meditation Month 2018: Week 3 - Creating Space

Prosthetic Sensory Feedback - NeuroLogica Blog

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3/14 Wednesday

🔊 The Dhamma eye. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Judaism Unbound Episode 107: Because Jewish - Dan Ain

🔊 Max Erdstein: The True Shape of Water

🔊 TechMeme ride home podcast for Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

📺 The Innkeepers (2011) directed by Ti West

📺 11.22.63 (TV Series) - Wikipedia

Liberating Your Thoughts

When Albert Schweitzer Changed His Mind and Nobody Noticed

The Other (Less Bloody) Side of Christian Origins

Like any artistic endeavor, meditation is a matter of practice.

Google banning cryptocurrency-related advertising

YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about conspiracies

WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR, ICO closes investigation

Google’s public WiFi hotspots come to Mexico

Security researchers find flaws in AMD chips but raise eyebrows with rushed disclosure

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3/13 Tuesday

🔊 Right speech, inside & out. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #119 — Hidden Motives with Robin Hanson

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-008

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: There Is No Blasphemy in Buddhism

🔊 Judaism Unbound Episode 108: The Jewish Studio Project

🔊 TechMeme, the ride home, for Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

South Dakota urges Supreme Court to click ‘buy’ on internet sales tax

Trump blocks Broadcom-Qualcomm deal, citing national security concerns

Scoop: Facebook aiming to launch News for Watch this summer

Larry Page’s Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode

Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands tumble in survey

Alexa calling and messaging comes to tablet devices

May All Beings Be Happy

📺 Detachment (2011) directed by Tony Kaye

📺 Deadfall (2012) directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky

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3/12 Monday

Talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Four Interpretations of the Second Noble Truth

🔊 Episode 93: The River War – The History of Egypt Podcast

📺 Red Sparrow (2018) directed by Francis Lawrence

📺 Darkest Hour (2017) directed by Joe Wright

Microsoft Teams is now used by 200,000 organizations, up from 125,000 in September

Apple acquires digital newsstand Texture as it doubles down on content from trusted sources

The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation

After Team Owner Charges Field Carrying a Gun, Greek Soccer League Suspends All Matches

NT/History Blog: The Weight of Discourse (Versus Story)

Fundamentals of historical research and the difficulties faced by historical Jesus studies

The Brain and Predictive Coding - NeuroLogica Blog

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3/11 Sunday

🔊 Proactive mindfulness. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 The History of Witchcraft: 025 - Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

🔊 HoP 297 - The Prague Spring - Scholasticism Across Europe

🔊 241 The Illness of King Henry – The History of England

🔊 History in the Bible: Bonus 18: Yochi Brandes’ novel ‘The Orchard’- Judaism and Christianity after the fall of the Temple

Five Drinkable Remedies for Each of the Five Hindrances

Twitter Is Trying To Kill “Tweetdecking.” Here’s What You Should Know.

Twitter Just Suspended A Ton Of Accounts Known For Stealing Tweets

Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Americans say AI poses greater job threat than immigration

Most major outlets have used Russian tweets as sources for partisan opinion

Inside Facebook’s Bet On An Augmented Reality Future

Essential really wants to solve the screen notch problem

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🔊 Maintenance work. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Peter Gabriel - Red Rain

The Brand New Heavies - Put the funk back in it

📺 The Departed (2006) directed by Martin Scorsese

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Not Carrying the Burden

🔊 TechMeme “ride home” podcast for Friday, Mar. 9, 2018

Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous - The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.

Behind The Great Slate, a Twitter-driven fundraising campaign by Bay Area tech workers for progressive Congressional candidates in poorer, rural districts

Facebook Signs Exclusive Deal to Stream 25 MLB Games

Why Neuroscientists Are Excited for a Wearable PET Scanner 030918

Sri Lanka Struggles to Contain Its Violent Buddhist Extremists

Study Shows Efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation in Treating Adults With ADHD

Xi Jinping’s latest tag: living Buddhist deity, Chinese official says

The Abomination of Desolation in Mark 13: What Did the Reader Need to Understand?

I’m Bad at Meditating says Buddhist magazine’s web editor

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3/9 Friday

🔊 Beginner’s mind. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 The Path (TV series) - Wikipedia

📺 The Alienist (TV series) - Wikipedia

📺 Bellevue (TV series) - Wikipedia

🔊 Sam Harris, AMA #11

🔊 TechMeme podcast for Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

Twitter may eventually let anyone become verified

On Twitter, the lure of fake news is stronger than the truth

Ad-Blocker Ghostery Just Went Open Source—And Has a New Business Model

Android beats iOS in smartphone loyalty, study finds

Shambhala Owns Up to Past Abuse. What Comes Next Remains Unclear.

Small Mind, Big Mind

Fiction Spreads Farther than Truth - NeuroLogica Blog

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3/8 Thursday

🔊 Strengthening discernment. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Just be thankful, for what you’ve got is not just a great cover of a classic song, but it’s great advice as important and/or useful as any of the teachings of any of the popular religions of the world.

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Practice Notes: Glass Half Empty, Glass Half Full

🔊 TechMeme ride home podcast for Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announces new investment fund focused on job creation

Snap Plans Biggest Round of Layoffs Yet on Cheddar

Three Mythicist Novels

The Hidden Messiah

🔊 #18 Gutenberg and the Printing Press - Tides of History

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3/7 Wednesday

🔊 Kind & happy. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Max Erdstein: Being This Body

🔊 TechMeme podcast for Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

Amazon launches a low-cost version of Prime for Medicaid recipients

Japanese Banks to Harness Ripple DLT for Consumer Payments App

VMware and AWS roll out new services for the hybrid cloud and bring their joint product to Europe

Microsoft wants to help developers bring their AI models to the desktop

Tibet’s Vegetarian Debate

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.

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3/6 Tuesday

🔊 Family ties. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Nothing Is Worth Clinging To

🔊 Episode 163 – The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus - The History of Byzantium

Listen Up! News Aggregator Techmeme Is Launching A Podcast

It’s official: Washington governor signs landmark net neutrality bill into law – GeekWire

Disney theme parks now on Google Street View

The Buddha’s Original Teaching on Mindfulness

International Women’s Day on 8 March - Matthieu Ricard

A Redactional Seam in Mark 8:28?

Top Five Meditation Timer Apps for iOS

The False Flag Delusion - NeuroLogica Blog

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3/5 Monday

🔊 Basic breath instruction. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-007

🔊 History in the Bible: 2.17 Recovering the Bible: A Century of Revelations

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Desire

🔊 February short morning talks collection now available -

🔊 February evening talks collection available -

Online giant wants to develop product that would appeal to younger customers and those without bank accounts

Facebook apologises for asking if men should be allowed to request sexual pictures from underage girls

Why Shamatha Meditation Can, and Should, Be Simple

Why the Truth Is Stranger than Fiction

Farming Ideology Trumps Evidence - NeuroLogica Blog

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3/4 Sunday

🔊 Stay principled. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 The Circle (2017) directed by James Ponsoldt

📺 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) directed by Martin McDonagh

Study: in the US, 78% of 18-24 year olds use Snapchat, 71% use Instagram, 45% use Twitter; nearly 75% of US adults and 94% of 18-24 year olds use YouTube

Researchers describe 10 possible attacks on LTE networks that allow eavesdropping on texts and calls, taking devices offline, and spoofing of emergency alerts

Google Fiber deployment has slowed due to high costs, challenges from politically-powerful incumbent ISPs, and the potential of next-gen wireless broadband

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3/3 Saturday

🔊 Directing (not directing) the mind. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Google’s new YouTube Stories feature lets you swap out your background (no green screen required)

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3/2 Friday

🔊 Skillful Determination. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-006

GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded

The world’s largest DDoS attack took GitHub offline for less than ten minutes

Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling

Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘explore’ news feed

Déjà vu and Familiarity

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3/1 Thursday

🔊 The truth of transcendence. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness, by John Yates, Matthew Immergut, Jeremy Graves

Uber launches Uber Health, a B2B ride-hailing platform for healthcare

Twitter is asking the public to help measure how toxic it is

Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack competitor, comes out of beta

How Pregnancy Changes the Brain

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2/28 Wednesday

🔊 Don’t clap hands with pain. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Waking Up with Sam Harris: # 118 — The View from Trumpistan with Preet Bharara

Inside Amazon’s Battle to Bring Conversational AI Into Your Home

Uber’s culture fixer, Frances Frei, is leaving the company

Google not obligated to vet websites, German court rules

How Buddhist and Muslim Stereotypes Conceal the Real History

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2/27 Tuesday

🔊 Pleasure not to be feared. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 Kundun (1997) directed by Martin Scorsese

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-005

🔊 Sex, Race, Money, Dharma - Max Erdstein

🔊 Episode 162 – Venetians and Normans - The History of Byzantium

Apple is launching its own medical clinics for its employees

Vero, an ad-free social networking app that first launched in 2015, becomes the top app on the App Store in US as frustration with Instagram’s algorithm grows

Researchers and tech firms are using digital phenotyping, an emerging field that aims to assess people’s health based on their interactions with digital devices

Facebook to launch a Local News Subscription Accelerator

Apple now relies on Google Cloud Platform and Amazon S3 for iCloud data

The Efficacy of Antidepressants - NeuroLogica Blog

The Memory Mavens, Part 11: Origins of the Criteria of Authenticity (3)

GMOs and the Revenge of Lysenko - NeuroLogica Blog

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2/26 Monday

🔊 Obsessive Thinking. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Guy Armstrong: Transcendent Dependent Origination

Corporate America’s new dilemma: raising prices to cover higher transport costs

Do text based therapy apps really work?

Meditation Month 2018: Developing a Daily Meditation Practice

Putting 4 sticking points on the historical/mythical Jesus argument into perspective

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2/25 Sunday

🔊 Mundane Right View. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Forged: Writing in the Name of God : Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, by Bart D. Ehrman

Does “Brother of the Lord” settle the Jesus myth question?

🔊 240 Henry VIII in Ireland and Wales – The History of England Podcast

Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

Nokia unveils its new slate of Android smartphones starting at $85

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2/24 Saturday

🔊 Wisdom for Dummies Revisited. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Grateful Dead 8-27-72 China - Rider

New Musik - Dead Fish Don’t Swim Home

Pictures at an exhibition - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live in Royal Theatre Drury Lane London, UK 6/20/1971

📺 13 Sins (2014) directed by Daniel Stamm

📺 Molly’s Game (2017) directed by Aaron Sorkin

📺 The Strange Ones (2017) directed by Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein

Nope, Android isn’t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)

Apple devices are butt dialing 9-1-1 from its refurbishing facility — 20 times per day

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2/23 Friday

🔊 Step by step. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

The Ten Unwholesome Deeds in Buddhism

Google, YouTube, and Facebook don’t find misinformation and hoaxes quickly enough after tragedies, may need breaking news teams to scan for misleading content

If Buddhist Monks Trained AI

Samsung rescues data-saving privacy app Opera Max and relaunches it as Samsung Max

Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Selfies to Self-reflection - how to use your camera to get closer to zen

The Death of a Problematic Pioneer, Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

Grateful Dead - Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad into Not Fade Away 5/7/1972

Grateful Dead 8-27-72 China - Rider

Shambala - Three Dog Night

🔊 Andrea Fella: Heavenly Messengers

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2/22 Thursday

🔊 Thinking your way to stillness. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Elon Musk leaves board of AI safety group to avoid conflict of interest with Tesla

WhatsApp Co-Founder Puts $50M Into Signal To Supercharge Encrypted Messaging

Anchor’s new app offers everything you need to podcast

Despite recent moves to strengthen social connections, Facebook’s real agenda and core DNA is to extract user data and make more money by keeping users addicted

Low Fat vs Low Carb – No Difference - NeuroLogica Blog

Sex and Death

📺 2010 (1984) directed by Peter Hyams

Grateful Dead - Truckin’

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2/21 Wednesday

U.S. women win historic gold medal in cross-country skiing

🔊 Andrea Fella: Guided Meditation: Noticing the affect of thinking

🔊 Andrea Fella: Awareness of Thinking

Google debuts AdSense ‘auto ads’ with machine learning to make placement and monetization choices

Spotify’s Founders Aren’t Giving Up Control Any Time Soon

Nest rolls out a $5 cloud recording plan for its cameras

In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

The Case Against Google

China Grove - The Doobie Brothers

The water is wide - Karla Bonoff

A whiter shade of pale - Annie Lennox

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2/20 Tuesday

🔊 Distracting Thoughts. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: To Be Changed By Change

A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company - And To Robert Mueller

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Stride, Atlassian’s Slack competitor, opens its API to all developers

Elizabeth Swaney meanders through trickless freestyle ski run after qualifying through loophole

What is the Mindful Response to a Mass Shooting at a School?

Superbrain Yoga is Still BS - NeuroLogica Blog

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2/19 Monday

🔊 The duty to be positive. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 239a Robin Hood by Glen Longwell – The History of England

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: The Ethical Path

🔊 Waking Up with Sam Harris: #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos with Niall Ferguson

🔊 Literature & History - episode #50 Our Brutal Age; Horace and the Beginning of Augustan Age Literature

🔊 Episode 92: The Great Lady – The History of Egypt Podcast

🔊 Episode 161 – Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors - The History of Byzantium

📺 Same Kind of Different as Me (2017) directed by Michael Carney

📺 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Why Decentralization Matters – Chris Dixon

Apple’s Software “Problem” and “Fixing” It (via twitter)

The Mueller indictment exposes the danger of Facebook’s focus on Groups - The Verge

The Mess at Meetup

Don’t Let Criminals Hide Their Data Overseas

Google discloses Microsoft Edge security flaw before a patch is ready

The case for using the iPhone X without a case

Brain Plasticity in Infants - NeuroLogica Blog

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2/18 Sunday

🔊 Leaving meditation. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 History in the Bible: 2.16 Meet the Neighbours: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes

📺 Phantom Thread (2017) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

📺 The Sense of an Ending (2017) directed by Ritesh Batra

Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Silicon Valley’s Singularity University Is Close to Flunking Out. It’s lost Google funding and dealt with allegations of assault and fraud.

Twitter Now Says Rules About Journalists Being Impersonated In Tweets Need To Be Revised

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2/17 Saturday

🔊 A home of your own. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Alternative Cancer Treatment Dangers - NeuroLogica Blog

Three Tactics from the Buddha to Forgive without Defeat

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2/16 Friday

🔊 Stepping out of the truth. Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 Why Are We So Nostalgic?

Google removes Search by Image feature

Facebook Must Stop Tracking Belgian Web Users, Court Rules

Apple employees are reportedly walking into walls at the company’s fancy new glass office

Google launches a lightweight ‘Gmail Go’ app for Android

Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters

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2/15 Thursday

🔊 Effective self discipline. A dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Gil Fronsdal: Mindfulness Of Thinking

Five Steps to Renovating Your Home Without Losing Your Mind(fulness)

The Neuroscience of Virtual Reality

HomePod costs $216 to build, generates 38% profit, compared with profit margins of 66% for Google Home and 56% for Amazon Echo

Apple HomePod Review: It Only Sounds Great

Big meme pages are skirting Facebook’s spam detection by overlaying static videos with watermark-like white arrows and triangles, and reaching millions of users

Facebook begins rolling out Messenger Kids to Android users in the US

Analysis finds Facebook has financial ties to 7+ members of its 13-person Messenger Kids advisory board used to shape the product, with limited disclosure

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2/14 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 26 The “Afterlife” of the New Testament and Postmodern Interpretation the final lecture of our presentation of Dale Martin’s Yale University lecture series on the Christian New Testament

🔊 As days and nights fly past - a dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 Buddhism: Ethics or Not? A talk by Gil Fronsdal

What to Do When Laptops and Silence Take Over Your Cafe?

How Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will work when it goes live tomorrow

Fitbit just acquired a cloud-based health care company that connects you with health coaches and doctors

A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

AMP for email is a terrible idea

Shinnyo-en Priest Bringing Meditation to the NYPD

Data Driven Making Sense of a Deluge of Information

To Understand the Brain You Have to Do the Math

The Tools That Let Neuroscientists Study and Even Repair Brain Circuits

Teasing Out the Mysteries of the Brain to Enhance Artificial Intelligence

Wake Up To Love On Valentine’s Day With Buddhist Teachings

How Buddhist Teachings Helped this Writer Embrace the Single Life

Dogen and No-Self

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2/13 Tuesday

🔊 Bare attention - a dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

The Memory Mavens, Part 11: Origins of the Criteria of Authenticity (2)

What is really Buddhism - Matthieu Ricard - yeah… you get to use Google translate

Book; Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators, by Guy Armstrong

Book; The World’s Religions, by Huston Smith

The Shallowness of Google Translate

The Long, Slow Decline of BitTorrent

Why the Web 3.0 Matters and you should know about it

Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail

Google sold 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, Less than a week’s worth of iPhone sales

Microsoft To Embrace Decentralized Identity Systems Built On Bitcoin And Other Blockchains

Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS

Why Google Stories will save, not screw, Snapchat Discover

New California Initiative – Crank Magnetism in Action

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2/12 Monday

🔊 The Aggregates as a path - a dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 #239 Henry VIII and his Realm – The History of England

🔊 Episode 91: The Mighty Bulls – The History of Egypt Podcast

🔊 The History of Witchcraft: 024 - Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair

🔊 History of Philosophy #295 - The Most Christian Doctor - Jean Gerson

🔊 3 John – Sunday School Dropouts

Amazon Is Becoming an AI Chip Maker, Speeding Alexa Responses

Instagram is warning users when someone screenshots their ‘story’

Facebook lost around 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 last year. 2018 won’t be much better

Significant but Irrelevant – Study on Correcting False Information

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses

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2/10 Saturday

🔊 What are you doing right now? Dharma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🔊 Waking Up Podcast - The Russell Brand Interview

🔊 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-004 Today he’s interviewing Bart Ehrman about Bart’s new book The Triumph of Christianity coming out on February 13

Uber settles suit with Waymo

How a Low-Level Apple Employee Leaked Some of the iPhone’s Most Sensitive Code

Inside the Olympics Opening Ceremony World-Record Drone Show

Google may be preparing to let you text from your desktop

Let Mind Nature Be Your Guru through Mystical Devotion

What You Need to Know About Sex, Love, and Buddhism

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2/8 Thursday

🎙 Dharma talk - Preparing to meditate, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

Walmart makes push to sell online goods at $10 and up to capture elusive e-commerce profit

Internet firms back congressional vote to restore net neutrality rules

Twitter Soars After Surprise Sales Gain, First Real Profit

Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online in ‘Biggest Leak in History’

What Are Hallucinations

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation what are these therapies

Did a Comet Kill the Mammoths

What Would 13th Century Zen Master Dogen Say About #MeToo

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2/7 Wednesday

📺 Lecture 25 Ecclesiastical Institutions: Unity, Martyrs, and Bishops from our continuing weekly presentation of Dale Martin’s Yale University lecture series on the Christian New Testament

🎙 Morning dharma talk - Your primary duties, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🎙 Evening dharma talk - Skills for living & dying, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

🎙 Episode 160 – Why Italy Matters - The History of Byzantium Podcast

Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It

Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg’s approval ratings

PS4 update lets parents control how long their kid can play

Why Goldman Sachs wants to help pay for your $1,000 iPhone

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2/6 Tuesday

🎙 Morning Talk - Maintaining Resolution

🎙 Evening Talk - Subduing Greed & Distress

🎙 The Waking Up Podcast #116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink (Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Dhamma Talk eBook Collections

Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter, Amazon overtakes Samsung for second place

ISPs must follow net neutrality in New Jersey, governor declares

Twitter’s director of AR/VR leaves the company

Facebook, Google Ex-Employees Start Tech De-Addiction Campaign

Mindfulness No Better Than Watching TV - NeuroLogica Blog

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2/5 Monday

🎙 237 Dissolution and Destruction – The History of England Podcast

🎙 Ancient Greece Declassified Podcast: 16 Dialogue and Dialectic w/ MM McCabe (Philosophy, Plato, Socrates)

Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) Dharma Talks from January

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

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2/4 Sunday

🎙 History in the Bible: 2.15 The Rise and Ruin of the Maccabeans

🎙 238 The Fight Back – The History of England Podcast

🎙 2 John – Sunday School Dropouts Podcast

Tired of Sitting? Try Walking Meditation

📺 Chloe Kim’s Historic Perfect Snowboard Score. Back to back 1080 degree rotations (first woman ever)

📺 Alan Watts - The Bible Secret no one wants you to Know

Amazon could disrupt US healthcare by converting a standardized healthcare interface for its employees into a marketplace for individuals and other employers

Dozens of people, rich from blockchain startups and cryptocurrency, try to build a Puerto Rican city where money is virtual and contracts are public

Zero-day vulnerability in the current version of Flash is being actively exploited in the wild; Adobe plans to patch it next week

How Amazon may prevent Alexa ads from activating Echo devices: acoustic fingerprint comparison and inaudible sound signals

How Facebook stole the news business

The ‘King of Kong’ could be stripped of his high score

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2/3 Saturday

Webmention - I discovered this while looking for something else last night. This may be the future of blogging and podcasting. A way to build distributed networks and communities without the need for a central player like Facebook. More research needed, but I believe it is exactly what I have been nebulously looking for for over a year now.

📺 The Florida Project (2017) directed by Sean Baker

📺 Den of Thieves (2018) directed by Christian Gudegast

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2/2 Friday

Love To Infinity - Pray For Love

📺 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) directed by Dan Gilroy

Robyn - Dancing On My Own

Apple plans to reduce $163bn cash balance to “approximately zero”

Alphabet is tumbling after a fourth quarter whiff and names John Hennessy as new board chair

Chrome OS 64 rolling out w/ new screenshot shortcut, Android app updates, security patches

Signals from Tim Cook indicte people no longer switching from Android to iPhones

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2/1 Thursday

🎙 The Bible Geek Podcast 18-003

Noble Strategy, Essays on the Buddhist Path, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Mind like Fire Unbound, An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses, Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)

📺 Huang Yu: Researching Alzheimer’s Disease

Motherhood and the Brain

A Case of Brain Death - NeuroLogica Blog

📺 Brazil (1985) directed by Terry Gilliam

Yuqi Kang’s A Little Wisdom to Debut at South by Southwest Film Festival

Telegram apps fall foul of iOS App Store content rules - Something in this story just doesn’t seem right. Yeah, aside from the fact that we don’t know exactly what the app was pulled for.

Facebook lost daily users for the first time ever in the U.S. and Canada. Facebook’s daily active user base in the U.S. and Canada fell for the first time ever in the fourth quarter, dropping to 184 million from 185 million in the previous quarter. Each user accounted for $26.76 worth of revenue for the company last quarter, and it went up by 35 percent over the same quarter last year.

eBay to switch from PayPal to amsterdam based Adyen for it’s backend payments services. eBay may have taken equity stake in Adyen.Adyen plans an IPO as early as this year.

India says it does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender and will eliminate their use for payments, but would explore use of blockchain technology.

Discord Desktop Apps Gain Deep Spotify Integration, Including Real-Time ‘Listen Along’ Feature

A company called Owl is introducing its first product today: the LTE-connected Owl Car Cam. It’s essentially a dash cam that films both the inside and outside a car. You can watch the feed live on the company’s companion iOS / Android app (inside footage records at 1440p and outside footage records at 720p), or save certain 20-second moments to revisit in the future. The device is essentially a home security setup, like Nest or Canary, but for the car. System costs $399. Later will be $299 with $10 per month charge.

YouTube TV – a $35/month live TV package aimed as a replacement for cable TV – is now available on Roku, and YouTube has said that the Apple TV app is ‘coming very soon’.

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