Checkin CSULA Ballroom

Checked into CSULA Ballroom
WordCamp Los Angeles Day 2

🎧 This Week in Google 417 Fire and Furry | TWiT.TV

Listened to This Week in Google 417 Fire and Furry by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham from TWiT.tv

Google engineer writes men's rights diatribe. Google fires him. Discussion ensues. Also: Deepmind vs. Starcraft, get a new phone every 30 days, Amazon's secret brands, Instagram depression, and the 8th best tech writer in the US.

🎧 This Week in Google 418 I Want a Three-Tier Tiffen | TWiT.TV

Listened to This Week in Google 418 I Want a Three-Tier Tiffen by Leo Laporte, Stacey Higginbotham, Mike Elgan from TWiT.tv

Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer kicked off Go Daddy, Google, Cloudflare, Twitter, and more. Essential phone will be here next week. Pixel 2 passes the FCC, will feature squeezable sides. Allo on the web is still too limited. YouTube will show how many people are watching right now. Mark Zuckerberg's political ambitions. Ordering pizza on Facebook. Trump's DOJ wants 1.3 million IP addresses of people protesting Trump. Ikea smart bulbs work with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home.

  • Stacey's thing: A New Way to Dinner
  • Mike's tool: meetingbird
  • Leo's pick: MoviePass

Checkin UCLA Campus Store

Checked into UCLA Campus Store
Need some new UCLAwear.

I’ve meant to stop in here many times and somehow just never did, but some of my old UCLA shirts/sweatshirts are starting to look shabby.

I’m not sure what I was thinking with this selfie…

A new UCLA sweatshirt with UCLA in the background.

🎧 This Week in Google 420 Low Irish Talking | TWiT.TV

Listened to This Week in Google 420 Low Irish Talking by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham from TWiT.tv

Use the internet to help hurricane Harvey victims. Leo discovers ASMR. Google takes Tango down a notch with ARCore. New Pixel Phones 10/5. 2017 Eclipse Megamovie. Google Translate crowdsources Mr. Squidward Kim Jong Il. Should Estonia nationalize the internet? How the CIA made Google. Essential leaks customer drivers licences. Facebook's transparency mess. Amazon officially owns Whole Foods. Cortana and Alexa get all smoochy. Uber's new CEO is ready for a big job.

Checkin Chick-fil-A

Checked into Chick-fil-A
Quick dinner before math class.

I’ve never been a fan of their corporate politics, but as a Georgian, I appreciate how they double down on their customer service–even here in California.

🎧 This Week in Google 419 Foie Gras Lollipop | TWiT.TV

Listened to This Week in Google 419 Foie Gras Lollipop by Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, Jason Howell from TWiT.tv

Google partners with Walmart to take on Amazon. Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition clears the FTC. Google Home gets phone calling and Bluetooth features. Supreme Court may have to decide if you can google that on Bing. New Chromebook Pixel and Google Home Dot? Google Assistant headphones? Treble might work on existing phones. Android Oreo is official. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is super expensive - unless you bought a Note 7. Terms of service controversies from Sonos, Plex, and Uber. Plus: Hamburger Helper, peanut butter Oreos, foie gras lollipops, queso, bisto, and chicken in a can.

  • Jeff's number: What FB is paying and expecting for Watch episodes
  • Stacey's thing: The Prepared
  • Jason's tool: Google's Inbox can finally show multiple email accounts at once

👓 Anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy plans to retire amid sex scandal | USA Today

Read Anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy plans to retire amid sex scandal (USA TODAY)
The announcement comes a day after the pro-life lawmaker allegedly asked his mistress to get an abortion.
The inconsistency of most Republicans and the anti-abortion crowd really kills me. It’s fine for them when the situation presents itself, but isn’t appropriate for anyone else?

If only the people who protest so vociferously and who spend money to fight abortion would instead spend their time and money to support the adoption and care of all these unwanted children, the problem would be so drastically different. You have to care about the lives after they are born or you’re just being hypocritical, otherwise, just what are you really saving? Do they want to save and add to the suffering in the world? Should they be called pro-suffering activists instead of anti-abortion?

👓 Billionaire relents, kicks open his gate to popular Martins Beach | SF Gate

Read Billionaire relents, kicks open his gate to popular Martins Beach by Peter Fimrite (SFGate)
A billionaire landowner who had blocked access to a beach near Half Moon Bay opened the gate leading to the sandy shore Wednesday, two days after legal papers were filed demanding he comply with a court order. The decision by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to finally allow the public to use the only road leading to picturesque Martins Beach was touted as a victory for surfers and sunbathers, but lawyers say it probably isn't the end of a decade-long battle over the sandy cove.
Oh, the never-ending battle between public beaches and rich people along the California coast.

They didn’t do a very good job describing the subtleties of the situation and the law here though.

👓 Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud | ProPublica

Read Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud (ProPublica)
New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. 
Why are we not surprised at this? What happened to the generally higher moral ground that used to be held by public officials? These days I’d take a soupçon of Aristotelian-ism…