📺 PBS NewsHour – January 18, 2019 | PBS

Watched PBS NewsHour – January 18, 2019 from PBS
Friday on the NewsHour, a report by BuzzFeed alleges that President Trump personally directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a business project in Moscow. Plus: The president announces a second summit with North Korea to discuss denuclearization, how the shutdown is affecting people in D.C., David Brooks and Ruth Marcus on the week in politics, hockey and race and an unusual ice formation.

👓 Infographic Breaks Down Film Genre Popularity of the Past 100 Years | No Film School

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Check out this cool look into how Film Genre Popularity has evolved over time from 1910 - 2018.

👓 Instagram’s Archive feature is now available for everyone to hide embarrassing old photos | The Verge

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Instagram is releasing its Archive feature to all users today, after testing it with a smaller group of people last month. The feature lets anyone on Instagram hide their old posts without deleting...
Checked into Patti Cakes

Ugh… The clerk at the counter coughed directly into her hand immediately before taking out a bag and serving me a pastry (fortunately at least using tongs). I’m sure this was after helping the prior customer at the cash register, handling their payment, and not bothering to wash her hands at any point. What a public health nightmare! Some inexpensive disposable rubber gloves could be a welcome addition for people serving and running the register.

The final kicker was that the apples in the pastry were severely overcooked and had almonds hidden inside instead of obviously decorating the top.

Pastry at this level and price needs to pay way more attention to the details.

Not sure I can revisit again, which is sad because its an otherwise nice local pastry shop.

👓 Lawmakers Vow To Investigate Evidence That Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress | BuzzFeed News

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“Such an instruction would amount to obstruction of justice,” one Democrat said.

BuzzFeed is definitely milking this story with the primary version and this mini-follow up.

👓 President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project | BuzzFeed News

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Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin. Update: The office of the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News’ report.

If true, this is a major bombshell and a painfully impeachable offense. As I read it though, I wonder if it will make a dent in the devolving atmosphere of the government.

📺 "Madam Secretary" Strategic Ambiguity | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Strategic Ambiguity from CBS
Directed by Eric Stoltz. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process. Also, Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.

This is certainly an interesting philosophical question at the heart of this episode: how far can defense contractors go to bend the policies of the US Government.

📺 PBS NewsHour – January 17, 2019 | PBS

Watched PBS NewsHour - January 17, 2019 from PBS
Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump cancels an overseas trip planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the shutdown hits day 27. Also: The president’s plan to boost missile defense, how the shutdown is affecting food stamps, making sense of the "curse of bigness" when giant companies dominate, new details about family separations at the border, a historic trip across Antarctica and more.

👓 Trump startled by cozy Barr-Mueller relationship | CNN

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President Donald Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to three people familiar with the matter.

👓 So, I Got an Email From Matthew Whitaker’s Wife | Slate

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Marci Whitaker, wife of the acting attorney general, says the Mueller investigation is “wrapping up.”

This is just bizarre. I wonder if she discussed this with her husband before sending? (Not that she needs to, but it just seems so odd that something like this could cause them more trouble than not.)

👓 Wardley map | Wikipedia

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A Wardley map is a map of the structure of a business or service, mapping the components needed to serve the customer or user. Wardley maps are named after Simon Wardley who claims to have created them in 2005.

👓 Why I’m Leaving Medium | Praxis – Medium

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I’ve been writing on Medium for three and a half years.

Some of these reasons are very pragmatic for everyone, but he’s also got some business specific ones that touch on things many small businesses would want control over as well. He additionally points out some very subtle changes in media for people who are reaching out to niche audiences. Some of this is reminiscent to things Leo Laporte has spoken about in the past with respect to leaving television and cable to start a podcast network, except in that case there really wasn’t a huge amount of competing media, so instead of moving to silos (which didn’t exist at the time for his use case) he went straight to using his own platform.