Watched "The Newsroom" Unintended Consequences from Netflix
Directed by Carl Franklin. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. October 3, 2011: When Will's interview with Shelly of OWS goes horribly wrong, the Genoa team are at risk of losing a potentially valuable lead. Recounting her trip in Uganda to Rebecca Halliday, Maggie relives the experience. Jim's frustrations with the Romney campaign continue.
Watched Lecture 10: The Acts of the Apostles by Dale B. Martin from RLST 152: Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature

The speech that Stephen gives before his accusers in Acts shows how the author of Luke-Acts used and edited his sources. So, also, does the description of the destruction of Jerusalem in Luke, as compared to that in Mark. The major themes of Luke-Acts are 1) the Gospel going first to the Jews and then to gentiles and 2) that of the prophet-martyr, with Jesus as the prophet-martyr par excellence.

  • Stephens Speech in the Acts of the Apostles [00:00:00]
  • The Destruction [00:19:18]
  • Luke's Gospel to the Jews First [00:24:18]
  • The Prophet-Martyr in Luke and Acts [00:38:19]

Apparently Christians have been bending their stories to suit their point of view since the very beginning. Interesting to hear some of these story-telling traditions and viewpoints and compare them with current political and religious traditions. Not much has changed in 2000 years. I can’t help but think: “Do as I say and not as I do.”

Watched "The Newsroom" Amen from Netflix
Directed by Daniel Minahan. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. On the week of 2011's Valentine's Day, the news team is forced to hire a local Egyptian stringer to report on Arab Spring developments and find they have placed him in great danger.

Watched most of the episode last night. Finished it today at lunch.

Watched Fraidycat (Prototype Vid) by Kicks CondorKicks Condor from Kicks Condor

Futilely attempting to build an RSS reader that’s not at all an RSS reader.

The year of the reader continues. This is wicked awesome. I want this reader!

There are some interesting UI pieces hiding in here. I love the way things are sortable by importance. I like the sparklines for posting frequency. The color differentiation to give an idea about recency of posts is cool.

And one of the best things is that it’s not really a reader. In true Kicks fashion, it’s all just links, which means that one goes to the original site to read the content. I mentioned just yesterday the fact that some of my “identity” is lost with the CSS and details of my site being stripped within sterile readers. This sort of reader decimates that.

Of course, the verso of that is a reader that could be CSS configurable so that every site looks as busy or crazy as mango zone does in the video. Naturally, many browsers support local CSS, so I suppose I could make the New York Times look like Kicks Condor’s site, but who has the time to do all that configuration?? (Maybe one day…) Maybe some readers will have their simple chrome, but pull in not only the content, but the CSS and visual goodness along with them? The best of both worlds?

Watched "The Newsroom" We Just Decided To from Netflix
Directed by Greg Mottola. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

I loved this show in 2012 when it aired. I knew there were problems in journalism at the time, but looking back this show was way more prescient than I could have ever guessed.

Watched "Restaurant: Impossible" When Life Gives You Lemons ... from Food Network
With Robert Irvine, Tom Bury, Cheryl Torrenueva. Robert takes on a two-in-one challenge, when he travels to Downers Grove, Illinois, to fix a grocery store with a full-service bistro, owned by two best friends who are failing at both sides of the business, causing their relationship to deteriorate as well.