📺 “Design Doctors” Rush (Season 1, Episode 6) | Amazon Prime

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Gerard lives in Rush with his twin children, Aoife and Ronan, age 17. The twins mother died when they were just 11 and Ger says he lost interest in the house altogether. He admits he knows nothing about interiors or colour or creating an atmosphere but with the help of the Design Doctors Ger hopes to make their house a home again.

📺 David Wolfpaw: WordPress and the IndieWeb – Why You Should Own Your Voice | WordPress.TV

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📺 “The Americans” Pests | Amazon Prime

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Directed by Chris Long. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Brandon J. Dirden, Costa Ronin. Stan and Oleg wrestle with the harsh consequences of their complicated history, as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with devastating implications for their country.
Watched For Patients, by Patients: Pioneering a New Approach in Med-Tech Design by  Innovate Pasadena: Friday Coffee Meetup Innovate Pasadena: Friday Coffee Meetup from YouTube

I was ten years into a career as a user experience designer making new digital products when diabetes blew my family's life apart. The complexity and relentlessness of the burden of care that came with my youngest daughter's diagnosis at 1.5 years old, were overwhelming. I learned that people with diabetes are always 10 minutes of inattention away from a coma. Run your blood sugar too low and risk brain injury or death. Run too high and you do cumulative damage to your organs, nerves and eyes. And as a designer and hardware hacker I couldn't accept the limitations and poor User Experience I was seeing in all the tools we were given to deal with it.

Then I discovered Nightscout (a way to monitor my daughter's blood sugar in real time from anywhere in the world) and Loop (a DIY open sourced, artificial pancreas system that checks blood sugar and adjusts insulin dosing every five minutes 24/7) and the community that produced them. For the first time I saw the kinds of tools I needed and true power of solutions that come from the people living with the problem. When I learned about the Tidepool's project to take Loop through FDA approval and bring it to anyone who wants to use it to give the same freedom and relief that we've experienced from it, I had to get involved. Now we are taking an open source software through regulatory approval and using real-life user data from the DIY community for our clinical trial in a process that is turning heads in the industry. We'll get into the many ways this story demonstrates ways that user driven design, open source models and a counterculturally collaborative approach with regulators are shifting the incentives and changing the landscape toward one more favorable to innovation.

Here’s the video I mentioned yesterday. Those deeply enmeshed in the IndieWeb movement and many of its subtleties will get a ringing sense of déjà vu as they watch it and realize there’s a lot of overlap with how (and why) Matt Lumpkin is working to help those with type 1 diabetes and the IndieWeb. Perhaps there are some lessons to be learned here?

📺 “W1A” Episode #3.3 | Netflix

Watched "W1A" Episode #3.3 from Netflix
Directed by John Morton. With Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish. Having dismissed the idea of losing gardening programmes as a way of saving money, the Renewal Team propose that getting rid of the BBC Big Swing Band might be an option - but it turns into a PR disaster. Meanwhile, Siobhan decides to create a launch trail for BBC ME that will go viral, with Will delegated to stand in the main reception of New Broadcasting House to try to persuade various ...

📺 “W1A” Episode #3.2 | Netflix

Watched "W1A" Episode #3.2 from Netflix
Directed by John Morton. With Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish. The senior civil servant with responsibility for Charter Renewal negotiations visits the BBC to see what a normal day at the corporation looks like, and the campaign to launch user-generated content platform "BBC Me" gathers pace.

📺 “The Americans” Amber Waves | Amazon Prime

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Directed by Chris Long. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Brandon J. Dirden, Costa Ronin. After witnessing Elizabeth kill two men, Paige trades in church for training sessions with mom. First, self defense. Second could tear the family apart. The beginning of the end for Paige and Matthew looms.

📺 “The Americans” Persona Non Grata | Amazon Prime

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Directed by Chris Long. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Dylan Baker, Brandon J. Dirden. In the season 4 finale, Elizabeth & Philip race against the FBI to retrieve a mysterious package. Paige finally begins considering whether or not she would like to enter the family business.

📺 “The Americans” A Roy Rogers in Franconia | Amazon Prime

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Directed by Chris Long. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Dylan Baker, Brandon J. Dirden. As Paige deals with last episode's trauma, she sees her mother in a new light... and finds she has inherited some of her parents' skills. Plus, has Oleg reached his breaking point with Stan?

📺 “The Americans” Dinner for Seven | Amazon Prime

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Directed by Nicole Kassell. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Dylan Baker, Brandon J. Dirden. Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation... but at what cost?

I suspected that the dinner might have been more dramatic or touch-and-go.

Watched W1A (Season 2, Episodes 1-4) from BBC | Netflix
Ian Fletcher, formerly the Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission, has taken up the position of Head of Values at the BBC.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes

Continuing on to finish off the second season. Some of the characters are beginning to feel weary to me, but they’re also such over-the-top caricatures that this would have been better to watch in smaller doses rather than two seasons at a time.

Watched W1A (Season 1, Episodes 1-4) from BBC | Netflix
Ian Fletcher, formerly the Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission, has taken up the position of Head of Values at the BBC.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan, Jessica Hynes

Quirky characters and biting satire. Sadly I’m probably missing a lot of the “in” jokes, though I did pick up what looked like Alan Yentob arm wrestling Salman Rushdie in a short cameo appearance. A lot of the comedy revolves around the premise of people who are paid professionally to be communicators are some of the absolute worst communicators on the planet.

📺 Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) | Hulu

Watched Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) from Hulu
Directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins. With Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein, Gloria Steinem. Barbie, the most popular doll ever created is a fashion icon and a target for feminists. This telling documentary features new footage, access to Barbie's biggest reinvention, and examines over 60 years of women through the lens of an 11.5 inch plastic doll.

The best part may have been the near-coda at the end that indicated what happened to the creator of Barbie.

📺 Fyre Fraud (2019) | Hulu

Watched Fyre Fraud (2019) from Hulu
Directed by Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason. With Bella Hadid, Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, Cameron Davison. Concert promoters and rapper Ja Rule advertise a high-end festival experience that fails spectacularly when they don't plan for the infrastructure to support the venue, artists and guests.

When the two competing documentaries came out, I don’t think I ever really heard a reason why there were two other than the fact that the story was so over-the-top, blatant, and salacious. I’m glad I saw this one first as it indicates that the other documentary was made by Jerry Media, an entity that was involved in promoting and profiting from the Fyre Festival. Of course I want to dig into the background of the producers of this one now too to see what their ties may be. Always vet your sources, even for documentaries that present themselves as detached from the story.

This does a great job of showing cultural excess. At least the founder was put into jail before he had a chance to run for president…

📺 “Nature” Forest of the Lynx | PBS

Watched "Nature" Forest of the Lynx from PBS
Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. Travel deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria - the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest's dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the ...

A reasonably well-told story, but the juxtaposition of images was often too forced to intimate activity that wasn’t really happening.