📺 "The West Wing" Bartlet for America | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Bartlet for America from Netflix
Directed by Thomas Schlamme. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his MS, but this particular day of hearings concerns itself more with Abby and her secretly medicating Jed, and later with Leo's having fallen off the wagon during the campaign (a politically motivated Republican ...

📺 "The West Wing" Gone Quiet | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Gone Quiet from Netflix
Directed by Jon Hutman. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. When the military loses contact with a submarine in hostile waters, the President must choose between risking the lives of the crew and provoking North Korea. CJ relishes the Majority Leader's flubbing of an interview. Babbish informs Abby that she is the weak link in the President's legal defense.

📺 "The West Wing" War Crimes | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" War Crimes from Netflix
Directed by Alex Graves. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. After a fatal shooting in Texas, the president asks Hoynes to go down there and speak out for gun control, in spite of his history opposing it. Donna makes a gaffe in front of the Congressional committee. Leo argues with an old friend about the creation of an international war crimes tribunal.

📺 The global food waste scandal | TED

Watched The global food waste scandal from ted.com
Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

📺 EDUCE: Imaging the Herculaneum Scrolls | YouTube

Watched Imaging the Herculaneum Scrolls from YouTube
The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius covered the city of Herculaneum in twenty meters of lava, simultaneously destroying the Herculaneum scrolls through carbonization and preserving the scrolls by protecting them from the elements. Unwrapping the scrolls would damage them, but researchers are anxious to read the texts. Researchers from the University of Kentucky collaborated with the Institut de France and SkyScan to digitally unwrap and preserve the scrolls. To learn more about the EDUCE project, go to http://cs.uky.edu/dri.

They haven’t finished the last mile, but having high resolution scans of the objects is great. I’m not sure why they’re handling these items manually when they could very likely be secured in better external casings and still imaged the same way.

📺 June 27, 2019 – PBS NewsHour | PBS

Watched June 27, 2019 from PBS NewsHour
Thursday on the NewsHour, the Supreme Court issues major rulings on the census citizenship question and the role of courts in partisan gerrymandering. Plus: Analyzing the first 2020 Democratic debate and previewing the second, whether scandal is affecting President Trump’s support, transitioning business ownership, N. K. Jemisin answers reader questions and uncovering truth via photojournalism.
Watched A bold idea to replace politicians by César Hidalgo from ted.com
César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate directly in democratic decisions. Explore a new way to make collective decisions and expand your understanding of democracy.

“It’s not a communication problem, it’s a cognitive bandwidth problem.”—César Hidalgo

He’s definitely right about the second part, but it’s also a communication problem because most of political speech is nuanced toward the side of untruths and covering up facts and potential outcomes to represent the outcome the speaker wants. There’s also far too much of our leaders saying “Do as I say (and attempt to legislate) and not as I do.” Examples include things like legislators working to actively take away things like abortion or condemn those who are LGBTQ when they actively do those things for themselves or their families or live out those lifestyles in secret.

“One of the reasons why we use Democracy so little may be because Democracy has a very bad user interface and if we improve the user interface of democracy we might be able to use it more.”—César Hidalgo

This is an interesting idea, but definitely has many pitfalls with respect to how we know AI systems currently work. We’d definitely need to start small with simpler problems and build our way up to the more complex. However, even then, I’m not so sure that the complexity issues could ultimately be overcome. On it’s face it sounds like he’s relying too much on the old “clockwork” viewpoint of phyiscs, though I know that obviously isn’t (or couldn’t be) his personal viewpoint. There’s a lot more pathways for this to become a weapon of math destruction currently than the utopian tool he’s envisioning.

🎞 Ocean’s Eight (2018) | Warner Bros. | ★★★

Watched Ocean's Eight (2018) from Warner Bros.
Directed by Gary Ross. With Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling. Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Pretty solid, but missing some zing and more complicated plotting compared to the others.

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📺 June 25, 2019 – PBS NewsHour | PBS

Watched June 25, 2019 - PBS NewsHour from PBS
Tuesday on the NewsHour, the acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has resigned after roughly two months in the position, at a time when legislation around immigration and border management hangs in the balance. Plus: The cultural impact of the Stonewall Riots, policy around period products, sexual assault allegations against President Trump and a book on “The Death of Politics.”

🎞 The Firm (1993) | Paramount Pictures | ★★★★

Watched The Firm (1993) from Paramount Pictures
Directed by Sydney Pollack. With Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook. A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Always a good watch.

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📺 "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" Content Moderation and Free Speech | Netflix

Watched "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" Content Moderation and Free Speech from Netflix
Directed by Richard A. Preuss. With Hasan Minhaj, Joyelle Johnson. Hasan explains how social media giants Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Twitter abuse their right to free speech to prevent anyone from regulating their shady business practices, and does a quick follow-up on his Saudi Arabia episode.

Sampling. Sadly not quite as funny as I would have expected. Perhaps a bit bored with this particular episode, but only because it’s a subject matter in which I’m over-versed.

🎞 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) | Walt Disney Pictures | ★★★★

Watched Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) from Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Ron Howard. With Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover. During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

A fun little romp with some creative origin stories.

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📺 "Dexter" Dexter | Netflix

Watched "Dexter" Dexter from Netflix
Directed by Michael Cuesta. With Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King. Dexter takes part in the investigation of a serial killer who drains his victims of blood. He also kills two criminals, and his romantic relationship may be going to the next level.

Dozed off on the couch early this evening. Woke up late and couldn’t sleep, so started watching some old tv for mild entertainment. 

2nd viewing of this series beginning here.

🎞 Murder Mystery (2019) ★★★ | Netflix

Watched Murder Mystery (2019) from Netflix

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Directed by Kyle Newacheck. With Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Terence Stamp. A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage, but end up getting framed and on the run for the death of an elderly billionaire.

Slow first act. Not as bad as I expected it would be. Not as funny either.

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