👓 Does Donald Trump write his own tweets? Sometimes | The Boston Globe

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It’s not always Trump tapping out a tweet, even when it sounds like his voice.

I wonder how complicated/in-depth the applied information theory is behind the Twitter bot described here?

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🎧 A Million dollars of plastic | Lost Notes (KCRW)

Listened A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic from Lost Notes | KCRW

In 1989 McDonald’s ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. A very special copy of this record was almost burned to heat a family home in Galax, Virginia. Instead, it ended up winning the homeowner a million dollars.

A heartbreaking story…

This seems to be a micrososm of the new American story in a post-80’s culture: People scraping by in hopes of a big pay day that will save them all, but in the end it does more to ruin them.

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📺 "The Good Doctor" Islands: Part Two | ABC

Watched "The Good Doctor" Islands: Part Two from ABC
Directed by Cherie Nowlan. With Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Chuku Modu. The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team at San Jose Boneventure Hospital to make a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Murphy returns to the hospital after his trip with Lea and decides he needs a more permanent change and gives Dr. Aaron Glassman his two weeks' notice.

I’m finding it harder and harder to want to keep up with this series. I like many of the actors, but the ones I like the best are seemingly given the least screen time. The characters here just aren’t as solid as those from previous series like House, and the “cases” aren’t really interesting or dramatic enough to bother with. Rejoining conjoined twins just after separating them? Really?!

It took me 3 tries to finally make it through this episode.

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📺 “Madam Secretary” Thin Ice | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Thin Ice from CBS
Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. While the Secretary attends a summit intended to resolve territorial claims on the North Pole, an activist group detonates a bomb, and Russia is behind it. Henry helps a student through a hard decision.
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📺 “Madam Secretary” Night Watch | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Night Watch from CBS
Directed by Rob J. Greenlea. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth and the cabinet must brace for fallout after President Dalton announces a retaliatory nuclear strike on a nation that has launched missiles at the US.

Interesting subject matter that doesn’t directly impinge on current administration policy, except it subtly does…
I pray for the deep state.

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📺 “Modern Family” Clash of Swords | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Clash of Swords from ABC
Directed by James Alan Hensz. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. In the Season 9 finale, Mitchell sneaks out to "Hero-Con" with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show "Clash of Swords." It's great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria's dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan, upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door.
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👓 Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct | Gizmodo

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Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

A subtle, but interesting change. Most importantly does this portend a broad change in corporate philosophy?

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👓 Mountain bikers in fatal cougar attack did everything right, authorities say | The Guardian

Read Mountain bikers in fatal cougar attack did everything right, authorities say (the Guardian)
Surviving cyclist in satisfactory condition in hospital as official says bikers tried to scare the mountain lion and then hit it

A good reminder of how to react to some wildlife encounters while mountain biking or hiking.

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👓 The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy | The Atlantic

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The same DNA analysis used to find the alleged Golden State Killer has led to the arrest of a second alleged murderer. It’ll likely lead to more.

I can see this going to the Supreme Court sooner than later on privacy related underpinning. I can’t help but recall the words of Jed Bartlett in The West Wing when he was saying in season one that privacy would be one of the most pressing issues for the Supreme Court in the coming century.

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👓 Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis? | The Atlantic

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As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.

Some great definitions and structure laid out for something that may be more necessary in the near future.

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👓 Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture | LA Times

Read Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture by Paul Pringle, Matt Hamilton, Sarah Parvini, and Harriet Ryan (latimes.com)
How USC handled the case of a campus gynecologist allowed to practice for years despite complaints of misconduct has sparked outrage and demands for change in the university’s leadership and management culture. To some, it is part of a troubling pattern.

If I were a journalist, I would just start tracking people leaving posts and then dig into what the scandal must surely be. USC is definitely stinking from the head and needs to begin digging itself out of an ever-deepening hole.

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👓 Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control | The Atlantic

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“Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.
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👓 Columbia Law professor who coined ‘net neutrality’ term mulling run for attorney general | NY Daily News

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Tim Wu, a Columbia Law professor credited with coining the term "net neutrality," is considering a run for state attorney general.
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