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1 - Theresa May: We're on course to deliver Brexit despite vote
2 - France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two
3 - Grenfell fire: Families and survivors remember victims at St Paul's memorial
4 - Scottish income tax changes unveiled
5 - See how your primary school is performing
6 - Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn
7 - NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes
8 - Gemenid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere
9 - Britain First's Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen charged
10 - Fly-tipping up as prosecutions go down
11 - UK must tackle loneliness, says Jo Cox Commission report
12 - Dick Whittington panto jokes 'too smutty' for children
13 - How Greenland would look without its ice sheet
14 - Airbus A380 draws giant Christmas tree over Germany
15 - Star system has record eight exoplanets
16 - Take a look around the new US embassy
17 - Chinese visitors left furious by 'fake' butterfly exhibition
18 - The pig farmer taking on Tesco
19 - Is it game over for Brexit?
20 - Lambeth Palace: The home of the Archbishop of Canterbury
21 - How net neutrality affects you
22 - 'Flat-chested' K-pop star responds to 'cruel' body comments
23 - Catalonia election: The bare facts
24 - How to cope at the office Christmas party
25 - Hull 2017: Highlights from the City of Culture
26 - The moment defeat on Brexit vote was announced
27 - On the election trail with Gujarat's women bikers
28 - Origami robot muscles lift 1,000 times its own weight
29 - Harry and Meghan: What happens at Christmas with the royals?
30 - BBC News at Ten
31 - The mystery of the baby in the box
32 - Brexit: Can Leavers and Remainers call a Christmas truce?
33 - Yemen's capital more divided than ever
34 - Acting on Australia's landmark abuse inquiry
35 - Surviving Congo's massacres: 'I climbed over bodies to flee'
36 - How forced marriage saved a US defector in North Korea
37 - Why more Brits are buying caravans and motor homes
38 - How vocal problems nearly spelled the end for The Script
39 - Reality Check: Are teacher targets being missed?
40 - How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover
41 - Ashes: Dawid Malan 'almost in tears' after reaching maiden Test century
42 - Chris Froome case handling is a scandal - Tony Martin
43 - Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss asked to clarify comments about Man City
44 - Ashes: Meet Dawid Malan - England's new batting star
45 - Anthony Joshua: BBC Sports Personality 2017 contender
46 - F1 'grid girls' under 'strong review' - how did you vote?
47 - Grenfell memorial: Key moments
48 - Grief still raw as service remembers victims
49 - Worrying number of PTSD cases
50 - Grenfell fire memorial: 'A lot of people will get some healing'
51 - The key moments as the fire spread
52 - Grenfell family: 'You feel like a prisoner living here'
Theresa May plays down her Commons defeat as she arrives in Brussels for dinner with EU leaders.
At least four children died and another 20 people were hurt in the collision in southern France.
Royal Family members joined the bereaved at the London memorial to pay tribute to the 71 victims.
Higher and middle earners will pay more than elsewhere in the UK, but lower earners will pay less.
Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.
The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.
The bank told a security expert "sorry you feel this way" when a potential vulnerability was found.
If you missed the annual Gemenid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen are charged by the PSNI over separate incidents in Belfast.
The number of successful prosecutions brought by councils against fly-tippers has fallen to a record low.
Commission set up by murdered MP Jo Cox says nine million adults in the UK are affected.
The star told rude jokes and invited the audience to chant 'Alice loves Dick', says an angry mum.
Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons.
An Airbus pilot has festive fun flying in the shape of a Christmas tree on a test flight over Germany.
Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.
BBC News takes a peek behind the doors of the new US embassy.
A visitor said he had travelled 100km to see the exhibit, but felt he had been "cheated".
Richard Baugh addresses concerns about supermarkets using "fake farm" brands
The government lost a key vote, and it's a big deal.
Take a tour of the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
An Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality" is repealed by a US regulator, so what does it mean?
Online critics said she didn't look right for K-pop, but Amber Liu from girl group f(x) is fighting back.
Gavin Lee presents the key players in the election, with the help of some rather colourful figurines.
Like Minds: Getting through this year’s festivities.
Everyone from superstars to schoolchildren have played their part in a triumphant year.
The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by Tory MPs.
Why are girls dropping out of school in the Indian prime minister's home state? The BBC and four women bikers hit the election trail to find out.
The artificial muscles can be programmed with a range of motions including twisting and rotation.
It's Meghan Markle's first Christmas with her royal in-laws to-be. So what can she expect?
BBC coverage of latest developments
Robin was abandoned as a baby 74 years ago. Now thanks to DNA and his daughter's detective work he finally knows where he came from.
We asked Brexiteers to name one good thing about the EU - and Remainers to do the same about Brexit.
Nawal al-Maghafi finds the clashes between former allies in the civil war have destroyed parts of Sanaa.
Few countries have confronted child abuse as comprehensively, but practical questions remain.
The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to a land littered with tears and mass graves.
In 1980, North Korea forced a US soldier and a kidnapped Japanese girl to marry. This is their story.
In the UK sales of caravan are on the rise. 22,000 were sold in the year to June, a 7% rise on the previous 12 months.
Frontman Danny O'Donoghue says he was "terrified" that his singing career had been cut short.
The shadow education secretary claims the government is missing its teacher recruitment targets.
Toni Mascolo, with his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century.
England batsman Dawid Malan 'almost in tears' after reaching a maiden Test century on the first day of the third Ashes Test in Perth.
The handling of Chris Froome's adverse drugs test is a "scandal" and suggests double standards, says four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is asked to clarify the comments he made before Sunday's derby defeat by Manchester City.
How Dawid Malan went from having his middle peg knocked out of the ground in club cricket to being an Ashes centurion.
Boxing world champion retained unbeaten record - profile of Sports Personality nominee.
The "delicate topic" of 'grid girls' in Formula 1 is "under strong review" by the sport's new owners.
Survivors of the tower fire which claimed 71 lives attend a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral.
There were a huge range of emotions at the St Paul's Cathedral service to remember the 71 Grenfell fire victims.
A unique NHS service helping Grenfell survivors has found high levels of mental trauma.
Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the Grenfell fire, asked for a national memorial service.
Seventy-one people died after a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in the early hours of 14 June.
Matthew Price meets Grenfell families six months on from the fire
Scripting News, the weblog started in 1997 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution.
41 - Have you seen the Netflix show "Godless"?
42 - I'm tired of all the bashing
43 - People who show up
44 - Give her a show! ;-)
46 - Follow-up to Franken resignation
I finished The Crown season 2 last night. Very nice. It's a little confusing as new characters are introduced without explanation. Feels like it's just getting started. So many characters to develop yet. And the Queen herself. Her majesty Claire Foy is just amazing, and the queen's husband, played by Matt Smith, is revealed to be complex as well. I love this show. Almost ready to give it a 5.
There might be a silver lining to the end of net neutrality. A hacker culture might emerge, as it did in the early days of the PC. the Mac and the web. We are stagnant now in tech. BigCo's control everything. More limits on the official net might force new channels to develop.
I'm always looking for people I can work with on news projects. Like David Beard. He's leading a project to make a news river for news people. I'm just providing the technical assistance, as needed. It's running pretty smoothly, I'm happy to report. 🎈
I had a thought about #metoo the other day. I assume that I will be excoriated for this. It's okay. But that's my point actually. If #metoo can get control of that it can be orders of magnitude more effective, more quickly, imho. I look at the restrtaint of #blacklivesmatter with great admiration. If the two causes could cooperate, and if #metoo can adopt some of the peaceful coexistence approach of #blm (as I see it), we can all soar. That's what I hope to see.
A notepad for me to write little stuff in GitHub as I do in other writing environments. Key is that it's super easy for me to post and edit notes from my desktop. Just write and Save. Here's a screen shot.
I've wanted what BingeWorthy for Movies does for a long time, and especially for this time of year, when the Oscar-worthy movies come out, all at once, in December, with a final flourish with the ones the studios think are best on Christmas Day. Each year we have what's called the NakedJen Film Festival, to see how many movies we can watch on the big day. This idea was of course originated by NakedJen, in Santa Cruz, many years ago. I am a relatively recent convert. So we have to know which ones are the best. We've gone by very loose word of mouth, and reviewers' opinions. I always wanted to find a way to involve my blogging community. Hence BingeWorthy for Movies. 🚀
There's a section in the BingeWorthy howto for the movies.
Overview: the movies in BingeWorthy are the ones currently in theaters. New movies will be added over the coming weeks. The big day of release of course is Christmas Day. Not sure how it will evolve after that. The immediate goal is to find out what people think of movies in almost realtime, as they roll out through the theaters. Also included are new releases on Netflix and other streaming services as well as featured releases from previous years. I wanted to be sure people had something to rate on their first visit.
With this release, the first site is now repositioned as BingeWorthy for TV. It has been moved to a sub-folder. The home page still is the TV version, but I plan to redirect from there to one of the sub-sites. Not doing that immediately.
There are a bunch of changes and new features. There's a link icon in the upper left corner of the program box. This is the permalink to the page for that program. Previously there was no easy way to get a permalink. Also there's a menu bar at the top of the screen. The links below the program box have been moved there. I expect there will be more things to link to over time, and we needed an approach that would have some ability to extend.
If you have questions or problems to report, please post a comment on the howto page.
Demo of new thread-writing feature in Twitter.
I have these sexy new headphones. Great sound. But I keep accidentally hitting the controls, which are not labeled. I have no idea what they do, other than they turn the music off, and I can't figure out how to turn it back on. This gets inconvenient when I'm out and about and it's fucking cold outside. They should user-test these things in the conditions people really use them in.
Another thing. The Music app on the iPhone doesn't let you search your own library. You can only search their library, the one that costs money or shares all your prefs who god-knows-who.
Fact: Donald Trump, president of the United States has a weird as yet undetermined relationship with Russia. He probably owes them a lot of money. We need to know about this. Since the president hasn't been forthcoming, we're using the FBI.
BuzzFeed imho should have become a venue for news the way the cable channels are. But with lots of studios distributed around the world. That would have guaranteed them a seat at the table going forward.
Braintrust query: Help me test BingeWorthy for Movies. 🚀
There's been a change in criteria for inclusion. We now also include movies featured on Netflix. Still getting a feel for what works here.
Here's my ratings for currently playing or featured movies on Netflix.
Storify is shutting down. I wanted to learn about the export formats so I started this thread, and linked to an exported story in XML and JSON.
Every generation must learn about NIH for itself.
It's Mueller vs Moore for the heart of the Republican Party. That's the choice should Moore win today.
Dems are more likely imho to become a majority in Congress when the Republican Party splits in two because Mueller and Moore can't fit in the same party, Repubs will have to choose. If they all go with Moore, then the election will probably be meaningless, sadly.
Let's run a hologram of FDR for president in 2020. FDR gave the best campaign speeches. We need someone who can fire up a crowd like he could. If there aren't any living Democrats who are up to it, we can fall back to technology, need-be.
If Moore loses then Repubs may feel encouraged that there is a bottom below which they won't sink.
Survey: What did Trump mean when he said Gillibrand would do anything for a donation?
I expect to have BingeWorthy for Movies ready to go tomorrow. It's the same codebase as the TV version, but there are differences. I only include movies currently playing in theaters, and new movies on the streaming services. So if a movie opens on Dec 25, it's not in the initial database, but will be there as soon as it's in theaters. I don't know if movies will age-out of the list. We'll see how it goes. I'm using Google for search because they include showtimes in their listing and DuckDuckGo does not. Utility wins out. No strategy tax. And there are a bunch of tweaks and little improvements of course. 🚀
We need a Democrat who can sell The New Deal. Here's a demo.
Be sure to swallow any coffee in your mouth and take a deep breath before watching this video. Trust me. You're going to be laughing, hard, for quite some time. 💥
Idea. When the president attacks a reporter we all follow that reporter. So @daveweigel would have as many followers as @barackobama for example. Double what El Presidentè Trump has. It's like the Streisand Effect applied to ranting authoritarian politicians on Twitter.
Another idea. An outliner you use to gather all the tweets you don't want to lose.
Highly recommended: This Politico survey re the #metoo moment by Emily Yoffee. I learned a lot reading it.
New header graphic for the change in season.
Hillary's mistake was thinking all she had to do is remind voters how awful Trump is. I saw the ads as evidence she had nothing to offer, no passion. Over and over. I wouldn't bother pointing this out now if the Dems weren't repeating this approach.
Reporters and pundits seem to think we're reliving Watergate. I don't think so. In Watergate you didn't have ex-presidents warning that if we don't do something, we're going to wind up in Nazi Germany. I wonder how many times we'll hear that warning, or if you only get it once, and if the next thing is that the ex-president goes into hiding. How much are the Repubs in Congress backing Trump because they like the politics or they fear for their lives? There probably won't be a point where you get a choice, go this way for salvation and the other way for hell. It may be that by the time you realize there was a choice, there no longer is a choice. A year ago we were trying to convince electors to do the sane thing and not vote for Trump. Now look where we are. If Roy Moore makes it into Congress, how many Roy Moores will follow?
I'm working my way through The Crown, season 2. It's every bit as good as the first season. No John Lithgow, unfortunately. But still plenty of politics and intrigue and British mannerisms to keep you entertained. Stiff upper lip. Cheerio. Quite right.
It's ridiculous we don't have parking lots for bikes in NYC.
Rectify is a favorite of the BingeWorthy crowd, although with not a lot of votes, so I gave it a try. I watched two seasons. It had some good moments. And the premise is fascinating. A man on death row is given a reprieve and sent back to the town where he supposedly committed his crime. But the show drags on and on. It's a soap opera. Lots of meetings between characters where they sigh and struggle, in soap operaish ways. I guess most shows are just that, even The Wire or The Sopranos. But they have variety and surprises and humor. I'm not sure what makes a great binge, but for me, Rectify is not it.
After getting lots of advice from the braintrust, the consensus was get a Roku. So I did. It hasn't arrived yet. It was supposed to be here yesterday, ordered from Amazon, but it's late. Can't wait to try it. I was going to use it to watch season 2 of The Crown, but I'm going to go ahead with my ancient Apple TV.
If so, please rate it at BingeWorthy.
It should probably be in the top 10, but hasn't received enough ratings yet to qualify.
Last year's election was a real drain. I remember as we were coming up to Election Day thinking maybe this will all be over soon. In my heart I kind of knew that it wouldn't. Though I wished it would. I'm a programmer, so I'm pretty fatalistic about bugs like Trump. You can't wish them away. You have to roll up your sleeves, address the problem, fix it. That's the school of programming I belong to. There is no moving forward until you fully understand the problem.
The biggest drain was the utter stupidity of all the anger on the social nets, when people should have been pulling together, to avoid the catastrophe that is Trump. People bashing Hillary or Bernie, or each other. So much hate. Even bashing Trump is pointless. We need to see each other as real people just like ourselves. The media was pushing us apart, not bringing us together.
Well it didn't get better. My Facebook world gets smaller and smaller because I have a rule to not engage with people practicing hate. I don't try to talk them out of it. I have a simple gentle way of dealing with it. Instead of objecting I silently unfriend and unfollow the person. It keeps conflict to a minimum, and I get to preserve my self-respect. Watching friends rant about how this group or that group is responsible, often a group I belong to, takes its toll. People I couldn't stand to say goodbye to got second and third chances. But ultimately once we lost them to hate they really are gone. They don't seem to come back.
So rather than fight I withdraw. The circle gets smaller. Eventually Facebook might just disappear, at least my version of it. I think about where I can move to withdraw from all of it. I dream of somewhere in the Rockies. Where the mornings are cold and the air is clear. Maybe start skiing again. But then I realize there really is no escape. That's America too. The hate follows you everywhere.
Last year when the music stars were dying, Prince and Bowie, and this year -- Tom Petty and Walter Becker, I would joke, well at least they don't have to live through Trump. Like all jokes it was funny because it was true. I keep wondering when the suicides will start, as people give up hope. I think that is the logical conclusion of my thought process. The way to make the world disappear is to make yourself disappear.
Don't worry dear reader, I have no intention of doing away with myself. That'll happen soon enough through the natural progression of things. But if I were a young person today I'd be angry and in the streets, shaking every person saying what the fuck are you doing to put a stop to this lunacy?
There's a nice thread on Twitter, started by @anildash. He asks you to name people who opened doors for you and made new things possible. I got a few very sweet testimonials from old friends. It's nice to have your good work appreciated. Opening doors for other people is a big deal for me.
Brent Simmons said it was simple. I gave him a chance as a programmer working with me, on projects in the 90s that had pretty great results. So obviously I made the right call. I want to say why I chose Brent over more experienced educated people. It's simple. He showed up.
You can learn how to program, and your help might be very helpful, but if you aren't there, you aren't willing to take a chance, don't have the innate skills, the foundation, the whatever-it-is that made you show up, if you aren't all those things which amount to showing up, then well I'm going to go with the person who showed up. It's a decent algorithm. Empirically, it works. (Not a joke, though it might sound like it is.)
Same with Chris Lydon. Many if not most things about Chris infuriate me. I have to get that out of the way. I love him, but most of the time, in the ways I care about, he does not show up. But I worked with him, and the work, like the projects I did with Brent, proved to be significant. It produced results that could be built on. I know this because things were built on it. Because in the end, for whatever reason, he showed up.
When I made my list of people who opened doors for me, that's the criteria I used. People who worked with me, trusted me, took a chance on me, because flipped around that's exactly what Brent and Chris did. There are
probably certainly things about me that infuriate them. But I showed up, they showed up, and something happened.
Yesterday I tweeted that Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter at the NY Times, should get her own show. Here's why I said that.
- At the moment I wrote that tweet she was a guest on MTP Daily on MSNBC. They were talking about Al Franken. There were three reporters on a panel moderated by Chuck Todd, the host.
- She was the only one who said what actually happened. Franken did not admit guilt, did not apologize, and there was a rush to get him out of the Senate, no process was used. So we don't know anything more than Franken was accused of something that he denies.
- I had heard her earlier on Friday as a guest on the Daily podcast, where she said the same thing, in more detail without interruption, so I knew what she was trying to say on MTP.
- With one exception, Masha Gessen writing in the New Yorker, every other report seems to have missed this very basic point. Franken could have, guilty or innocent, helped establish a process for a #metoo case, at least for politicians. The process is going to be different in private corporations. But the senators that forced Franken out had no authority to do so. He isn't anyone's employee. He represents the people of Minnesota, and as was pointed out in the New Yorker piece, they were not consulted.
- I have written about this twice. I expressed the same ideas Alcindor was expressing. I added that I didn't see what the rush was. A thorough and deliberative process would say that we're trying to be fair. A rush to judgment is exactly the kind of thing the Democratic Party was against, as far as I know. It's against the basic values of our country. If we want to maintain the rule of law (we do!) how does it help to circumvent it? I think it's great that a reporter thinks the facts are more important than an insider's view of optics, which is what the other panelists focused on.
For the movie version of BingeWorthy, coming soon, I want to start with movies that are in theaters now, and add new movies as they come out. I want to know about shows you've already seen or want to see. Also interested in movies as they show up in rentals and on DVD (or Apple TV or Netflix, etc). Post a note here, or on Facebook, or in response to this post on Twitter. Let's have fun! 🚀
This is a very lightly edited version of a series of tweets I posted yesterday after the Franken resignation, and after there had been some time to absorb its implications.
- Earlier today I wrote that Al Franken should not resign. My concern is we'd be without a process should any other senators be accused of abuse. It should have taken time to decide Franken's fate. Now we have a very flawed process. Not a good place to be.
- People who say the Dems took the high ground are wrong. The high ground would have been to resist the impulse to act quickly, and let the ethics probe proceed. Franken promised to cooperate. This would have been the constructive example for the country, imho the high ground.
- The Sam Seder situation was a warning. There are trolls at work here. Have we already forgotten the debacle of the 2016 election? How easily we can be manipulated. This truth goes along with all the other truths being exposed now.
- His judges, his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, were angry, involved, not dispassionate. Franken maintains that the stories don't add up to what the senators implied (but didn't say). When they write the history, all anyone will be able to say was that Franken was accused.
- It wasn't deliberative. It didn't reach a conclusion. His speech was defiant. Maybe there's truth there. This isn't the way it should be in the United States.
- My main point is there are trolls among us. I'm not just thinking about Franken, but where we go from here. How easily lives will be destroyed (have been destroyed). We are too vulnerable, and the senate could have taken that into account too.
- The key word is deliberate. Which means slow and careful. The way Mueller is pursuing the president. Why were we in such a rush to get rid of Franken and Conyers. We should have been careful. That's the mistake.
- So if you go back to the beginning of the thread. All I claimed was the Dems did not take the high ground. I think they should have.
The server behind the English app is released. MIT license. It's good to have a simple example of an editor that uses the GitHub API.
Braintrust query: I'm looking for a good website with ski area weather forecasts for the Rockies. Lots of sites have conditions at the ski areas. I want to know where the weather is. Mainly just a question of the storm track and what's coming. I suppose I could look at weather forecasts for each ski area, but that's pretty labor intensive. What I want is the overview. Any suggestions?
Braintrust query: A list of all movies currently playing in NYC theaters.
I am beginning to think we're seeing people exiting the dollar as the reserve currency. Wondering when the panic is going to start, or if it already has.
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