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1 - Brexit: Talk of deadlock is exaggerated, says Donald Tusk
2 - Anger over Donald Trump's UK crime tweet
3 - Middlesbrough modified Kodi box trader gets suspended jail term
4 - Henry Hicks: Met officers cleared over moped crash death
5 - David Blaine under investigation over UK model's rape claim
6 - Why did a black man hug a neo-Nazi skinhead?
7 - Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers
8 - Home Office u-turn over stroke survivor's wife's visa
9 - Church of England to discuss same-sex blessing
10 - Why Somalis are wearing red bandanas
11 - Longer beaks in UK great tits 'down to garden feeders'
12 - MP Clive Lewis sorry for 'unacceptable language' after video
13 - Meteor shower to fill weekend skies
14 - Solange Knowles tells magazine 'don't touch my hair'
15 - 7 days quiz: Which country is embracing Scottish haggis for the first time in decades?
16 - Puppy dog eyes are for human benefit, say scientists
17 - Oxbridge uncovered: Students on diversity
18 - Former Presidents Obama and Bush decry Trump era politics
19 - Colombia vets nurse tiny spider monkey back to health
20 - Henna crowns: 'Hair' for cancer patient
21 - Chris Packham: Why I wouldn't change my Asperger's
22 - India's first complete transgender couple are hoping to marry
23 - Boxer Joseph Joyce gets inspiration from his mum, Marvel, who is blind.
24 - The woman who taught us about chimps
25 - BBC News Channel
26 - What it's like being black and working class at Cambridge
27 - Should Alderney make its wartime camps tourist attractions?
28 - Women's Ashes 2017: What happened after England won the World Cup?
29 - Why Tina Turner came out of retirement
30 - 10 fines at the dentist... that weren't fine
31 - Japan's 'living artwork' invents new fashion style
32 - Mexican comedian brings stand-up to female prisoners
33 - Eni Aluko: Lee Kendall not at England women's friendly against France
34 - Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dismisses rumours of unrest over training schedule
35 - Undercover police hunt sex offenders on Tube
36 - The space where women tell stories of abusive relationships
37 - 100 Women: The male movie star campaigning for women's rights
38 - 100 Women: Why I chose #MeToo for my sexism experiment
39 - 100 Women: The pink bus designed to protect women from harassment
EU leaders say there is not enough progress to start trade talks yet, but they hope to begin in December.
Donald Trump links rise in crime "in UK" to "radical Islamic terror", sparking a backlash in the UK.
Brian Thompson had planned to argue the law in connection with the boxes was a "grey area".
A disciplinary panel rules police were not technically "in pursuit" when Henry Hicks, 18, crashed.
The US magician denies claims by British-born Natasha Prince that he attacked her over a decade ago.
A white supremacist walked into the middle of an anti-fascist rally - this is what happened next.
Some 60 people are killed as worshippers are targeted in two separate attacks on mosques.
Leah Waterman had previously been told she must go back to the Philippines to apply for a visa.
The Church of England is to debate holding services for same-sex couples for the first time.
A red bandana has become the new symbol of protest in Mogadishu as anger over the city's most destructive bomb attack is boiling over on to the streets.
A study of more than 3,000 birds in the UK and the Netherlands found "genetic differences".
Labour's Clive Lewis apologises after he is filmed using offensive language on stage at a Labour event.
Debris from Halley's Comet will be seen in the early hours of Sunday, with 20 meteors an hour expected.
The singer points out her braids appear to have been removed from the Evening Standard magazine cover.
A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
Researchers investigate how dogs change their expressions in response to their owners.
Data shows Oxbridge is moving backwards in elitism terms, so what do Oxford and Cambridge students feel?
The two former US presidents voiced concern about the current political climate in the US.
Vets in Colombia are nursing a tiny spider monkey back to health.
For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, losing their hair can be an extremely difficult consequence.
Chris Packham reveals how Asperger's syndrome helps him to see the world in a different way.
Sukanyeah and Aarav met at a gender reassignment clinic. Now they're planning a wedding.
Olympic boxer Joseph Joyce gets inspiration from his adventurous mum, Marvel, who is blind and about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Famed primatologist Jane Goodall is the subject of a new documentary that includes recently unearthed footage from her explorations in Africa.
BBC coverage of latest developments
Newsbeat speaks to Chelsea Kwakye about her experience of being a student at Cambridge.
A community is divided over whether World War Two labour camps should be used to promote tourism.
As England begin their bid to regain the Women's Ashes, the players reveal what has happened since they won the World Cup.
A new musical based on the singer's life is hitting London's West End in 2018.
Getting a £100 fine at the dentist is distressing, particularly if it is believed to be in error, say patients.
Minori reinvented a Japanese street fashion style eight years ago that now has a worldwide following.
How comedy workshops are helping inmates in Mexico's notoriously dangerous jails.
England women's goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall is not involved with the squad for Friday's friendly against France.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte dismisses suggestions of disgruntlement at the club over his training methods.
BBC 100 Women go undercover on the Tube with British Transport Police officers catching offenders.
Thousands of women from France have been speaking out about the abuse they've experienced in their relationships.
Farhan Akhtar is not only massive in the movie world, he's also the founder of a movement to get men to support women's rights.
BBC 100 Women contributor Roya Ramezani was painting #MeToo hours before the Weinstein story broke.
Authorities in one city in Turkey have put pink women-only buses in service, designed to protect female passengers from harassment.
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3 - Mr Mercedes is very good
4 - RSS and podcasting
30 - Why I empathize with Twitter
39 - An email to Doc worth preserving
47 - How to freak out Donald J. Trump
48 - Enter an emoji using HTML encoded chars
Good morning. I'm back in NY. Gorgeous fall weather. Starting to fill in my to-do list.
How you know what the "Marine general" said is indefensible. And they're all violating their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.
I finished binge-watching the Mr Mercedes TV series on the flight back from Denver yesterday, and man it was good. At the same level as Breaking Bad, only more bizarre. The acting was great. I thought the story from Stephen King they had to work with was so-so, that's why I expected the TV series to drift and get sappy, because that's what happened (imho) in the novel. But it didn't happen and I think I know why. The writer of the teleplay was Dennis Lehane who himself is a fine novelist, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, two great movies. He also wrote for The Wire.
In Mr Mercedes Lehane developed King's story into a 10-hour movie that would have been fine without the gore and violence, but it made it better, because it was delivered with humor and was outrageous and thrilling, on the same level as The Shining or Carrie.
Even the computer stuff mostly made sense (in the novel it didn't, King doesn't really understand computers imho). There was even some good Mac humor in the story! How about that.
Lehane found the thread in the King novel that worked, he changed a couple of things, and let the plot develop at a good pace, and the characters were fun, entertaining, cute, motivated, lovely and brave, and most important, believable. I loved it. Highly recommended if you like this kind of thing.
While I was vacationing in Taos, with a very slow Internet connection and a slowed-down mind, I wrote a Twitter thread saying I was happy about podcasting, proud of how far it had come, and how many people's lives it was enriching, and because it was open and had no limits it didn't have the problems of platforms that were created roughly at the same time, platforms that are corporate and silo'd, like Twitter and Facebook.
I had just driven a full day from Denver to Taos and had listened to a bunch of podcasts, more than I had in one day since my cross-country drives in the mid-2000s. Back then there wasn't very much podcasting and since then it has boomed, several times.
My thread drew a comment from Jason Rowley, a writer at Crunchbase. "It’s almost like the RSS protocol finally found its killer app. Not in distributing text, but mp3s." I know he was being positive, but the comment was wrong from a couple of perspectives.
I promised an explanation, so here goes.
- First, people focus on the connection between RSS and podcasting, but it's deep technology, most people, users and creators, aren't aware of the connection. That part of the bootstrap, writing the spec, implementing an authoring tool and adding the feature to my RSS reader, took a couple of days at most. The hard part was figuring out how to get people to do it! It wasn't a matter of "build it and they will come." It was a totally different story, like Tom Sawyer and the whitewashed fence.
- Second, RSS was already well on its way when we started up podasting, and would have thrived even if it had not come about. In hindsight the killer app for RSS was the New York Times. Once we had them on board, in April 2002, with daily updates to their feeds, it built out to a news network that to this day is delivering far better results for news consumers than anything else, even Twitter or Facebook. True, most people don't get their news directly from RSS feeds. But the people who really care about news do.
RSS didn't need a killer app, it already had one. And RSS as a basis for podcasting, was essential to the bootstrap, but it was not the hard part. For that, we needed a bit of yeast to get the bread to rise. That came, as far as I'm concerned, from Chris Lydon, myself and then Adam Curry. At that point, we had enough examples for people to get the idea that they could do it too.
Jason's well-intentioned understanding of how podcasting came to be, and what role RSS plays in today's news ecosystem is the one many people have, but it is wrong. Every time I see it I try to correct it. It's important because people who want to follow in the footsteps of RSS and podcasting, and develop open technologies, should know that there's more to it than technology. Without compelling content, that gets other people to do it, you don't even have a good demo.
I did a podcast about this in 2015, if you want more of the background.
Checking in from Colorado. My stay in New Mexico was very refreshing. Tomorrow, back to NYC to complete my next product ship. This one has nothing to do with web publishing, it's something new that imho shouldn't be. 🚀
Got a notice from NY State that I've been automatically re-enrolled in my ACA-based health insurance. Some parts of the system are working.
Suggestion: Choose to not be offended, at least once a day.
What if we lose the First Amendment? It's a serious question that deserves serious thought. All the reporting about stamping out fake news on Facebook amounts to suppressing speech. It can't be done without suppressing the First Amendment. And since the current govt is run by this fascist, you should expect that news would omit stories about Puerto Rico, govt sabotage of health care, even the Harvey Weinstein story might not have come out considering how much El Presidenté has to hide.
Sometimes serendipity is worth noting. I was posting a link to this fantastic piece by Jon Chait about the last act of John McCain's political career. The software I use, a linkblogging tool I wrote called Radio3, presents a random slogan above the edit box. The slogan was especially appropriate to the piece. Finally, hopefully before it's too late, McCain-the-Maverick is showing up.
I am a non-conformist. If you tell me I have to conform to your way of thinking I say no. And not with respect.
I've been trying to write this morning, but everything I write comes down to this. Humans have made a total mess of everything. I could write more, but it would amount to the same thing.
Took a long drive from Denver to Taos today. On the map it's supposed to take five hours, but I took nine. Lots of stops. Listened to a bunch of podcasts including two Sunday news shows. Conclusion: the best Republican liar is Tillerson. That guy is slick. I didn't hate his lies. But Lindsey Graham and Netanyahu, they just plain out lie, no spin. Insulting to the intelligence of the listener. I can see why Trump likes them.
When I was driving cross-country in the mid-2000s, I remember wishing that I could ask the maps app to tell me what Starbucks were on my route, not nearby. I wasn't going to backtrack to get coffee. They have it now. I wanted to pick up groceries before checking in. I searched for groceries, it gave me a chance to search on my route. It presented a list of choices along with how much time they'd add to my trip. A button next to each one offered to add it as a stop. Smooth as silk. Another bonus, Google Maps says "Welcome to New Mexico" a mile or so before you see the official sign. It was a surprise and made me laugh. I guess what's next is the Google Home interface for the Maps app.
Very slow Internet at the place I'm staying. Barely faster than a 1990s dialup. I guess it's via satellite. I may have to use the Google Fi Nexus phone, if it's faster. Or find a Starbuck's.
Best podcast I listened to was the Longform interview of Michael Barbaro of the NYT Daily podcast. It has become the Visicalc of podcasts. I think everyone is listening to it. I don't miss an episode. He of course talked about the famous interview with the coal miner, but left out the best part, the thing he got dinged for the most (at least of what I heard) -- not challenging the guy on his opinion that coal didn't cause climate change. I totally supported that. I wanted to hear the guy's story and have the interviewer just let him say his piece. We know the arguments. It wouldn't have added anything to the story. Also, he defines the Daily as a podcast about the reporters who report the news. And the Longform interview was a podcsat about the podcast about the reporters who report the news. I wondered if another level is possible, but for now I couldn't imagine it.
I get a lot of ideas when I do long drives in the western US.
Someone should do an interview with Hoder about life in Iran for young bright entrepreneurial people. The deal Obama did with Iran wasn't just about the military, it opened up Iran to the rest of the world, and as you might expect from an intelligent population of an ancient civilization, they are rebooting. The theory is that the hardliners will have more trouble being jerks internationally if their citizens are bringing home lots of money trading with the rest of the world. It's a theory that works. It's why what Trump is doing is so wasteful and sets us back. It's not just about nukes.
CBS had an interview with the Iranian chief diplomat, who speaks good English and repped his case well. The snotty Repub they interviewed to balance it of course lied, bigtime. Iran is not on the UN Security Council. DIckerson is performing a service, by clearly stating reality knowing (probably) the Repubs will just lie. He's telling the listeners the truth. They should have an alternated channel with narration, sort of a translation. What he really means is.. That kind of thing.
Did you ever wonder where North Korea got the money for their nuclear program? Planet Money has the answer. Kim Jong Un has let an entrepreneurial class develop. They say he's funding it with tax money. How about that.
Watched the first two episodes of Mr Mercedes, expecting it to be drek, and was surprised at how good it is. I knew the story because I read the book. The book started great and then like a lot of late Stephen King books got bogged down in smarmy bullshit. Most Stephen King movies/shows are crap, like the recent It. Some of them make great movies like The Shining, Carrie, Shawshank Redemption. This one is promising.
Good morning sports fans!
Today's a travel day. Headed to Boulder, and then to New Mexico tomorrow. I want to enjoy some mountain air, hikes, change of perspective. I should be blogging once I arrive at the other side. 🎈
JY is helping with yesterday's query. 2nd opinion(s) sought.
A Twitter thread I wrote without benefit of Electric Pork. Freestyle. I think it's pretty good. It starts out like this: "Twitter users who think you are a customer. You are not a customer. You are the product."
I knew when I saw the web that's what I had been born to do. Just because people want to use Facebook doesn't change that simple fact.
The last phone booth in Manhattan, possibly.
One thing's for sure, if we want to have a chance to survive we're going to have to start seeing the good in each other.
Yes indeed NYT, Silicon Valley is not your friend but the open web is. As often is the case, corporate media has trouble seeing anything but corporate tech. But before there were tech companies, there was the web, which sprung from academia. It instantly wiped out the business models the tech industry had for networking, all of which were designed to lock users in. It took a couple of decades for Silicon Valley to re-establish lock-in, at least partially because news let them take over their distribution system. It may not be too late for the open web, but it needs a lot of help.
Michelle Goldberg writes about sexual harassment. She has only experienced it once, in college. Her theory, she has only worked in organizations with women at the top. That fosters an environment of respect.
In 2003, almost by accident, the company that I founded but had left, surprised me by directing requests to a popular domain to one of my colocated servers. I tried to keep it running but there was too much traffic. I couldn't do the work required to stabilize the service, i had a new job and my health was still iffy after heart surgery, and I would have had to buy a bunch more servers, and there was no revenue to support it. So I had to turn the service off. Really the only choice was to risk my health, and spend a lot of money.
A few of the users went on a campaign aimed at punishing me personally. Many of them had empty sites on the service, they had never published anything, so they didn't have anything at stake. I completely disclosed what happened. None of the bloggers referred to my post or the podcast I did explaining. They kept right on attacking. I appealed to blogging friends but they wouldn't say anything in my defense.
Eventually the story was covered by mainstream journalists, and guess what -- they listened, and told my side of the story too. The ranters wanted something else, certainly not the truth. Most of the users just wanted their sites back. Quietly I worked with them, and got every one who wanted one a backup of their sites, personally, on my own time.
I waited it out, they got tired I guess, but never forgot how awful they were. That's why I empathize with Twitter.
Braintrust query: Error handling in mySQL package in Node.
Little Outliner tip: If you keep LO2 open all day every day, when you start work in the morning, reload the page. There's some kind of performance issue in the app that causes it to get slow if you leave it running too long. Reloading the page is the same as quitting and relaunching an app. Fargo didn't have this issue. I must be doing something differently, but I don't know what it is. Still diggin!
A message to people who are angry at Twitter.
It seems to some, all men are responsible for the worst of men. It's analogous to blaming all Muslims for the acts of "Muslim" terrorists. It's one of the reasons I talk about "Christian terrorists" -- to make the point that it's a form of racism to connect a religion to the acts of murderers. So perhaps, instead of talking about "men like Harvey Weinstein," try "rapists like Harvey Weinstein." That would help.
BTW, I look like Harvey Weinstein. So I realllllly resent it when people say he looks a certain evil way. Please. The awful stuff isn't on the surface. That's why body shaming is the worst thing. And it applies to men too.
It's a good time for the closing monolog in Killing Them Softly.
Idea for a new social net: Last night Doc Searls was in one of my dreams. I don't remember what we were doing. But it was nice to see him. What if there were a place I could go to record that event. And what if by chance Doc recorded that I was in his dream last night. Then we'd know there was some kind of cosmic connection. How would we know if we don't have an app for it? 💥
I see parallels in the way people attack Twitter today and the way the music industry reacted to Napster in 2000. The great thing about Napster was that ALL the music was there. And it sort of had an API. It could have developed into a music operating system. But it was attacked, and broken into pieces. And once that happens you know they almost never come back together.
Hey it's like everything. I'm amazed that we still listen to journalists. I finally got re-awoken when I heard Rachel Maddow ranting about FB ads and Russia the other day. Did she somehow think that a human being at Facebook could have been involved in the content of the ad or who it was targeted at? It's all based on keywords and pointers to stuff on the web.
And how could Russians possibly know how to speak American English or know what our divisive issues are? Well they could have gone to school here. We are a remarkably open society. They could read academic journals, or watch conferences on livestreams, or even go to the conferences. They could read Nate Silver and Jon Chait and many others, the same columnists that Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes read. Russia must have people who do what our CIA does. Read everything they can get their hands on and look for all kinds of changes and vulnerabilities. How do they think espionage works? You think they need help from Cambridge Analytica? Maybe there is a linkup there, I hope so -- but you're insulting our intelligence if you think the Russians can't carefully study us, the way we certainly study them.
I came away wishing they'd do a one-day training for journalists about how Facebook ads work. If they don't learn we're going to have the same kind of debacle that we had w Hillary's emails.
Braintrust query: In SQL do updates accumulate or overwrite?
BTW, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you can and should call me Dave. I don't like fancy names. I'm kind of a beatnik. And when you call me Mr Winer I am reminded I never got a PhD and that makes me sad. But I get over it quickly. 😐
We hear a lot re men mistreating women. Here's some gender balance.
What happens when a tornado intersects with a fire.
Reporters of all people should have open minds and be good at listening. But I find it's the opposite. It's a very closed world. I've had a little taste of it from the inside when I wrote for Wired a bunch of years ago. It's not a good thing for a profession that depends on listening.
I'm going to be in Boulder on Saturday night, if anyone wants to get together for dinner, or drinks. I remember there's a pretty good Mexican place with Margueritas. If you're doing a Boulder startup, tell me about it. I did office hours in 2008 in Boulder with Techstars it was a lot of fun. We can talk about Node, browser-based apps, how to save the world from Trump, you know the usual stuff. 🚀 💥
So, I just signed up for Caviar. They deliver Shake Shack in my neighborhood. And I found out they also deliver Momofuku. I'm hooked. Then ten minutes later I get an email from Delivery.com offering a 15 percent discount if I order today. You think they have a spy?
1. He tweets out something outrageous.
First, I wish there was a table somewhere with all the emoji and their hex equivs expressed in HTML format, like this: F4A9; But it's not so bad, you just have to do it for yourself.
- Look up the char on this page, and copy the "code point value", something that looks like this: U+1F4A9.
- Remove the U+ part.
- Add &#x at the beginning and a semicolon at the end -- yielding: 💩
Here are the translations of a few characters:
- poop == U+1F4A9 == 💩
- fire == U+1F525 == 🔥
- neutral_face == U+1F610 == 😐
- smile_cat == U+1F63B == 😻
- clap == U+1F44F == 👏
10-minute podcast on Harvey Weinstein, in two parts, two stories. Please listen generously and be kind in your criticism.
Video of the destruction in the California fires.
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