Google Now expresses sympathy over someone%u2019s loss of their father | Android and Me. Okay, now Google Now is getting creepy. It actually sent a man condolences on the loss of his father; a fact learned from an algorithmic analysis of his email. What's next, Google? Suggesting I buy flowers after a fight with my spouse? Recommending a great bar nearby to drown my sorrows after the loss of a promotion? At what point do we say, enough? "OK Google". "Stay Out Of My Personal Life".
Making a Bow and Arrow Without Modern Tools Is Damned Impressive. Okay, it is impressive to watch this guy make a bow and arrow by hand, without modern tools, in order to survive in a Dystopian future. I want my SmartPhone and my SmartWatches to work, and I want a soft bed in a warm house. And, while I want to know how to do this stuff, I never want to do it. So, let's all learn to get along, to be together, but different. Let's make this knowledge useless, okay?
Top Ten Reasons to Beware the Ides of March | History | Smithsonian. There is something Shakespearean about the current Presidential election cycle. There is Tragedy, Comedy, and everything in between. This coming Tuesday's primary contests could certainly give clarity to the current political climate, and, while I never discuss politics on this page (or anywhere else, for that matter), it cannot escape notice that March 15th has been a bad omen ever since the death of Julius Caesar at the hands of his political "friends". But, I come to bury these politicians, not to praise them. Their political deaths mean that we are not going to have to listen to this stuff anymore; at least, for a little while. So, take a look at this little list compiled by the Smithsonian, and then tell me that you believe this is all a group of coincidences.
Leap Day: The Story Behind This Quirky Calendar Event. Today is February 29th, which is a day added to the Gregorian Calendar every four years to coincide with the actual solar year. However, if you read this entire article about its origins, you are left with the inevitable impression that nobody really knows what year it is; much less, what day. My brain hurts now.
These apps will help you get through Valentine's Day with ease | Android Central. Romance and apps don't mix; especially at a created holiday like Valentine's Day. It is a commercial disaster of epic proportions. Romance is something that should be cultivated every day. That said, if you need an app to help you celebrate the day, I have nothing to say to you. You are beyond my help, and you need a psychiatrist more. Of course, the holiday has somehow become some sort of testing ground for proving that males are helpless victims who don't know how to please their mates. I don't want to go on a rant here; but, you don't need to buy chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears to prove your love. All you have to do is ask SWMBO what brand of chocolates, flowers and teddy bears she wants; and, then, ask her to write it down so that you won't forget. On second thought, what are those apps?
Execupundit.com: Fairness. I love the ladder metaphor in this post by Execupundit. Too often, we assume that prohibiting discrimination has as a goal the creation of ultimate fairness in life. It does not. Our society guarantees equal opportunity, not equal results. Given the range of human ability and intelligence and motivation, such a promise would be insane. Everyone should be guaranteed access to the ladder. It is up to the individual whether she can climb to the top. Personal responsibility and hard work is given little emphasis these days. We need to bring it back.
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News. (Thanks to Ed Walters at Fastcase for the link). Nuclear war, global warming and genetically engineered viruses - all the products of our advancements in technology...it is understandable that Stephen Hawking raises the "what could go wrong" question. The odds are that, in the next thousand or ten thousand years, a global catastrophe will wipe out life on this planet. But, as Hawking points out, it could happen in the next hundred years. Don't we owe it to our descendants that we are pretty careful? I know. Global catastrophe. We have the technology. What could possible go wrong?
End of Christmas: Twelfth Night, Eve of Epiphany and taking down your tree | AL.com.Last night was Twelfth Night, traditionally the last night of Christmas. It is also, in New Orleans, the beginning of Mardi Gras, and today is the birthday of Joan of Arc, who will be celebrated in the first Mardi Gras parade tonight. We will be waiting at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square for the parade terminus and a special ceremony honoring "Jeanne d'Arc". Photos to follow.