World Cup – Game Before The Game

I couldn’t care less about the World Cup … unlike most of the rest of the World.

But I love inspiring video. The TV ads are fantastic.

Here’s an epic by Beats by Dre, the recent $3 billion Apple acquire.

The five-minute spot opens with Brazilian superstar Neymar having a heart-to-heart conversation with his father before a soccer match, set over footage of favelas, coastlines and the team bus. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Mashable)

RESET the NET

Two choices.

1. You can simply assume there is no privacy. No privacy online. None on phone.

Or …

2. you can try taking some small steps to discourage the NSA and other organizations from collecting data on you.

I’m switching from Google search to DuckDuckGo, for example. That might help. Apple is now offering DuckDuckGo as an alternative web search engine.

On the other hand, Google is responding to criticism, now offering end-to-end mail encryption, to try to make your email private.

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Watch the RESET the NET VIDEO .

Edward Snowden is all in for this protest.

RESET the NET

problems with the USA

I’ve got a love / hate relationship.

Many of the best and brightest I know are from the States. The best Gymnastics club. The best Gymnastics equipment company.

Apple and Google are from the USA.

Americans are the most innovative.

But my best guess is that the USA will go down the crapper fast, rather than have a graceful decline as did Great Britain.

There’s a fair bit of truth in this graphic.

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The U.S. government gridlock looks to be continuing for at least the next 6 years.

Republicans are not going to change fast enough to make major improvement.

The Democrats seem to want to copy Republican policy, for the most part. There’s been no serious attempt to improve anything under Obama, aside from a very slight fix of Health Care.

Merde. :-(

Edward Snowden – Man of the Year

We can’t trust corporations.

We can’t trust governments.

We can’t trust Obama.

The only way for the general public to get the truth is whistleblowing. We’ll see more like Snowden over the coming years.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted. …

Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013

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I’m sorry for the innocent hurt by these leaks, but the greater good for society is served.

One more thing …

We can’t trust the media. Including the Guardian.

Ed Bott – The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism (June 2013)

related – Time magazine – Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet

Time had Snowden a runner-up, naming the new Pope as Person of the Year.

Jobs – the film

Jobs is a 2013 American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs, from 1974 while a student at Reed College to the introduction of the iPod in 2001. …

Steve Jobs is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, with Josh Gad as Apple Computer’s (now Apple Inc.) co-founder Steve Wozniak. …

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 25% based upon 117 reviews with a weighted average of 5/10 and the site’s consensus being

“An ambitious but skin-deep portrait of an influential, complex figure, Jobs often has the feel of an over-sentimentalized made-for-TV biopic.” …

I’d heard nothing but scathing mockery. So was surprised how much I enjoyed reliving those well known stories.

Ashton Kutcher is a good actor and a gutsy guy. He was the highlight of the film for me. Charismatic enough to play Steve Jobs. Likeable enough to balance the many negative incidents portrayed.

… Robert X. Cringely, author of Accidental Empires and creator of the documentaries Triumph of the Nerds and Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, argues that “the film is beautifully shot and Kutcher’s portrayal of Jobs, while not spot-on, is pretty darned good. …

Woz did not like the script. Had nothing to do with the film. He was under contract for another Steve Jobs biopic.

Daniel Kottke was involved. And is much more positive about the film.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

reading PDFs on an iPad mini

I’ve pretty much given up reading long form, preferring aural. Audio books. Audiocasts.

But when I had an original screenplay to review, I tried reading it on iPad.

Seems iBooks is the best app.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Why don’t apps have a required HELP function?

I had to experiment to discover the various swipe functions for navigation.

Anyway … it worked great. I may try an entire book on Mini next.

related – I get the entire issue of Economist magazine in audio podcast format. Weekly. Free.

Apple iPhoto is a mess

In the beginning, I organized my digital photos using ACDSee.

And it was good.

Soon they dropped support for Mac.

And I was sad. :-(

iPhoto sorta worked. It became my default. And had some good features.

Happily :-), Warren convinced me to buy a flickr Pro account. Long ago.

I uploaded the best of the best.

In 2013 my 35,000 photos on flickr is my core database of pics.

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Here’s my #1 most popular photo.

Julia

I use it as an icon for @GymCoaching

200 most popular

I have at least 50,000 more photos, not on flickr. Scattered over multiple defunct Apple devices. And backup hard drives.

Peter Nixey details how Apple bungled photo management, over the years:

Dear Apple, let’s talk about photos

switching from Apple to Google

Jeff Jarvis is one of the most important Google pundits.

He used Apple hardware, Google software.

Until now.

Jeff:

… I have transitioned fully from my iPhone, iPad, and Mac and functioned fully for a few months with Android, Chrome, and services from Gmail to Google Calendar to Google Now to Google Reader on my Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Chromebook and now Chromebook Pixel. …

read more – Living the Google life

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Almost.

He still needs Skype, now owned by Microsoft. And has to switch to Ubuntu to use it.

I’ve still got a few good years left with Apple. Then — like most of their current fans — I’ll be switching over to Google.

There’s no way the locked down Apple platform cam compete against the more open Google platform long term.

Something will make me jump. Perhaps Google Glass. Or an Android device from which I can connect to the internet from anywhere in the wilds of the world.

The main alternative is Microsoft. Pretty cool in 2013.

I’d choke to death on humble pie if ever switching to MS.