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


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.


Here’s my #1 most popular photo.


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.


… 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



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.

Boss – Kelsey Grammer


Boss is an American political drama television serial … Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder. …

The first season premiered on October 21, 2011, and the second season premiered on August 17, 2012. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I’ve always liked Kelsey Grammer. This is his best work yet. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Martin Donovan is fantastic as Ezra Stone. Kathleen Robertson is … fascinating … as Kitty O’Neill.

Sadly the show was cancelled after season 2. But there’s talk of a film that would finish the story line.

This was the first TV series I’ve ever purchased from iTunes.

the NEXT big thing

Wearable computers.

How about a voice controlled watch synched to your smart phone.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

How many millions of those would Apple sell?

… It’s only a concept at this point. :)

(via Mashable)


bringing manufacturing back …

Apple once manufactured in the USA.

Almost everything, in 2012, is now made overseas.

Steve Jobs famously told Obama, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”

Even at that time, I thought Steve was wrong. Sooner or later the difference in wages will diminish enough to start bringing manufacturing plants back to the richest nations.

Trade embargoes could speed that up. But better would be using technology like Baxter …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… Affordably priced ($22,000), versatile and safe enough to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people, Baxter robots redefine how small, mid-size and large domestic manufacturers use automation to compete with manufacturers in low-cost regions of the world.

Baxter can’t build an iPhone yet, but it won’t be long.

(via Mashable)