Why privacy matters: Glenn Greenwald at TEDGlobal 2014


Glenn Greenwald has been speaking truth to power for some time on why Privacy really does matter – but when I talk with people I know they seem to be oblivious to what is happening.

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Glenn Greenwald speaking at TEDGlobal 2014.

Glenn Greenwald speaking at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Journalist Glenn Greenwald  has broken many stories on the global surveillance being conducted by the NSA and GCHQ. As one of the first reporters to see Edward Snowden’s files, he faced personal repercussions for his professional work — yet continues to speak publicly about mass surveillance. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why privacy matters.

Over the last 16 months, every time someone says to Greenwald that they don’t really worry about their privacy, he says the same thing: “Here’s my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email and social media accounts, because I want to be able to troll through what it is that you’re doing online and publish whatever I find interesting.” To date, not a single person has taken him up on that offer…

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Support Your Local Little Free Library

Little Local Library near Alki in West Seattle

Little Local Library near Alki in West Seattle

Little neighborhood library’s are sprouting up all over the Seattle area.

Some are part of the Little Free Library network a Worldwide Movement to Take a Book / Return a Book as a way of spreading and sharing books with anyone.

Many of the little library’s I have seen are not part of the official Little Free Library but seem to have been put up by a homeowner out by the sidewalk.

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The Smithsonian Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Digitize Records


Looks like some of this is a win win for history and traditions

Recently, Native American tribes have asked for things like funerary objects so that they can bury them. When faced with the dilemma of losing a piece of history from the archives, the Smithsonian made 3D scans so they could keep a copy of the artifact before the original was buried. When the tribes saw what the Smithsonian had done, not only were they impressed, they started bringing forward their own artifacts for replication.

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian)

Looking for a way to give back to your nation in a way that doesn’t include paying too much on taxes or fighting in wars on the other side of the planet? Well, now there’s a way to do your duty to Uncle Sam in the era of slacktivism.

The Smithsonian is putting out an open call to the Americans of the Internet to help turn barely legible texts from the museum’s library into a pristine, digitally catalogued database. They’ve built a pretty slick in-browser app, and have worked out a system where anyone can come in and work on the transcriptions for as little or as much time as they want.

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Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite


Great use for a 36 year old satellite that is still wandering but not lost in space. Besides, what do you really expect a retired NASA engineer to do?

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The McMoon team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google)

The McMoon’s team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google)

For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, CA, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.

“If I could come up with another absurd detail, I would,” Keith Cowing, the project’s team lead, told Betabeat.

The ISEE-3 is a disco-era satellite that used to measure space weather like solar wind and radiation, but went out of commission decades ago. Now, a small team led by Mr. Cowing have taken control of the satellite with NASA’s silent blessing.

Mr. Cowing is a former NASA employee, and now runs a handful of space news sites, like NASA Watch and SpaceRef. Sitting out in the desert one night after a…

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Adult Truths

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Found in the inbox.


1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest or Google Maps really need to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You…

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The Day in a Picture

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Mike’s Secret Stew Stuff

This recipe is designed for a 5 quart Crock-Pot.  For stove top cooking a 6 quart pot would be more appropriate.

The flavor is delicate.

Dice everything into the Crock-Pot stirring occasionally to mix ingredients.

A caution about the amount of ingredients, I sometimes add extra, sort of a gosh I really like this type of thoughts.  The problem is that I end up with an extra full Crock Pot.

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