I was sitting on the couch talking to my wife and daughter when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, in the yard. I thought it was a dog at first, but the back yard is fenced in. Then I realized it was a baby deer! We have lots of deer in this neighborhood and have seen a few babies recently. Probably just squeezed through the bars in the iron fence out back. Before I could say anything he scampered toward the pool. I figured he wanted a drink, but he dove right in. Maybe he does this all the time.
Not even going to apologize for another obit. Not as good as I expected, but worth a read for anyone interested in that era in computing. Nothing about their falling out or about Paul’s very private personal life (he deserves his privacy as much, maybe more than anyone). I admit that I never realized Paul Allen and Bill Gates were high school friends.
I have had this experience a few times and it put me off of using Facebook completely. Occasionally I would mention something (not emailed it googled, just mentioned out loud) and I would get an add for the product described. I did figure if Facebook was literally listening to my mobile phone mic someone would have found out about it.
A friend suggested an experiment: say an obscure, but random word a few times in conversation and see if Facebook reacts. I’m tried; it didn’t.
A recent article from USA Today describes how Facebook does this. While it doesnt actually eavesdrop on you, it does something maybe even creepier.
From Pew Research. Some good graphs. From January, but just ran across it
Among Republicans, Gen Z stands out in views on race, climate and the role of government
From the Atlantic:
Don’t want to turn this into a New Orleans obit blog, but another passing that can’t go without mention is Dave Bartholomew. From the New York Times:
Elon Musk is worried about a future population collapse. Not sure what the problem is here. Too many people can be a bad thing. Can too few (unless he is just worried about not having people to sell Tesla’s to)? Seems to be some truth to this one, though.
From Our World in Data