Couch cuddles. (7/365)

He wanted to me to play Battlefront (or as he calls is, Space Ships), so he grabbed my controller (upside-down of course) and got it all ready for me. (6/365)

Scammer to Saint with a $30 Camera

We’re all familiar with the messages used by internet scammers to get money from unsuspecting people thousands of miles away. So, when Ben Taylor struck up a bargain with a man from Liberia, it could have ended badly—but no one could have guessed how wonderfully the bet would pay off.

Joel first sent a message to Taylor on Facebook asking the YouTube personality to send him expensive electronic devices so he could sell them on the Liberian market and support his family. Additionally, he said that he would split the profits with Taylor 50/50.

33-year-old Taylor was about to delete the online plea as spam – but something kept him from writing off the inquiry. He figured that if he continued correspondence with Joel, it would at least use up some of the man’s time keeping him occupied, rather than scamming those who would be more gullible.

If want to to feel good about something today, watch the video at the bottom of this page.

(Via Josh Ginter at the Newsprint)

Ollie “helped” me with my workout by climbing on top of my shoulders when it was time for pushups.

On the plus side, I know how Luke felt when he had to carry Yoda around everywhere on Dagobah.

Cool fresh shows. (5/365)

World Leaders on Twitter

From the Twitter blog:

There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance. Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.

Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.

We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.

We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.

I think what they meant to say is “Trump drives engagement and we are so afraid of losing those monthly active users that we are not going to do the obvious-to-everyone-but-us right thing”.

Just pitched Carissa on the idea of saving to buy the next iMac Pro. She didn’t say no. Even if I had the money ready to go, I’m not sure I would actually buy it. I could change my mind and go with a non-Pro iMac and have a few thousand leftover.

Regardless, I am excited.

Trae Young Has Broken the NCAA Machine

You are going to get sick of hearing about Trae Young before this season ends. I’m assuming that you’re reading this because you aren’t sick of Young just yet, but trust me when I say that by March you’ll be complaining about how the media thinks Young is God’s gift to basketball and you’ll be swearing that the best player on your favorite team is just as good as Young.

With this in mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to preemptively tell you that you are an idiot. There can’t be enough Trae Young coverage this season. It’s impossible. If every conversation on the planet for the next three months focused solely on how great Young is, it still wouldn’t be overkill. What he is doing isn’t just rare—it has never happened in the history of the sport.

This kid is so much fun to watch. Between him, Russ, PG, and Melo, basketball fans in the state of Oklahoma are pretty spoiled right now.

I finished up some design changes to my site last night. My goal was to make shorter posts like this fit in more naturally with the regular and linked posts.

Now that I have my site at a place I am happy with, I can switch my focus to getting some work on Reposit done.

Cool view of the “bomb cyclone” transitioning from rain to snow in RadarScope.

Reading for Growth

I did a lot of reading last year, but it was pretty much just fiction (well, pretty much just Star Wars). While this was a better use of my time than watching TV, it was not better by much.

I still plan on reading fiction books this year, but I am going to mix in some books that will help me grow as a person and that will help my walk with Christ. My plan is to alternate between fiction and growth. I am letting fiction books be my reward for the growth ones.

I started reading Love Does by Bob Goff yesterday and it has been great so far. Deep Work by Cal Newport is also on the list.

As far as fiction books, I have two on the list for the year that I am really looking forward to:

  • Andy Weir, the author of The Martian, recently released Artemis, a book about a heist on the moon in the near future. This will be the next book I read after Love Does.
  • On June 26th, Timothy Zahn will release Thrawn: Alliances. This is the sequel to Zahn’s first new-canon Thrawn book that came out last year, which was one my favorite books that I read in 2017.

Helping Daddy make coffee. (4/365)

It appears that a tornado has gone through Ollie’s train yard. (3/365)

2018: Some Hope

Brent Simmons:

Our current crises of democracy and good faith did not just blow in with the wind and transform the air without our knowledge or consent.

These crises were made by people, and we knew what they were doing, and we agreed to this.

Jack Dorsey is one of those many people. Just one. But one with a kind of power that nobody in the world should have: the power to directly control a vast amount of the world’s communication.

It’s not that Dorsey failed to consider the good of the world. Or, really, it’s not just that. It’s that this kind of power should not exist at all.

But we agreed to it. We’re still agreeing to it.

Twitter — and Facebook, and the power of tech companies — is not our only problem.

But I have no doubt that had Twitter not become a loving home for hate, Trump would not be President now. In that universe we’d still have big problems, yes, but not like this.

Brent continues in the post to give recommendations for a few apps and services (including, of course, that you can use to drop your reliance on big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter.

I finally read Dan Moren’s debut novel The Caledonian Gambit. Without giving anything away, it is a science fiction book that takes place a few hundred years in the future after humanity has spread to a few solar systems that are connected via wormholes.

I highly recommend it and hope to see a sequel soon.