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Tuesday TEA Time - Angry Birds, Famous people's dogs, and pager cutouts...

Tuesday TEA Time
Tuesday TEA Time - Angry Birds, Famous people's dogs, and pager cutouts...
By Nathan • Issue #40 • View online

How are you this week? I am well.
I am still thinking about WWDC, the conference I attended last week. The keynote was kinda boring. And the analysis of all the announcements has also been kinda boring. I’ve decided that is a good thing: sometimes we need some boring, slow, incremental advancements. I have read some articles about how “Apple has lost it” and I am sure it’s just that people have no sense of history .
I am excited about two things:
1. Apple mentioned work on old stuff like Finder, Automator, and QuickLook.
2. Siri Shortcuts and Intents are possibly going to be great. 
The idea is that when I write an app: for every screen or button or whatever I program the app to continually tell Siri what is going on. Like “showing an order screen for three items” or “looking up weather at this zip code” and over time Siri will decide which types of things you like to do and when you like to do them. And eventually, Siri will try to do them for you before you even ask for them. This could end up going no where, but I am optimistic that this could allow us to use our devices less often, because they will continually be doing the things we like them to do without us asking. We’ll see.
Also, in other personal news, I am trying out a “fanny pack” while traveling this time. There is a recent trend of people wearing them “Rambo style” and we’ll see how that goes for me. I do like that I can keep larger things like my passport closer and more accessible. And I am, of course, mildly embarrassed by the whole idea of it. Because I am embarrassed about everything I do. Like typing out this paragraph.
First, Angry Birds made over $50 Billion in revenue in 2017. Yes. This is true. I’m not sure what to think about it other than “I didn’t realize they were making that much money.” 
Second, we leave a lot of digital artifacts lying around without realizing it. A CBS station bought some old photocopiers that ended up having tens of thousands of documents from a police station on the hard drives.
The results were stunning: from the sex crimes unit there were detailed domestic violence complaints and a list of wanted sex offenders. On a second machine from the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit we found a list of targets in a major drug raid.
And lastly, there is another newsletter you should think about subscribing to: Exponential View by Azeem Azhar. It is an amazingly detailed rundown of AI and tech related news. Sometimes it’s overwhelming how many interesting links there are. You know a newsletter is good when an Economist article is written and the newsletter author’s comment is “for more detail read my article from a year ago.”
In the latest issue there is a great link to the WSJ about WhatsApp founders leaving Facebook early:
…the founders left $1.5bn on the table. Ostensibly for strategic differences, but those differences were really about the promise made to WhatsApp users about privacy and their data and Facebook’s views of advertising. The nub: this was a disagreement about ethics.
I can’t imagine.
Eight Famous People and the Dogs They Adored
Created by Yuni Yoshida. Her instagram is a great follow.

Another great follow on Insta is Kouichi Chiba. The paper cutouts convey so much emotion so gracefully. Also checkout the Gallery page on their site.
Well, that’s all for this week. I hope you found something interesting. Hit reply and let me know. Or forward this to someone who would appreciate it.
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