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Tuesday TEA Time - The moon, a tree, and some drones…

Yo, I hope you are well. I am. It's snowing here in Berlin, which is super great.
March 20 · Issue #28 · View online
Tuesday TEA Time
I hope you are well. I am. It’s snowing here in Berlin, which is super great.

The big tech news this week is obviously Facebook. I’m not going to link to anything in particular, because most of the articles about the issue don’t really do a good job of explaining the primary problem: things worked how Facebook designed them to work. FB tracks and monitors people so they can sell that information to others. This is how they make money. They have various products to slice and dice user data, get the data wholesale, etc. While they do have some naive measures to protect their user’s information, it’s clear they are not difficult to get around.
While we now know about this one case of a company getting more data than they should have, there must be more cases out there. I’m not sure if FB will change and try to take their user’s privacy more seriously, but I hope they do.
On a happier note: watch this video of people seeing the moon through a telescope and reacting to how awesome it is. (It’s also a super well made video to boot!)
A New View of the Moon - YouTube
I love these 8-bit pixel-art scenes from famous TV shows drawn by Gustavo Viselner. You can see them all on his Behance project page.
The Broccoli Tree: A Parable - YouTube
I’ve included a link about the Broccoli Tree before, but above is a really good video which covers the entire story really well (and really efficiently). I am still very conflicted about my thoughts about the tree. It makes me angry to think about people wanting to destroy something just because it’s popular. And yet, I am glad to know the story and I would not have learned about it if it hadn’t been a complete story with a sad ending. 😕

And lastly, I absolutely adore these long-exposure photos of mountains “haloed” by a drone with a light. Found via Kottke. See below.
That’s it. I hope you have a great rest of your week.
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