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Tuesday TEA Time - YouTube recommendations, the new HomePod commercial, and some drawings

Yo, This week is a long weekend in Germany: we get Friday and Monday off. So I'm working extra hard t
March 27 · Issue #29 · View online
Tuesday TEA Time
This week is a long weekend in Germany: we get Friday and Monday off. So I’m working extra hard to get my work done here at the beginning of the week.
Also, I published an article yesterday: One week with the Atom text editor. It’s been a while since I published something. I’m going to try to get back to regular posts. We’ll see how that goes 😉

YouTube has a problem with it’s recommendation engine. A lot of websites have recommendations and most of them are really not good at finding related things correctly. YouTube’s is worse than that.
YouTube suggested conspiracy videos to children using its Kids app - Business Insider
YouTube for Kids is still is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism | WIRED UK
If you’ve ever shopped on Amazon you probably know that feeling when they “learn” you’re interested in something. Like when you buy a vacuum and so the site sends you vacuum recommendations, emails about vacuums, and vacuum related products for days or weeks. The recommendations seem dumb.
Well, dumb recommendations can be dangerous. YouTube is letting a supremely imperfect algorithm drive attention to things that are not appropriate for anyone. And even worse, they are doing this in the official YouTube Kids app which is supposed to be a safe place for parents to let kids go. 
My main take aways are: never trust an algorithm without regularly vetting the real outputs of it and don’t offer services you aren’t willing to support, police, and make better.
A pen plotter and drawing
I found this introduction to pen plotters and it really is making me want to get one and start playing around. One of my favorite twitter accounts is an artist who programs computers to draw.
And I wanted to link you to this tweet about Ring.
Darren Rovell
In November 2013, Jamie Siminoff came on Shark Tank valuing his WiFi enabled video doorbell at $7 million. Four sharks passed & @kevinolearytv offered his typical loan/royalty deal. Siminoff passed. That company became @ring & today sold for more than $1 billion to Amazon.
1:45 AM - 28 Feb 2018
HomePod — Welcome Home by Spike Jonze — Apple - YouTube
I am in love with the new Apple HomePod commercial. When I first watched it I suspected there wasn’t any CGI involved in making the video. A behind the scenes video shows that I was correct. Checkout the commercial and the behind scenes video: they are very much worth it.
This look inside Spike Jonze's Apple ad is as fascinating as the film itself:
3:28 PM - 22 Mar 2018
These drawings by Matthew Borrett caught my eye. His other work is really nice too, but these drawings of interconnected rooms and such really stood out to me.
This work by Laura Graves really jumped out at me. This last image above is stunning. You can buy her prints here or check out her portfolio here.
Her Instagram account is great as well.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you found something interesting and I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.
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