Monday, April 17, 2017
Monday, September 26, 2016
Press release, Google, 1 Apr 2017
As an important internet company, Google owns a lot of information, and let's be real, a lot of it is problematic: it is the sort of thing that knowing it will get on your conscience and keep you up at night: searches for hit men, questions about how prosecutions of accidental sex deaths failed, searches for grotesquely of every kind. And then there's everything else, everything we index, which is about everything. Also, we know who is searching for or uploading these things: people. Parents, kids, serious people with responsibility for other people's lives, managers, leaders, judges, politiicians, the desperate, the mentally ill, the unstable. All with an expectation of privacy, despite the reality that everyone is tracking everyone around the internet: governments most of all, but also advertisers, credit raters and general internet intelligence gathering snoops. We at Google generally believe in transparency and being real.
So since 1 Oct 2016, Google's latest team, Google Problematic, has been emailing a machine curated digest each week of the online behaviour of concern to those it might concern: the people who will find it a problem: your wife, your parents, your parole officer, your kids, your boss, your female subordinates or co-workers, your therapist. We hope it has helped. We certainly feel better taking what responsibility we can.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
If you are a gin enthusiast, you could do worse than laying out for Poor Tom's gin. For Fathers Day I have been graced with a bottle of the 'Fool Proof' 52% Poor Tom's. I have just had a dry G&T (equal parts making it 'dry') and holy kablooey in. A craniium. Delicious, and nourishing.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Psychology* describes the Fundamental Attribution Error as the error of attributing outcomes to circumstances and the individual in a biased way - with the bias tending to reflect individual self-esteem. So my failures result from hard times, yours are because you are weak and ineffectual.
We are each others circumstances.
The gospel way, among other things, requires a reversal of the attributive, judging gaze. Take the log from your own eye; give to (and forgive) others as you do yourself. This is not a reflex - it is consciously acknowledging the FAE as an enabler of sin, and consciously redirecting that gaze.
In church, we need practices that reflect this reversed gaze and make us the circumstances of other people's best selves. This means, for example, not frustrating or confusing each other, but listening and accepting as instructive the expectations of others. It might mean finding some way to engage their bad behaviour that helps them stop it freely, without bad feeling.
*Well, some of it, at the moment.
Friday, December 11, 2015
- Microsoft Band 2 (Basically unavailable)
- Atlas Wearables Atlas (US $250)
- Fitbit Charge HR ($180) or Surge ($245)