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The Bored Horse🐴 – Issue #15

Thord D. Hedengren
Thord D. Hedengren
How are you? I’ve been better, as you probably know by now. Death in the family and sad news galore, it’s been rough. I had to step away for a bit, from this newsletter, blogging, and social media too.
That said, I’ve missed doing this newsletter. It’s fun, I enjoy it. I hope you do too, so, without further ado, here’s this weeks links. Have at it, and enjoy your weekend.

🕵️ Twitter has released a game to teach you about privacy. I like the idea, but the actual game, well, nah.
🦃 Speaking of Twitter, it seems Elon Musk is reluctant now, because there might be too many fake accounts. Then again, if he does indeed reverse the ban on Donald Trump, then that’s as fake as it’s gonna get.
⛪️ The Vatican has plans for the metaverse, because of course they do.
🚂 From Stockholm to London in 24 hours, by train? Yes please.
📖 Kindle will support epub in late 2022, but don’t get too exstatic. It’s converting it to its mobi replacement, so in true Amazon fashion, your mileage will no doubt wary.
🎧 I enjoyed this piece on the Amiga for music creators. The first Amiga in my household was the 600, for some reason.
🚦 AI traffic light system could make traffic jams a distant memory, is the title of this piece. Okay, so first, yes please, do use computers to create clever and adaptive systems to make traffic less of a hassle. But second, can we please not call everything AI? There’s a “create a painting from your face” site flooding every bloody timeline at the moment, and it’s also branded as AI. Terms matter, buzzwords kill.
🚪 Not impressed? Well, the Curiosity rover found what looks like a door on Mars. You’ve got to see this! 👇
Courtesy of NASA
Courtesy of NASA
🐝 Want more nightmare fuel? This drone swarm can track an object (yes, I mean people) through the woods. What could possibly go wrong?
🇮🇳 Or how about this: India is cracking down on VPNs, something used to watch things like porn, or just, you know, not have Big Brother watching. Scary stuff.
📇 Namecore. Nice piece.
🤖 Speaking of Apple stuff, they lost they’re Director of Machine Learning (that’s an important role for, you know, making things that people call AI) because he had to return to the office in the pandemic. Smart, really smart.
🖋 Jony Ive, Apple’s former lead designer, is editing an issue of the Financial Times. He shares a list of his preferred tools, and they’re, well, outside my budget, if you know what I mean. Posh, Sir Jony, posh.
🔑 New “passkey” standard is going to kill the password. Good riddance.
🚛 Lego is launching an Optimus Prime set in June, and he transforms. Twelve year old me is ecstatic, I’m getting this.
Michael Flarup
I’m just going to post these every year.

Star Wars as app icons.

🇺🇦 There’s still a war in Ukraine. This issue is surprisingly free of reports from the war, which isn’t to say that it isn’t taking place. Please consider donating to one of the major relief organizations, like UNICEF or Save the Children.
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Magnus Sanford
I saw #AstridLindgren was trending and had to check why, apparently Russia claiming she was a Nazi in their anti Swedish NATO propaganda....

Someone in KREML needs to work on their propaganda skills....
Thanks for reading
It’s been a couple of weeks, that’s the gist of it. Here’s hoping things will calm down a bit, including all the nonsense going on in the world.
Take care of each other. You never know when it ends, after all.
— Thord D. Hedengren ⚡
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