On the internet, the adage goes, nobody knows you’re a dog. That joke is only 15 years old, but seems as if it is from an entirely different era. Once upon a time the internet was associated with anonymity; today it is synonymous with surveillance. Not only do modern technology companies know full well you’re not a dog (not even an extremely precocious poodle), they know whether you own a dog and what sort of dog it is. And, based on your preferred category of canine, they can go a long way to inferring – and influencing – your political views. Just over a week ago, the Observer broke a story about how Facebook had failed to protect the personal information of tens of millions of its users. The revelations sparked a #DeleteFacebook movement and some people downloaded their Facebook data before removing themselves from the social network. During this process, many of these users were shocked to see just how much intel about them the internet behemoth had … [Read more...] about Beware the smart toaster: 18 tips for surviving the surveillance age
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Contrary to the popular belief that the Beatles' 1968 trip to Rishikesh set in motion their eventual fallout, it in fact delayed the split till 1970. The trip was photographed by Paul Saltzman, who is marking its 50th anniversary with the release of the book The Beatles in India. John Lennon and Paul McCartney.The Beatles wrote around 48 songs during their seven-week stay at the Chaurasi Kutia Ashram of Mahesh Yogi in Uttarakhand, now known as the Beatles Ashram. Among them were Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Back In The USSR and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.Photograph: Courtesy Paul Saltzman via The Beatles In India/Simon and Schuster. In February 1968, The Beatles -- John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney -- travelled to Rishikesh in what is now Uttarakhand to learn transcendental meditation at the Chaurasi Kutia Ashram of Mahesh Yogi. Contrary to the popular belief that it was this trip that set in motion the British rock band's eventual fallout, it was in fact that visit … [Read more...] about 50 years on, stunning unseen pictures of the Beatles in India!
A few years ago, back when His Airness was turning the big 5-0, ESPN The Magazine published a piece by Wright Thompson about Michael Jordan. It was a little strange. MJ seemed antsy in retirement. The NBA team he owns, the Charlotte Bobcats (now known by the city’s historical moniker, the Hornets) had just come off the worst season, by percentage, in NBA history. He tells someone he thought he would die young. He watches westerns to reminisce about his dead father and is trying to get his weight down to 218 which is, you guessed it, his playing weight. His security detail calls him “Yahweh,” which, honestly, you have to respect just for the sheer blasphemy of the gesture. Jordan reflects on the space that losing the thing he was best at in the universe has left behind: “I would give up everything now to go back and play the game of basketball.” “How do you replace it?” he’s asked. “You don’t. You learn to live with … [Read more...] about The Joy of Seeing Michael Jordan Living His Best Life