Summary of “Beware the smart toaster: 18 tips for surviving the surveillance age”

The revelations sparked a #DeleteFacebook movement and some people downloaded their Facebook data before removing themselves from the social network.
If you use Facebook apps on Android, for example – and, even inadvertently, gave it permission – it seems the company has been collecting your call and text data for years.
You may well have downloaded your Facebook data already; it has become something of a trend in recent days.
Go to Google’s “Takeout” tool and download your data from the multiple Google products you probably use, such as Gmail, Maps, Search and Drive.
Try not to let your smart toaster take down the internet.
Your phone, your tweets, your Facebook account: all of these things are temporary.
If you wipe your Facebook account every year, you learn which friends you actually like and which are just hanging on to your social life like a barnacle.
Do what you want with your data, but guard your friends’ info with your life.

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Summary of “Bill Hader on ‘SNL’ Characters, HBO’s ‘Barry,’ Loving Show Business”

Inside Farmshop, an overcrowded, overloud Santa Monica, California, artisanal-type-food joint, the 20-year-old Bill Hader is giving the 39-year-old Bill Hader a pretty good goddamn dressing down.
Sitting there – regular jeans, dark blue sweater, very California casual, fork in hand, knife bearing down on steak – he just laughs, shakes his head, arches his grand Hader eyebrows, bulges his big Hader eyeballs, gives a snort of disbelief and carries on.
All around town and beyond, Hader is known as one of the nicest guys ever.
“I have not seen another side of him,” says Henry Winkler, who costars with Hader in his new serio-comic HBO series, Barry, about about a hit man who decides to take an acting class and become an actor.
As a teenager, Hader used his dad’s video camera to make “Little horror and comedy shorts with my sisters,” he says.
“You know,” Hader says, “If I were in my 20s and I heard me say that, I’d be like, ‘What? You went to a therapist? Exercise? Meditation? I mean, oh, my God, give me a break.'” Will that 20-year-old ever shut up?
Or what passes for excitement in the world according to Hader.
Then he says, “Yeah, 20-year-old me would fucking kick my ass for listening to jazz, too.” In fact, there seems to be no end of reasons why the young Hader would want to kick the ass of Hader the elder.

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Summary of “Nobody Knows Anything About China – Foreign Policy”

As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals.
We don’t know China because, in ways that have generally not been acknowledged, virtually every piece of information issued from or about the country is unreliable, partial, or distorted.
The sheer scale of the country, mixed with a regime of ever-growing censorship and a pervasive paranoia about sharing information, has crippled our ability to know China.
We don’t know anything about high-level Chinese politics.
We don’t know whether the officials targeted in the “Anti-corruption” campaigns were really unusually corrupt, lascivious, or treacherous – or whether they were just political opponents of Xi. We don’t know the extent of factionalism within the Chinese Communist Party, though we do know how often its existence is condemned – by Xi and his faction.
We don’t know whether officials who lather slavish praise on Xi actually believe anything of what they say or are acting out purely out of fear and greed.
We don’t know how good Chinese schools really are because the much-quoted statistics provided by the Program for International Student Assessment that placed China first in the world were taken from the study of a small group of elite Shanghai schools.
As the government closes down any source of information outside its control, we can only wonder at how much it knows itself.

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Summary of “Jack White Cover Story: New Solo Album, Why White Stripes Won’t Reunite”

Based on the White Stripes’ six albums alone – not to mention the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, his solo work and an endless series of productions – he’s more than earned a retroactive spot in the classic-rock canon.
Catholicism? There is a picture, somewhere, of a little Jack White, at that point still Jack Gillis, meeting Pope John Paul II. White certainly has a self-flagellatory bent: “I’m bleeding before the Lord,” he sings on “Seven Nation Army.” Is it related to being the seventh of seven sons, and 10th child overall, with parents who were a little too worn out from parenting to set too many restrictions for their youngest kid? Probably.
” The White Stripes, of course, were all about what White once called “The liberation of limiting yourself.” Though White stretched the boundaries over time, the band was, legendarily, built around a mere three elements: Jack’s voice, his guitar, and his ex-wife Meg’s oft-misunderstood, underrated, occasionally one-handed drumming.
White is hardly the first successful white bluesman, and his thoughts on the idea of cultural appropriation are careful and nuanced.
White has become a vocal fan of hip-hop, and does something that’s an awful lot like rapping on one of his new songs.
“I played guitar and then he rapped over it.” The fire-breathing riff of the new track “Over and Over and Over” dates back to the White Stripes, and White tried to record it multiple times over the years, including with Jay, who tried to give it the hook “Under my Ray-Bans.”.
White follows current music closely enough to have developed an amused contempt for DJ Khaled, especially after watching this year’s Grammys performance of “Wild Thoughts,” which draws heavily on Santana’s “Maria Maria.” “It’s just Santana’s song in its entirety,” says White, embarking on an extended sarcastic riff.
“I’m not telling people what to think about the White Stripes. They can think whatever they want about it. But there is a case to be made that in a lot of ways, the White Stripes is Jack White solo. In a lot of ways.” He says this very casually.

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Summary of “Travel safety tips from CIA experts”

Mathew Bradley spent more than 14 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, and now this former CIA agent is the Regional Security Director, Americas, for International SOS. I spoke to him via email to ask his top travel safety tips, both at home and abroad.What travel safety tips does the CIA give to its employees?
Plan your ground transportation and hotel arrangements in advance.
For natural disasters, plan ahead to avoid hurricanes and wildfires.
The CIA has a heavy influence on planning because in a crisis situation, you don’t have time to plan.
You can execute what you have planned, but if you don’t plan ahead, you won’t know what to do.
Plan ahead! Travel is more enjoyable when it goes smoothly, and it goes smoother when you have a plan.
Plan for safety and security like you plan for fun and entertainment, and you, too, can travel like a CIA operative.
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Summary of “From Steve Jobs to Oprah: 28 Leaders’ Commencement Speeches That Will Make You Re-Think Success”

For the month of February, I commenced each day with a commencement speech delivered by living definitions of success such as Barack Obama, J.K. Rowling, and Oprah, alongside the late greats, Steve Jobs and David Foster Wallace.
Here are the lessons I collected day-by-day that broadened my definition of success and what it means for a life to be well lived.
“As we move through our lives, I want you to ask yourselves: How do we measure a life? How do we measure a life – by what means and by what measure? Do you measure it inch by inch, step by step, crawl by crawl? How will you measure you lives is the most important thing – not only for you, students, but for all of us. I am asking myself this question constantly: How do you measure a life? Do you measure it day by day or year by year? Do you measure it by yesterday or by today? Do you measure it by the miles walked or the mountains climbed or the valleys explored? How do you measure your life?,” said artist Carrie Mae Weems.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary,” said Steve Jobs.
“If you have been touched by the success fairy, people think you know why. People think success breeds enlightenment and you are duty bound to spread it around like manure, fertilize those young minds, let them in on the secret, what is it that you know that no one else knows, the self examination begins, one looks inward, one opens an interior door. Cobwebs, black, the lights bulbs burned out, the airless dank refrigerator of an insanely over-scheduled, unexamined life that usually just gets take-out,” said Meryl Streep.
“I quote Saint Benedict who said, ‘Daily, keep your death before your eyes.’ That may sound like a morbid practice, but as I think you know, it isn’t. If you hold a healthy awareness of your own mortality, your eyes will be opened to the grandeur and glory of life, and that will evoke all of the virtues I’ve named, as well as those I haven’t, such as hope, generosity, and gratitude. If the unexamined life is not worth living, it’s equally true that the unlived life is not worth examining,” said author, educator and activist Parker Palmer.
“Now one may look at me as having great success, which I have in the strictest sense of the word, and don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I feel so fortunate to get to entertain people. But to me, my definition of success is my 16-and-a-half-year marriage to my beautiful and talented wife, Vivica. Success are my three amazing sons…Success to me is my involvement in the charity Cancer for College, which gives college scholarships to cancer survivors… No matter how cliché it may sound you will never truly be successful until you learn to give beyond yourself. Empathy and kindness are the true signs of emotional intelligence,” said actor Will Ferrell.
“Raise the rest of your life to meet you. Don’t search for defining moments because they will never come. Well, the birth of your children, OK, of course, forget about it, that’s just six months. My life is forever changed, that’s most defining moment ever. But I’m talking about in the rest of your life and most importantly in your work. The moments that define you have already happened. And they will already happen again. And it passes so quickly.”

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Summary of “The story of the internet, as told by Know Your Meme”

The show eventually launched an online meme database, also called Know Your Meme, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Cheese says the most valuable thing about the Know Your Meme project in its early days was that even as blogs like Urlesque and The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed became interested in meme culture, they didn’t have the same passion for tracing the way they move, what makes someone pull a meme out of one community and post it in another.
Today, Know Your Meme has traffic goals and business-end accountability, but Cheezburger is based in Seattle, and the office for Know Your Meme has always been in New York.
“It’s been five years since I worked at Know Your Meme, and I would never tell them how to run the site but the question of what to cover and how to cover it I think is now more important than ever, in the face of how meme culture has changed in the last few years.”
Kim readily admits that Know Your Meme can facilitate the amorality of meme culture, and the spread of ideas that he might not personally want to see flourish.
“We try to share when people take offense to a meme. We try to make sure that’s also noted in the entry. Reactions to memes are a big part of what makes them popular or controversial. So ignoring them would be disingenuous.” Or, in the case of the recent explosion of Tide Pod memes, while Know Your Meme won’t come out and tell teenagers not to eat poisonous laundry detergent, they’ll quote Tide saying “Don’t eat poisonous laundry detergent.”
In trying to be a largely impartial reflection of meme culture, Know Your Meme has avoided accountability for as long as the rest of the internet has: until now.
Know Your Meme is a crucial living document that we absolutely need, and the story it tells us about the internet is endlessly self-conflicting.

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Summary of “Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years”

If this elite group were expanded to include all black directors, it would add only Britain’s Steve McQueen, who earned his nomination in 2014 for helming 12 Years a Slave.
With the March 4 ceremony looming and the racial makeup of the Academy and the industry at large under increased scrutiny, THR gathered the quartet for a candid conversation about how success can feel like failure, the doors Black Panther has opened and why not one of these guys was able to enjoy his big night.
PEELE Part of the cultural learning curve with this, too, is tied up with this thing that every time a black achievement happens, it’s a black achievement.
Jordan’s film is not a full black cast, but it’s a black movie and it’s also not a black movie.
Lee, a few years ago, you said as part of a THR Roundtable that you hated when white people wrote for black people.
“SINGLETON There are two sides of this coin. The Last Emperor was a huge hit when it came out, and Bernardo Bertolucci is Italian, not Chinese. But he did his homework. Steven Spielberg did The Color Purple. Black people assailed against that when it came out, but it’s a classic among African-Americans now. But for every one of those films that was made by someone who was from another culture exploring something that they were interested in, there are these stacks of where black people have had to say,”OK, at least they tried.
One of my favorites is Glory, where the Matthew Broderick character is in a lot of ways [director] Edward Zwick saying, “I don’t know the black experience, but I see through the eyes of this character who is empathizing with the black experience.” With Get Out, I wanted to make a movie that ripped the rug out of this idea of the one good white character evil and see what that would do.
Do you have a black superhero movie in your back pocket?

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Summary of “How To Make Better Decisions”

We still make bad decisions, not just in purchasing goods, but everywhere.
It’s baffling how often we choose to decide under its influence, despite having all the tools we need to fight it.
What’s remarkable is how small a circle we can get away with, yet still be successful.
No matter how many black spots are left, keeping track of where they are allows you to shine your proverbial flashlight on them later, but not go there before you’re ready.
It’s impossible to pick the perfect job when completely switching career fields, but being aware of how little you know, you can consult with experts, steer clear of big responsibilities at first, and prioritize what you’ll learn.
Knowing How Much You Need To KnowOnce you’ve determined where your wisdom ends and how much there is to attain for your specific decision altogether, another question presents itself, and it makes all the difference: how big is the gap between the two?
No two situations are alike and this isn’t a hard rule, but thinking about whether you can push the edges of your circle of competence, and how far you’d have to drive them to avoid complete failure, is worth your while.
If your good decisions compound, maybe we’ll read about you someday.

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Summary of “Don’t Know What You Want? Improve These 7 Universal Skills”

What does success look like? What do you want from life? What career do you want?
We think it’s the worst thing in the world if you don’t know what you want to do in life.
One of the biggest thinking errors that I’ve made was that I thought I needed to know what I exactly wanted to do with my life.
The truth is that no one knows what they truly want.
So it’s not important to know exactly what you want to do with your life.
It’s not even realistic to boldly claim “I know what I want!”.
If you can’t decide what direction you want to go in life, that’s automatically your #1 goal in life – to figure out where you want to go.
Persuasion: Learn how to get what you want in an ethical way.

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