A Swiss Miss

July 24, 2021

“A Swiss Miss,” a 1951 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib. Starts in medias res with a literal cliffhanger, by now a recurring gag in the series.

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Hey Alexa, what are you doing with those recordings of me?

July 23, 2021

Do you have a smart speaker? At least 20% of U.S. households do. Those speakers are recording you and yours all the time. What happens to those files?

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Pegasus

July 22, 2021

Pegasus spyware can bypass your cellphone’s security and access your emails, messages, GPS location, photos, video, and even turn on your phone’s microphone. Manufacturer NSO Group has sold Pegasus to some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. These clients have used to spy on journalists, world figures, and human rights groups. Read about The Guardian‘s extensive investigation.

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Gender Identity and Pronouns

July 21, 2021

You’re seeing people list their preferred personal pronouns on their profiles and email signitures these days. Why? A video from the Pride Centre of Edmonton.

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The Chinatown Aesthetic

July 20, 2021

The architecture of “Chinatowns” around the world have a similar style that can be traced back to the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster

July 19, 2021

Commercial airline flights today take longer than the same routes in the 1960s. Why? The same reason your morning commute takes longer: traffic congestion. A video by Sam Denby of Wendover Productions.

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New World Coming

July 18, 2021

“New World Coming,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, interpreted by Nina Simone, 1971.

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Little Sister

July 18, 2021

“Little Sister,” written by written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, recorded by Dwight Yoakam, 1987. Video directed by Sherman Halsey.

Dwight Yoakam website

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Needles And Pins

July 18, 2021

“Needles And Pins,” written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, recorded by Paul Weller, 2004.

Paul Weller website

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Don’t Let Me Suffer

July 18, 2021

“Don’t Let Me Suffer,” written and recorded by Eddy Giles, 1967-ish.

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