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8 Bullet Thursday

Virtual Reality Headset

What I’m reading:

  • Just when you thought desktops have pretty much gone as far as they will go – here come the machines for advanced machine learning and other AI work. HP unveiled its’ Nvidia-powered workstation for machine learning development. Read more.
  • Scary and crazy news out of Atlanta the last week: The City is still reeling from a ransomware attack. Read more.
  • Great stuff here: The best discoveries Netflix made while researching how people watch TV. Read more.
  • Such an AMAZING write up on the Fast & Furious Franchise. Most importantly for the more light-hearted fans – the notoriously screwy timeline of the “Fast” series always needs some explaining. Read now.
  • Can’t begin to express how often I have to divert work for security fixes, patches, updates etc. these days. But you read stuff like this and then you are reminded why. Last quarter, websites experienced 44 daily attacks on average, which was a 25 percent drop from the previous quarter. Read more.

What I’m watching:

Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2

If you are not familiar with the series, here’s the backstory: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, in Santa Clarita until their world gets flipped upside down when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation that turns her into a member of the living dead. Season one was absolutely hilarious, season two is only getting better so far. (Good news is there is a season 3 coming as well.)

Check out the trailer and then go binge the series to your hearts content

Purchase I am enjoying:

Yumbutter Chashew Butter

Simply put this superfood nut butter is second to none. I’m hooked and have been carrying with me in my backpack for small power snacks throughout the day.

I found it at Target but it looks like you can purchase it on Amazon as well.

I also feel good about buying from the company because they have a social mission as well, from their about page:

Holistic Responsibility

  • Delicious food that is Clean, Fun, and Fair.
  • Openly share about holistic health.
  • Grow compassion by serving others.
  • Support organic, responsible growers, and a more ethical supply chain.

When you spread Yumbutter, you’re actually supporting a shift in the way businesses are run. Here are some of the ways we’re able to create social and environmental goodness:

  • Leading a socially-conscious nut butter company.
  • Over 150,000 feedings for children with malnutrition
  • B Corp score of 100 (other sustainable businesses score 80)
  • Offset 36 tonnes of CO2 (~250% more than we create) through reforestation

    Through our BuyOne:FeedOne model, we’ve been able to help feed over 150,000 children with malnutrition since 2015. As we grow, our impact grows.

    What I’m listening to:

    What’s “in” in social:

    Looks like Facebook is still reeling from the Cambridge Analytics Scandal: New study shows some cause for concern, at least in the near-term.

    In Brief:

    • Just 8% of internet users plan to stop using Facebook following the news of Cambridge Analytica’s abuse of personal data collected from the platform, according to a survey by securities firm Raymond James, MediaPost reports.
    • Additionally, 19% said they would use Facebook “significantly less,” and 26% said they would use the platform “somewhat less” because of the controversy. When asked about their level of concern over Cambridge Analytica’s breach of Facebook data, 43% said they were “very concerned,” and 31% said they were “somewhat concerned.”
      • Read the full study here: Users Worry About Facebook Data: Plan To Use Less, Stop Altogether

        In separate, but related news: Mozilla released an add-on for its Firebox browser called Facebook Container that isolates a users’ Facebook identity from other web activity, a post on The Mozilla Blog announced. Users will be able to use Facebook normally, and Facebook can still send ads to users, but the new tool will make it more difficult for Facebook to use a user’s activity collected from the platform to send ads and targeted messages. However, the post says Facebook Container would not have prevented the collection of the type of data in the Cambridge Analytica incident.

        Strategy Corner:

        Weekly Hack:

        Crayon Emergency Candle

        Power go out? Don’t have a flashlight, or candle? Use a crayon! Don’t take my word for it – watch the video. (was going to make my own but these seem to be all over the web)

        Quote Of the Week:

        You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. – Ralph Marston

About Chris Zilo

Ideation + Execution. Mission Driven Startup Guy & Early Adopter obsessed w/ all things tech. Former Third Culture Kid.