Cool as a Kiwi Cucumber

From RNZ: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when an earthquake hit in the middle of an interview.

An earthquake hits and she’s all, “We’re fine, I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”

Gotta admire the class!

Kara Swisher on The Unexpected Joys of the Coronavirus Lockdown – The New York Times

There will — though we can’t see it now — be an end to this crisis. And that is perhaps the most important analog lesson of this terrible moment: There is always an end. The crisis will end. And, eventually, all of our lives will come to pass.
Those of us with great jobs, savings and solid health care coverage have had an easier time during the crisis than those who struggle every day with financial and mental health challenges, and worse.
But we all share in life’s fragility. We’re all being reminded again that life is capricious, for every one of us, and that it can change and be done whenever it chooses and without warning.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/opinion/coronavirus-family.html

I love it when Kara Swisher turns introspective and evocative.

One More for the iPad Pro

Quinn Nelson from Snazzy Labs on the iPad Pro

Quinn makes some good points, many of which I agree with, some that don’t really affect me. Preaching to the choir where I’m concerned.

Don’t Trust That Twitter Bot

Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts Pushing To Reopen America May Be Bots https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/21/2147232/nearly-half-of-twitter-accounts-pushing-to-reopen-america-may-be-bots?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

Well that makes sense. These bots are all about convincing us Americans to do stuff that will damage ourselves and our nation.

Trust the experts. Trust the doctors and nurses and epidemiologists. Do NOT trust that guy on Twitter with the username @eijjeei73795.

Apple Ramps Up Original Podcasts, in Part to Help Promote TV+ – Bloomberg

The technology giant has begun acquiring two types of original podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter: one category is audio spinoffs of existing movies and programs on its Apple TV+ service, and the other is original programs that could eventually be adapted into future TV+ video content.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-21/apple-ramps-up-original-podcasts-in-part-to-help-promote-tv

Sounds a lot like vertical integration, doesn’t it? Something Apple has been increasingly emphasizing and reminds me of what they’ve already done on iOS (controlling the chipset and OS) and what they’re likely to do next year with macOS (ARM MacBooks). I dig it; it makes a lot of sense to acquire media properties that can be repurposed to feed other aspects of the business.

Tom Hanks’ Greyhound Makes its Way to Apple TV +

WWII naval drama Greyhound that Tom Hankswrote and stars in has abruptly changed course and will berth at Apple. Originally on the Sony Pictures theatrical calendar for Father’s Day weekend, the film instead will become the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+. It is the latest in a growing indication that Apple is making its move, and becoming as aggressive as any streamer or studio in auctions for the acquisition of films and TV projects.

https://deadline.com/2020/05/tom-hanks-greyhound-apple-tv-wwii-action-film-apple-wins-auction-1202938467/

Kinda hoping Apple TV+ continues to be this highly curated, quality-over-quantity-focused service, rather than the confusing and flooded offering Netflix is.

Anti-Vaxxers of Instagram

The problem has only escalated during COVID-19 as the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a new surge of viral disinformation and conspiracy theories, many of which are widely promoted by the anti-vaccination movement. At the same time, many of Facebook’s moderators have been unable to work and review reports of potentially rule-breaking content.

https://www.engadget.com/instagram-anti-vaxxers-coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-173021562.html

I’ll never understand anti-vaxxers. Ever.