Angry Robot

Resurfacing

I am starting to have the time to write something here and this has led to a crisis of purpose of sorts. What sort of things do I like to write? It’s not that I can’t think of anything, I can think of too many things and can’t decide on a single one on which to spend my still-precious few minutes of surplus time.

That’s because of the boy. You have a baby and it throws your life into complete disarray. At first they never sleep for more than three hours. They sleep, wake, eat, shit, go back to sleep. There’s plenty of chance for you the parent to sleep also, but only on their very weird terms. As the weeks drag on you are exhausted, disoriented, isolated. You wake up in the morning but it feels like the evening. To leave the house your mental checklist extends to like 20 things you need. Plus you fear the kid crying and disrupting the restaurant, grocery store, whatever it was. If you are going to the grocery store are you going to bring that stroller? Because then you can’t push a cart can you? Things get complicated and the easiest course is often to not make that trip. When you do find a few minutes you are going to slump semi-defeated into your couch with a glass of wine and some bullshit Netflix superhero show. You are not gonna write that fucking blog post about Trump or cool smart lights.

The kid actually slept for 12 unbroken hours last night. So that’s a sort of milestone. He’s three months now, and more baby-like. Newborns are like little alien pods. They barely open their eyes, they are preternaturally wrinkly, and they are probably resentful of being out in the world which must seem cold and hostile to them. They have a bundle of reflexes but very little in the way of human reactions and expressions. These come gradually. You might see a smile that represents something other than the passing of gas. You might start to hear coos and goos that sound like the child trying to say something. Plus their sleep clumps into longer stretches at night and more predictable naps during the day. That’s where we are now, and that’s why I find myself with the time to string sentences together, and the energy to do it.

The question remains: what to write about? Or hell, this is my blog, I’ll just write and see what it’s about afterward.

Do Trees Talk to Each Other?

This is really something:

“Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web,’” says Wohlleben in German-accented English. “All the trees here, and in every forest that is not too damaged, are connected to each other through underground fungal networks. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.”

Pizza Hut’s Pie Tops II sneakers can order a pizza and pause your TV

Mayor John Tory blasted for saying it’s ‘unusual’ for Toronto parents to live without a car

To save you a click: it’s not.

Online Publisher Dependent Upon Facebook Shuts Down, Blaming Algorithm Change

Manafort, The Cinematic Arc of History And The Wildest Coincidence

The Best Sci-Fi Movies that Most People Haven’t Seen

Could this article be any more up my alley

Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops

The attack in Syria is a real head-scratcher.

Amazon is developing a series based on Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi novel Consider Phlebas

One of my favourite authors

How the White House’s Tolerance for Wife-Beaters Exposed That It Was Harboring Counterintelligence Threats – emptywheel

Disney’s reported streaming service plans show the company is sticking with what already works

Trump’s Hair Illusion Came Undone and We All Missed It

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

While You Are Tweeting About the Nunes Memo, Russia Is Plotting Its Midterms Attack

“The point is distraction. And it’s working dangerously well.”

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Garage lets you make your own custom playthings

Even more interesting ideas attached to the Labo concept.

Deep learning technology is now being used to put Nic Cage in every movie

It didn’t take long to find the best use for this technology.

Toronto serial killer suspect now faces five first-degree murder charges

What I Wish the iPad Would Gain from the Mac

All good points.

We Fought for Our Democracy. Now Turkey Wants to Destroy It.

On Turkey’s unprovoked invasion of Kurdish-controlled Afrin, Syria

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

Our Tony Scott future inches closer

Apple Watch Is a Bridge to the Future

Halfway between touchscreens and voice/AI (via birchtree)

Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

Starting to get the sense that this Trump fellow may not be the sharpest tool in the shed

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown denies sexual misconduct allegations from two women

We Are Truly F#%ked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now