Author: Lake Toba

Furthermore! – Fix the Internet, Please!

It’s time to redo the internet. (More) When the internet first made a huge splash in the early nineties, it was a wild west of universities and a few businesses. Soon AOL joined, and the Web took off. Since that time, the internet and the Web have grown to vast proportions, and it serves our needs for news, shopping, banking and entertainment. The model of the internet, that of a collection of computing nodes connected by slow networks has little changed since then. The network speeds have improved, yes, certainly we are better off from the days of 2400...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Critters!

YouTube has trivia videos that are fun and quirky or even provocative. Today we continue the series with amazing human wildlife interaction…. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. In this video, a passer by rescues a wolf from a fence where it had become entangled…. In this video, a wild fox makes friends with a man on a frozen lake… Wolves greet a man…. And another wild fox greets a human…. And a fox puppy playing with people…. And a grizzly and man in very close proximity…. And rescuing a baby...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: TrumpSpeak

I spend a lot of time on YouTube perusing trivia videos or fun and quirky videos or even provocative videos. Today I continue the series with why TrumpSpeak works. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. YouTube journalist Evan Puschak offers a great analysis of how Donald Trump speaks and why it is...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Rappers!

I spend a lot of time on YouTube perusing trivia videos or fun and quirky videos or even provocative videos. Today I continue the series with a rapper….  (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Gaiaisi, a rapper from Canada, has a very informed and scornful opinion of the Republican race for president *warning –...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Mappers!

I spend a lot of time on YouTube perusing trivia videos or fun and quirky videos or even provocative videos. Today I continue the series with Mappers!  (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. There are a group of armature animators that take great pains to map historical events. Many of them are interesting, but here’s one I found really compelling. This video is a masterpiece of art and music, and it captures the long arc of human history with amazing detail. While I quibble with a few points, notably the dearth of information on the Americas, Africa and Australia, this is truly an amazing work. It is painstakingly researched and obviously a work of love....

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