Be aware

Great piece by Rene Ritchie at iMore.
Context: Apple’s ML (machine learning) is being questioned about personal data  security and theoretical scenarios.

Are people clear about this though?

[…] Smart spyware would try to convince you to give it all your photos right up front. That way it wouldn’t be limited to preconceived models or be at risk of removal or restriction. It would simply harvest all your data and then run whatever server-side ML it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. [me: Apple’s ML doesn’t]

That’s the way Google, Facebook, Instagram, and similar photo services that run targeted ads against those services already work.

Brain work

I’m getting old. I make a noise when I sit down and when I get back up again. I like to think of myself as “fit-ish” but if I really take myself to task, I’m not. Also, my brain is (obviously) getting old. I haven’t noticed any performance drops yet (are they noticeable though?) so I thought I’d at least give it something to work at every now and again.

Do you remember the Nintendo DS game Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training. How old is your brain?

DR KAWASHIMA’S BRAIN TRAINING™: HOW OLD IS YOUR BRAIN?
provides simple mathematics, reading aloud, and other exercises, offering the best in brain training that is also fun to play every day.

I got a DS just for that game.

Well in that vein, I’m trying out both Peak and Elevate brain-training apps. I’ve only just started and can’t say which I prefer yet. While Elevate has more challenging writing and math exercises that actually teach you as you go, Peak’s problem solving puzzles are addictive, and you feel like patting yourself on the back after solving them. Here’s a good comparison review (appadvice July 2015)
And let’s be honest, why not grow your “brain map” while tending to business?

Trust. A few great quotes

Here are 10 quotes to consider as you think about the role of trust in your life.

  1. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  2. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” –Ernest Hemingway
  3. “Trust, but verify.” —Ronald Reagan
  4. “He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” —Lao Tzu
  5. “When mistrust comes in, loves goes out.” —Irish proverb
  6. “We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” —Thomas Moore
  7. “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” —Isaac Watts
  8. “Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” —Frank Sonnenberg
  9. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” —Warren Buffett
  10. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” —Albert Einstein

I thought these quotes were never more relevant than now. October, 2017.

If you’ve got a quote that just MUST be added, don’t hesitate to comment. Thanks.

Mindful eating

I’ve been told many times I eat too quickly.
So I’m trying this: I’m putting my fork down between bites. Originally this was a weight-loss tip — and it has helped the person who recommended it to me to eat less — but also it’s helped me to relax while eating, and enjoy my meals more.