Why Apple really cares about your privacy

Apple has always tried to build an emotional connection between its devices and customers. With its increasing focus on privacy, it’s clear that Apple not only sees privacy as important to maintaining this bond, but as a means of differentiating itself from the competition. For a variety business and technical reasons, it’s an advantage that will be hard for Apple’s competition to duplicate.

via Why Apple really cares about your privacy | Macworld.

Interesting read.

Climb Dance

There was a mention of this video during TV coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I tracked it down on YouTube. It shows Ari Vatanen in a Peugeot rally car attacking the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Beautiful cinematography and incredible driving!

Bloody Mary

I’ve always been partial to a good Bloody Mary. It works not only as tasty preprandial, but also an early morning breakfast before the tummy has properly woken up. I’ve drunk more than a few in airline lounges, or in the Eurostar lounge waiting for the 06:10 to Brussels. So when I happened on this SeriousEats article, The Bloody Mary: The History and Science of an Oddball Classic, I didn’t hesitate to click on the link.

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Wine Tasting Idiots

My attention was drawn recently to the article Are Wine Tasters Idiots?, reprised from 2013 on Jancis Robinson’s website. The first part of the article lists several examples of the alleged idiocy: cheap wines being preferred over expensive ones, experts describing the same white wine differently simply because the wine in one glass was dyed red, inconsistent assessments of the same wine by different panels, and so on. (There’s more detail in the referenced article from The Observer.)

The author, Alex Hunt MW, then continues with, it seems to me, a slightly injured tone:

What I find so strange is the underlying assumption that wine criticism should be a scientific, repeatable process. I have not seen the same sort of expectations applied to art, film or music critics. Wine experts, it feels, are far more likely to be demonised as the ‘other’, when in fact we have far more rigorous tests of identification and knowledge. The type of tasting exams many of us have passed are, I submit, unflukeable.

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I’m on iBooks!

After we came back, at the end of May, from our holiday in Jordan, I decided to try to create an ebook containing some of my photos and a commentary using iBooks Author just because…

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HoseMaster of Wine™: The HoseMaster’s Comprehensive Guide to Wine 6

For example, a wine lover might say, “This Chinon certainly shows fabulous terroir.” Now that you have the insider information, you know that he’s just remarked, “This Chinon certainly shows I have no fucking idea what I’m talking about.”

via HoseMaster of Wine™: The HoseMasters Comprehensive Guide to Wine 6.

I just love this guy!

Small Fish, Big Bite: All About Anchovies

And of course they’re wonderful to eat: savory and succulent, full of salt and brine, a reminder that some foods are perfect as-is.

via Small Fish, Big Bite: All About Anchovies | Serious Eats.

Unlike Craig Cavallo, the author of this article, I don’t remember when I first encountered the anchovy. I do know that I enjoy eating them: on pizzas (cooked with the pizza or added on top afterwards), on oat crackers straight from the jar or as Gentleman’s Relish, otherwise known as Patum Peperium—little dabs on toast for breakfast or a savoury snack.

I agree with their taste test that Ortiz is the best-tasting anchovy fillet. I used to buy them from the John Lewis Foodhall, but they seem to have stopped stocking them. Prompted by stumbling across the Serious Eats article I duckduckgo’d (duckduckwent?)and found Brindisa. They have restaurants and shops, but in bits of London that I don’t normally visit, so I’d never come across them before. Plus they have an online shop that sells Ortiz anchovies and lots of other nice-looking Spanish food. First delivery due next week.


Photopainting: Waterlogue and Petra

I’ve been playing some more with the very excellent Waterlogue. Here area few pictures from our recent trip to Petra that have been given the treatment.


The Origin of “Don’t Be Evil”

I just love the fact that the motto did not originate out of some wide-eyed idealism. Instead, it was an attempt to cut through the whole bullshit concept of “corporate values.” It’s no wonder the company has had trouble living up to that ideal. “Don’t Be Evil” is the implicit motto of every idealistic company before it gets mired in the messy, morally compromised world of actually making money.

via The Origin of “Don’t Be Evil” — Anxious Machine.

Me too.

Think Like A Freak

I confess that despite the popularity of the authors’, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, previous books—Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics—I haven’t read them. However, I watched a video of a short interview with Levitt and Dubner—for obvious, reasons they use surnames a lot—about their new book and decided to hit the Buy with 1-click button on Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything.

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