Mark Hall sits in for Donovan to discuss restaurants in the local Tifton area, what's currently available, what's popped up in the last couple of years, and the ones he wishes would locate into the area, such as Popeyes and Red Robin. He shares his thoughts on the streaming wars, particularly those that seem to be losing. Finally, it's astronomy talk, specifically about Asteroid Hygeia.
Archives for October 2019
Donovan explains why there wasn't an episode on Monday by highlighting "life" things that have transpired over the last several days.
Donovan starts off the episode lamenting about the state of the world (so don't fall asleep, please). He then talks about Google's claim to fame that they've reached Quantum Supremacy…but don't hold your breath, we're not getting the Enterprise's computer any time soon. Good 'ol Zuckerberg was back on the Hill testifying about cryptocurrency, but you know that's not the only thing he was asked about. AOC had some questions! Finally, Joe Rogan interviewed Edward Snowden and Snowden dropped a knowledge bomb…we've never been visited by aliens, climate change is real and yes, we've landed on the moon!
- Google confirms ‘quantum supremacy’ breakthrough – The Verge — Google has officially announced that it’s achieved quantum supremacy in a new article published in the scientific journal Nature.
- Edward Snowden searched the CIA’s networks for proof that aliens exist. Here’s what he found – CNN — PSA for all the Area 51 stormers, chemtrail believers and climate change deniers: Edward Snowden has searched the depths of the US intelligence networks and can report the conspiracy theories are not true.
- Zuckerberg stumbles over AOC’s questions about white supremacy during Congress hearing | The Independent — Mark Zuckerberg appeared to stumble when confronted with tough questioning by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked the Facebook CEO if a right-wing news outlet known for its ties to white supremacist groups is an appropriate fact-checking group to help oversee the social media giant’s content.
Again with fast food! Donovan talks about Taco Bell and not getting what you've order, but it's too late to find that out when you're already home! Connecting to that story, he covers an article that talks about what NOT to do in a fast food resturant according to people who have worked there. With some techie news, Google Fi upgrades their service allowing supported devices to connect to two LTE networks at once!
- Workers reveal things you should never do in a fast-food restaurant – Insider — Insider spoke with a group of people who used to work at fast-food chains to figure out some of the most frustrating customer behaviors and habits.
- Google Fi will soon connect you to two LTE networks at once | Ars Technica — Google Fi is getting an upgrade today with what Google is calling “Dual Connect” technology—the ability to connect to two of Google Fi’s licensed mobile networks at once for faster switching.
Donovan seems to love Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, so he went on the hunt for one for lunch. Except, he didn't get the one he wanted, but that was ok. Being a techie, he felt the need to share some news in regards to one of the bigger VPN companies, NordVPN, and how they've announced they were hacked. Kellog did something to be on the right side of history and, of course, the reactions online were divided. Finally, Donovan has been thinking more and more about retirement, not that it's just around the corner for him, but you've gotta be prepared, right? He shares some of the changes for Social Security that are coming in 2020.
- NordVPN confirms it was hacked | TechCrunch — NordVPN, a virtual private network provider that promises to “protect your privacy online,” has confirmed it was hacked.
- 7 Changes to Social Security in 2020 — Each and every October the Social Security Administration releases its “Fact Sheet” that provides updates on everything from what beneficiaries will be paid in the upcoming year to what it takes to qualify for a benefit.
- Kellogg partners with gay rights group for All Together cereal — Kellogg is partnering with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to bring all of its iconic cereals together in one box for the very first time – and to take a stand against bullying.
- Spirit Day 2019 | GLAAD — Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.
Donovan shares his "Murphy Monday" story, along with a TedX talk that had somewhat changed his life. Samuel Adams has a specialty beer that's not only high in ABV, but high in price and banned in several states. Finally, a survey conducted on 21,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 37 has determined that Millennials and Generation Z are just…lazy (their words, not ours).
- Third of millennials have never changed a lightbulb as they are too lazy, study finds – The Sun — Third of millennials have never changed a lightbulb as they are too lazy, study finds
- The Magic Of Not Giving a Fuck – YouTube — Valerie Farragher – Easy ways to get the life you want…guilt free!
- Samuel Adams’ ‘extreme’ beer contains ‘ninja yeast’ – and is illegal in 15 states — Only 77 wooden casks of the “extreme barrel-aged beer” were brewed this year, which also leads to its limited availability, Fox News reported. States that are already barred from selling the brew include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.
Donovan shares the story of his trip with his wife to her credit union where she attempted to deposit some coins. Also, something that should definitely be put in the "duh!" category, a new study says that those fruit drinks you see advertised all the time on TV, online, and everywhere? Yeah, not that healthy for your kids. Who knew? (Yes, that was sarcasm).
- Best-selling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy in new study: ‘Parents tell me they’ve been tricked’ — An eye-opening new study that looked at children’s popular sweetened fruit drinks found that they are often loaded with added sugar or contain artificial sweeteners (and in some cases, both). But most parents don’t realize this thanks to manufacturers’ advertising campaigns and packaging, which make these sweetened beverages appear to be healthy choices
Donovan shares the story of something he received in the mail on Tuesday; a settlement letter and check from the FTC v Lifelock suit that he doesn't even remember being involved in. As a member of Lifelock for a number of years, he fell into the sweet spot of those that were apparently affected, therefore he got a check! Listen to find how the perculiar statement he found on the letter that accompanied the check.
He also talks about a story of a "doomsday family" in the Netherlands, which seems appropriate for October.
- Family Spent 9 Years in a Secluded Dutch Farmhouse ‘Waiting for the End of Days’ – The New York Times — The case came to the attention of the local police after a young man left the farm, found his way to a local pub, and told his story.
Donovan shares an odd encounter he and his wife had Monday afternoon; a Nobel Laureate is convinced we’ll never live on another planet – Donovan shares his thoughts.
Oh! And an update on the smart device power outlet — apparently USPS still works on federal holidays if they’re delivering for Amazon. Who knew?!
- Humans Will Never Live on Another Planet, Nobel Laureate Says. Here’s Why. | Live Science — We’re messing up the Earth and any far-out ideas of colonizing another orb when we’re done with our own are wishful thinking.
Donovan talks about his newest “smart home” device, a WiFi enabled power outlet, and his decision NOT to fire one of his Alexa units back up and connect it to it; he also shares his discovery of the term “ghost kitchen” or “dark kitchen” along with a stalking story out of Tokyo that seems to…