Welcome to Friday Review no. 11, where I round up a bunch of things that I’ve found interesting across the internet, including articles, news, videos, top tweets and more. Why not subscribe to my newsletter to get notified of this and other articles that I write?
Some of my readers will remember watching Newsround on CBBC – I loved the programme and even now think that some of the ‘grown-up’ news channels could learn something from the un-patronising clarity that Newsround brought to subjects. I was thinking about the many Newsround episodes that focussed on extinction when I saw the tragic news this week that the last male White Rhino has died.
It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018 (yesterday). #SudanForever #TheLoneBachelorGone #Only2Left pic.twitter.com/1ncvmjZTy1
— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) March 20, 2018
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica were at the centre of a big data (sorry) scandal this week, with revelations that data shared between the companies has been utilised to shape the outcomes of elections including the US elections in 2016.
Soooo… #deletefacebook then?
It’s strange that with the recent scandals, I’m still finding ways to justify keeping Facebook in my life… it shows how deep it has become embedded into our lives. I mean, it’s just an app, right?
I must admit that whilst I mainly use it as a creator, to share my posts and work, I’d probably be horrified by how much of my data the company has given away. I’ve seen reports that the data can include all your old contacts (even ones from old phones), phone call history, and more, depending on what information you accept that FB can have when you first open the app.
If you’re worried about your data on Facebook but aren’t in a position to delete your account (for whatever reason), here’s some pointers on how to limit the data you give to FB.
God in the machine
This is a little outside of my usual online writing: I’ve written a post for the online publication Salt.london, called ‘God in the machine‘. Essentially it’s about fearing the rapid advance of technology, particularly Artificial Intelligence, and how I combat this anxiety through my faith. Even if you don’t agree it might be a thought provoking read, so have a look and let me know what you think! Comment is free 🙂
I’ve also been trying to fit in time to edit the audio version of my first short story – it’s soooo close, but not quite ready yet (plus it’ll probably take a day or two to submit to iTunes etc), so I’m just going to leave you with a sneak peak of the cover art for my new podcast series. How exciting 😉
This Week’s Top Tweets
Putin the wrong clothes on (gettit?)
— Katie Grant (@kt_grant) March 20, 2018
Another brick in the wall
The title of this work is ‘The impact of a book’ and I think it’s rather wonderful pic.twitter.com/odGhePTQE3
— Elizabeth Masters (@LizzieMastersUK) March 19, 2018
In the key of X
The iconic theme music for The X-Files was created by the composer Mark Snow, who also came up with lyrics for the tune:
The X Files is a show
With music by Mark Snow
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) March 21, 2018
You had one job
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 19, 2018
'So that's the book finished. All we need now is a photo for the cover. Just stand there a minute with the, um, metal thing. Perfect. And smile…wait I don't think the flash worked. Try again. And smile…aw low battery, wait. And smile…wait I don't think it clicked.'
CLICK 📸 pic.twitter.com/ZN59XXEleT
— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary) March 19, 2018
Featured Instagram: Novo Weddings (wink wink)
This is a new section I’m trying in Friday Review… each week I’ll pick a single Instagram account that I think is worth following with a little bit about why I think they’re worth your eyeball time. This week I’m going to go for a shameless plug and feature the Instagram account for Novo Weddings, a wedding photography and video company I run on the side with Lucy, my wife.
St Mary’s Church in Aldebury ⛪ . . . . #weddingseason #loveauthentic #ftwotw #bohowedding #theknot #elopement #brideandgroom #smpweddings #shesaidyes #realweddings #weddingdetails #weddingchicks #risingtidesociety #loveintentionally #destinationwedding #vintagebride #destinationweddingphotographer #featuremeoncewed #stylemepretty #elopementphotographer #dronephotography #dronestagram #drone
It’s not a full time business, but we shoot about 10 (max) weddings a year – enough to keep us busy and current, but not so many that we dread the job!
The majority of weddings take place in the South of England, though we have photographed and filmed in the Lake District and even Beirut!
If you’re interested in finding out more about Novo Weddings, follow us on Insta or take a look at our wedding photography website.
And finally… I joined Reddit
Reddit is an online community that has been going on for years and years, but I’ve always been a bit confused by the way it worked, and slightly nervous about some of the stuff posted on there. However, I’ve gone and signed up this week so I’m figuring it out. Here’s a couple of posts I’ve enjoyed (this Friday Review really is a social media fest, apologies!)
That’s it for this week! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the week 🙂 And I promise next week’s review won’t be quite so social media heavy.