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Apple's Greg Joswiak argues most people will keep iOS 12's Screen Time on, change behavior

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Screen Time, one of the key additions in iOS 12, is meant to give people access to data that can influence their behavior without imposing hard limits, Apple marketing VP Greg Joswiak said in a recent podcast interview.
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Monologue: I’m the Tech Venture Capitalist Giving You the Freedom to Barely Scrape By

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My venture capital firm invests in companies that are disrupting established industries, but what hasn’t changed is how much we care about worker well-being. It’s a humbling sacrifice to let you, dear worker, get a leg up in this world through a plethora of side hustles.

That’s why you should become a rideshare driver for our chief investment company! All you’ll need is residence in a popular city with a party scene, a smartphone with a great data plan, a car with four doors, many a tank of gas, car insurance, health insurance, and self-employment tax software.

Don’t worry, we don’t make you get fingerprinted — what a pain in the ass startup cost! — that would be totally uncool and all regulatory of us. We’re cool guys — our firm’s office has ping pong, foosball, and those impractical hanging egg chairs, all for our full-time employees to enjoy. We don’t cop to those old school, bummer “rules" — you know, those ones they created after labor strikes? That’s SO one hundred years ago.

We’re changing work culture to be more flexible for you — you don’t want that 9-to-5 BS or retirement contributions! You’re blazing your own path. You’re an iconoclast. We’ll free you from the hassles of answering to or complaining to HR, and save you from the burden of using 20 paid vacation and sick days. Losers get the flu; you don’t.

No car? No problem! We’ll lease you one at the absolute steal of a 300% markup. That won’t eat into your profit, either. We take it straight from your paycheck, so it’s just an additional operating cost. And we put that moola right back into our worker development program: testing our self-driving cars.

But hey, we get it: rent is expensive. We’ve got your back with a primo tip: skip the lunch break and walk dogs for our amigos at Wag — where we own a ten percent stake — and you’ll make barkin’ bank. Hopscotch across town to pick up Banjo the collie, Panther the doberman, and Lupe, the labradoodle — all free-range dogs unspoiled by basic obedience training. And boom! Now you’ve broken even.

But the gig economy offers so many opportunities for passive income and we don’t want you to miss out! Here’s a lifehack: get ahead by renting out your home six nights a week through our other investi-buddies at AirBnB. All you’ll need is a gorgeous home with a mid-century modern aesthetic (I’ll sell you a discounted egg chair!), Instagrammable natural light, a fantastic location in a trendy district, and impeccable local recs of aspirational ristoranti. You won’t need a place to stay — losers get sleep deprivation; you don’t.

Then you can spend your nights making more Benjamins as an on-call housekeeper or nanny through our domestic workers’ service, Cleanr. You’ll need loads of last-minute availability, internet access, natural cleaning supplies, and a digital media strategist so you don’t make the boo-boo of uploading an icky profile picture. While you’re there, earn some dough for marketing materials by using our newest venture, Task Rabbit, to put together that stranger’s Ikea bed, the Snefjord!

Take your unpaid vacation whenever you want — no one’s the boss of you! Save up by making some extra cha-ching with a side hustle as a shopper for Instacart (no financial claim here — we just bros!) and get rich purchasing other people’s groceries.

So now you’re set driving for Uber, walking dogs between rides, renting out your place, cleaning other people’s houses, and doing their basic life maintenance. But you’ll probs still need some dough for that health insurance. Luckily, I own a stake in a company that’ll set you up as a cam girl. All you’ll need there is a computer and the exciting possibility of being doxxed. Losers get harassed online; you don’t.

It makes me so happy to help. Think of me as a modern Andrew Carnegie or Andrew Mellon. The true philanth-robber-barons of their day. I care deeply about worker well-being, and that’s why it’d be baller if you signed this agreement prohibiting discussion of collective action or pesky unions. You ain’t no union guppie; you’re a shark (in the sense that sharks never stop swimming).

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Big little lies

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The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Brett Kavanaugh probably lied under oath about one particular story that, unlike the rest of his probable false claims, can be proven or disproven beyond a reasonable doubt.

In 2016, Kavanaugh had between $60,000 and $200,000 credit card debt.  In sworn written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he claimed this debt was the product of a baseball ticket exchange pool he participated in with various friends:

In explaining the debt to members of the committee, Kavanaugh noted that he is a “huge sports fan” and said that he bought four season tickets annually from the Nationals’ arrival in Washington in 2005 until 2017. He also bought playoff packages in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

He split the tickets with a “group of old friends” through a “ticket draft” at his home, Kavanaugh said.

“Everyone in the group paid me for their tickets based on the cost of the tickets, to the dollar,” Kavanaugh said in the written responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee that were made public Wednesday. “No one overpaid or underpaid me for tickets. No loans were given in either direction.”

This explanation makes absolutely no sense on its face.  First, how does buying four season tickets per year for twelve years (2005-2016) result in at least $60,000 of current credit card debt as of 2016, especially since, per Kavanaugh’s account, he’s only supposed to be paying for a small part of the cost of these tickets, since they are being split via a ticket draft?

Second, Kavanaugh’s explanation for the sudden disappearance of his credit card debt in 2017 is that his friends paid him back. Paid him back for what? For their share of the cost of the tickets that Kavanaugh had been charging to his credit cards since 2005? Again, that’s just preposterous on its face.  If you’re in this kind of ticket sharing arrangement, you’re going to be expected to cover your share of the costs up front, not up to twelve years later!

Third, who exactly are these “friends?” Do they perchance have names, current addresses, and functioning phone numbers? Are any of them lawyers? And/or people who belong to organizations that had legal business before the DC Court of Appeals between 2005 and 2016?  And are they going to confirm — under oath naturally — Kavanaugh’s remarkable story about how he loaned them tens of thousands of dollars for years, before they all suddenly decided to pay him back at the same time?

The critical point about this story is that, unlike the stories Kavanaugh told about how totally didn’t sexually assault anyone or drink until he passed out etc., it is very easily confirmable via straightforward financial documentation.  Let’s see those credit card bills!  And let’s learn the names of the people who supposedly were given multi-year five figure no-interest loans from a sitting federal appeals court judge.

Now there’s an obvious explanation for why Kavanaugh wasn’t required to actually provide any documentation for his outlandish story by the committee, which is that the committee is currently controlled by people who are more than happy to let Kavanaugh lie his ass off about whatever he wanted to lie about. Which may very well explain why he thought he could get away with telling what would be a particularly outrageous lie, given how easy it would be to uncover.

If Democrats take the House next month, one of the first orders of business should be to force Kavanaugh to formally document the veracity of this eminently easy to document narrative.  If he starts burbling about “separation of powers” to explain why he just can’t comply with a subpoena, we’ll have our answer right then and there.

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Louis C.K. performs another surprise set at NYC’s Comedy Cellar

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Louis C.K. returned to the stage last month, less than a year after admitting to multiple incidents of sexual misconduct. His 15-minute set at New York City’s Comedy Cellar noticeably featured no mention of his transgressions whatsoever, but he did manage to throw in a tasteless rape joke. So edgy!

Almost four weeks to the day, C.K. again swung by the Comedy Cellar to perform a surprise set late Sunday night. According to reports from Gothamist and Page Six, his standup routine again failed to include any reference to his history of inappropriate sexual behavior. “He didn’t address [the #MeToo allegations against him],” an attendee told Page Six. “He was a little arrogant … he made some comment like, ‘I’ve been off for a while, ‘cause everyone needs a break.'”

(Read: How Louis C.K. and the Rest of Us Failed in His Comeback Attempt)

Despite the backlash following C.K.’s comeback in August, his appearance last night was mostly well-received, per audio recordings obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. However, Gothamist noted that at least two people walked out during the set.

Others in the crowd later took to Twitter with disapproving commentary. One said C.K.’s “new material is just as bad as the old,” while another remarked that C.K. must not have gotten the memo about the controversial Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

Since C.K.’s set last month, Comedy Cellar has instilled a new policy regarding its shows and surprise guests, lest a disgraced comedian like C.K stop by. “Essentially ‘swim at your own risk,'” said venue owner Noam Dworman. “We don’t know who may pop in that’s not on the lineup. If someone does come in that you don’t want to see, you are free to leave, no questions asked and check completely on the house.”

In a New York Times article published in November 2017, five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct. All five of his accusers worked with C.K. in some capacity, whether as aspiring comedians or on the sets of TV shows. They all made similar allegations against Louis C.K, detailing incidents in which he asked to masturbate in front of them — or physically did so without their consent. C.K. subsequently acknowledged that these allegations were true and apologized for his actions.

As a result of C.K.’s admission, both HBO and FX ended their working relationships with the comedian. Additionally, the release of his movie, Love You, Daddywas canceled.



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Why are people still thinking Louis CK deserves a comeback? He doesn't.
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The Sun's Spectrum with its Missing Colors

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It is still not known why the Sun's light is missing some colors. It is still not known why the Sun's light is missing some colors.


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I never knew that the Sun isn't just pure, white light.
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Teds Revenge Meeting Requested by competition winners Katie,...

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Teds Revenge Meeting

Requested by competition winners Katie, Dave and Andy

This is the long overdue custom prize paint for last year’s photo competition winners. The full request:

“The scene we envisage is a Teds Revenge Meeting! Bears have traditionally been hunted, but now they’ve had enough, and hunted turns hunter! So picture the scene of the inside of a hunting lodge, wooden walls, big majestic fireplace with roaring fire and huge board room type table with big high-backed chairs. This is the Annual Ted Revenge Meeting (maybe there’s a banner above the fireplace saying something like that?). Superted is most definitely chairing the meeting. He’s still wearing his supersuit, but he definitely needs to look a bit more Rambo too. He’s pointing at the whiteboard/flipchart next to him. It’s headed ‘Most wanTED’ and on it are all the pictures of the people/characters they’re hunting and want revenge on.

Those that they’ve already knocked off have a big red cross through them. Texas Pete, Superted’s arch nemesis, has been circled on the chart as next on the list. They’ve just got him. He’s been tied up in his own lasso rope and is hanging upside down by it in one corner of the room looking seriously worried!

All the best famous teds are sat round the table at the meeting….

- Bungle from rainbow is there. He’s looking pretty pleased because Geoffery’s head is already mounted on a plaque above the fireplace.
- There’s an evil looking care bear who isn’t paying too much attention to the talk being given because he’s busy polishing his Rambo knife.
- Yogi is there with his picnic basket (with the ranger tied up inside it)
- Rupert is wearing his scarf, only it looks like it’s been knitted out of entrails….!
- Sooty is there, but we couldn’t decide whether he’d be using the terrified puppeteer as the puppet on his hand, whether he’d just be holding some gruesome severed hand, or if the puppeteer would be running around the room missing an arm?! I think I’ll leave that bit for you to decide

Now obviously it’s a revenge meeting for TEDdy bears, but the other Teds in this world clearly feel left out and want to be involved, so they’ve come incognito/in disguise. Father Ted is sat there wearing some really rubbish bear ears and a nose and is angrily waving a picture of Bishop Brennan in front of him because that’s who he wants revenge on. Ted Theodore logan from Bill & Ted has just arrived in the corner of the room in his phonebox.

So where do me and Dave come in? Well I thought we could be there sat round the big table too also wearing our really lame bear disguises (maybe just ears and a nose) looking a bit nervous and shifty as if we’re worried we are going to be rumbled any minute!”

n.b. As Katie and Dave are both doctors I included a Jeremy Hunt hide rug as a bonus prize.

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