§ I finished listen-reading “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. The premise of the book is fabulous.
“Between life and death there is a library”, she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”
§ Movie of the week: Ame agaru (After the Rain), directed by Takashi Koizumi with a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. My favorite scene is the dinner at the inn.
§ I finished watching The Mandalorian. What I’d say about it? Baby Yoda is lovely.
§ Timothy Snyder’s The American Abyss essay published by New York Times is a must read for everyone believing in democracy:
When Donald Trump stood before his followers on Jan. 6 and urged them to march on the United States Capitol, he was doing what he had always done. He never took electoral democracy seriously nor accepted the legitimacy of its American version.
§ WhatsApp announced some changes related to the service privacy polices. Then the company said the public got it all wrong. Then they delayed making those changes. WhatsApp is Facebook. Enough said.
§ The iMessage end-to-end encryption is a myth. There is no yes, but.
This is apparently wrong. If you use iCloud Backup AT ALL, which is the default, your use of iMessage is not E2E because Apple has a backup of the encryption keys 🤯. And even if you turn off this backup, your recipient probably didn’t. So iMessage is not meaningfully E2E at all! https://t.co/RkyFzqP0f3— DHH (@dhh) January 14, 2021
§ I got reading glasses. And I have no idea how to keep them clean. It drives me nuts. (There’s even a Wall Street Journal article on “The Best Way to Clean Your Glasses”, but it’s behind the paywall)