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Friday, October 12, 2018

In This Edition:
NAWR, Google+, Microsoft Open Source, jumping robots, Apollo 11, IPCC Climate Change report, THUD, Hen Ogledd Sky Burial & news layouts!

This past Wednesday was World Mental Health Day. For a very long time, I subscribed to the view that mental health was great for other people, but not for me, that I was "strong enough" to handle whatever came my way, myself. It's a hard habit to break, but I now know that recognising your own mental health as something you can take care of, by yourself and with the help of others, is a perfectly normal part of adult life. Exercise always helps, every time, no matter how much you don't want to do it! I find these 3 principles of Stoicism help me take care of my mental health, perhaps they will help you too:

1) Control your perceptions
2) Direct your actions properly
3) Willingly accept what's outside your control

Sometimes though, you need the help of others. If you are struggling and the very last thing you want to even contemplate doing is talking about it, please ease your suffering and speak to someone, it really does help. ❤️

NAWR #31 - ACCÜ, R.Seiliog

This week NAWR hosted our final concert with The Swansea International Festival 2018. We were treated to two amazing performances from R.Seiliog and Accü. Check out my photos from the concert here.

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Google+ Shutting Down Due To Data Breach

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Google failed to disclose a potential Google+ data breach of users and have decided to close down consumer facing Google+. A bug in how third party developers use an API to access Google+ data was discovered which would have allowed private data to be accessed. There is no proof that any data breach occured because access logs for the API are only stored for two weeks.

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Microsoft Open Source Its Patent Portfolio

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Microsoft has joined the Open Innovation Network (OIN), an open source patent consortium. In joining the group, Microsoft has agreed to grant royalty free and unrestricted licence to its patents portfolio to other OIN members.

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Jumping Robots!

Image: Atlas, Boston Dynamics

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Apollo 11 MOCR

Image: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive have released a collection of communications recordings from the Apollo 11 mission. The recordings contain hours of everyday mundane (if you can call space travel mundane :-p) communications between the astronuats and ground control.

IPCC Climate Change Report

We have 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change. The IPCC released their Global Warming of 1.5°C report which may well turn out to be one of the most important documents of modern times. The report describes the predicted effects of a 1.5°C increase in global temperature above the pre-industrial average versus a 2°C increase, written by 91 co-authors across 40 countries and backed by 6000 scientific references. Within the difference of 0.5°C is an exponential increase in danger to loss of life, crop yield reductions, sea level rises and population displacement. Vox have written about what this means in real terms.

The environmental scientists have urged that in order to keep the increase in temperature to 1.5°C, the world needs to reach net zero carbon emmissions by 2040. Here is an informative article from Quartz on the different negative emission technologies that can be used to help reach this goal. We have 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change.

Don't Stop ...Drumming

Image: HarvardTHUD

The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) have produced this very good rendition of Journey's Don't Stop Believing. Yes, I know the song has been done to death, but this is an enjoyable cover :-)

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Hen Ogledd - Sky Burial

Image: YouTube, Sky Burial

Hen Ogledd have released their latest track Sky Burial and accompanying music video. Check out their upcoming tour dates for information on when you can see them live!

News Layouts

Image: Noah Veltman

Noah Veltman of Netflix has produced this nice data visualisation of how different news websites layout and priorise their editorial, ads and sponsored content.

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Swansea. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com