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It's a small erosion of privacy and increased surveillance disguised as entertainment, and that's pretty damned unethical.

The purposes behind these apps are unknown, and that should invite criticism. "Let this mostly-unknown system identify me against a database of others after I upload my photo to it? DON'T MIND IF I DO!"

Just like:

If I wanted to train a system to get better at voices, I would wrap it in to a "record your voice saying these things" as a part of, say, a widely-used navigation app. I would make that fun, too.

If I wanted to train a system on how to compare faces for unknown/questionable purposes, I would release it as part of a "compare your face to another" app. Like, say, one that uses a database of paintings and makes it fun and educational. And I would push it all over social media.

In contrast: a new line from Target goes up to 4X (not perfect) and has sensory-friendly and adaptive clothing.

I find it charming that Uniqlo promotes their stuff as “accessible to all” and then their sizing stops at, like, XL or maybe 2X in women’s sizes. NICE TRY THERE

It was one of those “I’ll be back in ten minutes with the prescription!” turning into two hours of “The (insurance/drugstore) done messed up!” and now I am tired

Didn’t expect to be tossed into the hellscape that is triangulating insurance, prescriptions, and horrible drugstores this morning but here I am

I wish the Denver Post luck with their new $12/month paywall. But I don’t think it’ll succeed.

Four eps in and really enjoying ST:DSC. Completely different tone and style than other series, yes, but man, Sonequa Martin-Green is outstanding.

18 years ago today (!) my friend Ryan and I launched The Daily Ping, a site where we'd each post something every day. (It was a novel idea at the time!)

But then we got lazy and figured, eh, we can only manage one post a year. Thus, in 2014 we started The Yearly Ping. 2018 is my year, and my entry is up. Enjoy.

My breakfast was avocado WITH toast today because I am a Gen Xer and not a millennial

Was introduced to the work of Anna Ancher at the DAM the other day and it is so so good.

1. Draft/revision #2 of this post is up.

2. I am feeling totally uncomfortable with the term "native apps". Are there alternatives?

Drafty new blog post on the web and how it contributed to the demise of native apps. This isn’t done yet.

And I feel a tickle in my throat today so. Hrm.