Internet Privacy

Due to the recent reports between Facebook data and the White house I went down the rabbit hole and came across some interesting links that show exactly what some of these providers actually Store about you. Between the 3 headed monster of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook they know almost everything about who you are, where you are, what you like, what you don’t like, and the frequency of all of the above.

GOOGLE

Location Data – https://t.co/1z255Zt1zf

Account Activity Info – https://t.co/qFCgY6QLN5

Ad Info – https://t.co/QRfgwkNj80

App / Extension Info – https://t.co/RJeRlXhtdq

YouTube History – https://t.co/5B6qxUvrJz

Google Archive Info – https://t.co/3Na4FxjNXk

FACEBOOK

Facebook does something similar to the above, I would recommend going to your Facebook settings and Downloading your archive to see exactly what information they store.

Go to Facebook > Settings > Click Download a copy of your Facebook data

MICROSOFT

Side-note, if you have Windows 10 installed, this is a picture of JUST the privacy options with 16 different sub-menus, which have all of the options enabled by default when you install Windows 10

Learning XP with DJI Osmo

A little over a week ago I purchased the Osmo from DJI and it arrived 2 days ago. I was excited to add this inexpensive tool which promised incredible 4K results to our arsenal of camera gear. The official unboxing went down last night and long story short I just contacted DJI Support for a return shipping label so I can return and get a refund. The end….

Just kidding, heres the longer(ish) story… I unboxed the Osmo, the Z-Axis, charged up the battery, inserted the 64 GB microSD card, and began testing. First I tried connecting my Samsung Galaxy S7 device to the Osmo only to learn that the DJI Go app (prior to 4) was not compatible with my S7 device. Second I grabbed my Samsung Galaxy Note8 only to see that it was too large for the Osmo’s device holder, but at least I could connect to it successfully…

Finally after about 10 minutes of troubleshooting I was finally connected and ready to test. I started looking through the various settings within the DJI Go App and it seemed fairly simple to use, so far so good… After getting a feel for the controls I was ready to start composing some test shots, Spoiler Alert, this is where goes south. I was trying to shoot a subject upclose (about 1ft away) and naturally I wanted the subject up close in focus so I tapped the subject on the DJI Go App but nothing. I tried various Picture & Movie settings (Auto and Slow Mo) yet the only thing I could adjust it seemed was the Exposure, surely this piece of equipment has the ability to Focus right? Wrong! After an additional 30 minutes of troubleshooting I went to the most credible source of information, YouTube which is where I learned about the Osmo+. The Osmo+ is essentially the same thing but offers some additional features, primarily Focus and Zoom capabilities, for only $30 more… Why DJI!?!? Why not include a feature any consumer smart phone has built-in?

Needless so say last night was a bummer but it is what it is. Chalk it up as a learning experience, go the extra EXTRA mile before making any purchase. I’ll be ordering the Osmo+ once I ship the Osmo back and am refunded. Now I’m done…

Interdisciplinary Arts

I’ll lead with the finished product, Jay Electronica – Better in Tune with the Infinite, and reverse engineer the journey. A few years back I finally got around to watching the movie Babel, if you haven’t yet seen it – please do. It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in the last 5 years for many reasons, but thats not why I’m writing this. I’m writing this because me watching this movie, lead me to now one of my favorite Hip-Hop artists – Jay Electronica. The end scene which you can view here is scored by a piano played by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The next day I listened to this score on repeat, enough to compel me to recommend it to roommate. When he heard the song he said it reminded him of a Hip-Hop track “Better in Tune with the Infinite” which we then listened to and I immediately fell in love with. Long story short, I’m fascinated how there are so many parallels across various mediums and how one place can lead you to a whole new world in a way that feels like you were meant to arrive at this new place. Blows my mind. Jay Electronica is now one of my favorite artist’s and I can’t wait to see him perform live with my roommate on Febuary 6th in Philadelphia!