Category Archives: Reviews

Reviews of Movies, Books, Events, Products and oh so much more.

The Daily Show (The Book)

An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, The Correspondents, Staff and Guests

By Chris Smith and Jon Stewart

This is the story of how a marginal show on basic cable became a major force in show business and politics. Like Tom Shales’ book about Saturday Night Live, reading the book is a lot like watching a documentary with a lot of talking heads. It is comprehensive and still funny.

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Live From New York

The Complete,Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by its Stars, Writers, and Guests

By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

This the story of how Lorne Michaels built an empire. He took a time slot Johnny Carson did not want and eventually controlled the The Tonight Show, The Late Show and Saturday Night Live. Reading the book is a lot like watching a documentary with a lot of talking heads. It is comprehensive over forty years. What appears to be improvisation is in fact a carefully scripted formula from a well oiled machine.

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Jan. 19, 2018 Portlandia Ends

IFC’s Portlandia is ending after eight seasons. Fred Armisen and Carries Brownstein and their crew did a great job making fun of people from California or Connecticut who gentrified Portland. I still love the bookstore sketches. Go to the real bookstore called “In Other Words” and buy something. The series may end, but the fun never will.

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Lights Out

Lights Out

By Ted Koppel

Koppel explains how vulnerable the American power grid is to cyber attack. Much of the equipment is customized or no longer made in this country. It would be months and possibly years to replace damaged equipment. It could not be moved on our crumbling infrastructure. Millions of people might die in the disruption. The solution is to prepare or build a society that does not depend on the grid. This means batteries and solar panels everywhere.

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Mindhunter

Mindhunter

By  John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

John Douglas was one of the last of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-Men who hunted serial killers. At the FBI, he developed profiles on people like Ted Bundy. Apparently Douglas predicted that Bundy would live in Seattle, be in the legal profession, a registered Republican and drive or collect Volkwagen vehicles. Every page of this book seems to have a horror story.  How do we prevent this? Douglas, a hardboiled cop and conservative, thinks society creates them and can prevent them.

“Bill Tafoya, the special agent who served as our ‘futurist’ at Quantico, advocated a minimum of a ten-year commitment of money and resources on the magnitude of what we sent into the Persian Gulf. He calls for a wide-scale reinstatement of Project Head Start, one of the most effective long term, anticrime programs in history. He doesn’t think more police are the answer, but he would bring in “an army of social workers” to provide assistance for battered women, homeless families with children, to find good foster homes. And he would back it all up with tax incentive programs.”

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Jan. 9, 2017 American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on Starz TV proposes that gods need worshippers.  Essentially most many gods are immigrants to America and must adapt to the new world like anyone else. You really have to know your mythology in this series. I recommend lots of books by Joseph Campbell. It is odd and disturbing, much like the folktales on which they are based. It reminds me very much of the novels by Tim Holt. Ian McShane plays Odin.

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Jan 6, 2017 Dirk Gently

I enjoyed Douglas Adams book The Hitchhikers Guide To The Universe. He also wrote two Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency books. They were odd but the BBC TV series is off the charts. These are shaggy dog stories so shaggy that I’m not sure there is a dog underneath it all. The characters keep saying everything is connected but they sure take their time showing it. Not recommended if you are using cold medication.

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Jan. 5, 2018 Happy!

Someone recommended I watch a show on SYFY called Happy! It is not. I am not. The actor who plays a good detective on one of the Law And Order but plays a very bad one here. Patton Oswalt plays a flying blue unicorn. Really. I won’t even try to explain. Not a show to watch if you have the flu.

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Dec. 4, 2017 The New Yorker

On Dec. 4, 2017 The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino wrote “Killing It” about what is wrong with millennials. The odds are stacked against them. “The type of millennial that much of the media flocks to – white, rich, thoughtlessly entitle – is largely unrepresentative of what is, in fact, a diverse an often downwardly mobile group. (Millennials are the first generation to have a fifty-fifty chance of being financially better off than their parents.) Many millennials grew up poor, went to crummy schools, an have been shuttled toward for-profit colleges and minimum wage jobs, if not the prison system.”

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Dec. 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Dec. 2, 2017  10:00AM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Intro to Web API Doc Workshop

Speaker: Peter Gruenbaum

Venue: Galvanize, 111 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Date: Dec. 7, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Annual East Bay STC Holiday Party

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Dec. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Holiday Party and Pub Social Night at Rough Draft Brewing

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Rough Draft Brewing Company 8830 Rehco Rd. Suite D – San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Evaluating (and Improving) Your Technical Documentation: Save Money and Reduce Risk

Speaking: Joseph Devney

Venue: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive , Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Dec. 18, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Holiday Schmooze

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Stein’s Beer Garden, 895 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Date: Jan. 26-27, 2018 8:00AM
Org: TC Camp
Topic: API Day, Workshops on Chatbots, Minimalism, WordPress/SEO, Adobe
Speaking: Liz Fraley, Peter Gruenbaum, Dawn Stevens, Michael Lam, Massimo Paolini and Alyson Harrold
Venue: Hospitality Management Building, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Nov. 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Nov. 2, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: E Pluribus Unum — Out of many deliverables, one story

Speaking: Tom Goering

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Nov. 2, 2017 7:00PM 

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Developer portals – When docs become DX

Speaking: Brian Immel

Venue: Portland State University 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Room FAB 86-01, Portland OR 97201

Date: Nov. 5-8, 2017  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2017

Topic: Content Strategy Conference: Spanning Silos, Building Bridges

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others. You can register for LavaCon using the referral code PDXMeetup for $300 off conference tuition?

Venue: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Nov. 5, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Intercultural Communication and Business

Speaking: Madeleine Adkins

Venue: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive , Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Nov. 11, 2017  6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Augmented Reality Talk and Virtual Reality Play

Speaker: Stacey Stevens

Venue: Virtual Sports 17600 W Valley Hwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

Date: Nov. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Case Study: How FICO’s Technical Publications Team Got Started with Video Production

Speaking: Dan Ziagos

Venue: Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Blvd – San Diego CA 92121

Date: Nov. 13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Experts Matter

Speaking: Joe Meyers

Venue: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Nov. 15, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: Getting The Most Out Of TC Camp

Speaking: Liz Fraley

Venue: Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: Nov. 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vanvcouver Island Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: The Churchill 1140 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Nov. 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: SVEC

Topic: SVEC 2017 Open House Reception

Speaking:  Aidan Herbert

Venue: SEMI Headquarters, 673 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

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Oct. 6, 2017 Bladerunner 2049

Okay, okay, I saw the movie. With all the promotion, it was hard not to. I am surprised they weren’t showing the whole film on billboards next to the freeway. Bladerunner 2049 is the 2001 of 2017. Deckard shot first.

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Oct. 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Oct. 1, 2017 8:00AM 

Org: Touchstone Awards

Topic: Accepting entries for regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters, benefitting the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. Deadline Oct. 7, 2017 2:00PM.

Coordinating: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Oct. 5, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: The Education of a Tech Writer — Never Ending

Speaking: Dave Gardner

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Oct. 10, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Personal Branding: Are You Selling Features or Benefits?

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400 – San Diego CA 92121

Date: Oct. 10, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Confluence Docs With Node.js, Intro to the PSU Tech Writing Program

Speaking: Brian Immel

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Oct. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Enough Code to be Dangerous

Speaking:  Clarence Cromwell, Rebecca Firestone, Jon Pugh

Venue: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive , Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Oct. 16, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Landing The Contract

Speaking: Tim Steele

Venue: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Oct. 18, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: Getting the Most out of TC Camp

Speaking: Liz Fraley

Venue: Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: Oct. 18-19, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy

Speaking: Dawn Stevens

Venue: Colchester, VT

Date: Oct. 20, 2017  1:00 PM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Accessibility Workshop at the School of Visual Concepts

Speaker: Joe Welinske

Venue: School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Ave. Suite B
Seattle, WA 98121

Date: Oct. 21, 2017  10:00AM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Session 2: Introducing SharePoint

Speaker: Lin Laurie

Venue: Webinar

Date: Oct. 21, 2017 10:00AM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: Vancity Commercial Drive Community Branch in East Van, 1675 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Nov. 5-8, 2017  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2017

Topic: Content Strategy Conference: Spanning Silos, Building Bridges

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others. You can register for LavaCon using the referral code PDXMeetup for $300 off conference tuition?

Venue: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Note: Mt. Tabor Portland, OR

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Sep. 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Sep. 1, 2017 8:00AM 

Org: Touchstone Awards

Topic: Accepting entries for regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters, benefitting the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. Deadline Oct. 7, 2017 2:00PM.

Coordinating: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Sep. 7-8, 2017  8:00 AM

Org: Writers UA Northwest Tech Comm Con

Topic: Who Are We? A Mirror for Tech Comm Professionals

Speaker: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: William Philip Hall, University of Washington 1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Date: Sep. 7, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Intercultural Communication and Business

Speaking: Madeleine Adkins

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Sep. 9, 2017 8:00AM

Org: TC Summer Camp in Washington, D.C

Topic: Life With Guru D: Adopting a DITA Mindset and Converting Others

Speaking: Liz Fraley and many others

Venue:  District Architecture Center (DAC) 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. 20004

Date: Sep. 11-13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: CIDM Best Practices

Topic: Develop an I CAN Mentality

Speaking: Bob Kulhan and many others

Venue: The Burlington Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 10:00AM

Org: Org: Mindtouch

Topic: Finding Gold: Shaping the Customer Content Experience

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: Online

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Life With Guru D: Adopting a DITA Mindset and Converting Others

Speaking: Liz Fraley

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400
San Diego CA 92121

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Writing Inclusively About Technology Topics

Speaking: Thursday Bram

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Sep. 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Mini Job Fair

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA, Rooms A, B and C 94703

Date: Sep. 13, 2017 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: Online. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Sep. 18, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Adding Marketing to Your Writing Toolkit

Speaking: Floyd Smith

Venue: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Sep. 20, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Orange County STC

Topic: Technical Writing in an Agile Environment

Speaking: Betsy Malone

Venue: DoubleTree Club, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Date: Nov. 5-8, 2017  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2017

Topic: Content Strategy Conference: Spanning Silos, Building Bridges

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others. You can register for LavaCon using the referral code PDXMeetup for $300 off conference tuition? Prices go up on September 15 and October 15.

Venue: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Aug. 7, 2017 The New Yorker

Aug. 7, 2017 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote “Bad Ratings” about cable companies outrageous price increases and terrible customer service. The major companies are AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon. They are effectively monopolies controlling the speed and access to the Internet. Ajit Pai, formerly of Verizon was appointed FCC Chairman by Donald Trump. He wants to  end Net Neutrality, an important First Amendment right that would give complete censorship control to these companies.

Benjamin Wallace Wells wrote “The Dream Deferred” about Bernie Sanders continuing his campaigns for healthcare, education, housing, and fair wages.

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August 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Aug. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: No meeting this month

Speaking: None

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Aug. 5, 2017 8:00AM

Org: ACM Cupertino

Topic: Spark with Scala – Professional Development Seminar $150

Speaking: Sujee Maniyam

Venue: Intel 2200 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA

Date: Aug. 8, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Action! Not Just Words

Speaking: Mo Nishiyama

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Aug. 9, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Teaching Through Illustration

Speaking: Joanna Bujes

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Aug. 15, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: None

Speaking: None

Venue:  Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707

Date: Aug. 15, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: No meeting this month

Speaking: None

Venue: None

Date: Aug. 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Canada West Coast

Topic: No meeting this month

Speaking: None

Venue: None

Date: Aug.  21, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: The Editor as Collaborator: Communication Makes the Difference

Speaking: Lori Meyer

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Aug. 22, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Certificate in Professional Technical Writing – Online Info meeting

Speaking: Joe Welinske

Venue: Online

Date: Aug. 23, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic:  None

Speaking: None

Venue: Salesforce, 350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Aug.  29-30, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy

Speaking: Dawn Stevens

Venue: San Jose CA

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Jul. 10, 2017 The New Yorker

On Jul. 10, 2017 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote “Uber And Out” about harassment and hostile work environments at Uber and other companies. Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor think Uber has not changed its culture. They lost half a million customers.

Lawrence Wright wrote “The Future Is Texas” about a few conservative politicians are trying keep control of the state against a rising tide of other groups.

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June 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Jun. 1, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Summit Recap

Speaking: Jane Wilson, Robert Landry, Joe Humbert, Lori Meyer, Claire Lundby, Liz Fraley

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Field Trip to the Bay Model

Speaking: Pat Lufkin

Venue: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Canada West Coast

Topic: Preparing Content for Mobile Delivery

Speaking: Robert Desprez

Venue: Willms Salon, VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street, Second floor, Vancouver BC, V6B 5J3

Date: Jun 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Internet Archive: Universal Access, Open APIs

Speaking: VM Brasseur

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Old Dogs and New Tricks: Staying Current in Tech

Speaking: Mysti Berry

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night at Longship Brewery

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Longship Brewery, conveniently located at 10320 Camino Santa Fe C, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Jun. 16, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Certificate in Professional Technical Writing – Online Info meeting

Speaking: Joe Welinske

Venue: Online

Date: Jun. 20, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: 5 Secrets to Great Screencasting Voiceovers

Speaking: Matt Sullivan

Venue:  Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707

Date: Jun. 21, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Case Studies of Successful User-Focused Design

Speaking: Linda Angela Hoecker

Venue: Salesforce, 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Jun.  25-26, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Summer Online Conference—Seek and Find

Speaking: Various

Venue: Online

Jun.  26, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Open Source as a Source for a Professional Advantage and Education

Speaking: Mary Anthony

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

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May 15, 2017 The New Yorker

On May 15, 2017 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolkatkar wrote “Stickler Status” about the thankless job of compliance officers in financial institutions. It is a bad career choice. Even if they do everything right they could still wind up in jail.

Nicola Twilley wrote “Sight Unseen” about sensory substitution technology that allows people to see with their tongue.

Nathan Heller wrote “The Gig Is Up” about the sharing economy and companies like Uber. One worker named Seth said “These are jobs that don’t lead to anything.” Safety nets are needed to protect workers between gigs.

Adam Gopnik wrote “We Could Have All Been Canadians” about what the world would have been like without the American Revolution.

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