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But First... Let Me Take a Selfie

Excel 3D Map of my drives home. Colors are waypoints and height is the trip duration. Read on to see what the hell this is. This piece began before the pandemic, but the use of our phones as tracking devices for contact tracing prompts tough questions about privacy and tracking that make this timelier than I expected. See the middle section for thoughts on this. *********************************************************************************************** Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. *********************************************************************************************** “OK Google… Track Me All Day Long”  Google Location History logs your every move, every day – if you turn it on. (To their credit, it’s off by default.) It’s worth asking - why would anyone want to do this?  Well, I did it for a few years because I was curious about the r

Movie Theaters - R.I.P.

From wolfstreet.com - https://wolfstreet.com/2019/01/13/movie-ticket-sales-1995-2018/Add caption Last week, I posted an upbeat blog update about my system for managing vendors .  This week's update on a past blog is far bleaker: Movie Theaters as we know them are done *********************************************************************************************** Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. *********************************************************************************************** In January, I wrote piece about the movie “1917” and the movie-going experience, and how streaming services were hurting attendance.  You can find it here: https://blog.tectonicspeed.com/2020/01/movie-theaters-end-is-nigh-1917-and.html Little did we know that two months later would come this crushing combination of events: 1)    Movie theaters were forced to c