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Computer Security

I recently discovered ThioJoeTech, a YouTube channel, with short, useful videos on personal technology. Above he talks about his experience getting hacked by someone in China. Fortunately, he got everything cleared up.

He also suggests creating super strong passwords. What’s good about the video below is he explains with reasons I’d never heard before. All his reasons make a lot of sense.

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Computer Woe

Now I’m doing a volunteer teacher training stint in Indonesia and wouldn’t you know my power cord breaks. I can borrow from a student, but that doesn’t help me on weekends and I don’t want to be stuck.

Right now I’m quickly writing with 12% of my batter power remaining. It’s tough to prepare a class and have this limitation.

I checked the price of a new cord from Apple and gulped at the $75 price. Even the generic $25 cost is more than I’d like. Fifteen dollars or just producing cords that don’t break the way phone cords, lamp cords, TV cords, etc. usually don’t.

What’s something you’ve learned to fix yourself? Did it give you

I am rather hopeful that here we can find someone who can fix the cord using a technique like the one above or the other below. I don’t care what my charger looks like and this hack is so appealing. It gives me that joy of fixing something and saving money.

Admittedly, I won’t fix this since I don’t have the tools, but I get satisfaction out of having something repaired rather than just always buying a replacement. Do you?

What’s something you fixed and saved money as a result>

North Korean’s View of the US

I found these interviews of North Korean refugees by Asian Boss fascinating.

 

Sugalabo

Simon and Martina, with the help of the very-talented Dan, have made an outstanding video about a chef in Tokyo, who has an incredible respect and interest in local ingredients and regional cultures.

I’d love to know how they got to join him in Ehime. Just start watching and see what you think. Would you want to try dinner at Sugalabo? I wonder how much that costs.

Talk about Luxury

Check this video on flying in the suite, known as “The Residence” on Etihad Airlines. I’d be tickled pink just to get the luxury of not standing in line forever for security (see below), never mind the champagne, though I wouldn’t pass up Dom Perignon.

If you want to see whether the service is consistent, check out the second, longer video.

Chinese Zumba?

Here’s my first stab at an iMovie. It’s less than a minute long. The guy in the orange was so joyful.

Taiwan

I had hoped to visit Taiwan this October since we have a week off, but because of the visa delay, and the further need to enjoy the Immigration services on offer in China where it takes about 4 months to get your visa done. Immigration has our passports for three weeks! So I’m not going to Taiwan, but can experience it on YouTube through Simon and Martina’s eyes and palettes.

I wonder what my friend Debbie, who’s from Taiwan thinks of this.

Shot, Reverse Shot

I always learn something surprising when I watch Every Frame a Picture. Here’s one about the Coen Brothers.

Curiosity Correspondent?

Thank you Chicago Tonight for introducing me to Emily Graslie of the YouTube channel, Brain Scoop. Emily’s engaging, accessible science videos teach viewers about a wide range of natural science topics, e.g. the difference between horns and antlers:

I think I implicitly knew some of these facts, but now it’s all clear and I can speak with confidence should a lull in dinner party conversation arise.

I love that this smart, creative woman got a job as the Field Museum‘s Curiosity Correspondent. Isn’t that a great job title?

Here’s one where Emily gets a wolf, which she skins in subsequent episodes.

If you sense a Vlog Brothers‘ vibe, Hank Green is a producer.

From My Students

Here are a few short films and YouKu discoveries my students have shared recently.


from Spain


from Pixar

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