I recently read a few books about poverty in the United States:
I do not plan to write a review of all these books since you can probably
find some on goodreads.com but these books paint a
very interesting picture of poverty, and were eye-opening about the situation in
Beside learning about (extreme) poverty and how it impacts people lifes, it was
also a reminder about how lucky I have been in my life. While my parents were
far from being rich, I grew up in a stable environement, with a loving family,
a roof over my head and food on my plate.
If you have a few hours to kill, I would really recommend reading these books.
You will likely see the world through a different lens after that.
Just a quick post in case you are looking to take pictures in the USA that meet
the requirements for French passports. You can simply go to Walgreen. Their
software can select the requirements to meet for a French passport photo - and
from what I saw, many more countries were available.
As far as I was told (after calling them), UPS and Fedex cannot take photos that
match non US requirements.
Coute version française:
Vous pouvez faire des photos d’identité pour refaire un passport
framçais à Walgreen. De ce que j’ai vu, ils peuvent faire des photos pour
de nombreux pays. UPS et Fedex ne peuvent pas faire de photos aux normes
Mozilla recently announced
Firefox Focus, a new lightweight browser that is the perfect fit for one off
session. For example a friend just sent you an article and you want to be able
to quicky read it.
Focus is shipped with a native ad blocker. Load the content you are
looking for, not the ads.
Focus has a single screen, no tabs. This means a faster start up. There is no need
for your phone to load unrelated tabs.
Focus clears cookies and history after each session. Again this means a fresh
(e.g faster) start but more importantly you are less vulnerable to a whole set
of attacks like CSRF attacks.
No one can trick you into sharing an article on Facebook since you are not even logged in.
What I believe will make Focus successful is that it tries to solve a very
specific yet common use case: quickly open a link or perform a search. You can
also safely make it your default browser as once a page is open in Focus, you
can easily switch to any other browser.
Grab it for Android or for iOS.
Convincing people takes time and effort. If you are not willing to be patient
and understanding, your actions will likely have the opposite effect.
A few days ago, an engineer’s manifesto caused a uproar. People took
to social media to give their opinion on the situation and many got into
heated discussions. The main issue behind these is that social
platforms (e.g Twitter) are not suited for healthy discussions - and in my
opinion provide more harm than good.
People form their opinion on different topics over time - maybe their whole
life. Tweeting them your opinion is not going to instantly change theirs.
Calling them name or labeling them will not help and instead, polarizes people
on the subject, making it harder to discuss and reason about it.
If one wants to spread awareness of a social issue and improve the situation,
here are a few things that I wish people would do more:
- Always be polite with others - insulting/labeling someone does not encourage healthy
- Keep an open mind. You should approach others with an opinion that
you are genuinely willing to change. You want to exchange ideas, not force
yours or make the issue more polarized.
- Try maybe to spend time with people face to face may be more effective,
especially if you are talking about a social issue. Empathy is hard to
communicate with a tweet/facebook post/etc.
I strongly believe that people are naturally good and that our society can
improve as a whole and not as one side winning over the other.