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Sunday Shakedown - Shannon Massey, Artificial Intelligence, Swamp Creatures, and More!!

Sunday Shakedown - Shannon Massey, Artificial Intelligence, Swamp Creatures, and More!!

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MEET SHANNON

 
Hello everyone, my name is Shannon Massey. I had the privilege of meeting Steve while we both lived and worked in Bangalore, India for the better part of 2017. We had a couple discussions around discipline, of which, a few of those conversations focused on health and fitness. Growing up, my parents’ always espoused the importance of health through nutrition and exercise, and throughout my years playing sports and working out, health became a key value of mine. Since then, it has kept me anchored, perhaps, even more so than any of my other values.

In this article, I explain what perspective means to me and why focusing on it is so important. Once you understand what it is, you can easily apply it to benefit your life and those around you. I hope you enjoy reading, and I appreciate your time!

 

An Anchor in a Sea of Change

 



Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out

By MIT Technology Review


The definition of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and the term often gets mangled, so here is a diagram to help you out.



 

Drain the Swamp
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

 
As we are all aware by now, one of Trump's campaign promises was to "drain the swamp" of government corruption and bureaucracy. John Oliver argues that the only thing he has drained is the phrase of its original meaning. 

Oliver highlights key "swamp creatures" that have destroyed integrity in departments responsible for protecting our world. This includes the former and current administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Scott Pruitt and Andrew Wheeler. 

Pruitt has become a household name, but he is not an isolated case. According to the Associated Press, "nearly half of the political appointees hired at the EPA under Trump have strong industry ties" -- including Pruitt's replacement, Wheeler, who was a former coal lobbyist. 

“As a coal lobbyist, Wheeler pushed hard to roll back environmental regulations impacting the industry,” Oliver said. “It’s like handing your city’s waste management over to a seagull. ‘So let me get this straight: The new strategy is we just throw our trash everywhere and leave it strewn around and we should have more French fries in our garbage. How the fuck are you in charge?"

This episode is hilarious and educational. Please take the time to watch. 


We attended our first Meetup in Austin. It was a blast!




Exploring Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park


Cooper is not a fan of the heater.
 

A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes 
By Mac DeMarco

 
My brother played this on the way to the beach in Georgia this weekend. This will make you tap your toes and love life. Enjoy!
Sunday Shakedown Spotify Playlist



"It's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings."


- Steve Pinker, Can You Believe in God and Evolution? 
 
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