Thursday, April 25, 2019

TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2019

Councillor's texts reveal council mergers lobbying

The messages shed light on the Liberal councillor's push for favourable boundaries in the controversial Sydney council mergers.

'Your Daddy is OK': Writer detained in China declares he will not confess to any crimes

The Australian writer has been detained for over three months and there are growing concerns about his health and treatment.

'They don't treat me well': Trump, Twitter CEO chat at White House after fresh attack on social media giant

Possibly the greatest selfie ever taken, a ranger and friends at Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

One of the Time 100 this year is Barbara Rae-Venter – “After 23 frustrating years of trying to identify the elusive Golden State Killer—who terrorized the state of California from 1976 to 1986—a fortuitous phone call brought me to genetic genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter. I wondered if the work she was doing, using DNA samples from related individuals to find their common ancestors, could identify an unknown offender like the Golden State Killer, based on the DNA he left behind at crime scenes. Rae-Venter assured me it could. Over the course of 4½ months, we painstakingly pursued the strategy laid out by Rae-Venter. With her guidance, we ultimately identified the suspected Golden State Killer as Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., a former police officer. Since DeAngelo’s arrest in April 2018, more than 25 horrific cold cases—many of which had frustrated their investigators for decades—have been moved forward. Rae-Venter has provided law enforcement with its most revolutionary tool since the advent of forensic DNA testing in the 1980s.” By Paul Holes – former chief of forensics at the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney’s office.

Influence and its discontents. The condition of being influenced is rarely a happy one. Shakespeare knew this. But will “social-media influencers” listen?  

The Iconic Helvetica Font Just Got A Makeover

Did you notice? Some people sure did. “The alter-typeface became a trending topic on Twitter. Mitch Goldstein, a design professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, tweeted, ‘Saw Helvetica trending, and I thought maybe it died?'” – NPR

The Impossible Dream (Come True) Of Scoring A Documentary

When students get a chance to write music for a documentary about a musician, one composer, who had never been into TV or movies, realizes this is the path: “I see media like TV and film in a different light now. I see it as a medium to explore the narrative of our humanity. It’s this process of sharing our stories, our lives, and our dreams that makes it so compelling, and music can participate by highlighting these aspects.” – NewMusicBox

THIS SHOULD BE GOOD: Clint Eastwood to Direct Movie About Fake News Victim Richard Jewell.“Jewell was a 34-year-old security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and at first he was rightfully hailed as a hero after he discovered a backpack filled with explosives and risked his own life to evacuate the area. After the bomb went off, dozens were injured and one person was killed. There is no question, though, that many, many more would have died had Jewell not sounded the alarm. Unfortunately for Jewell, the acclaim didn’t last long. He was overweight, white, and a southerner — the perfect target for our left-wing media… And so, three days later the media reported the F.B.I. was looking at him as a possible suspect. There was zero evidence against Jewell. The entire story was based on a criminal profile of the bomber