Ep 310: Spark Grumpiness

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  January 10, 2019

Sparking joy & saying thank you; AI happiness nudging; 23andMe makes a deal with a drug giant; German leaks; Apple to become a service; WeWork rebrands; Travelers; Aquaman, Ocean’s 8, The Predator; A Simple Favor; Starbuck is back; smells like litigation; Space Odysseys; skateboard sharing; smart condoms; people are horrible.

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Show Notes


Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Your Notifications Are Lying to You


Firm Led by Google Veterans Uses A.I. to ‘Nudge’ Workers Toward Happiness


DNA-testing company 23andMe has signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here’s how to delete your data if that freaks you out.

German Leaks

German Man Confesses to Hacking Politicians’ Data, Officials Say

Apple is going to sell its Apple TV service on Samsung TVs, because Apple wants to be a service company

WeWork rebrands to The We Company; CEO Neumann talks about revised SoftBank round



A Star Is Born

Ocean’s 8

The Predator

What I Learn From Watching Others Watch Movies on the Plane

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2

A Simple Favor

2036: Origin Unknown

Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Drama Series ‘Another Life’ Starring Katee Sackhoff

Disney’s new “Star Wars”-themed land will open bicoastally in June

2019’s Hottest Lawsuit Is Going to Be Nirvana Vs. Marc Jacobs

Woodstock Is Coming Back More Hipster Than Ever, With TED Talks

Beyoncé’s Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act, Lawsuit Claims

The Best Joke of the Golden Globes Was Made by a Chyron Writer at E!


2061 (Space Odyssey Book 3) by Arthur C. Clarke

3001 (Space Odyssey Book 4) by Arthur C. Clarke

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

A Millennial in the Year 2050

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel by Neal Stephenson


Walnut wants to make shared electric skateboards happen

Will This Stat-Tracking Smart Condom Finally Prove You’re Awesome In Bed?

Human waste, champagne bottles, even a prom dress: Joshua Tree and Yosemite get trashed as shutdown continues

Surviving R. Kelly

Snoop Dogg wants unpaid government workers to remember the motherfucker who caused the shutdown


How much is social media worth? Estimating the value of Facebook by paying users to stop using it

But you said they investigate and research? Huh….

Five Weeks After The Guardian’s Viral Blockbuster Assange-Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged — Just Stonewalling


Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android

Sustainable Pioneers

Filimins are decorative touch lights that connect you with those you love.

Filmin Security

Lime scooters halts Gold Coast rollout after a day as council confiscates them

How much is social media worth? Estimating the value of Facebook by paying users to stop using it

Deadly Class pilot


Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Qbasic