Looking After Your Skin

These days I’m starting to use more skin care products. Partly because I’m getting older, partly because I’m still not getting much sleep (due to a combination of my work hours and having a young child), and partly because I’m doing more film-based projects, and nobody wants to see those dark circles under my eyes.

What I’ve learned is that if you’re interested in looking after your skin, you need to invest some time exploring the difference between different skin care brands – what ingredients they put into their products, and what the overall philosophy of the company is.

Lately I’ve started doing some work for Bohemian Skin, an Australian manufacturer of 100% organic, natural and ethical skincare for men and women. They got started when their founders, Morgan and Keenan, were expecting their first child, and Morgan was struggling to find skin care products that were suitable for pregnancy. Like all good entrepreneurs, they finally decided “hey – I can just make my own damn product, then I know exactly what’s going into it”. And that’s what they did. Fast forward a few years, and they have a thriving business. It’s quite a good story. They hired some scientists to design their products and then manufactured them in Australia.

The research I did for their marketing strategy suggests that a growing number of Australians are starting to pay more attention to the ingredients of the products they are using on their skin. I stopped using deodorants that contain aluminium many years ago, due to studies that connect aluminium and cancer.

The Washington Post’s Coverage of Amazon

I was wondering if anyone has done an academic analysis of how The Washington Post has covered Amazon / Jess Bezos since he acquired it. Is it biased?

My quick experiment was interesting.

On August 28, 2018, we did a simple experiment. In Google News, we searched for “Amazon UK tax”.  The result was a number of stories about the small amount of tax the company pays in the UK.

 

The same search in the Post brings up… nothing.

 

Update: Thanks to Paul Wiggins on Facebook for pointing out the major flaw in my little experiment – the coverage from Google News is from UK-based sources. When I search the NYTimes, I didn’t see any mention of the story either.

In addition, Jack Shafer from Politico states “I assess Washington Post coverage of Amazon as pretty even-handed. So does Fortune.”

BFTN #3 2018-04-23

On our news show this week:
– “Whataboutism”
– Nxivm sex trafficking
– Raul Castro, President of Cuba retires
– The U.S. Provides Military Assistance to 73 % of the World’s Dictatorships
– Alex Jones denies his lord

America’s ABC News mentions the “stagnant” and “inefficient” Cuban economy – but zero mention of 60 years of American sanctions.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/bureaucrat-set-replace-raul-castro-cubas-president-54574396

I’m trying to learn to write comedy about the news ala Weekend Update. It’s surprisingly hard. Who knew?

Evernote “Use With Siri” iOS 11

I updated my iPad Pro and iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 11 today and noticed under Settings > Siri & Search > Evernote on the iPad this new “Use With Siri” option. I turned it on, tried a few things, but nothing worked. So I posted on the Evernote forum and DT Low gave me the secret mantra.

Hey Siri   Create a note in Evernote called Testing

Hey Siri    Find a note in Evernote

The first time I tried this on the iPad, Siri told me something like “I’m sorry (Dave, but I can’t do that) – you’ll need to open Evernote to continue.” So I let her do that and that’s where the experiment ended. But I tried again, invoking Siri from the lock screen, and TADA. It worked. Now I can create and search notes using Siri! I can die a happy man.
Except – the “Use With Siri” option doesn’t appear on the iPhone 7 Plus and I don’t know why.
evernote ios 11 use with siri

Update: Doh! To get it working on the iPhone I just had to update the Evernote app!

Find & Replace in Evernote

Cross posting this solution from the Evernote Support forum.

If you are trying to work out how to find and replace inside Evernote (nb: this is a MAC only solution), here’s the best current solution (as Evernote doesn’t support it natively for some unknown reason).

  1. CMD-A the text of the note you want to edit.
  2. Right Click inside the note then Services ▹ New TextEdit Window Containing Selection”.
  3. Then in TextEdit “Edit ▹ Find ▹ Find & Replace”.
  4. Then copy all and paste back over selection in Evernote.