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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: "Those Are Real People: Veterans & Refugees Edition"

My admiration of Samantha Bee and her team behind Full Frontal is no secret.

This recent video highlights the hypocrisy by politicians, large parts of the infotainment industry, and political pundits that is trying to pit the needs of veterans of the U.S. military against helping refugees from Syria and other war-torn places around the globe.

It also shows the side of the U.S.A. that reminds me why it was called the land of the free and it fills me with hope.

This is the side of America, that the U.S. people must keep from being destroyed by the white supremacists, racists, anti-semites, islamophobes, and criminals that Trump—who lost the popular vote—is drawing into the White House out of the swamps he vowed to drain, and the dark crevices in hell that even the devil won't look into.

The Verge review: Microsoft Surface Studio

Microsoft has really come into its own as a computer manufacturer in recent years — the Surface Studio is another example of that. When it was announced in late October, I thought it was a brilliant idea. It's such an interesting and well executed device, I'm kind of sad that I have absolutely no use for one.

For the niche Microsoft is trying to capture with this flagship device, it will likely be a welcome alternative to using a PC or Mac with a Wacom pen display or tablet.

This review by the Tom Warren over on The Verge provides an in-depth look at the device, the usage modes, and its shortcomings and is well worth watching.

Activity Sharing — my favourite Apple Watch feature

Today my Apple Watch recommended I increase my daily calorie goal. Again. Ugh.

I've reached my activity goals every day for the past 43 days and it's starting to show. A big part of what keeps me motivated each day, is Activity Sharing: a feature that allows me to privately, securely, and easily share my daily progress with friends and colleagues.

It is really cool that a friend of mine from Australia and I can engage in some healthy—no pun intended—competition and help each other stay on track.

Along with the increased activity, I started slowly changing my diet. So far, I've simply reduced the amount of sweets I eat and substituted some of the carbs I usually eat with slightly fattier foods.

Besides being generally fitter and more alert, I find that all the exercise really helps with my mood and motivation throughout the day.

The Apple Watch has been great as a fitness tracker for me in the past six months but Activity Sharing improved on this a lot.

Now I need to get up and get moving because the dog just woke up; she wants to go for a walk and I have a couple hundred calories to burn before I fill that ring today.