Sunday Paper - Cartes-de-Visite, Politics and Religion, Smart Assistants

Links to stuff I read during the week and found intetesting.

Cartes became popular among all types of people, reinforcing photography as a great equalizer among the classes. Whether you were rich or poor, your Carte would look an awful lot like any one else’s Carte and everyone was a part of the same trend. As more and more people exchanged Cartes, people also started writing on the fronts and backs of them, telling stories about the images the Carte contained, in essence like a postcard.

Carte-de-Visites lasted around 10 years until around 1866 when photographers began looking to push the boundaries and create something new. Stay tuned for what happened next in the next History of Photography column!Lisa Robinson

Russell Vought and Bernie Sanders:

Some took issue with Sanders bringing up religious beliefs in the midst of the hearing at all. They argue that not only do such questions not belong there, but they are being used as a litmus test for suitability for office. These, of course are boilerplate persecution complex for Christian conservatives and secularists alike. And they ignore the fact that this is a job interview for a position which requires respect for all people.

Sanders didn’t so much bring up sincerely held beliefs foundational to a man’s soul. He asked about a public statement which sounded an awful lot like Vought might struggle with impartiality. This supposedly persecuted man acted, calling people of another tradition condemned. Then hid behind his faith.Pastor Drew Downs

Dave Mark opining on market research data released by Morning Consult:

I suspect this data means the market will segregate into strong layers, with Amazon owning the cheap seats, Apple owning the higher tiers, and brand loyalty dividing the areas in between.Dave Mark

Wrong! I don't think so. As one commenter posted there is no income demographic information. So ... can we even trust the research? Sonos has been in this space for a while and sells more capable and cheaper solutions. The very same article Dave references had this to say about HomePod.

Data shows the new Apple product is not yet holding people’s interest: Fifty-five percent of respondents said they are not interested in purchasing a HomePod.

When/If Apple drops the price of HomePod within range of Sonos' offerings then we'll have a horse race. Until then ...

I ventured down a two hour rabbit hole of information on WikiPedia:

A Commonwealth realm is a sovereign state that is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and shares the same person, currently Elizabeth II, as its head of state and reigning constitutional monarch, but retains a crown legally distinct from the other realms. As of 2017, there are 16 Commonwealth realms: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, The Bahamas, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.Wikipedia

I was born in the Commonwealth realm of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and I have lived in the Commonwealth realms of St. Lucia, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda. I have visited the Commonwealth realms of the United Kingdom, Canada, Grenada, and The Bahamas. Someday I hope to visit the Commonwealth realms of Australia and New Zealand and I have talked to my wife about retiring to the Commonwealth realm of Belize.

Religious Freedom Acts are Code for Open Discrimination

Freedom Tower
Image by Greg Shield

The face of religious persecution is a minority of the Christian community in the United States (conservative evangelicals) claiming authority over our faith and wielding it like a weapon against their brothers and sisters (and cousins) in faith. A group so unwilling to love, so unwilling to practice the Great Commandment, that they get the state to let them get away with breaking it.Drew Downs

I think these are attempts to gut the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

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