The Divide Between Silicon Valley and Washington Is a National-Security Threat by Amy Zegart, Kevin Childs (The Atlantic)
In the past year, Google executives, citing ethical concerns, have canceled an artificial-intelligence project with the Pentagon and refused to even bid on the Defense Department’s Project JEDI, a desperately needed $10 billion IT-improvement program. While stiff-arming Washington, Google has been embracing Beijing, helping the Chinese government develop a more effective censored search engine despite outcries from human-rights groups, American politicians, and, more recently, its own employees.

Via Ben Brooks

In 1824 Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilised world.” Monticello.org

Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia and died July 4, 1826, Monticello. I started reading more about him recently. Just because. I found some of the information fascinating.

Thomas Jefferson — author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia — voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.Monticell.org

Today I’m drinking Allegro Sumatra coffee from Whole Foods. Bhavana liked it. She noted that the taste had hints of fruit.

The mug I picked up in Washington, D.C., a few years ago, during a family vacation.

I’ve enjoyed shooting with my AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 recently. The bokeh at f/2.8 is lovely.