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Options December 24, 2018: Special holiday 2018 episode

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This week: Special holiday 2018 episode of Techtonic

Anti-Surveillance Gift Guide by Julie Carrie Wong (Guardian, Dec 14). "Drones, DNA and data: please don't give the gift of privacy invasion." Don't give Facebook Portal, DNA kits, 'smart' (surveillance) speakers, camera drones, or needless electronics.

• Thanks to Webhamster Henry (longtime listener and past guest from the April 9, 2018 show) for pointing us to Take It From Here in last week's comment board.

Have a great holiday!

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Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Options Machinarium Soundtrack 
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  Mark's intro    
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Dee Yan-Key   Jazzy Bells   Options My Christmas Music   
Paul Slocum  Up On the Housetop   Options The 8bits of Christmas   
an0va  The First Noel / O Come All Ye Faithful   Options XMAS Compilation 2010   
Mystery Mammal  The First Noel   Options Xmas in Space   
fluidvolt  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel   Options XMAS Compilation 2010   
 
Music behind DJ:
Dee Yan-Key  
Jazzy Bells   Options My Christmas Music 
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Xerox  Take It From Here   Options    
Victor Herbert Orchestra  Chinese Dance, Dance of the Mirilitons (from the Nutcracker) [1913]   Options Voices of Christmas Past   
  Mark's comments    
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Yerzmyey  merry christmas! jesus holy, born so lowly   Options The 8bits of Christmas   
BR1GHT-PR1MATE  JOY2WRLD   Options XMAS Compilation 2010   
Gulag Picture Radio  WXRT - Xmas On The Moon   Options Interplanetary Materials   
junior85  Christmas On An Island   Options IT'S CHRISTMAS II   
 
Music behind DJ:
Dee Yan-Key  
Jazzy Bells   Options My Christmas Music 
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  Mark's reading    
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Vim  when a child is bored   Options The 8bits of Christmas   
Jolly Roger Telephone Company  Aggressive Sales Collection Agency   Options    
  Mark's comments    
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Roger McGuinn  Joy to the World   Options Folk Den Project   
George P. Watson  Santa Claus Song 1902   Options Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8270 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 5:26pm herb.nyc:

Hi mark and TechnoTinsels, 2018 has been crap re Pres* Trump and his cronies, but WFMU and Techtonic have been pure joy. Thank you, merry ho ho new year.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:00pm ultradamno:

Hello Mark and all you Techny Tims and Techndy Lou Whos on the Island of Broken Techs and Techelves on the shelves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:01pm Mark Hurst:

Hi herb.nyc! Hi ultradamno! And hi to all TechnoTinsels, Techny Tims, and Techndy Lou Whos to this special holiday episode of Techtonic.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:01pm geezerette:

o<(:c3} !!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:02pm melinda:

Hi Mark and Techtons! I'm hearing the theme music on good speakers for the first time, it's like a whole different song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:02pm Mark Hurst:

Hi geezerette & melinda! Happy ASCII holiday image.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:02pm Beast of Boonton:

Greetings everyone
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:02pm geezerette:

Yay,Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:03pm annie:

yay melinda!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:03pm TDK60:

I'm celebratin' Druid Wynter Ritual, but it's lo-fi.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:03pm chresti:

Hello Technoggins!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:04pm geezerette:

Great nativity scene!
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:04pm River:

Good evening and merry Xmas to all Woofmooers around the world from West Yorkshire, UK. Let 2019 be the year that things start to turn around and the darkness, cynicism and hopelessness of the past few years give way to optimism, hope, inclusivity and positive action.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:04pm Mark Hurst:

Hi Beast, Annie, TDK60 (happy Druid Wynter Ritual), & chresti & all Technoggins!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:06pm Mark Hurst:

@geezerette - yes, a timely nativity scene... But yes, @River, I'm also hopeful for 2019
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:06pm TDK60:

Hiya River: where exactly in olde Yorkshire?
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:07pm dale:

annie - i made a mince and apple pie. it's still warm. ya'll come have a slice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:08pm chresti:

mmm...pie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:08pm melinda:

Pie at dale's house!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:08pm Mark Hurst:

yum
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:09pm geezerette:

River,cheers to that, beautifully put.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:09pm River:

@TDK60 I am visiting my grandmother in a village between Barnsley and Huddersfield, but hail from Leeds myself. You?
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:10pm ultradamno:

I saw that Joy Reid hosted a roundtable on her show yesterday on whether it was worthwhile to quit Facebook. The tone was slanted toward yes, so welcome to the party already, 24 hour newspeople.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:10pm annie:

ooohhh,dale!!!! how cool! i can smell it from here, virtually..
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:12pm TDK60:

River: I'm in the north end of the towne of Manhattan, *New* York.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:12pm Robert Tables:

Hello and Happy Everything!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:12pm Mark Hurst:

@ultradamno - so many high-profile people have publicly announced recently that they're leaving Facebook. Walt Mossberg, Cher, who else.. seems like about a dozen in the past week. In my opinion it's not a question of *should* we delete Facebook (of course we should) but whether people are in a position to do so (some can't, but many can)...
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:14pm River:

@TDC70 I like NYC a lot, but I can't understand why y'all went with saying 'New York State' rather than 'New Yorkshire', which would be much more consistent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:14pm listener james from westwood:

"And Mark said to the crowd, as his sleigh he did mount,
'Merry Christmas to all,
'Delete your Facebook account!'"
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:15pm TDK60:

River, you have a point. There is a New Hampshire, so I hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:15pm annie:

if i took myself off FB, i'd lose a small gig i have copy-ediing......and how would i play Words with Friends?.. aaahhh, third world problems
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:16pm geezerette:

Listener James, clap-clap-clap!!! :)
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:16pm coelacanth∅:

hello Mark and techtonocrats
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:17pm geezerette:

the xmas coel! :D
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:18pm Phil:

https://xeroxnostalgia.com/copiers/xerox-813/
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:18pm ultradamno:

Xerox needs single men?
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:19pm herb.nyc:

Lovely music. I'm reminded of a song called "No L" by Jeffrey Lewis, about the upcoming no L train in NYC. But it's not techmology driven. -- related to Xerox, I miss the smell of the Gestetner machine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:20pm listener james from westwood:

Holy toner, that was outstanding!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:21pm TDK60:

Victor Herbert?! Now, that's some "old school." There's a statue of V. H. in Central Park.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:21pm coelacanth∅:

g!
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:21pm River:

813! The Xerox Musical sadly never got the Broadway release its creators hoped for.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:23pm TDK60:

..those dancing snow people in the vid-graphic are scary.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:24pm ultradamno:

They look pissed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:26pm listener james from westwood:

"They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing stones. We do not know who else may be watching." —Gandalf the Grey on Facebook Portal, probably
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:28pm coelacanth∅:

my sister got 3 of those kits a few years ago - one for me, but i refused to do it.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:28pm River:

So if I want to do 23andMe, do it under a fake name. Got it.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:29pm TDK60:

..you Scrooge, coelacanth∅ … kidding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:29pm Jeff Moore:

Most Techtons have probably already heard this (because really, who doesn't subscribe to and listen to every episode of the essential "Stay Tuned with Preet"?), but in case any of y'all missed it – the episode "Does Silicon Valley Have a Conscience? (with Kara Swisher)" seemed right in the Techtonic wheelhouse.

www.npr.org...

Apologies if it's already been mentioned ; I'm unable to listen live this evening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:29pm melinda:

I did 23andme for health reasons, after long consideration. My sister had already done it for ancestry purposes, so the cat was out of the bag. Or the horse had left the barn, whatever.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:30pm coelacanth∅:

i don't know how much proof of id. they required but when my sister bought them she had to tell them who each kit was for before they'd send them.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:33pm River:

@Coelacanth That's pretty screwed up. What the hell business is it of theirs? Hmph. I really want to do one, but not if it means essentially giving my DNA to the police.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:34pm annie:

my son did one of them.....his grandfather beat him to it by compiling a complete family tree back to the mid 1600s... white as toast. i don't trust those tests mainly because there is no disclosure on how they can use the data. and consider the crispr technology.. nope.. not me
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:34pm listener james from westwood:

Go home, inflatable Santa, you're drunk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:34pm melinda:

There's an article out there somewhere on how to do 23andme anonymously, but it seemed like a lot of work and I didn't like the prospect of explaining to people at work why I was having something shipped to me there under a fake name.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:35pm coelacanth∅:

TDK i think that's how the sister felt!
...i also unplug her amazon surveillance cylinder (whatever it's called) that her asshole husband gave her whenever i see it's plugged in again, which he's probably doing.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:37pm TDK60:

..sometimes you gotta put your foot down, even if you look like Scrooge to one and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:37pm melinda:

@annie my sister has been doing genealogy for years and the test confirmed that we too are white as toast, except for 0.5% South Asian, which is interesting. But no big surprises, and their estimates for timelines were off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:38pm melinda:

@coel I think surveillance cylinder is a good term.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:38pm coelacanth∅:

River yeah i'd like the information but not enough to do that.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:39pm River:

I can't imagine why anyone would want to put an always-on microphone in their living space. All companies are trustworthy, until they aren't. All governments are trustworthy, until they aren't.
  Mon. 12/24/18 6:40pm River:

Everything is legal, until it isn't.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:40pm TDK60:

I've heard of Ellul, mentioned by others. Been reading Murray Bookchin's 'Ecology of Freedom,' critical of techne; he thinks the ancient Greeks integrated techne more socially, ethically than our current society.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:40pm melinda:

Wait, toast isn't white...
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:41pm geezerette:

Happy Holidays, Mark and every buddy!
I'm so glad you all exist. :D
Eyes needed elsewhere but leaving ears right here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:41pm chresti:

haha
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:41pm coelacanth∅:

haha melinda that's what i was thinking
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:41pm annie:

hey, you're right, melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:41pm chresti:

Happy holidays geez!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:42pm chresti:

raw toast?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:42pm melinda:

@annie but you got your point across nonetheless! For I minute I thought i was being dim.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:43pm melinda:

@chresti that's what I was picturing
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:44pm annie:

very few people know of the involvement between IBM and nazi germany..... i'll have to look that up to see its origins
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:45pm chresti:

nowadays telemarketers are bots
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:46pm JakeGould:

THIS IS SO GOOD!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:47pm annie:

expired phone numbers are now being used for automated sales calls
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:48pm JakeGould:

“Why don’t you stop playing games and act like a man.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:48pm annie:

haahaha
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:49pm chresti:

Oh man! I'm starting to worry about that guy
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:49pm annie:

a musician friend in jersey does this, too
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:49pm TDK60:

hee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:50pm Fuzzy:

Guy just wastes his time to own himself! LOL
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:50pm tak:

lmao
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:50pm JakeGould:

When I get telemarketing calls at work I just say, “Can you hang on a second? I need to put you on hold.” and then hang up on them. Works fine 90% of the time.
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:51pm coelacanth∅:

the guy doesn't value his time very much
i would've hung up within a few seconds
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:52pm tak:

i make them listen to dopesmoker
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:53pm coelacanth∅:

tak, and for just that moment they like their jobs
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:53pm JakeGould:

While I think your obsessing with deleting Facebook is naive, I still wish you a happy everything!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:54pm melinda:

I almost hung up on a new sales rep who called at work because he sounded like a pre-recorded message to me. Good thing I didn't!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:55pm TDK60:

Roger Byrd McGuinn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:55pm melinda:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:55pm dale:

i love the fb messages i get that say "to help us keep your account secure please add your phone number to your information." that makes me more secure how?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:55pm chresti:

Why do you find it naive? @Jake
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:56pm melinda:

@dale I'm suspicious of those too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:57pm chresti:

@dale, yeah, same thought
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

♫ You Googled your stuff, they're checking you twice. ... www.bgr.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:57pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Mark, and may Santa delete your cookies (and milk) tonight!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:57pm coelacanth∅:

dale, right? google does that too. ...as if.
-they don't even have my real name. (or...they probably do; but i didn't give it to them)
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:57pm JakeGould:

@chresti: Because the overarching issue is not a Facebook issue. The issue is big data, data collection and the ease of correlating data in the digital age. The laws haven’t caught up to this new tech, but Facebook, Google and Apple could stop collecting data right now and the issue still remains.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:58pm chresti:

haha Ken
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 6:59pm dale:

if you can get your asses to west orange and the edison museum (probably closed now for the -ahem - govt shutdown). see the room where all the edison cylinders and diamond discs were recorded.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 6:59pm chresti:

Ah, right@Jake
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 7:02pm coelacanth∅:

i thought the edison museum was in edison. (where he supposedly invented the lightbulb)
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 7:03pm coelacanth∅:

oh it's after 7
Thanks Mark! happy post saturnalia digestion to you and yours
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/24/18 7:04pm chresti:

Thanks again , Mark!
Avatar Mon. 12/24/18 7:07pm dale:

museum is on main street in west orange, where his factory was. menlo park may be a museum but it's not where all the recording and manufacturing took place.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/27/18 12:46am Michael 98145:

Aloha from archive time. This season i've been horrified to discover how many have brought an Alexa device into their homes. And think that is -normal- ... what are we becoming?
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