On April 3, the New York Times reported

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Many technology focused blogs picked up this news and started claiming it as proof that Apple is now taking AI seriously and working on improving Siri to the level of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. I don't doubt that Apple is working to improve Siri. In fact, I would be shocked if they were not working to improve Siri.

I have a hard time believing that one man, one executive is proof that Apple is taking A.I. more seriously than before. Mr. Giannadrea will be in charge of a team of employees and reporting to Cook so, it is not likely that he will be the one writing the code that will make Siri understand questions better. He will, most likely, not be the one updating database code to handle more queries more quickly. He will be laying down the bigger, future forward road map of the internal process of updating Siri.

I am not saying that is not an important part of improving Siri but, the idea that Mr. Giannandrea will single-handedly improve Siri is a bit of a stretch.

Derek Powazek shares some good thoughts about adulthood.

Adulthood is about learning your limits. Adulthood is about letting things go. Adulthood is letting one thing lead to another. So don't let your adult life be dictated by the idiot you were as a kid.

Life is growth and chance and struggle and sometimes it's good to let the past be the past.

Patrick Rhone shares a thought about kindness that struck me.

But, kindness is like that. Sometimes, this thing we do that we think will have a huge impact is a small gesture to those that receive it. Other times, the smallest gesture of kindness can be life-changing. We, the giver, don’t get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. We don’t get to know up front. And that’s good. Just be kind, and do kind things, big and small. Because, any kindness can outlast us.

We can never know how someone will take our actions. So, a good idea is to default to kindness. After all, we never really know what other people are struggling with unless they tell us.

In an email newsletter Shawn Blanc shared a sentence that rings like a universal truth.

Clarity about what matters also gives clarity about what does not.

It's so simple and so profound. If you find what matters then you will also find what does not matter.

Time to stop looking for shortcuts and time to start insisting on a long, viable path instead.

-Seth Godin on his blog about marketing.

But, I think this applies to more than just marketing. I think it applies to pretty much everything. Quit looking for the easy way to do things that will get you there faster (goals, challenges, tasks, whatever) and start doing things in a way that might take longer but, will be more satisfying.

I need to start doing this in my life.

I need to start working on my goals with a viable path in mind instead of looking for quick fixes that only approximate what I want.

On Tuesday March 20, 2018, president Donald Drumpf tweeted:

This occurred after the 6 month deadline he gave congress to fix the "controversial" federal policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

This occurred after the republicans and democrats worked on various compromise legislation that Donald Drumpf torpedoed before a bill could be worked out between the chambers of congress.

This is not the first time that Donald Drumpf has tweeted a DACA deal is so easy to do.

And my personal favorite

A pathway to citizenship for undocumented children who were brought by their parents? Really? That's just not going to be passable in either of the Republican controlled chambers of congress. That is literally the complete opposite of a deal.

But the best part of all of this to me is that our president is so obviously lying about what his priorities are. He's not interested in a deal unless it has everything he wants and nothing the other side wants. That's not a deal.

And back to my first reaction on seeing that tweet today:

Drumpf created this mess by ending the policy itself.

If it's so easy to make a deal; why haven't you already made a deal?

Remember in 2017 when e thought 2018 would save us? We were so naive.

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I really enjoy Robert Macfarlane's Word of the day that he shares. This one and the accompanying photo is a great.

Evergreen Tweet for the Month of February: