It’s about time personal voice assistants developed some attitude

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Image — Claudio Scott / Pixabay

“Alexa, turn off the bedroom light.”


There are two phases for each of the pathogens that have threatened humans in the past — the time before and the time after a vaccine was developed to stop it from killing us.

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Elementary schools students in Michigan trade stories in 1955 after receiving their polio vaccination

“Stalking the human race…”


The same strategy employed in 1374 remains a vital tool in fighting the infectious diseases of the 21st century.

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Boccaccio’s ‘The plague of Florence in 1348’


Though one of Russia’s most beloved composers was gay, it was the women in his life who helped nurture Tchaikovsky’s genius.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — Age 13 (WikiCommons)

Votkinsk, Russia — 1847


Not the jolly old elf from 1930’s Coca-Cola magazine ads, but the real St. Nick himself.

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St. Nicholas “Lipensky” (Russian icon from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod, Russia)


No outline and only one draft was needed before ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published and soon became etched deep inside of us

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Dickens scratched out ‘A Christmas Carol’ in his notebook with black India Ink over the course of a six weeks and then gambled on self-publishing with his own funds. (Portrait by Francis Alexander, Wikimedia Commons)


First required in 1677 in place of marking an ‘X’ on legal documents, handwritten signatures are becoming obsolete


From Joan of Arc to Albert Einstein, 16-year-olds have had a profound impact on humanity. But Greta’s impact may be greater then any of them.

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Greta Thunberg addressing a Friday Climate Strike in Denver, Colorado in October


And found salvation in the blessings of liquid bread.

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Monks did not invent beer — they just made it much, much better. (Adobe stock photos)


For much of recorded history love was thought to have no place between a husband and a wife.

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Into the 16th Century marriage and love were seen as very distinct states that rarely intersected.

Steve Moretti

I’m fascinated by the lives of history’s most creative minds. Author of the Song for a Lost Kingdom series. Read the free Prequel https://www.stevemoretti.ca/

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