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Certain things about human relationships baffle me. One of those things is the fine art of making friends. I never seem to have gotten the hang of it. Sure, there were some people throughout my childhood and as a teen who I considered to be friends and I am sure they saw me as their friend too. Since reaching adulthood, it’s gone downhill though. Perhaps it’s because of my autism?

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Every year, we take billions of photos of ourselves and our loved ones. Photos of landscapes, buildings, vehicles, animals or just random strangers. The vast majority of those photos are entirely unremarkable except perhaps to the person who took them. A precious few are so good, they qualify for awards like the World Press Photo. These photos sometimes become iconic for our human struggle, capturing a dramatic event in a single frame. But no matter how good all those photos are, there is one photo that rises above all of them for me . The most powerful photo ever taken.

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Sometimes you hear about something and think to yourself “who in his right mind would want something like that?” So when I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow was selling a vagina scented candle, I half expected it to be a joke. As it turns out, it isn’t. They’re selling a candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina”. I should probably warn you that this article may not be for you if you’re squeamish or easily offended. Because this product does raise some questions and even I am not sure if I want to know all the answers.

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In case you lived under a rock the past few years: ransomware or cryptolockers are a form of digital extortion. A malicious program runs on your computer, searches for any and all data files it can find and encrypts them. Anywhere on the network where you have access, the program performs its evil function. Entire organizations can be paralyzed when ransomware runs rampant. The extortionists promise to decrypt your data, if you pay them in some cryptocurrency. Is that really the only course of action? What can you do to stop ransomware and how do you recover from an attack?

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“Sapiens: A brief history of humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari has gotten mostly outstanding reviews. It’s also received praise from such well-known people as Barack Obama, the android Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. I just finished reading it and I agree with most people that it is a fascinating read. Despite that, I am not convinced that “Sapiens” lives up to the hype. Want to know why? Read my book review: Sapiens, a brief history of humankind.

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