Usually, Alphabet Stories voting rounds seem to pass quickly and I find myself scrambling for a story. But, the Alphabet Challenge “T” Stories voting round is only halfway done and it already seems like it’s been running for a long while. Heck, I still have eight days before I need to write something.

My advice to readers is . . . don’t be like me. Get your reading in early and lock in your vote, preferably well ahead of time.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge T-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon, Chicago time, on November 27th.

As usual, let me know if something goes wrong with the voting . . . and today we’re looking at two panoramas from our 2006 Utah Tour (LINK). The panoramas are from photos I shared on that post (although I didn’t present any panoramas there).

Arches National Park

That’s a panorama composed of four photos taken in portrait mode and stitched in Photoshop.

I think everyone should listen to THIS podcast, especially if the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night is check your phone.

Here is a brief description of the podcast:

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics.”

Here is my summary: the major players (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram) are engaged in a contest to see who can take up more of your time (and sell it) . . . you are the loser as they persuade you to dance to their bidding and in the process replace meaningful endeavors in life with unhealthy substitutes.

OK, so that’s nothing new. We all recognize that since computers came on the scene, we’ve dedicated more and more time to interfacing with them.

What is not obvious to everyone is how the major players — and also minor players — use what we have learned about the human mind to manipulate you into spending more and more time in their particular playground.