@Tim W. Sorry for the waaaaay late response. What you say is true. There is no safety in the cloud (without end-users practicing good encryption techniques). What's more, the providers almost always lack a strong incentive for protecting your data. There are exceptions, but not many.
When Angwin says there's no private equivalent to Gmail, I'd have to disagree. There are services that sell POP, SPOP, and/or IMAP email that is designed for privacy. Search for "HIPPA compliant email" and you'll find some. I personally use LuxSci (just a user, I have no other commercial relationship with them) and they have neat stuff like crypto forms for keeping email submissions secure. Obviously, none have the exact Gmail interface, but if you're really concerned about privacy you won't want to be using a web interface to cloud-stored email anyway (old protocols like POP download your email and keep your past mail local to your computer, where you can encrypt it or do whatever. Just be sure to back it up in a safe way.) You do have to worry about spam filtering, and how that gets handled. Most email companies outsource spam filtering to companies like McAfee, which may or may not be compromised from a privacy perspective.
@KarenUhOh Well done! (unfortunately, I'm a nearly illiterate code-monkey, else I'd congratulate you in Trochaic tetrameter)
Thanks for this article! I'd never before heard of Ursula Nordstrom.
Then again, I was one of those people who thought Edward Gorey was dead until the New Yorker article.
@jfruh To be fair, she might have been an artist. She refused to identify her medium. She did, however, tell me about rupturing an uppity prisoner's spleen with her billy-club, so perhaps her art was sadism. I didn't stick around to find out.
I really, really wanted to like Albert Nobbs, but alas! it was a pretty disappointing film. McTeer was good, but the idea that she was passing for a guy stretched credulity.
This definitely had me wondering if I was reading a parallel word narrative, or if I was going mad (RE Shaw v. Thaw).
I'd put Tristan Smith, Bliss, and Jack Maggs higher up, but it's a fine list.
Don't get me started on "Black Tie" becoming a synonym for "ultra-formal" -- I mean, what happened to "White Tie" formality?
Please tell me I'm not the only one who picked up the TLOG reference: "Legs Akimbo Theatre Company"