So we have been doing a family holiday project for a few years...

2015 Mattatall Gingerbread Project: it all began with a grade 8 math project

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #StarWars

2016 Mattatall Gingerbread Project: the house teen was obsessed with a film about flesh wounds

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #MontyPython
2017 Mattatall Gingerbread Project: we were all obsessed with a little Duffer Brothers sci-fi horror series

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #Upsidedown
2018 Mattatall Gingerbread Project: house teen wanted to explore moments in rock history (my favourite so far so deserves two tweets!)

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #ClassicRock 🤟🏻🎸
2019 Mattatall Gingerbread Project: we finished the theme appropriately on Festivus

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #ShowAboutNothing
... so you might wonder what we have been working on for 2020
Well, with the crap year that it has been we decided to do two Mattatall Gingerbread Projects!
2020 Mattatall Gingerbread Project (1): junior house tween chose hers to be her favourite show

#Gingerbread #popculture #FamilyOfNerds #EwDavid
2020 Mattatall Gingerbread Project (2): house teen and I have been working up to this and I think it will be our best!
Days of planning 🤓
So far we have the stage set and are putting the final touches on the cast... no clues, just photos (feel free to guess in gif form)
Set is ready... thankfully it didn’t require decoration as we have 25 characters to ice with 14 colours!

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Rig Ved 1.36.7

To do a Namaskaar or bow before someone means that you are humble or without pride and ego. This means that we politely bow before you since you are better than me. Pranipaat(प्राणीपात) also means the same that we respect you without any vanity.


Surrendering False pride is Namaskaar. Even in devotion or bhakti we say the same thing. We want to convey to Ishwar that we have nothing to offer but we leave all our pride and offer you ourselves without any pride in our body. You destroy all our evil karma.


We bow before you so that you assimilate us and make us that capable. Destruction of our evils and surrender is Namaskaar. Therefore we pray same thing before and after any big rituals.


तं घे॑मि॒त्था न॑म॒स्विन॒ उप॑ स्व॒राज॑मासते ।
होत्रा॑भिर॒ग्निं मनु॑षः॒ समिं॑धते तिति॒र्वांसो॒ अति॒ स्रिधः॑॥

Translation :

नमस्विनः - To bow.

स्वराजम् - Self illuminating.

तम् - His.

घ ईम् - Yours.

इत्था - This way.

उप - Upaasana.

आसते - To do.

स्त्रिधः - For enemies.


अति तितिर्वांसः - To defeat fast.

मनुषः - Yajman.

होत्राभिः - In seven numbers.

अग्निम् - Agnidev.

समिन्धते - Illuminated on all sides.

Explanation : Yajmans bow(do Namaskaar) before self illuminating Agnidev by making the offerings of Havi.

Recently, the @CNIL issued a decision regarding the GDPR compliance of an unknown French adtech company named "Vectaury". It may seem like small fry, but the decision has potential wide-ranging impacts for Google, the IAB framework, and today's adtech. It's thread time! 👇

It's all in French, but if you're up for it you can read:
• Their blog post (lacks the most interesting details):
• Their high-level legal decision:
• The full notification:

I've read it so you needn't!

Vectaury was collecting geolocation data in order to create profiles (eg. people who often go to this or that type of shop) so as to power ad targeting. They operate through embedded SDKs and ad bidding, making them invisible to users.

The @CNIL notes that profiling based off of geolocation presents particular risks since it reveals people's movements and habits. As risky, the processing requires consent — this will be the heart of their assessment.

Interesting point: they justify the decision in part because of how many people COULD be targeted in this way (rather than how many have — though they note that too). Because it's on a phone, and many have phones, it is considered large-scale processing no matter what.