America’s priorities are something else.
America’s priorities are something else.
As little as I have loved Republicans the past few years, coinciding with the rise of our own little autocrat, at least Donald Trump knows how to dress. I can’t imagine that even he would demean his office or his country by dressing down, as is now the “code” for senators. Clothes might not make the man or woman, but they do tell us a great deal about them.
Yeah, fuck those actions. It’s what you are wearing. The fact we* are talking about Fetterman’s dress means we aren’t paying attention (or don’t care) about what is going on. “Call me old fashioned,” says the old white lady. I’ll do you one better. You are a problem.
*We being our media.
As I’ve written in the past, if Earth was described in a science fiction story, it wouldn’t be believed.
Look at these pictures: The Earth is wonderful. And these photographers are so awesome at their jobs. Thanks, photographers!
If this quote is accurate
We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products that we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution. -Tim Cook, 2009
Intel: Apple makes its own CPUs
NVIDIA: Apple makes its own GPUs
Apple appears to be making a real (or at least much better effort) in the gaming market, but there’s still so much to do. Is Apple content waiting?
If not, there’s more to be done.
Epic’s Unreal Engine: Epic will never work with Apple again.
Unity: They are pissing off off the developers.
It sure seems like Apple is putting a lot of effort into gaming to still be at the mercy of others.
Apple should do what they did years ago in order so that wonderful software like Acorn can exist (it’s written by one dude).
The same steps should be taken by creating a gaming environment. Apple should then make some of its own games to show off what can be done. I can’t figure out why Apple is pouring billions into the hardware side without the follow through on the software side.
Apple has a whole-ass TV division, surely they can create a gaming division, too.
I listen to the Apple New Today podcast every day. I find it to be the best of the <10 min morning news summaries. I have noticed that in the last few months ANT has been adding more and more sound bites from ESPN. With all the talk about Apple buying Disney, I wonder if Apple in particular wants ESPN.
I have no good feelings for Mitch McConnell. At all. On any level. That being said, when he froze up and then regained a bit of lucidity, his assistant asked reporters, “Any more questions?” 1) That’s incredibly callous, bordering on eldercare abuse and 2) How was the very next question not, “Are you going to call an ambulance, you fucking monster?”
McConnell not doing something while he is clearly declining really represents America at the moment.
We do love our children so, part 6,291.
We’re at a hotel’s freebie breakfast and some dad just walked by with a cup of sausages.
Mrs. Bob and daughter announced at supper tonight they are going to see Barbie on Tuesday (the day after we drop the boy off at college). I turned to him and started to say, “Tuesday is me and you, bud” but I stopped myself half way through. I couldn’t swallow. I couldn’t speak. My TV buddy, my movie buddy, my news buddy is heading off to start a new chapter. I am so proud of him. But wow does it hurt.
*At least how my brain works.
Ever since I switched my #wordle starting word to AUDIO I’ve been far more successful than in the past.
How I measure a successful weekend now: I used $25 Target gift certificate that’s been sitting in my inbox since 2016.
I just got back from vacation and am announcing here first that I’m to marry Glacier National Park. #nationalpark
So I’ve given up on Instagram, Twitter, and now Reddit. Just a little more to go.
Murder! Our media will be our downfall.
I complain a lot about the world (rightly so!), but this weekend was excellent. My family made a really nice Father’s Day(s) for me and I feel really good.
I finally got around to fixing up my Piggy. The stabs were overlubed and now they are just right.
This is the Piggy with White on Lilac in the DSA profile. The switches are Emerald Silks which are unfortunately no longer available, but these NovelKeys silks are the same, just in a different color.
It’s like the show Extrapolations outside my window here in NYC.
Tech sites: Man, traffic is down, ad sales are down… Maybe Apple will create something we can all have hot takes on.
Intern: Even without using the thing?
Tech sites: Yes.
Apple: Here’s our idea for a new kind of computing.
Intern: I wrote up 1,000 words about how this will make us all sad forever.
Tech sites: Without using the product?
Tech sites: Attaboy!
Apple was dreaming of Apple Silicon since Steve Jobs came back to Apple. Heck, many of their products were built as if they were already using their own chip design: Power Mac G4 Cube, original MacBook Air, 2013 Mac Pro.
Can you imagine if the cylinder Mac Pro came out today with Apple Silicon? What a great Mac that would be with the high-end M1 Ultra, 128GB of RAM, and 8TB of storage!
I hope next week we see a totally different Mac Pro designed with Apple Silicon in mind.
The United States’ answer to “why can’t we?”
We do love our children so, chapter 128.
I came across this tweet about a basking shark. Amazing.
I stand by my long-time stance that if Earth was written about in science fiction it wouldn’t be believed. It would be a step too far. How many languages? How many species of animals and insects? How much water? How much land? How much beauty?
If any politician paid tribute today to the children killed in Uvalde while also not moving legislation ahead to ban guns, well… they can fuck right off.
Someone needs to make an app that makes it easy to subscribe and unsubscribe to streaming services. I think I could save a lot of money it was easier to turn these services on and off.
You know, kind of like how you can toggle off a subscription on an iPhone.
Bob summary: This is a fun way to get into summer reading. Rating: Thumbs up.
Why are they still a company? Why is no one in jail?
“Why didn’t we host the Trump town hall?” -NYTimes, presumably
Our media will be our downfall: CNN edition. How how how are people surprised CNN is a POS? How?! The only time I go to CNN is to check my internet connection.
I used to say that if you wanted to kill someone in America and get away with it, use a car. Now, apparently, if you choose the victim carefully, you don’t have to even do that.
About to have the last parent teacher conference ever (they aren’t called that any longer) and I’m having feelings.
As a surprise, I took my son to see Singing in the Rain in the cinema. I will never tire of that movie. It’s about as perfect as a musical can be.
Our media will be our downfall, on-going edition.
I miss John.
I feel bad I didn’t listen to For Better, or Worse while John was still around. Not that he would have known or cared, but I feel like I somehow dismissed his work. I do this with artists all the time. You know, I somehow stopped listening after a certain date and just let the rest go. Maybe in a way I’m lucky as there’s new (to me) music from an artist I enjoy.
Anyway, I’m glad he and some many other wonderful artists recorded this album. There are some really great duets. I hope you can give it a listen.
Too few of us seem to care the entire GOP is a bunch of grifting hypocrites. But I do. And I hope you do, too.
Re: SVB. All I know is they better not bail out those damn kids getting educations.
I am not sure exactly how I thought it worked, but when I was first dipping my toe into the world of mechanical keyboards, I just didn’t believe (not couldn’t mine you, didn’t) believe people were paying this much for a keyboard. I knew they cost some amount of money, but not the figures I was seeing. And you had to put it together yourself? And, in fact, it was more money on top of these kits? And you had to pay up front and then waiting for months for something to get to you?
At some point I came across a keyboard that spoke to me. It was all the funness I was looking for: they right layout, a bit of old-school styling, and a little bit of flair (bezels that spread out some). So I ordered a Titan 65. At the same time I ordered some keycaps that also spoke to me. And because I didn’t know what I was ordering exactly, I ordered all the kits that were additional costs on top of the base kits of keycaps.
The entire order was over $550. And I’d still need to add stabilizers. And put it together.
Well, 685 days later(!), the Titan 65 was delivered. I put it together. I love it.
685 days ago I ordered a mechanical keyboard. It arrived on Feb 28, 2023. It was the very first mechanical keyboard kit I had bought. Ever. Now I’ve spent [redacted out of embarrassment] and have made many friends mostly thanks to RelayFM’s membership/Discord rooms.
This is what the Titan 65 looks like before I build it.
I am currently reading The Angel on the Roof by Russell Banks. This American Life recently included an old segment featuring Banks. I got the book from the library and they had to dig it out of the archives. That made me a bit sad. It’s slow reading for me, but I am enjoying the stories.
I somehow had missed the book Revolution in the Valley by Andy Hertfeld. Many of the stories, if not all, are available on his site, Folklore, but I am glad to have the stories in one collection to hold. And the pictures are bigger and that’s fun for me.
We’ve been watching Bad Sisters and that’s been a blast. How I can really, really like this family is something else. But I really do.
And because I am weak, and will watch anything sci-fi, I started watching The Ark. It’s buttocks. I watched the three available episodes (I know, I know, I can’t help myself).
New GOP plan for retirement: keep working.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., told NBC News one day after Biden’s speech to Congress “We want to strengthen Social Security by ending a lot of those government checks to people staying at home rather than going to work.”
My brain hurts.
I missed this book when it came out but thanks to good ol eBay I now have it. I’m so happy.
I find great pleasure in planning the meals for the week. You know: planning the meals. making the list, clearing out the fridge and wiping down the shelves, going shopping (this varies as to how insane the Food Coop is), and repacking the fridge. It feels like an honest-to-goodness privilege to be able to take care of my family this way.
When people say they hate big government, they mean they hate spending money on non-white people. Otherwise they love them some big government.
Meanwhile, it’s the contractors in his state that are making out like bandits, now closing in on nearly $900 million of border wall contracts, Texas Observer says.
Can you imagine living amongst (and having to serve) the very people who actively signed a petition to stop your raise?
Meta reinstated former President Donald Trump’s social accounts on Wednesday following a two-year suspension over his role in praising the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg wrote in a blog post that the former president will face “heightened penalties” if he continues to break the social media giant’s content rules.
Now that this is becoming a regular occurrence, I wonder if I have any classified documents in my home!
A lawyer for Pence, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, found the documents during a search of the former vice president’s Carmel, Ind., home, according to letters to the National Archives. Gregory F. Jacob, a designated representative for Pence’s vice presidential records, said the FBI collected documents from the Pence home on Jan. 19.
More power to them!
I’m starting to come around to loving this guy.
The latest revelation about Santos’s seemingly never-ending list of lies that was reported by Politico on Friday centered around an old Wikipedia user biography that appears to belong to him and that claims he appeared in the Disney channel show Hannah Montana alongside Miley Cyrus.
I know, I know. I complain on this blog (likely to a void… hello, no one!), but I try to get it out of my system so I don’t explode.
Anyway, in Edition 53,721 of Our Media Will Be Our Downfall is this article about how the new White House person is ineffective.
The more I think about it, the more rage-filled I become. I never, ever read anything like this when Angry Potato, Meal Interrupted, Blonde Mouth were doing the job. Never.
It’s clear now the right isn’t interested in causing problems which only it can solve with its own take on the situation, it’s purely going cause problems and have the solution be them literally stopping themselves from causing the problems. It’s like protection money but for the whole country. When this scaled up, when does the rest of the world just decide to have nothing to do with the United States?
My son and I watched The Last of Us and, as expected, it was excellent. I wish my son and I had more comedies to watch together, but I’ll take any good TV that helps us spend more time together.
The American Taliban are still here.
Wait wait wait. You can arrest people who attack the capital the day it happens?! That’s unpossible!
I recently finished Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It’s a short story that was recommended by Jason Snell in Episode 439. What a fun read about space travel and why the Prime Directive is so important. Thumbs up. Oh, it doesn’t have anything to do with Star Trek and the Prime Directive, it’s just what I thought about.📚
Watched The Banshees of Inisherin and while it’s listed as a black comedy, I think it should have been “Quite a dark, dark comedy.” This film had excellent acting and I give it a thumbs up.
Years ago my family and I walked along Inishmore which is part of the Aran Islands and the film’s location reminded me of being there. I could very easily see myself living on Inishmore (other than the language) one day.🍿
Kevin 15 it is then.
If McCarthy does end up as speaker, he really needs to be called Kevin “(number of times it took to vote him in)” Tries. So, you know, Kevin Thirty Tries. The only exception should be if the number ends in a seven in which case he would Kevin Forty-Seven.
Good lord. Why stop at two?