Uncle O’Grimacey – Meeping Angel – and more links and found media

The McDonaldland character Grimace had an Irish uncle, Uncle O’Grimacey, who was canceled after being arrested for a drunken bar brawl and after an investigation uncovered ties to the Irish Republican Army. This is bonkers, and apparently real. (Via Today in Tabs.)


Why Clubhouse will fail: Interesting content is ephemeral, spread out, and hard to find. [Twitter thread by Shaan Puri]

This was a chief reason Second Life never went mainstream. Events were happening in realtime. If you just logged in at random to see what was going on, the answer was generally nothing.

Clubhouse is a great idea. As John Gruber noted on the Dithering podcast, it’ll appeal to all the folks who now listen to–and call in to–talk radio.

But having a great idea isn’t enough.


Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house egged — eggers ordered not to carry eggs as condition of release – A judge forbade two young adults from carrying eggs anywhere but from the grocery store after they were found guilty of egging Nancy Pelosi’s house. [Julian Mark / Mission Local]

The yolk’s on the prosecutors on this one–defendants got off (over) easy, although they are hard-boiled criminals.


Caitlin Dewey reviews her search history for the past 12 months, and finds the pandemic journal she forgot to keep. [Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends]


Missing piece of Silicon Valley exodus puzzle: labor law – When companies leave California, workers often face more hostile laws in other states, such as reduced or no parental leave, and noncompete agreements that prevent workers from changing jobs. [Axios Login]


Split at the heart of tech’s new labor movement
Tech’s new labor movement is split: One group is blue-collar workers, such as Amazon warehouse workers and Uber drivers. The other group is white-collar workers, such as Google employees.

Blue-collar workers have traditional labor needs: Higher wages and benefits, improved working conditions, and face-to-face organizing.

White-collar workers are generally well-paid, and are focused on social justice, climate change, workforce diversity, and other social issues.

Meanwhile, contractors and gig workers are challenging existing legal frameworks for labor relations.

[Scott Rosenberg / Axios]

Not mentioned in this article: Democrats seeking to advocate for labor are pushing traditional freelance workers into the gig worker box, and those freelancers hate it. These workers include journalists and musicians.

I see this because of my professional association with freelance tech journalists – a job I’ve pursued several times over my career.


Originally tweeted by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (@sjvn) on March 17, 2021.




Final Net, Clairol Inc, 1974

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