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2020-02-23: “I, Claudius” drinking game: Drink whenever a character shrieks, shouts or weeps. Double …

2020-02-23: ME: I’m going to have to get up and pee soon. Not right now though. [Moments later a 15-pound …

2020-02-23: A group of ex-NSA and Amazon engineers are building a “GitHub for data” A service called …

2020-02-23: You don’t know Esther Williams Williams starred in midcentury movies featuring her water …

2020-02-23: Two stories about Americans who fled in search of better lives. While millions of people have come …

2020-02-23: The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake While politicians and pundits say we need to preserve the American …

2020-02-23: A Red Hat study finds enterprises are adopting open-source software rapidly.

2020-02-23: When a popular genre writer dies, should their characters die with them? After mystery writer Robert …

2020-02-23: Plastic bag bans may be bad for the environment, as reusable grocery bags may have a more harmful …

2020-02-22: Nicole Najafi went on a date with every Democratic Presidential candidate so you don’t have …

2020-02-21: Those feet tho autumnone.tumblr.com/post/1909…

2020-02-21: Be the death of the party. mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/post/1909…

2020-02-21: Planet of the Apes (1968) atomic-chronoscaph.tumblr.com/post/1909…

2020-02-21: Robin Williams, 1980. He doesn’t look bad actually. …

2020-02-21: Supersonic Man (1979) gameraboy1.tumblr.com/post/1909…

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2020-02-21: The presidential election is a grudge match between three cranky 70-something New Yorkers. …

2020-02-21: Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed he offered Julian Assange a …

2020-02-21: Sylvester Stallone on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, 1976.

2020-02-21: “Big Tits Potato Chips 10 ₵” - This is a 1930s era wax paper potato chip bag from Dunn, North …

2020-02-21: The Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000 Personal Computer in 1984. For only $1,500 extra, you could get it a …

2020-02-21: Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein, 1949 Cover by Edd Cartier Via

2020-02-21: Future President Harry Truman as a Captain, circa 1918

2020-02-21: Mezhninskogo St. in Astrakhan, Russia, now and 100 years ago

2020-02-20: Pablo Escobar’s hippos are running wild in Colombia.

2020-02-20: People who paid $2,000 for a Flywheel bike had them abruptly bricked to settle a patent dispute with …

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2020-02-19: Mark Zuckerberg reportedly gets his armpits blow-dried before speeches

2020-02-19: Some Staples stores in Boston are getting podcast studios Great idea and/or sign of the impending …

2020-02-19: Making coffee with Aeropress, according to inventor Alan Adler Aeropress inventor Alan Adler demonstrates making three cups of coffee at once: YouTube I tried …

2020-02-19: One-day Friends-themed pop-up brunch restaurant is coming to San Diego. No one told me brunch was …

2020-02-18: “Then during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex supplicants, they chose a new form …

2020-02-18: There is no Dana. Only Zuul. Via

2020-02-18: Ramesses: The First Arab Car Via

2020-02-18: Three views of a sleeping cat.

2020-02-18: If I had a dime for every time I went to the grocery store and forgot to bring reusable grocery …

2020-02-18: “i heard u guys like carpeted bathrooms so i made a whole post of carpeted bathrooms.“

2020-02-18: Fresh Air interviews Elie Wiesel, author, Auschwitz survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; as …

2020-02-18: NASA is working on testing a prototype for a robot spaceship that could save the world if we are …

2020-02-18: After a drunken slip of the tongue, Steve Marsh and his siblings discover a secret their mother has …

2020-02-18: A new "I, Claudius" podcast John Hodgman, Elliott Kalan and Jordan Kauwling have launched a podcast about “I, …

2020-02-18: This silly little $6.50 plastic gadget makes walking the dog more comfortable It’s called the Urban Pets Hands Free Dog Poop Bag Holder Waste Knot. It’s a clip that …

2020-02-17: Punk Princess: ‘Devastatingly Sexy’ Portraits of Debbie Harry 1977 to 1988

2020-02-17: A California entrepreneur plans a limited production run of the iconic 80s sportscar, the DeLorean And they’ve also restored the “Back to the Future” prop. The Original Back to the Future DeLorean …

2020-02-17: 1849 guide to the brothels and prostitutes of Philadelphia. A Vintage Guide to the ‘Gay …

2020-02-16: “I, Claudius” rewatch, episode 2: I really appreciate the subtle, restrained acting.

2020-02-16: 40% of my home office.

2020-02-16: If you’re going to take the dog for a random 3 mile walk around a nearby neighborhood, just to …

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2020-02-15: Not for the first time, my barber was unfamiliar with men with copious body hair. Dude, just …

2020-02-15: Sometime after I turned 40 I stopped enjoying fiction as much as I used to. I think it’s been …

2020-02-15: This defense of Bloomberg’s appalling defense of redlining is bullshit. Redlining isn’t …

2020-02-15: Mike Bloomberg has been battling women’s allegations of sexist, profane comments for years

2020-02-14: There are two generations of Mexican luchador wrestlers named “Dr. Wagner.” How did I …

2020-02-14: The Age of Decadence. The real story of the West in the 21st century is one of stalemate and …

2020-02-14: Holiday-Travel Twitter Is the Best Form of Social Media. Play-by-plays from airports and bus rides …

2020-02-14: Using Tinder in Your Hometown Is Like Visiting an Alternate Reality

2020-02-14: “One might suppose that the popular prejudice against vaccination had died out by this …

2020-02-14: The story about how Mike "The Monkees" Nesmith's mother invented liquid paper is surprisingly interesting. She was a secretary. She saw a need and saw that the market would be women, because secretaries were …

2020-02-14: Who let “Who Let the Dogs Out” Out? 99% Invisible: The world’s greatest expert on …

2020-02-14: San Diego freelance writer Beth Demmon says California Assembly Bill 5, which regulates contract …

2020-02-14: Tinder's Most Notorious Men The users who reappear after countless left swipes have become modern urban legends. Like mayors …

2020-02-14: The Doc nails it. The sole issue for Democratic voters in the Presidential election is “make …

2020-02-14: 5’4”? 5’7”? 5’8”? How tall is Bloomberg, anyway?

2020-02-13: Good to know the ‘doomsday asteroid’ is not going to destroy the Earth Saturday, because …

2020-02-13: Dave Winer makes the case for Bloomberg: More than a candidate for president. I’m reserving …

2020-02-13: Molly Ringwald revisits “The Breakfast Club” and the other 80s teen movies that made her …

2020-02-13: The US is charging Huawei with racketeering TechCrunch: The DoJ alleges that Huawei and a number of its affiliates used confidential agreements …

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2020-02-13: Rick Moranis is making a Honey I Shrunk the Kids reboot after a 23-year work break.

2020-02-13: As part of his research into Trump’s $1+B disinformation campaign, journalist McKay Coppins …

2020-02-13: A brief history of the "I, Claudius" TV series The TV production had a lot of problems, but Robert Graves, who wrote the 1930s novels on which the …

2020-02-13: I Claudius seemingly influenced The Sopranos – though Sopranos creator David Chase …

2020-02-13: Hulu is doing gender-flipped miniseries based on “High Fidelity,” the excellent Nick Hornby novel …

2020-02-13: “It’s a strange exis­tence, being an autistic adult in a pro­fes­sion over­flowing with autism …

2020-02-12: We’ve started rewatching “I Claudius.” “I Claudius” is the story of a …

2020-02-12: Oracle founder Larry Ellison is hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump www.vox.com/recode/20…

2020-02-12: Michael Bloomberg says 2015 stop and frisk comments were ‘five years ago’ and are …

2020-02-12: I saw these geese at Lake Murray. Ready to rumble!

2020-02-12: Whenever cruise ships are in the news it’s never good.

2020-02-12: I am prepared to call the 2020 presidential election: it’s going to be Amy Klobuchar. The Democrats …

2020-02-12: Fresh Air: Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Addiction & Withdrawal As part of the research for a new audiobook about caffeine, author Michael “Omnivore’s …

2020-02-12: Affluent parents are giving their children growth hormones, to keep the kids from growing up short. Seems like a bad idea. There’s nothing medically wrong with the kids, and studies have shown …

2020-02-12: Friend of Dorothy: How did Judy Garland become a gay icon? slate.com/podcasts/…

2020-02-12: A new wave of national conservatives are gaining power and wealth by claiming to be persecuted …

2020-02-12: Like smartphone users today, medieval monks wrestled with distraction. aeon.co/ideas/how…

2020-02-12: Merle Oberon, a star actress of Hollywood’s golden age, was biracial, passing as white, and …

2020-02-12: Teens are scrambling their identities on Instagram, so they can use the service without divulging …

2020-02-12: A brief history of the Apple Newton: 20 years ahead of its time, and still has a small but loyal fan …

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2020-02-12: Anybody tried posting automatically from Flickr to micro.blog? Should be do-able, right – last …

2020-02-12: Meet the Unlikely Hero Saving California’s Oldest Weekly Paper: I love this story so, so much “High in the Sierra, Downieville, Calif., was about to become the latest American community to …

2020-02-12: An Oklahoma University journalism professor likened the phrase "OK Boomer" to the N-word. This is such a weird story An OU professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication used a racial slur …

2020-02-12: MWC 2020 canceled over coronavirus health concerns Mobile World Congress is the biggest telco conference of the year, worldwide. Maybe there’s a …

2020-02-12: This morning I updated <mitchwagner.com> and my LinkedIn profile. They look snappy.

2020-02-12: Matthew Yglesias: Mainstream Democrats shouldn't be freaking out about Sanders Sanders’ rhetoric is revolutionary but his record shows he’s willing to make deals for …

2020-02-11: I saw this excellent collection of stickers on a car at Lake Murray

2020-02-11: I saw this shortcut between two streets while walking yesterday.

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2020-02-11: Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in House …

2020-02-11: Actor Jussie Smollett is being indicted for allegedly falsifying claims he was assaulted by Trump …

2020-02-11: Trump cannot go a day without committing an impeachable offense, and his lies are becoming more blatant and obviously untrue. His Republican defenders are half-right: Trump has learned his lesson from the impeachment trial. …

2020-02-11: The tricky economics of all-you-can-eat buffets They put the cheap, filling stuff first. They charge for extras. They save money on personnel, of …

2020-02-11: The making of “2001: A Space Odyssey” …

2020-02-11: Actor Steve Buscemi (“Fargo,” “Boardwalk Empire,” etc.) is interviewed by …

2020-02-11: I have several questions. gameraboy1.tumblr.com/post/1907…

2020-02-11: Entertaining interview of comedian Lewis Black by Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre. Many …

2020-02-11: “Captain” Jack McCarthy hosted the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade for 41 years, …

2020-02-11: “Officer” Joe Bolton hosted The Little Rascals and the Three Stooges for …

2020-02-11: Comparing the relative sizes of fictional buildings. Fun. youtu.be/hjIci91FR…

2020-02-11: Margarine vs. butter is a case study of naked, corrupt regulatory capture. The dairy industry spent …

2020-02-11: This magnificent, green condo is for sale - in Ramona, California, which is just a short drive from …

2020-02-11: Adam Sandler rips the Oscars for snubbing him. Funny. “A few, you know, a few weeks back, when I was quote-unquote _snubbed_ by the Academy, it …

2020-02-11: In leaked audio, Michael Bloomberg defends racial profiling: “throw them up against the …

2020-02-11: Leaked audio captures Bloomberg defending racial profiling and stop-and-frisk policing. Bloomberg: “Ninety-five percent of murders- murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just …

2020-02-10: I saw this school walking today.

2020-02-10: I wear flip up sunglasses. Flip ups are cool now.

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2020-02-10: The theme to the "Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show." I loved this show when I was a little boy. If my mother had to listen to it every day on the living room TV, I'm surprised she let me live. Better audio quality here but no video.

2020-02-10: Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre interview not one but TWO Catwomen: Lee Meriwether and Julie …

2020-02-10: Amazon pulled out of this month’s Mobile World Congress because of the coronavirus outbreak, in …

2020-02-10: The GSMA is putting restrictions on Mobile World Congress attendees from China as big companies, …

2020-02-10: Taiwan has a sophisticated medical records system. Why don’t we?

2020-02-10: I’ve switched my podcast player from Castro.fm back to Overcast on the iPhone. Castro has …

2020-02-10: Zappos has quietly backed away from holacracy. Aimee Groth at Quartz: Six years ago, Amazon-owned …

2020-02-10: Reagan and Gorbachev Agreed to Pause the Cold War in Case of an Alien Invasion. The Gipper was a …

2020-02-10: Amid Layoffs, Xilinx Warns of Pause in 5G Activities - Mike Dano/Light Reading Xilinx, once a …

2020-02-10: 17th Century pirates had gay marriage, good pay, survivor benefits and health insurance

2020-02-10: Forget self-driving cars. We already have technology that can transform cities and help save the planet: Buses Missing the Bus on 99% Invisible: If you heard that there was a piece of technology that could do …

2020-02-10: Why the wrong movies win Oscars - Today, Explained

2020-02-10: “Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather stepped in for Marlon Brando at the Academy …

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2020-02-10: Amazon wants to depose the President and Secretary of Defense as part of its lawsuit to fight losing …

2020-02-10: The Justice Department indicted four members of the Chinese military for the Equifax breach. This …

2020-02-10: Advice from Medieval Monks on Avoiding Digital Distraction kottke.org/20/02/adv…

2020-02-09: Bloomberg plans to go after Trump’s business record Others have tried this tactic without success — remember Hillary Clinton? — but Mike Bloomberg plans …

2020-02-09: How women left the GOP and became Democratic partisans: Blame the Gipper …

2020-02-09: None of the movies nominated for an Oscar deserved to win, because none of them has Luis giving …

2020-02-09: Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Via 70sscifiart.tumblr.com/post/1903…

2020-02-09: I’ve been on a nostalgia kick the past couple of days. This morning, I hit YouTube and found …

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2020-02-09: Person who offered $500 for lost cat gets mad when cat finder wants the reward …

2020-02-09: South Korea is a 5G pioneer but the latest financial results from its telcos demonstrate why …

2020-02-09: Ericsson Shareholder Urges Firm to Explore Sale to US - Report Shares in Ericsson and Nokia received …

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2020-02-08: College essay writing services – contract cheaters –are using aggressive email marketing …

2020-02-08: ME: I have very important financial documents I need to review today. ALSO ME: Helllooooooo, social …

2020-02-08: A modest proposal: Bernie should endorse Warren for POTUS, and immediately Warren should commit to …

2020-02-08: After a vote in Iowa that reeked of third-world treachery – from monolithic TV propaganda against …

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2020-02-08: Climate change killed libertarianism - Jacobin

2020-02-08: Tyler Cowen coins the phrase “state capacity libertarianism” as an evolution of …

2020-02-08: Bram Moolenaar started work on the vim text editor on an Amiga in 1988, and has been its lead …

2020-02-08: US Attorney General William Barr suggested the United States purchase a controlling stake in either …

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2020-02-07: We must fact-check this. Mission accepted. San Diego is a great pizza town. Here are the top 10. …

2020-02-07: “Now we’re going to hear more suggestions from the failed mayor of Chicago and New …

2020-02-07: Marie Dressler was the biggest female star of American movies in 1933. She wasn’t a sex symbol …

2020-02-07: The Ukraine was part of a broad pattern of behavior that makes Trump manifestly unfit to be …

2020-02-07: Animal rights activists say it’s cruel to keep elephants in captivity. [San Diego News Fix]

2020-02-07: Ezra Klein: America is a better country today than it has ever been: More inclusive and more …

2020-02-07: Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Sontopadre interview the delightful Ken Berry, star of “F …

2020-02-07: PETA claims victory after SeaWorld says no to trainers riding atop dolphins [San Diego Union- …

2020-02-07: How will coronavirus end? [Today, Explained]

2020-02-07: Youtube: Charlie bit me. Some days you’re Charlie. Other days you’re Charlie’s …

2020-02-07: A brief history of YouTube’s codependent relationship with content creators, after Google …

2020-02-07: Nat Eliason: How to take notes on what you’re reading. I never did highlights or took book …

2020-02-06: Candidates don’t matter much. What matters is getting your voters to come out and vote against …

2020-02-06: Not a lot: What $250,000 buys in NYC right now [Curbed NY]

2020-02-06: I can think of a couple of theories why the Republicans might want to do this. But it’s weird: …

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2020-02-06: Dave Winer says we need a candidate who a Republican who believes in the rule of law will vote for. …

2020-02-06: RIP Issur Danielovitch, aka Kirk Douglas, 103 [nbcnews.com]

2020-02-05: Companies including Dell, Microsoft and AT&T are part of a White House effort to develop US 5G …

2020-02-05: Why IBM Choosing Arvind Krishna Over Jim Whitehurst Was a Smooth Move [Christine Hall/ITPro Today]

2020-02-05: I’m working on updating my resume today. I’ve decided to use the Pet Resume template in …

2020-02-05: Werner Herzog: ‘Piracy Has Been The Most Successful Form of Distribution Worldwide’ …

2020-02-05: Podfasting: I Tried Listening to Podcasts at 3x and Broke My Brain [Steve Rousseau/OneZero] Most of …

2020-02-05: Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy… and why we all …

2020-02-05: You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him …

2020-02-04: Ex-principal in Holocaust furor defends his right not to say the genocide is a fact [The Palm Beach …

2020-02-04: I think I need to read “Atomic Habits.” All four of these tips excerpted from the book …

2020-02-04: Column: San Diego author Laura Preble turns a germaphobe into a heroine you’ll want to hug [San Diego Union-Tribune] Karla Peterson: It’s the usual love story. Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl drives a borrowed …

2020-02-04: 'People were breaking down crying': Iowa vote-counters tell of caucus debacle [Tom Cullen/The Guardian] You had one job, Iowa! The drawbacks of electronic voting have been well known for more than 20 …

2020-02-04: Two people trying to protect a monarch butterfly sanctuary in Mexico from logging have been found …

2020-02-04: IBM, Marriott and Mickey Mouse Take On Tech’s Favorite Law [David McCabe/NYTimes] Section 230 …

2020-02-04: If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours [Peter …

2020-02-03: Socially conservative mom says racy halftime entertainment drove distraught 13-year-old son to his …

2020-02-03: Corruption in America: How the US became the center of global kleptocracy - Casey Michel - Vox When …

2020-02-03: Waze’s Cookie Monster voice is the only thing keeping me sane right now - Thom Dunn - Boing …

2020-02-03: ‪Remarkably, this is six years to the day after I started at LR. I opened my journaling app to make …

2020-02-03: Big news: I’ve left Light Reading after six years. It’s been a great ride but it’s …

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2020-02-02: Remembering Clark Gable on this birthday, here with David O.Selznick on the set of GONE WITH THE …

2020-02-02: Young woman writes her boyfriend in the Navy a thank-you note for the bleached skull of a Japanese …

2020-02-02: I’m grateful for the iPad and social media because without them I wouldn’t be able to …

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2020-02-02: I’m becoming convinced, for the third or fourth time in as many years, that the hassles of …

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2020-02-02: Asian countries have a century of tradition wearing face masks, and they’re starting to appear in …

2020-02-02: Chicago is getting a “Princess Bride” themed popup bar - nbcchicago.com Have fun …

2020-02-02: Stephen King quits Facebook over concerns of ‘false information’ - CNN

2020-02-01: The Democrat candidate for President this year could win the popular vote by six percentage points – …

2020-02-01: Why this Seattle geek finally gave up and bought a car four years after going ‘full Uber’ [Kurt …

2020-02-01: Fractured America is uniting in its hatred of expatriate Californians [Derek Thompson/The Atlantic]

2020-02-01: Sammy is having a moment with my sweaty exercise T-shirt.

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2020-02-01: Jim Whitehurst Becomes President of IBM. Why? He gets Culture. [Jono Bacon/Forbes]

2020-02-01: IBM’s New CEO Is Mastermind Behind Cloud Strategy for Growth [Olivia Carville/Bloomberg]

2020-02-01: Why Iowa? [Dan Zak/The Washington Post] I have been to Iowa more than once, and liked it.

2020-02-01: South Carolina seeks volunteer pig cuddlers [CNN] I foresee a career change.

2020-01-31: Headline of the week: As a 28-Year-Old Latino, I’m Shocked My New Novel, Memoirs of a Middle-Aged …

2020-01-31: An intriguing list of “little-known but obvious facts”. The word …

2020-01-31: New Jersey mayor John Roth admits to taking off pants, passing out drunk at party. Photo …

2020-01-31: New Bill Would Bar Duncan Hunter from Collecting a Congressional Pension Duncan D. Hunter is years …

2020-01-31: The Crown will end after five seasons – or “series,” as they say in the UK – bringing …

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2020-01-30: Original 1965 ad for The Addams Family Haunted House kit, made by Polar Lights. The original kit was …

2020-01-30: “This facility has gone 5843 days without an assimilation.”

2020-01-30: A Collection of 40 Bad Christian Album Covers With Unfortunate Titles [vintage everyday]

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2020-01-30: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from Nobel Peace Prize winner to apologist for genocide …

2020-01-30: How an 'election meltdown' could throw the US into crisis in 2020 [Fresh Air] There are lots of ways the election could go terribly wrong What happens if one side doesn’t …

2020-01-30: Sex predators are operating against children through online video games. What can be done about …

2020-01-30: I have a Johnny Cash t-shirt that I wore today. When I’m wearing it I often forget I have it …

2020-01-30: San Diego smart streetlights raise privacy concerns San Diego sees privacy concerns from so-called “smart streetlights,” that collect data …

2020-01-30: IBM Names New CEO: Arvind Krishna, Red Hat Deal Mastermind, Replaces Rometty [Me/Light Reading]

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2020-01-29: Minnie Mouse throws down. The cartoon shoes complete the scene. Somebody come look at this 😂😂 1) can …

2020-01-29: #Avasarala's hand terminal with the predictive text: "f*ck | f*cker | f*cked | …

2020-01-29: I bought a 16-ounce bottle of Dr. Brommer’s liquid soap a couple of weeks ago. It is …

2020-01-29: Surprisingly, China actually benefits from the perception that its vendors are government stooges. …

2020-01-29: It saddens me that it’s too late in my life for me to get a cool nickname, like …

2020-01-29: Boston-area natives Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and David “Big Papi” …

2020-01-29: PR pitch of the day: “Parents find sex education conversations easier than technology …

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2020-01-28: This trailer for "Spenser Confidential" looks great! The Netflix movie coming March 6 stars Mark Wahlberg, Winston “Black Panther” Duke, and …

2020-01-28: Juniper Returns to Growth – No Thanks to Service Providers lightreading.com My latest on Light …

2020-01-28: You look like you’re having a tough day so here is the Addams Family dancing to Joy …

2020-01-27: Cory Doctorow: Climate denial has destroyed the libertarian movement boingboing.net

2020-01-27: The agony of weekend loneliness: ‘I won’t speak to another human until Monday’ theguardian.com …

2020-01-27: Photos Of 25 Dogs That Just Can’t Even

2020-01-27: Business Fashion, Australia, Summer, 1975. The socks make the outfit. via

2020-01-27: The iPad is fantastic but also disappointing daringfireball.net Great short essay by John Gruber. …

2020-01-27: Ivanka tells donors she got her moral compass from her dad politico.com Only Monday and we already …

2020-01-27: Trump Impeachment: A Ukraine Smoking Gun Exposes Republicans bloomberg.com The White House knew …

2020-01-27: Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended after tweeting a link to an article about Kobe …

2020-01-27: Is Corona Beer experiencing the AIDS/Ayds effect? [boingboing.net] Mark Frauenfelder: Ayds was an appetite-suppressant candy popular in the 1930s-80s with the …

2020-01-27: I feel that song would be POPular.

2020-01-27: Seeing reports about a woman physicist who developed a theory of gravity that, if proven, would …

2020-01-27: Sound sleeper.

2020-01-26: "Spenser Confidential," a movie based on the Robert B. Parker novels, hits Netfllix March 6. It stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser and Winston “Black Panther” Duke as Hawk. “It is …

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2020-01-26: 📸 Sweetwater River Trail, San Diego A beautiful gray afternoon for a hike.

2020-01-26: Quiz: Which of these 2020 Democrats agrees with you most? I came out Mayor Pete and Yang, which wow. [washingtonpost.com] 20 questions on the issues. I do not support Mayor Pete – the best thing I’ll say for him is …

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2020-01-26: How is the most unpopular and divisive president on his way to a second term? – theguardian.com It’s the economy, says David Smith. Also, unlike 2016, Trump is running a highly organized, …

2020-01-26: The Story of Two Monks and a Woman: A parable about letting go of the past. kottke.org

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2020-01-25: Ode to San Rafael: my unremarkable hometown [Carolyn Jones/SFChronicle.com] I had a vision …

2020-01-25: Scary Sea Monster Really Just Hundreds of Tiny Fish in a Trench Coat [kottke.org] As a defense …

2020-01-25: Copyright was designed to serve creators, but instead it serves big business against creators [Cory …

2020-01-25: No more free rides: US seeks to limit emotional support animals on planes [Joanna Walters/The …

2020-01-25: The head of ICE says he will deport DREAMers if the Supreme Court ends DACA - vox.com To Trump and …

2020-01-25: Gentleman ticketed for driving in carpool lane with plastic skeleton in passenger seat Mark …

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2020-01-24: We’re All in the Bathroom Filming Ourselves Taylor Lorenz/nytimes.com Bathrooms are “the perfect stage set” for TikTok videos. …

2020-01-24: The case for replacing air travel with high-speed sleeper trains Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing. Like Cory, I’ve taken the sleeper train from London to Edinburgh …

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2020-01-24: DirecTV Satellite at Risk of Exploding in Orbit — Jeff Baumgartner/Light Reading AT&T and Boeing …

2020-01-24: Podcast: Don’t Call Us an SD-WAN Provider – Cato Networks – Me/Light Reading Cato Networks …

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2020-01-23: Automating cross-posts to Tumblr, using duct tape and rubber cement I’ve been having a lot of trouble over the years posting to Tumblr. The native Tumblr apps and …

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2020-01-23: I have seen this car parked at Lake Murray occasionally for years. It’s always been beat up …

2020-01-23: On my walk today. Hello, Lake Murray, you’re looking fine.

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2020-01-23: An earlier product name, “Gee, Your Hair Smells Like a Cheesesteak,” was rejected by …

2020-01-23: Clocks change in six weeks in most of the US (March 3). Are you ready?

2020-01-22: La Mesa Shop Owner Arrested After Attack on San Diego Media (I have a slight personal connection to this story) NBC 7 San Diego A La Mesa shop owner – already the subject of a sexual harassment …

2020-01-22: Black Texas teen told to cut his dreadlocks to walk at graduation nbcnews.com

2020-01-22: VMware Extends Its SD-WAN Tentacles With Nyansa Acquisition Me/Light Reading

2020-01-22: CenturyLink Inks $1.6B Networking Deal With US Interior Department – Me/Light Reading

2020-01-22: Minnie says good morning.

2020-01-22: “In every artist’s depiction of a meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, …

2020-01-21: Clearly we should not elect people President just because they are celebrities, but if we’re …

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2020-01-21: We’ve started watching The Morning Show, which I am pleased to see continues an unbroken record of …

2020-01-21: Every time I read up about IndieWeb I get a headache. So confusing! I get that regular people may …

2020-01-21: Martin Luther King: Blacks and poor people get "welfare" but whites and rich people get "subsidies" kottke.org quotes King: Whenever the government provides opportunities and privileges for white …

2020-01-21: It is absolutely fine to rip your books in half Constance Grady/vox.com: On Monday morning, an apparently innocuous tweet summoned a storm of …

2020-01-21: Also, same deal for sockpuppetknifefight.com. If you want that domain for a real project – not to …

2020-01-21: My blog used to be called Monkeys in my Pants. Explanation. I own the domain monkeysinmypants.com. …

2020-01-21: The Black Six (1974)

2020-01-21: On Reddit: “My great uncle Charley Brock. Played football at Nebraska then the Green Bay Packers. …

2020-01-21: Brooklyn, 1945. Students protesting the “no pants to school” rule via

2020-01-21: Does it have to be either/or? 1968 Via

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2020-01-21: “Are you ready to get out the vote in 2020? Because I guarantee you these fuckers are.” …

2020-01-20: “Never Before So Much Livability in 35 Feet” - Richardson’s Regent Bi-level mobile …

2020-01-20: yeahiwasintheshit.tumblr.com/post/1903…

2020-01-20: Batman and the Fonz Via

2020-01-20: The Towering Inferno (1974)

2020-01-20: Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World theatlantic.com Alexis …

2020-01-20: Opening shot of one of my favorite movies, “Almost Famous,” then and now. Ocean Beach, …

2020-01-20: Bernie Sanders getting arrested at a civil rights march, 1963 Via

2020-01-20: Escape from a burning skyscraper by floating gently down like a giant inflated badminton birdie.. Or …

2020-01-20: Nonprofit plans to bring mobile showers to San Diego’s homeless – sandiegouniontribune.com

2020-01-20: The lost neighborhood under New York’s Central Park The land that is now Central Park was site of a village of 1,600 people, “many of whom were …

2020-01-20: Nototo note taking software organizes notes on a literal map, with islands, flowers, trees, etc. …

2020-01-19: Meanwhile, on the internet

2020-01-19: I have several questions. Via

2020-01-19: A dentist was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts after filming himself performing a …

2020-01-19: Isaac Asimov's roaming hands Asimov’s Empire, Asimov’s Wall – daily.jstor.org Alec Nevala-Lee reflects on Asimov’s twin …

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2020-01-19: Wild elephant walks into a Sri Lanka hotel, wanders around gently poking at stuff with its trunk. …

2020-01-19: Thanks to @manton for responding to a help request from me on Friday night, within minutes, and …

2020-01-19: Dave Winer: I'm re-thinking RSS now RSS forces “blogging into the title-description-body model of journalism. But blog posts are …

2020-01-19: A four-year-old answers job interview questions. ‪The advice about writing is spot on. ‬

2020-01-19: “911—what’s your emergency?” “Hi, I … uh … I work from home.” …

2020-01-19: Tennessee governor seeks to amend law honouring Nathan Bedford Forrest, leader of Ku Klux Klan [The …

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2020-01-18: The British “full breakfast” is dying: The fry-up may be toast – but, much to my own …

2020-01-18: Brawny Disneyland guest removes park’s sword in the stone/Boing Boing I guess he’s the king of …

2020-01-18: This statement could be read as Dave Winer disavowing blogging and RSS. Which would be …

2020-01-18: TSA issues apology to Native American woman who had braids pulled by agent The federal Transportation Security Administration has apologized to a Native American woman who …

2020-01-18: National Archives edited Women’s March picture to be less critical of Trump Vox The National …

2020-01-18: More pizza, fewer vegetables: Trump administration further undercuts Obama school-lunch rules The …

2020-01-18: Man hijacks Portland airport monitor to play video games, until PDX officials declare ‘game over’ …

2020-01-18: Larry David: The Incredibly Happy Life of TV’s Favorite Grouch Brett Martin: It is almost …

2020-01-18: That moment when you’re sitting on the couch and you tilt your head back to get the last few …

2020-01-17: I am enjoying Jack Ryan enough to watch one episode a night, but not enough for two. I’m glad Jim …

2020-01-17: Jack Reacher series author Lee Child ‘quits and lets brother step in’ [The Guardian]

2020-01-16: Oldest diving suit in the world …

2020-01-16: Seems like Jean is really into wieners 1940’s Visking Skinless Wiener Ad …

2020-01-16: Mavis is kind of passive-aggressive. Australian Women’s Weekly - 1936 …

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2020-01-16: Bankers Flooding JPMorgan Event Bemoan San Francisco Squalor www.bloomberg.com/news/arti… My …

2020-01-16: Rep. Ayanna Pressley reveals she has alopecia: ‘It’s important I’m transparent …

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2020-01-16: San Diego destroyer commander fired www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/mili… Cmdr. John “Bob” …

2020-01-16: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Wants To Ban ‘Virginity Tests’ In California …

2020-01-16: You look like you’re having a tough day so here is a video of Jennifer Garner freaking out on …

2019-12-21: Micro.blog is making me better at social media in general. Instead of just mindlessly tapping …

2019-12-08: I’m back, micro.blog! Giving you another try.

2019-08-01: Canceled micro.blog but then resubscribed. Oh, micro.blog, why can’t I quit you?

2019-07-15: Our cat Sammy has far more confidence in my ability to avoid stepping on him when he’s …

2019-07-15: It’s 84 degrees in my office, I just started drinking a blazing hot cup of strong coffee, and …

2019-07-15: Ready or not, here comes the new Twitter Want.

2019-07-14: [Boonton New Jersey, circa …

2019-07-14: The Schramm javelin prototype, a single-seat aluminum body helicopter designed by B.J Schramm in …

2019-07-14: Neil Armstrong eating his last breakfast on Earth before leaving for the moon, July 1969

2019-07-14: K Mart sounds great! 1980

2019-07-14: Classic Maxell ad, 1983

2019-07-14: Part plane, part truck, all badass

2019-07-14: Soft pets for weird dog

2019-07-14: On the 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy podcast: Pornography: Examining claims that …

2019-07-14: On the Our Opinions Are Correct podcast: Science Fiction Explains Our Messed Up Economy. Economist …

2019-07-14: Interview with Carol Downer and Francie Hornstein, who helped women get safer abortions in the 1960s before the procedure became legal in the US. The abortion underground: Downer and Hornstein helped women provide a safer alternative to brutal …

2019-07-14: Father tricks his toddler daughters into stopping crying by telling them to take turns. I thought it …

2019-07-14: Puppy Pride: Dogs of the San Diego Pride Parade. Aww. 📷 🐶

2019-07-14: Excellent comic. Something to think about before you sleep … if you can sleep after this.

2019-07-14: I’m finally remembering to bring grocery bags when shopping. Thus is the number of F-bombs …

2019-07-14: Tennessee’s Republican governor signed a proclamation into law honoring Nathan Bedford …

2019-07-14: Trump says progressive congresswomen should ‘go back’ and fix the places they …

2019-07-13: Life goal. Via

2019-07-13: 📺 We got 10 minutes into the second episode of “Stranger Things” and we’re done …

2019-07-13: The song “Africa” is playing on infinite loop on outdoor, solar powered speakers in the Namib Desert …

2019-07-13: Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93. His epitaph includes a mix of at least one …

2019-07-13: Jeffrey Epstein's arrest is leading to "I told you so" from supporters of #pizzagate, Qanon and other conspiracy theorists. Every crazy fake conspiracy theory in the world has a counterpart that’s true. #pizzagate is …

2019-07-13: Surveillance cameras show that bystanders will intervene to help in cases of emergency, debunking the so-called "bystander effect" that's been common wisdom in the social sciences for 50 years. Surveillance Cameras Debunk the Bystander Effect. Richard Florida writing at The Atlantic: It’s one …

2019-07-13: The Pinboard social bookmarking service turns 10 and creator Maciej Ceglowski celebrates with his usual dry, delightful wit I Can’t Stop Winning! Now that a decade has passed, I thought I would have some Yoda-like …

2019-07-13: Several US flags left by Apollo astronauts on the moon may still be standing, but probably not the …

2019-07-13: Kid comes to a video con in costume as an influencer apology video

2019-07-13: gail.com FAQ: Gail.com gets a lot of traffic from people who meant to go to gmail.com but made a …

2019-07-13: Three reasons the American Revolution was a mistake: “Slavery would’ve been abolished earlier, …

2019-07-12: Trailer for the upcoming new season of “Veronica Mars.” Yes, that’s right – new …

2019-07-12: Good podcast about a bizarre relationship between psychiatrist and patient The Shrink Next Door: Marty Moskowitz, a successful New York businessman and attorney, was having …

2019-07-12: This is how you deal with Nazis who don’t understand how free speech works.

2019-07-12: Life goal. Via

2019-07-12: The decentralized, open source Mastodon social network has been invaded by Gab, a pro-Nazi platform. Gab moved to Mastodon servers recently, leading Mastodon admins and developers struggling with the …

2019-07-12: Netflix's "Another Life" features Katee Sackhoff as commander of a starship making first contact between Earth and an an alien civilization, in the near future. Here’s the preview on YouTube. Looks good! I never got into “Battlestar …

2019-07-12: “The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass …

2019-07-12: John Carpenter’s “The Thing” but with adorable claymation penguins

2019-07-12: I hope the guy in the car had insurance.

2019-07-12: Dog: “Great job making the bed! I’ll just add some finishing touches.”

2019-07-12: A new technique uses space-based satellite surveillance to prevent bridge collapses, by detecting …

2019-07-12: When Natural Disasters Strike, Operation BBQ Swoops In With Relief — And Ribs Operation BBQ Relief: Competitive barbecuers flock to disaster scenes to serve up delicious hot food …

2019-07-12: Today I learned MetaFilter is still a thing and it’s still very good.

2019-07-12: A court in Dresden, Germany, sentenced two men to prison for copyright infringement – on Usenet Yes, …

2019-07-12: A judge ruled against Oracle’s lawsuit seeking to block the $10B JEDI contract for Pentagon …

2019-07-11: Matt Yglesias and Jenny Schuetz solve the housing crisis Vox journalist Matt Yglesias talks with Jenny Scheutz, housing economist and fellow at the Brookings …

2019-07-11: Wonderful, vintage photos posted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

2019-07-11: Oh, lovely, a bipartisan election hack alert law bill for Mitch McConnell to feed into the shredder “Two US lawmakers are pushing a bipartisan bill that would force the Department of Homeland Security …

2019-07-11: Rural America Might See More 5G With FCC's New 2.5GHz Order But the plan draws criticism. Mike Dano reports on Light Reading: “Today’s vote doubles …

2019-07-11: Metallica to publish children’s book, The ABCs of Metallica [Ben Beaumont-Thomas/The Guardian] …

2019-07-11: Instagrammers Love This Turquoise Lake, But It’s Actually A Toxic Dump [Salvador …

2019-07-11: Microsoft Teams overtakes Slack with 13 million daily users. [Tom Warren/The Verge] We use Teams and …

2019-07-11: Shoelace is Google's new social network Sarah Perez on TechCrunch A new project from Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, aims to help …

2019-07-11: I see Google is starting yet another social network. Google+, Google Reader, Google Buzz, Google Wave, Orkut, and Dodgeball weren’t enough for …

2019-07-10: Novelist Stephen McCauley explores sexuality and relationships in “My Ex-Life.” His …

2019-07-10: Recycling: People should stop thinking of recycling as a virtue, and start considering whether …

2019-07-10: Can You Hear It? Sonic Devices Play High-Pitched Noises To Repel Teens Philadelphia is putting a …

2019-07-10: Anti-“marihuana” ad, 1930s. https://reddit.com/r/vintageads/comments/cbocxh/anti_marihuana_ad_1930s/ …

2019-07-10: Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong In the early grades, U.S. schools value …

2019-07-10: They finally built a better ketchup bottle. And soon it’s going to be everywhere. …

2019-07-10: IBM: We Won’t ‘Bluewash’ Red Hat: IBM executives say they’d be fools to …

2019-07-10: ONAP ‘Dublin’ Lightens Network Orchestration: The latest release of the Open Network …

2019-07-10: 5G Will Be 100x Faster Than LTE? More Like 2.7x Faster www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g… 5G …

2019-07-09: ” … much of the dysfunction of tech regulation — from botched anti-sex-trafficking laws …

2019-07-09: Built on Sand: “Wherever we go, we’re surrounded by sand. It’s in the floors beneath us, walls …

2019-07-09: RIP Rip Torn: Actor’s actor, political activist, badass boingboing.net/2019/07/0…

2019-07-09: IBM Builds Telco Muscle With $34B Red Hat Acquisition: IBM sees its combination with Red Hat as …

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2019-07-08: “Draw me like one of your French girls.”

2019-07-08: On Reddit: I was just in an Apple Store while it was Robbed

2019-07-08: Zuck’s personal head of security resigns after allegations of homophobia, transphobia, …

2019-07-08: USA’s formidable women’s team is no accident. It’s a product of public policy …

2019-07-08: Greg McVerry: “Find a passion, start a blog.” Or you can just do what I do and post …

2019-07-08: Pratik talks about taking photos on vacation, blogging in a post-Facebook world, and inability to do …

2019-07-08: “Muhammad Ali is a singular figure in American life. But there are elements of a modern-day …

2019-07-08: Larri Thomas in The Silencers (1966)

2019-07-08: Why measles returned Why Is Measles Back? [The Atlantic] Peter Beinart, the author of this article, blames the anti-vax …

2019-07-08: Artificial coffee. I'm appalled. A Bitter End For Regular Joe? Scientists Engineer A Smooth, Beanless Coffee [NPR] A startup has …

2019-07-08: Conair Impressions crimper, 1989

2019-07-08: Researchers are working on plant-based fake fish Fish replacement may be the next big wave in alternative protein development I’m intrigued by …

2019-07-08: Bill Gates envies Steve Jobs's ability to mesmerize people with nonsense Microsoft’s Bill Gates: Steve Jobs cast spells on everyone but he didn’t fool me Sounds …

2019-07-07: Shedding Light On Domestic Violence [Fresh Air podcast]. An average of four women are killed by …

2019-07-07: Spreadsheet [50 Things That Made the Moden Economy podcast]. A grid on a computer screen gives us a …

2019-07-07: Weeding is Fundamental [99% Invisible podcast.] When the San Francisco Public Library renovated 20 …

2019-07-07: The Town that Stayed Quiet: The This is Love podcast visits a city in northern Italy where everyone …

2019-07-07: “Come fly with me”, 1960s

2019-07-07: Welch’s Juice. LIFE, June 9, 1947.

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2019-07-07: First impressions of micro.blog: Community, people and content looks great. Design and UI are …

2019-07-07: Get a Spine! Stories about people – including a scientist who studies invertebrates – who get a …

2019-07-07: Maureen Dowd: It’s Nancy Pelosi’s Parade - The New York Times I’m feeling warmer toward Pelosi after …