- Really loving the new track from @NBThieves !! https://t.co/YZefSqO7FR cc: @davepell who was way early on NBT a… https://t.co/69cTxSNjsV 2020-06-23
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/JeKswiP9qD #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-06-23
- I’m hearing the French are lobbying to make this permanent. ????
- RT @paulkrugman: This is the chart that I think best captures the extent of the US debacle. It adjusts both for population and for the fact… 2020-06-25
- RT @PreetBharara: I forget who but someone in a position of power assured us this would be over by Easter 2020-06-25
- How The Virus Won – https://t.co/2sflhJVPHT #Covid19 #Disease #Pandemic https://t.co/k0ckyCqVfY 2020-06-26
- The Importance of Live Aid – https://t.co/QXMFUnsB1s #1980s #Concert #Liveaid #Queen #Rundmc https://t.co/wyQxBt44XW 2020-06-26
- Liverpool EPL champions desktop/device wallpaper has been added to my English Soccer Wallpaper page. Look in the “E… https://t.co/2uUTPZ2e4n 2020-06-27
- RT @RogerClark41: I wonder if the Woodrow Wilson Rest Stop will get a name change too? #jersey 2020-06-28
- RT @CaseySez: All I want is an SNL special of Kristen Wiig playing all the different women who have freaked out over masks at grocery store… 2020-06-28
- RT @ProjectLincoln: In the past 72 hours we’ve learned:
1. Trump knew Putin was hunting our soldiers.
2. Putin successfully killed our sol… 2020-06-28
- RT @kylegriffin1: In hundreds of classified calls with heads of state, Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issue… 2020-06-29
- RT @jpaceDC: WASHINGTON (AP) _ AP sources: White House was aware of intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops in 2019 2020-06-29
- RT @johnbattelle: Are we tired of all the #Winning yet? 2020-06-29
One person familiar with almost all the conversations with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western Europe described the calls cumulatively as ‘abominations’ so grievous to US national security interests that if members of Congress heard from witnesses to the actual conversations or read the texts and contemporaneous notes, even many senior Republican members would no longer be able to retain confidence in the President.
The insidious effect of the conversations comes from Trump’s tone, his raging outbursts at allies while fawning over authoritarian strongmen, his ignorance of history and lack of preparation as much as it does from the troubling substance, according to the sources. While in office, then- Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats expressed worry to subordinates that Trump’s telephone discussions were undermining the coherent conduct of foreign relations and American objectives around the globe, one of CNN’s sources said. And in recent weeks, former chief of staff Kelly has mentioned the damaging impact of the President’s calls on US national security to several individuals in private.
The most jaw dropping elements were saved for describing 45’s interactions with Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan
The calls with Putin and Erdogan were particularly egregious in terms of Trump almost never being prepared substantively and thus leaving him susceptible to being taken advantage of in various ways, according to the sources — in part because those conversations (as with most heads of state), were almost certainly recorded by the security services and other agencies of their countries.In his phone exchanges with Putin, the sources reported, the President talked mostly about himself, frequently in over-the-top, self-aggrandizing terms: touting his “unprecedented” success in building the US economy; asserting in derisive language how much smarter and “stronger” he is than “the imbeciles” and “weaklings” who came before him in the presidency (especially Obama); reveling in his experience running the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow, and obsequiously courting Putin’s admiration and approval. Putin “just outplays” him, said a high-level administration official — comparing the Russian leader to a chess grandmaster and Trump to an occasional player of checkers. While Putin “destabilizes the West,” said this source, the President of the United States “sits there and thinks he can build himself up enough as a businessman and tough guy that Putin will respect him.” (At times, the Putin-Trump conversations sounded like “two guys in a steam bath,” a source added.)
Just as a reminder, a summary of how the Senate voted during the impeachment proceedings earlier this year. (Remember that?)
Live Aid was a seminal day and event in rock and roll history that has been discussed and analyzed numerous times over the 35 years since it took place. What is amazing to me about Live Aid is that it went from hair-brained idea to seminal, once in a lifetime event in just about a year.
Live Aid, which took place on July 13, 1985 for a global audience of 1.9 billion people, was a massive, bi-continental pop concert created to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. It was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, leader of the Irish new wave band The Boomtown Rats. Geldof was spurred to philanthropic action after seeing a BBC report in October 1984 that featured footage of starving children. His first thought was to make a charity single.
Of course, Live Aid wasn’t just about fundraising. It also had to be a great show—or else why would people bother to watch it in the first place? As it happened, the day was filled with memorable performances on both sides of the Atlantic. The consensus pick for Live Aid MVP is Queen, whose 21-minute Wembley set included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We are the Champions.” Mercury “strutted and preened, carrying his microphone on a metal pole that he treated as a vaudevillian’s cane, an air guitar, and, of course, a phallus,” The New York Times wrote of Mercury’s performance. “He was a rock star playing a rock star, leather-lunged and imperious but also grinning to let everyone share the joke … For 21 minutes, Freddie Mercury undeniably made the world his stadium.” In 2005, Queen’s Live Aid set was voted the greatest rock gig in history by a panel of music industry experts.
The diversity of the acts that performed during the Live Aid concerts in Philly and London was a downfall of the event, but it was not for a lack of trying. While it was an important day for artists like Run-DMC, other larger black artists such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Prince declined to participate. Hindsight is 20/20 and I am sure there were things that could have been done to get a more diverse palette of artists to perform. The impact that the event had on Run-DMC was real and was an important opportunity to expose a worldwide audience to the emerging ‘hip hop’ genre of music.
As a teenager in the middle of high school when this event took place, I will never forget spending that Saturday watching the concert unfold. It was an amazing thing to witness live and I only wish I could have been there in person in Philadelphia.
The NY Times with a really amazing piece on their site that takes you step by step from the first two cases of COVID-19 in mid-February 2020 through to the disaster that is unfolding in front of our eyes.
We traced the hidden spread of the epidemic to explain why the United States failed to stop it. At every crucial moment, American officials were weeks or months behind the reality of the outbreak. Those delays likely cost tens of thousands of lives.
And then after that, our elected leaders encouraged people to travel around the country and in doing so, accelerated the spread of the disease.
Top federal health experts concluded by late February that the virus was likely to spread widely within the United States and that government officials would soon need to urge the public to embrace social distancing measures, such as avoiding crowds and staying home.
But Mr. Trump wanted to avoid disrupting the economy. So some of his health advisers, at Mr. Trump’s urging, told Americans at the end of February to continue to travel domestically and go on with their normal lives. And they did. Millions moved across the country, cellphone data shows. Some unknowingly carried the virus with them.
As people traveled into and out of the United States, cities like New York turned into a massive hot spot for the virus. Once the reality of the situation was acertained by government leaders, they tried to mitigate the situation by restricting travel.
By the time President Trump blocked travel from Europe on March 13, the restrictions were essentially pointless. The outbreak had already been spreading widely in most states for weeks.
Today, after we were starting to see serious progress towards gaining control over this public health crisis, we are now seeing a rapid increase in cases across the South and Southwest as the country has begun to open up. Who could have predicted that? While other developed countries in Europe have effectively brought their COVID situations under control, the United States is now seeing an alarming rise in cases. What an embarrassment.
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/pWikdbSjd1 #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-06-16
- RT @jkottke: Greatest country in the world 2020-06-17
- RT @SethAbramson: 575 pages. 5,000 citations. Major reveals on COVID-19, the election, the protests, China, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Israel… 2020-06-18
- Rick Astley Doing Foo Fighters “Everlong” – https://t.co/w4JZeuLqYF #FooFighters #RickAstley https://t.co/NGSmIlrJfm 2020-06-19
- McCandless “Magic Bus” Removed From Alaskan Wilderness – https://t.co/gx232aW3NL #Alaska #ChrisMccandless… https://t.co/DoNYBjbVJ2 2020-06-19
- RT @whitehouserogue: You just can’t fix stupid. 2020-06-20
- RT @gruber: “Overflow crowd” can’t hear Trump over sound of crickets chirping. https://t.co/mXfvOX0wtL 2020-06-20
- RT @SethAbramson: It’s official: Trump’s Tulsa rally is an embarrassing disaster.
1? The outdoor event has been cancelled.
2? The overflow… 2020-06-20
- Saint-Maximin Takes a Knee: Newcastle forward celebrates his goal vs. Sheff Utd ????
- RT @davepell: Once you cut the cord, you can’t believe there are still people who haven’t cut it. 2020-06-22
The abandoned 1946 Fairbanks Bus #142 (aka the “Magic Bus”) that was used by Christopher McCandless during his fateful Alaskan adventure, as popularized in Jon Krakaur’s book “Into The Wild” and the movie of the same name, was removed from the Alaskan wilderness yesterday. (Video of the removal)
The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at-times swollen rivers. Some have had to be rescued or have died. Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and movie, died there in 1992.
The rescue earlier this year of five Italian tourists and death last year of a woman from Belarus intensified calls from local officials for the bus, about 25 miles from the Parks Highway, to be removed.
The Alaska Army National Guard moved the bus as part of a training mission “at no cost to the public or additional cost to the state,” Feige said.
The Alaska National Guard, in a release, said the bus was removed using a heavy-lift helicopter. The crew ensured the safety of a suitcase with sentimental value to the McCandless family, the release states. It doesn’t describe that item further.
From the time I first read about Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) [PDF] and his fateful adventure into the Alaskan wilderness, I have always found the story both compelling and tragic. Maybe it was because he was almost my exact age (born only two months after me), or maybe I was somewhat jealous of the courage he had to just pick up after college and take off on an excursion to explore the country and to find his calling. I was drawn to the sense of adventure and exploration that came with the story. The tragedy, of course, was that his fate was avoidable had he not been as dismissive of the dangers of ‘living off the land’ and the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness.
There has been ample criticism of his story for just this reason – what is it about this story that compels us to “celebrate” the stupidity of a person who heads out into the Alaskan wilderness with not much more than a backpack? I don’t know the answer to that question.
As was noted in the article about the removal of the bus, it was a move that seems like it had to be done. Over the years, the “Magic Bus” had attracted tourists from all over the world, those in search of replicating his journey and others who were just drawn to make a pilgrimage to see the bus. But much like Chris himself, several of those people did not appreciate the danger of that part of the country, and that resulted in the need for Alaskan authorities to rescue people, or tragically, recover people who had met the same fate as Chris.
Hopefully, the fine folks in Alaska will find a spot for the “Magic Bus” in a museum, or in a part of the state that is far easier for people to visit than where it previously was.
Nice write up by Eva Holland at Outside Magazine providing more detail and context about people visiting the “Magic Bus” over the years and the danger that came with those visits. via @nextdraft.
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/6vWVsR09F1 #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-06-09
- RT @CoachBabersCuse: We are hurting now, but through unity comes the power for true change.
- Hey @hbomax and @warnerbros Can you do us all a favor and just edit together @HarryPotterFilm Deathly Hallows 1 and… https://t.co/dmt90SLY54 2020-06-11
- RT @MarthaRaddatz: He’s the man the president doesn’t want you to hear.
I just sat down with John Bolton, Pres. Trump’s former trusted adv… 2020-06-15
- The Excuses They Used Not To Sign #Kaepernick – https://t.co/TigVEWjJEQ #Blm #Nfl #Protest https://t.co/h4ngHz3K1A 2020-06-15
- 7.62 millimeter Full Metal Jacket @ChrisRyan77 @BillSimmons #movietitleinthescript 2020-06-15
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem across the 2016 season, the NFL turned a cold shoulder and let him flap in the wind. The league has never admitted as much, yet it is so clear that is what happened as the fine folks at The Ringer have clearly articulated, down to the detail about his playing performance (which admittedly did tail off but was still better compared to other QBs signed in the past few years).
And so it took a course of inaction. The NFL never suspended Kaepernick; the quarterback simply never found his way onto a roster in 2017, 2018, or 2019. This inaction pissed just about everybody off. Kap’s supporters were convinced that he had been blackballed from the league, while President Donald Trump urged his base to stop watching NFL games and in 2017 called protesting players “sons of bitches.” Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke publicly about the importance of having “different viewpoints” while reportedly “looking for a way for the protests to end.” Last December, Goodell told media that the league had “moved on” from Kaepernick.
Fast forward four years to 2020, where a string of police brutality cases capped by the death of George Floyd led the NFL and their ‘silver spooned’ commissioner Roger Goodell to release an awkwardly crafted video that basically admitted that Kaepernick was right. Yet they didn’t have the guts to call him out by name.
There was just one error with the NFL’s approach: Kaepernick was right. The league seemed to think that it could ignore police brutality simply because it had “moved on” from Kaepernick, but police officers kept killing Black people. Hundreds of American cities have held Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and kneeling has become one of the international symbols of the movement. Public opinion has shifted. In 2016, Kaepernick was villainized for protesting during the anthem; in 2020, Drew Brees was villainized for saying he would “never agree with anybody” who protested in that way.
- RT @HamillHimself: The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film. When we shot it, Vader's line was "You don't know t… 2020-06-02
- Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/5XhTnL4tRt 2020-06-02
- https://t.co/q4VwuTKe1r https://t.co/5W9nzqKYq0 2020-06-02
- RT @TheTweetOfGod: It's time for people of different races to stop killing each other and realize they're all members of the same race tha… 2020-06-04
- RT @CNN: The electoral map is tilting badly against Donald Trump right now | Analysis by @CillizzaCNN https://t.co/3Amkdz1fZd 2020-06-04
- RT @ChrisMurphyCT: Every American should read this.
He’s asked twice, by a cupcake interviewer, what we should do about policing reform.… 2020-06-04
- Artist Creates IKEA Instructions for Movie Icons https://t.co/r4cfAWor0e via @nerdist 2020-06-05
- 5 of 5 stars to I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara https://t.co/mM4eow4KEb 2020-06-06
- Verifying myself: I am sgclark on https://t.co/TXCJBZE0xt. THJxGKXM75dOTVIIAOBvWfuAsy37dPH5a6DJ / https://t.co/3a0XCtLTGN 2020-06-06
- RT @mmpadellan: 38% of Americans approve of trump's:
– 108,000 deaths from COVID-19
– 40 Million unemployed
– Tear-gassing peaceful protest… 2020-06-08
- https://t.co/zRqk49msAZ https://t.co/kLBdiJPePI 2020-05-26
- RT @roywoodjr: That dog left Central Park and went straight to the Feds to give his statement https://t.co/EYBSAG3kKb 2020-05-26
- RT @FitzyGFY: If it's not Papi's 2013 Game 2 ALCS grand slam then I don't know what to say https://t.co/33GDvLAuKo 2020-05-27
- JK Rowling releases "The Ickabog" online. It has no relation to the Harry Potter series. https://t.co/FP06udZp2k 2020-05-28
- “I understand that people are angry, but they shouldn’t just endanger businesses without even a thought to enrichin… https://t.co/VB8UkTAYYg 2020-05-28
- A Decade Into #Responsive Web Design – https://t.co/z1GEOmpRRp #Architecture #Css #WebDesign https://t.co/4wrfpwfh7P 2020-05-29
- Every state's topography, Joy Division style.
- RT @daringfireball: Zuckerberg Cravenly Goes All-In on Trump
- RT @JordanBitterman: Election is 5 months away:
– Pandemic is ravaging the country
– 1 in 4 have filed jobless claims
– racism is unchecke… 2020-05-30
- There is a tree growing out of a gutter near my house. https://t.co/s3ntDk65JE https://t.co/32IkolHVXr 2020-05-30
- RT @roywoodjr: So tired of this month. Today feel like May 43rd. 2020-05-30
- Run rabbit run https://t.co/X3RbTy6BiO https://t.co/TP1JvLXWTa 2020-05-30
- RT @RBReich: More than 100,000 Americans dead, the highest unemployment since the Depression, America in flames, the National Guard deploye… 2020-05-31
- Photos From A Country On Edge – https://t.co/E5fpAlYpeU #Angry #GeorgeFloyd #Protests https://t.co/sS93HLRLae 2020-05-31
- RT @maggieNYT: > 2020-06-01
- RT @KevinOConnorNBA: Donald Trump really just had the police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protestors in Washington D.C. to… 2020-06-01
- RT @danpfeiffer: Newspaper editors have a choice: They don't have to use the photo that President used tear gas on his citizens to generate. 2020-06-01
The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the back of America this week, rapidly following the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, while our nation’s president hid behind his iPhone like the cowering 5 year old he is and tweeted racially insensitive messages that only fanned the flames of outrage. And all of this is happening as we are coming to grips with a global pandemic that has taken 100,000 American lives.
Across every state and most major cities in our great country, protests have taken to the streets to express their frustration and outrage from everything that has been taking place here over the past few weeks and months. Below are photos from various cities that really illustrate the rage that is permeating every corner of the nation, via NY Times, CNN and NPR.
From Ethan Marcotte, the ‘inventor’ and person who established the concept of ‘responsive architecture’, on the process of how his epiphany came to be:
Around that time, my partner Elizabeth visited the High Line in New York City shortly after it opened. When she got back, she told me about these wheeled lounge chairs she saw in one section, and how people would move them apart for a bit of solitude, or push a few chairs together to sit closer to friends. We got to excitedly chatting about them. I thought there was something really compelling about that image: a space that could be controlled, reshaped, and redesigned by the people who moved through it.
I remember spending that evening reading more about those chairs and, from there, about more dynamic forms of architecture. I read about concepts for walls built with tensile materials and embedded sensors, and how those walls could bend and flex as people drew near to them. I read about glass walls that could become opaque at the flip of a switch, or when movement was detected. I even bought a rather wonderful book on the subject, Interactive Architecture, which described these new spaces as “a conversation” between physical objects or spaces, and the people who interacted with them.
After a few days of research, I found some articles that alternated between two different terms for the same concept. They’d call it interactive architecture, sure, but then they’d refer to it with a different name: responsive architecture.
A light went off in my head. Responsive felt right for what I was trying to describe: layouts that would just know the best way to fit on a user’s screen. A user wouldn’t have to tap or click on anything to get the best design for their laptop or smartphone; rather, the design could fluidly adapt to the space available. It’d just respond.
And to think that before this, the collective ‘we’ had to look at web pages that were the same size and did not adjust to the different screens or devices that were beginning to pop up out there in the wild. Like the animals we were.
This is a real issue, especially if you have kids who LOVE Legos. How do you reign in a massive Lego set? Yes, it’s a ‘first world’ issue. But it is an issue.
Adam Savage’s Tested channel on YouTube focuses on ‘one day builds’ for small to medium sized projects, but for the task of taking on his Lego collection, he may have bitten off too much than he could chew. He does end up with a really nice custom built unit to hold ArtBin Super Satchels of various shapes and sizes, but it apparently took him 10 days to really get his full Lego collection under control. The issue, which I have observed with my son’s substantial Lego collection, is that there are just so many variations of Lego pieces. And the variation has accelerated over the past 10 to 15 years as all these unique, custom kits have been developed. Back in the 80’s, when I was a kid playing with my Lego collection, the variation of pieces was not nearly as wide as it is today.
I really like the ArtBin Super Satchel storage containers that he used for some of the smaller and ‘wide variety’ pieces and I may look into buying some of these bins to use. And it also appears that ArtBin has storage ‘cubes’ for the Satchels, which alleviates the need to build a custom unit the way Adam did above. We have already gone down this path to a degree by using the small plastic Gils storage units from Ikea. The one drawback of these for Lego storage is that they are a little deeper than the Super Satchels and not as big.
This may be another ‘quarantine’ project worth taking on.