- #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.
Shakespeare and Company is a legendary bookstore located in the heart of Paris. It was founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919 and during the 1920s and 1930s, was the hub of a generation of legendary “expatriate” writers in Paris, known as “The Lost Generation”. This generation was depicted in the fictional Woody Allen movie “Midnight In Paris”. Shakespeare and Company came to prominence for this set of writers because she published James Joyce’s “Ulysses” in 1922.
Similar to other recent efforts from major museums around the world, Princeton University is taking the full collection of Beach’s Papers and digitizing them, opening up a fascinating window into the operations of Shakespeare and Company that includes the membership rolls of Shakespeare’s lending library. These records detail the books and literature that some of the most legendary authors themselves borrowed from the this iconic bookstore.
Through a large-scale digitization project of the Sylvia Beach papers at Princeton, the Shakespeare and Company Project will “recreate the world of the Lost Generation. The Project details what members of the lending library read and where they lived, and how expatriate life changed between the end of World War I and the German Occupation of France.” During the thirties, Beach began to cater more to French-speaking intellectuals. Among later logbooks we’ll find the names Aimé Césaire, Jacques Lacan, and Simone de Beauvoir. Beach closed the store for good in 1941, the story goes, rather than sell a Nazi officer a copy of Finnegans Wake.
Princeton’s “trove of materials reveals, among other things,” writes Lithub, “the reading preferences of some of the 20th century’s most famous writers,” it’s true. But not only are there many famous names; the library logs also record “less famous but no less interesting figures, too, from a respected French physicist to the woman who started the musicology program at the University of California.” Shakespeare and Company became the place to go for thousands of French and expat patrons in Paris during some of the city’s most legendarily literary years.Josh Jones, Open Culture
This is such a unique window into the minds of some of the most influential people of that era (and history) and the types of literary work that influenced them. It is as well a view into a diverse cross section of individuals from around the world who were members of the Shakespeare Lending Library, many whom were not as famous. Not only can you see what books and literature they checked out of Shakespeare, but it also details where the thousands of members lived over the years that they were part of the Lending Library membership rolls.
For example, the Ernest Hemingway profile page details where he lived in Paris (three places including 6 rue Férou, 113 rue Notre Dame de Champs, and 69 rue Froidevaux) as well where he lived as Spain, Switzerland and Cuba. It details when he was a member (off and on between 1921 and 1938). Then, we get to the good stuff, as it also details what books Hemingway checked out, and we have to assume, he read. They include works by William Butler Yeats, Gertrude Stein, Upton Sinclair, George Orwell, and Eugene O’Neill to name a few. He even bought some of his own work from Shakespeare, which somehow seems ‘on brand’.
Just a tantalizing snapshot into one of the most interesting periods of time in Paris and the world!
- RT @brhodes: It was, quite literally, a playbook for responding to a pandemic. But it was Obama's, so Trump junked it. 2020-05-12
- But hey…let's double down on investing in coal industry. This irony can not be lost: 45's incompetence in respon… https://t.co/mA7bALyUD7 2020-05-14
- RT @davepell: I get so many emails calling me and extreme liberal because I contrast Trumps lies with scientific reality.
The notion that… 2020-05-15
- Wall St. Is A Gambling Proxy – https://t.co/pJbmJyK8Ha #Covid19 #Economy #Investing 2020-05-17
- .@andygreenwald , @ChrisRyan77 Thoughts on Killing Eve this season? 2020-05-18
In mid March, when the US became woefully aware to the stark realization of the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we saw the major US stock markets take significant tumbles. The market took some significant dips in the days around St. Patrick’s Day, however they have since rebounded relatively steadily since. And what is interesting is what could be driving this investing activity, against the advise and wisdom of many a seasoned Economist:
In a…presentation to the Economic Club of New York, on Tuesday [May 12], Stanley Druckenmiller, a former hedge-fund manager who now invests his own money, said, “The risk-reward for equity”—that is, stocks—“is maybe as bad as I’ve seen it in my career.” And yet many small investors…do not seem fazed by warnings like these.John Cassidy, The New Yorker
Over the past few years, many brokerage firms have substantially reduced, or outright eliminated, trading fees. While this has reduced the friction for any individual investor to enter the market and invest, the COVID-19 lockdown and the lack of sports may be having an unanticipated impact on market dynamics:
“It could be that it’s just a lot of people have a lot of time on their hands,” he said. “One friend suggested to me it is replacing gambling. The casinos are closed and there are no sports to bet on.”
For some active traders, this theory does seem to apply. “I like betting on sports,” Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, told Business Insider. “Sports ended, and this was something that was still going that I could do during the day.” After the shutdowns began, Portnoy put three million dollars in an E-Trade account “to play around with.” He’s been busy sharing his exploits with his large Twitter following. (On Friday morning, he reported, “I’m up fifty grand.”)John Cassidy, The New Yorker
The scary thing about what is happening to the Economy as a result of the tepid response by the US Government to the crisis is that few people really, truly understand the crippling effect the shut down dynamics are having on the greater US economy. With so many people’s investments and retirements tied up in the stock market, when the true scope of the damage slowly exposes itself like a slow motion car crash, you have to wonder if the damage will be accelerated by stocks crashing further and impacting individuals who entered the market to satisfy a gambling itch they could not scratch.
“Escape the Room” games have been all the rage recently, especially in corporate circles looking for fun team building exercises. Now with the whole COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changing things, one has to wonder how the ‘escape’ trend will fair in the ‘pandemic world order’.
A librarian in Pennsylvania took matters into his own hands, using of all things Google Docs, to create a virtual Harry Potter ‘Escape the Room: Hogwarts Edition’. No confirmation if they got an approval from JK Rowling herself. :P
I went through some of the game and found it fun and entertaining. Will need to give it my full attention to see how it works through to the end. This also makes me think I may need to fire up the Harry Potter movies and/or books sometime soon as this is making me realize how much I miss the Wizarding World!
I can not get enough of John Krasinski’s Some Good News. It is Coronavirus much see YouTube TV. The Brad Pitt cameo in Episode 4 was short but oh so sweet. Every episode has been better than the previous one. He may have created a monster and people may not let him stop doing this.
- Time Capsule of A Early 2000s Computer Store – https://t.co/aLdIGfdFM0 #Gateway #Technology #TimeCapsule https://t.co/RkvtJKvmLz 2020-04-14
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/rku7ZQe0jr #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-04-14
- Detail of The #Madalorian‘s Ship – https://t.co/zHl4ggicat #StarWars https://t.co/v3saWxmH97 2020-04-14
- RT @JohnCleese: I’ve been puzzling over this…Imagine there’s a huge meteor hurtling through space towards planet Earth…whom will Trum… 2020-04-14
- I just discovered that Captain Peavey from @starwars #lastjedi was Vyvyan from “The Young Ones”. My life is shatte… https://t.co/0I2PZT6wgi 2020-04-15
- Empty New York – https://t.co/rpjrxVeFci #Covid19 #Drone #EmptyNyc https://t.co/jaCregpxnK 2020-04-16
- I just started following Agile Tortoise on #Vimeo: https://t.co/tbQSlaNLim 2020-04-17
Really awesome set of detailed drawings breaking down The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest space ship. Kotaku has reposted several of the drawings however the originals are from Max Degtyarev over on Behance.
With all the social distancing and stay at home orders happening, I have been meaning to fire up The Mandalorian and re-watch it again. May actually do that tonight.
An untouched window into early 2000’s computing. In a lonely strip mall in Norman, OK (home of the University of Oklahoma) is a long shuttered computer store called Computer Factory Outlet. The beauty of this situation is that the store is still completely filled with untouched merchandise from the day the store closed. A beautiful time capsule of computing from the early 2000s, although I have to say that the photos sure make it feel like the store and it’s merch is from the late 1980s or 1990s. It reminds me of my trip to San Francisco in 2017 when we stopped by the Weird Stuff warehouse in Mountain View, which sadly shut down soon after we visited to make way for a new addition to the Googleplex.
There are some more great photos via the Tweet below.
- Income Distribution – https://t.co/pIY9kZ1E5g #IncomeGap #IncomeInequality #Wages https://t.co/VvSCEyocFW 2020-04-07
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/JGOdqfYSx4 #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-04-07
- The Inmates ARE Running The Asylum – https://t.co/5c9BPAfJqH #Covid19 #History #Newsletters 2020-04-10
- Well said! A Letter to the City by @davepell https://t.co/cD76QUneko 2020-04-10
- RT @davepell: The day they let us out, let’s start fighting climate change. Working together to save our lives seems like a good habit to k… 2020-04-11
- RT @JohnCleese: I wish you all a happy and healthy Easter, but I urge you beware the Easter Bunny. It’s not just a harmless little wee bunn… 2020-04-12
- Point. Counterpoint.’60 Minutes’ Responds Perfectly To White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro’s Challenge Tow… https://t.co/HUIiq3Ik09 2020-04-13
- Another DIY #mask option to battle #covid19. More of a simple ‘dash and go’ option using good old paper. Not a fu… https://t.co/OynJvzk1FH 2020-04-13
- RT @markberman: “The notion that Mr Trump would be the one to decide about reopening struck governors as rich given that he never ordered t… 2020-04-13
- RT @Liz_Cheney: The federal government does not have absolute power.“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,… 2020-04-13
- RT @maggieNYT: As the president’s conservative base gets uncomfortable at thought of another stimulus bill, his repeated refrains that he a… 2020-04-13
I would highly recommend subscribing to the Letters From An American newsletter published by Boston College History Professor Heather Cox Richardson. She publishes the newsletter on pretty much a daily basis and it provides a fantastically logical, fact based synopsis of the previous day’s events, drawing in both recent and long past history for context and comparison. The emails can be long – and admittedly I may skip one occasionally – however they are so well informed and so, perish the thought, based on fact.
So with that context, I found today’s email so troubling with the synopsis that she brought to bear. As we all know, the major issue that the USA has been grappling with has been the amount of resources and medical supplies that our healthcare system so critically needs to fight COVID-19. To that end:
A report from Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) has documented that as late as March 2, the administration was urging American businesses to take advantage of the booming market to export such supplies to other countries. If Trump had invoked the Defense Production Act, he could have kept masks, ventilators, and PPEs at home. Porter’s office examined export records to show that in February 2020, “the value of U.S. mask exports to China was 1094% higher than the 2019 monthly average.”
Even more disturbing are investigations into what is happening to the supplies hospitals and states are ordering. In the absence of federal masks, PPEs, ventilators, and so on, the president urged states to get what they needed themselves. They have bought supplies on the open market, only to have the federal government confiscate them.
Just so we’re clear here, the Federal Government of the United States has been confiscating desperately needed medical supplies that the states, which make up our country, need in order to fight and manage this virus. Let that sink in for a second. Sounds like something out of a Russian novel to me. She continues (emphasis mine):
While state and hospital officials from New Jersey, Colorado, Kentucky, and Massachusetts have all gone on record accusing federal authorities of confiscating supplies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denies it is taking shipments. Vice President Mike Pence told governors on Monday that the administration is simply redirecting supplies to areas that need them most. “We have the visibility on medical supplies that are moving into this country and available to vendors in this country,” he said.
But, as Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, who is on this story, reports, officials will not share the formula by which they are making those decisions. More and more stories are emerging that allege that the supplies are being redistributed by Jared Kushner or Trump based on political partisanship. Trump friends get supplies; others don’t. It seems likely that at least some of the confusion is simply poor management and people see a conspiracy in the chaos. But the suggestion that leading administration officials are trying to create political capital out of this crisis seems in keeping with their usual patterns.
It would also explain that bizarre exchange between Jared Kushner and a reporter, when Kushner said, “The notion of the federal stockpile is that it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be the states’ stockpiles that they then use.” When CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang later asked Trump what Kushner meant by “our stockpile,” Trump said it was a “gotcha” question. “You know what ‘our’ means? United States of America,” he said. “We take that – ‘our’ – and we distribute it to the states.” “[W]e need it for the federal government,” Trump said. “To keep for our country because the federal government needs it too, not just the states.” “It’s such a basic and simple question and you try and make it sound so bad,” he added. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
What exactly did Super Jared mean by “our stockpile”? That is such a revealing and insanely damaging statement. Clearly this statement exposes that Super Jared, and by default the whole of 45’s administration, appears to be operating with the per-view that they are a dictatorship (People have said for so long that 45 thinks he’s a king instead of an elected official) right out of the monarchies of the middle ages, where only those who were in ‘the King’s’ favor would receive benefits. 45 even admitted as much when he chastised the Governor of Michigan for not ‘showing appreciation’ for him and ‘the work’ the Federal Government was doing for them (which is utterly laughable, but that’s a whole other rant). The Federal Government works for the people of the country and the states. The states are semi-autonomous yet they collectively make up our whole country. So if ‘our stockpile’ is not allocated to be used by ‘our’ states, who exactly are they earmarked for?
To this administration, the number of deaths are just that…numbers. There is zero empathy coming out of the White House these days, and that is why it is so great to see true leaders like Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Mike DeWine (R- Ohio) stand up for the good of their citizens and for the good of the country.
- #Twitter Tuesday – The Week In Tweets – https://t.co/wN6SDwn9DE #Social #WeeklyTweets 2020-03-31
- Ferrari #Racing Through #Paris – https://t.co/Snncdxfm72 #Streetracing https://t.co/FXSmkHiYsI 2020-04-01
- Easy to follow instruction kit to make your own #coronavirus mask. @ragmask
- #Trends Driven By COVID-19 – https://t.co/0UxWYt5YxS #Covid19 #Hygiene #Video https://t.co/JTav27f3iB 2020-04-05
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