It’s time to clip my nails again because they’re getting in the way of typing. Also, today is my birthday which means I can do whatever I want. I have ten beers left, and since it’s my birthday I’m going to start drinking them by 9AM simply because I feel like it, and if stuff gets done today it gets done. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t and I am not going to expend any energy caring about any of it.
Firefox: “You are about to close 33 tabs. Are you sure you want to continue?” Me: “Well not really but since you’ve decided to throw a temper tantrum and hog every resource you can find I suppose I have no choice but to close everything down and then re-open everything and log back into everything so I can continue my work from the last saved point, assuming that exists.” Have we voted on whether or not technology has the ability to be passive-aggressive yet? Because if not, I’ve got a contender for a test case.
So we start this fine Monday morning with the realization that the Patriots are going to the Superbowl. Again. Can we all agree that the Patriots are colluding with the NFL to ensure their continued appearance at the Superbowl? I am a Ram’s fan for this game because the only thing that can possibly get me to root for the Patriots is the Falcons, and that happened a couple of years ago. The only balm for my wounded soul at this point is Braves baseball starts in a month with the beginning of Spring Training. God this is going to be a long month.
Next up on adults doing horrible things in the name of politics, however wrong those kids were for mocking that vet, doxxing them, (that is, searching for and publishing private or identifying information about a particular individual or individuals on the Internet, typically with malicious intent), is completely inexcusable. Don’t do this, or share it when someone else does it, or make excuses for it, because it’s never OK. I think we need to shut social media down until everyone gets their shit together.
Logs onto social media. Sees all kinds of excuse-making for what those kids in MAGA hats did to that Native-American veteran. Logs off. This stuff is disgusting. If you cannot condemn, without reservation or buts or whatabouts, hateful words and actions regardless of whose side they’re coming from and especially when they’re coming from your own side I want nothing to do with you. This isn’t hard!
I don’t care how right you are or how righteous your cause is. Piling onto someone in a comment thread is not OK and if I see it happening on any of my threads I’m deleting it. On Facebook specifically, this includes firing a bunch of comments to a post in quick succession, which has the effect of pinging the phones of everyone who’s ever commented on a thread with notifications. There’s a word for that among those who moderate comments for a living but it doesn’t matter. It’s a behavior I won’t tolerate. If you do it to strangers on the internet, you’ll do it to people you care about, and vice versa. No one deserves to be treated like that.
Dear fellow blind people: The difficulty experienced by people with disabilities while using an interface is very often a factor in determining that interface’s accessibility. I’m all for people with disabilities learning to use their tech but please stop quickly dismissing these users’ requests for their struggles to be alleviated as mere entitlement, especially since most of you screaming entitlement are not accessibility specialists, do not understand the relationship between accessibility and useability, and in an overwhelming majority of cases are training people with disabilities how to use their tech based on self-taught knowledge instead of the data-driven, factual approach you’d be using if you had a reputable certification.
That time you started writing a really long, detailed response to something you read, but you have to put it on hold because you really do need to get to work on actual work-related stuff.
I’ve set aside some time this afternoon/evening to upgrade my two WordPress installs so that they support full unicode and don’t break my pasted Hebrew or emojis. One of them, (this one), is a rather large database with close to twenty years of content in it, and I don’t want to lose any of it. Not being able to use the full unicode character set though has gotten to the point where it’s getting in the way, so I will be glad when this is done. Once I’m done with it I’m going to document it, because if you have a database as large as mine it’s a painful process. This is definitely much easier to do when you’re starting with a fresh install.
In actual “Internet of Shit” news, a smart diaper has been unveiled at this year’s CES. It’s a wearable that attaches to a diaper and sends notifications to your phone to alert you of the diaper being full, among other things. The intended use is so that parents and caregivers will act quickly so that babies don’t get diaper rashes or urinary tract infections. I suspect the actual uses are going to be quite different, as they always are with cool new tech. Also, maybe let’s not add data with babies in it to the mix until we have a technically savvy congress and a technically savvy president who can sort out some of the problems we already have with all the issues around data collection and monetization and access and consent to tracking, and until we have a public that is at least somewhat educated on some of this and no longer looking at this stuff as “Hey cool look what I can share” and not considering the implications of making decisions that involve all these data complications for humans who cannot yet consent.
Oh look! The White House is sharing anecdotes with no sources and playing fast and loose with statistics again, and topping it off with an appeal to emotion. This is called propaganda. But yeah, the media. If you’re still spouting the “But the media!” excuse I am no longer interested in what you have to say on the subject. I am done with the excuse-making for your preferred politician and I am done with listening to you whine because the media give you the pared-down stories taylored to you which you demonstrate over and over and over and over that you want through your clicks and your shares and your retweets and your quote-tweets. You are not helpless victims of the media you love to hate, you are enthusiastic enablers and eager co-equal participants in the thing you love to hate. And yet, every other day I read or hear some media-hater type preach something about how people think they are victims and it’s all the media’s fault. Well, take a good look in the Goddamn mirror because the people shouting the loudest about being tricked and being victims are you guys, and I’m done with all of it. Either start demonstrating some personal responsibility and discipline when it comes to the things you click on or watch or share, or quit whining.
“Buttered Popcorn Oreos Are Reportedly Coming Soon And They’ll Change Movie Nights Forever”. No, no they will not, and if you come over to my house to watch movies and I find out you brought them to share I will ban you from my house until you repent of your error.
Skipping the president’s speech tonight. I have more important things to do, like actual work. I’ll just read the transcript and then post it later interspersed with the best Twitter commentary and fisking.
Friends don’t let friends use Microsoft Word for anything other than word processing.
“God will provide” is more often than not a platitude uttered by pious fools who are unwilling to put in the effort to help either themselves or their fellow humans.
Today’s mantra: Don’t argue with stupid don’t try to change stupid you can never fix stupid.
This is my second time catching @therickwilson live on Pariscope and this is so much fun. I hope he’s live most nights.