I Have Vaccine Envy
Feb 22, 2021
Yesterday morning as I was casually browsing Reddit I saw a post about how a user had been a “busy beaver” booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments because the state had opened vaccines to those under 65 with comorbidities and K-12 teachers. The user mentioned how they’d been expecting this for weeks and had an alarm go off at 3:50AM.
What’s the Point? For a while I’ve bounced around between ad blockers and wanted to finally have some idea about how they compared to one another, so I decided to compare how they stacked up when I opened various websites. What’s below is a non-extensive test of the ad blockers.
In the interest of cataloging material, I’m doing a monthly media diet of things I watched, listened to, or read. I had high hopes for the start of the new year (including this whole affair) but January disappeared into the mess of insurrection, impeachment, inauguration, and investment stonks. So other than finding myself subscribing to more newsletters, and reading way too many articles of January 6th, I didn’t end up tackling anything very substantive this month.
Today Apple announced the new iPhone versions and seemingly the biggest news came from the part of the virtual presentation that was filmed on top of Apple’s giant headquarters. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives reported on the environmental initiatives Apple has undertaken and noted Apple’s movement towards a carbon neutral footprint and use of recycled rare earth metals in the production process.
In the immediate aftermath of 2016 election there were calls for people to increase their civic understanding, and in particular funnel money into local news. In the years that have followed we’ve seen stories highlighting the decline of local news that have left towns without anyone regularly covering the boring but important events of school boards, town councils, and zoning boards.
After desperately searching for a solution to the Debian install on my old 2012 iMac not producing sounds through the headphone jack connected speakers, this provided the solution:
To fix this problem, you have to load snd-hda-intel module with model=imac27_122 option. To do this, create a new file (if similar conf file for snd-hda-intel module exists, use that one) for example /etc/modprobe.
In 2009 or 2010 I got my first mac, a bottom of the line Mac Mini that had 2GB of RAM, a 160GB spinning disk hard drive and 2.26 Ghz processor. By 2012 the thing had run head long into the rapidly evolving computer landscape and was miserable to use, so it got replaced with an iMac that at the time had an amazing 8GB of RAM and a terabyte of storage.
The Axios interview was a lot to take in for a forty minute interview, but I want to focus on particular on this bit from Alex Shephard in the New Republic (Emphasis mine):
The printouts ultimately damage Trump more than he himself could. They’re a prop for the camera, but they also suggest that the administration is more interested in coddling the president and creating a comforting pseudo-reality than stopping a deadly pandemic.
I find it really hard to watch baseball at this point given the number of cases of COVID-19 in comparison to the leagues conducting games in bubble environments. It feels socially irresponsible to be watching a league in which entire teams are having outbreaks and is being run by a commissioner who seems to be doing nothing but setting everything up to blame the players.
On June 20th, Herman Cain attended Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa. Cain tweeted a photo of himself and others, all not wearing masks, in the VIP section of the rally. On July 2nd it was reported that Cain had been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. On July 30th Cain’s official website announced he passed away as a result of the virus.