August 4, 2020

Really Bad Charts

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. Read more

August 3, 2020

Radio on the Television

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. After all Manfred’s response to the Marlins outbreak was “the players need to be better. Read more

July 30, 2020

The Two Lives of Herman Cain

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. That’s the basics of the last month of Herman Cain’s life, a process that has played out over a 150,000 times since March of this year. Read more

July 27, 2020

Information Overload

I’m currently running the beta version of iOS 14 so every time I run across something I haven’t seen before I’m not entirely sure if it’s new or if it’s just a feature I’ve never bothered to find before now. In exploring the beta I found this option within Safari’s settings: Automatically close Safari tabs It looks like Apple added this option in iOS 13 and I’m only now finding it, which isn’t super surprising as I’m only now fully grasping the iPad’s split screen abilities…years after they were introduced. Read more

July 24, 2020

Taylor Swift's Quarantine Album

When Taylor Swift writes songs the usual response is to go to Dylanologist levels of reading and interpretation to figure out who’s the subject of the veiled song. Which relationship went bad? Who’s the new significant other? Swift has both acknowledged the semi-autobiographical nature of many of her songs, while also noting the taxing nature of having the songs so intently scrutinized for every little clue. On Folklore she not only spurred the traditional release cycle but also stepped outside the confines of writing semi-autobiographical songs. Read more

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