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Facts are more important than opinions.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez catapulted herself into the limelight by being a firebrand, a torch-carrier for Democratic Socialism (which, I’m informed, is different than “Socialism,” and is definitely different than National Socialism), and an interview in which she offered this gem: I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and [...]

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I’ve been thinking about a business idea

I’ve been thinking about creating a service offering for people writing about programming on the web: editorial services.

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Deliver what you promise when you write

I’ve gone on a number of (hopefully mild) rants about clickbait in writing: “Seven Reasons Your Wife Will Leave You!”, “Trump’s Bat-Baby!”, and so forth. Today I read with great interest an article on CNN entitled “Why Trump wants you to be afraid of high speed trains.” It’s… an interesting article, but I came away [...]

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Things I’m thinking about: RSS Feeds I’ve started using Newsblur again. I shut off Facebook a while back for various reasons (nothing drastic, just… tired, mostly), so my news has been supplied by a fairly limited set of channels. Newsblur fixes that. It’s not just Newsblur, of course; you can use any of a number [...]

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Things I’m thinking about: The Grammies An article in “Ultimate Classic Rock” was entitled “How the 2019 Grammy Awards Basically Ignored Rock and Metal“. I’m… a little bit surprised, considering how rap and hip-hop (are those different?) have been ignored by the Grammy Awards ever since they became significant art forms, and rock – historically [...]

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Things I’m thinking about lately Blackface This thing about blackface among Virginia political leaders is.. interesting and frustrating. Look: blackface is problematic. At some point, the culture matters, but it’s always been about poking fun of African-American people – it’s never been good. Ever. But now we’re seeing another witchhunt, and some of it has [...]

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Thoughts of the Day, 2019/Feb/8

Things I’m thinking lately: Teamwork You can’t want me to excel and then get in my way. Well, you can, but you… shouldn’t. Date Formats Yes, I find I prefer year/month/day. It’s inherently sortable. It’s also really common in computing, and should be more common. Headings I’m trying to switch back to the headings format. [...]

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Ah, new things and directions…. Someone on IRC this morning mentioned Volt.ws, a messaging client available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It’s really tiny. It’s also missing a lot of functionality still, but it can connect to Slack… and it’s tiny. It still doesn’t support Slack private messages, but once it gets those (which should [...]

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Things I’m thinking about, after switching back to a list-based list of thoughts because Gutenberg headers annoy me: Gutenberg headers annoy me. I’m thinking of switching back to my comfortable editing process where I’m not constantly griping about my editor. It’s a flow thing.Good article from Medium, paywalled (so if you don’t have a Medium [...]

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Okay, I’m going to try the header format thing again, because it’s something new and different (for me) in Wordpress’ Medium-style editor. But here are the things I’m thinking about: The Super Bowl I tried to think of a cute pun for the title, but “The Super Bah” was dumb. I came up with others, [...]

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