Doug Wyatt Guitars, from a few years ago

A while back, on a trip to Gatlinburg with my family, I came across a music shop called "Doug Wyatt Guitars." As an avid guitarist who can't, like, JUST PASS A GUITAR STORE BY LIKE MY WIFE WANTED ME TO, I stopped in - and was rewarded greatly. For lo, not only was yon proprietor… Continue reading Doug Wyatt Guitars, from a few years ago

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… Continue reading Facts are more important than opinions.

Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019

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… Continue reading Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019

The Grammy Awards ignored Rock and Metal!, Gordon Ramsey, Larry Hogan on CNN

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… Continue reading The Grammy Awards ignored Rock and Metal!, Gordon Ramsey, Larry Hogan on CNN

Blackface, Journalists not being “Journalists”, AI Title Generator – 2019/Feb/11

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… Continue reading Blackface, Journalists not being “Journalists”, AI Title Generator – 2019/Feb/11

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.… Continue reading Thoughts of the Day, 2019/Feb/8

Volt, considering moving away from WordPress

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… Continue reading Volt, considering moving away from WordPress

Outrage on Social Media articles; State of the Union

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… Continue reading Outrage on Social Media articles; State of the Union

Super Bowl, Commercials, Gutenberg Headings

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,… Continue reading Super Bowl, Commercials, Gutenberg Headings

Intersections with Politics

Things I'm thinking about: I'm changing the format up today, because one of the entries is longer than usual. Trump and the Patriots It's really annoying that people are mad at the New England Patriots because Trump likes them. I dislike the Patriots myself - I nearly cost myself a job after they lost to… Continue reading Intersections with Politics