Meet the new phone

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:40 pm
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Pretty much the same as the old phone (which I lost, which is why I got a new one). It’s not a smartphone. (I don’t know what the euphemism is.)

When I was a child, I was the clumsy geek. I could do math (and English), but people wondered if I could walk and chew gum at the same time. I dreamed of the day when computers would enable clumsy geeks to deal with the world without manual dexterity. And look what happened. I don’t begrudge Kevin Maroney and all the other dexterous people their success (all manipulation is intelligence), but I am disappointed.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I got an undocumented upgrade. The phone has not once asked me to “Say a Command.”

He was what we thought he was

Jul. 23rd, 2016 12:54 pm
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The late Dennis Green, the second Black head coach in the NFL, scored low on Works Well With Others, particularly press and owners, but the players and fans loved him and he won a lot of games. He got grief for using first-round picks on a notorious troublemaker and the son of an old crony. That was Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, and it’s a shame he won’t be around to sponsor them at their Hall of Fame inductions.

Autistic Freedom

Jul. 23rd, 2016 05:59 am
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Stimtastic makes jewelry to help people engage in the ritually taboo practice of stimming (which I do not do a whole lot of).

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Ted Cruz has been compared to Richard Nixon, in terms of personal warmth and charm (Nixon usually wins), but now he is also following in Nixon’s historical footsteps.

In 1964 the Republican Party was widely perceived as having stepped out of normal political parameters with the extremist Barry Goldwater. Nixon offered dignified acquiescence, supporting the ticket but staking out alternative positions.

In those days a now-extinct species roamed the land: Liberal Republicans. Their leader, Nelson Rockefeller, was booed and hated. After Goldwater had gone down to stunning defeat, they expected to regain control. But no. The Goldwater campaign had tapped a rich vein of stupidity and hatred in the electorate, and while the party wouldn’t yet pick another extremist, they found a middle-of-the-road candidate, the good and faithful servant Nixon, and he won.

And the future belonged to them. Goldwater was a decent, honorable human being with some dumb ideas. He thought all would be well if other decent, honorable human beings voluntarily desegregated, as his family had done with their retail chain, and we wouldn’t need the government. By today’s standards, his was moderation in the pursuit of virtue. The goalposts have moved, and today Rockefeller would be running the DNC.

And now many of us are hoping that He, Trump is seen by the majority the way Goldwater was, and that seems likely. If so, Cruz hopes, the party will overlook his personal characteristics as it did Nixon’s similar ones, and he will be the nominee.

Also: Trump’s idea of letting his veep handle domestic and foreign policy while he makes America great again suggests that he actually seeks a different office: King. He is equally unqualified for that, as the prime regal requirement is gravitas. There is a reason the United Kingdom is reigned over by Elizabeth Windsor, rather than Boris Johnson.

And furthermore: I hereby apologize for something I said in yesterday’s post. Circuses, like whores, do not deserve comparison with the Republicans. (Maybe more like a carney, in which Cruz declined the proffered chicken head.)

Man bites dog

Jul. 22nd, 2016 07:29 am
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A story in today’s Times begins, “Many facts in Mr. Trump’s acceptance speech appear to be true.”

Cruzin’ for a Bruisin’

Jul. 21st, 2016 05:09 am
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The Cleveland Circus continues to exceed my expectations. I was waiting for some pillar of the party to take a strong stand (and position himself for 2020) by saying clearly that Trump did not live up to [even] the standards of the Republican Party and so the speaker would not vote for him. But no. The dissident turned out to be Ted Cruz, who of course did it in the whiny, mealy-mouthed, chickenshit fashion we have come to expect of him.

Movement

Jul. 20th, 2016 07:46 am
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Says here, Transrealism is going mainstream. Extra points for including Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist.

Tingling tailwords

Jul. 19th, 2016 07:49 am
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As we know, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Dr. Chuck Tingle has become a full-time smutmonger. (Another famous quote for this literary giant, addressed to the Puppies: “Do not call up that which you cannot put down.”)

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Looking forward

Jul. 19th, 2016 06:18 am
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We will soon have another book of the excellent writings of Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

A sign, not a man

Jul. 19th, 2016 06:10 am
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At the greatest college in the world, Professor Timothy Burke explains why Donald Trump gets support even though he is a mediocre player at a fixed game who doesn’t bother to remember which lies he’s told, running an operation so inept that it allowed his wife to stand up before a national audience and deliver a speech that was transparently plagiarized from the one given by Michele Obama four years ago.

Man-hating feminist*

Jul. 16th, 2016 07:07 am
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Tory cabinet minister has said it would be “sensible” for parents not to employ a male nanny to look after their children because he could be a pedophile.
*except for the feminist part

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Jul. 16th, 2016 05:57 am
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Wallace, Idaho, is the Center of the Universe. It used to be the Silver Capital of the World.

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