One of the biggest problems with the CDC's new guidance (aside from the fact that it's not supported by any science) is the recasting of a hard metric ("LINE is RED") into a soft one ("I fEeL mUcH bEtTeR") which puts subtle and direct pressure on people to go back into public while still contagious.
Collected all the tax documents I can for the tax prep folks.
Upgraded the OS on the router several times to get to the latest version.
Attended a birthday party.
Repaired some holes in the eaves.
Severely pruned the indoor basil.
I just realized I could view a Blink camera "live" on a 5 second delay with sound and it would pick up the sound coming from my phone if I was in the same room and now I have my very own harsh noise concert for one going on.
Like, it's clear all they did was write prompts: No editors, no stage managers, no directors, no artists, no people to DO THE ACTUAL WORK. Just some AI generated nonsense and a way of collecting money and a not-even-half-assed implementation. Fyre Festival, but for kids.
I used to make fun of the old G.I. Joe cartoon PSA slogan "And KNOWING is half the battle." because the other half is ACTUAL BATTLE. It seems like once these dipwads AI generated this whole Wonka Experience they realized it would be a lotta work to execute but somehow thought it would just work out?
The AI-generated "script" the actors were given for the Glasgow Wonka event is.. something. Aside from featuring staging and effects that would be impressive for a moderately-sized West End spectacular, its stage directions also dictate, in detail, precisely how delighted the audience will be.
I'm seeing a lot of posts on nextdoor that repeat the body text twice and I'm torn between the three options of...
1) Is this a bug with nextdoor?
2) Is this a boomer mistake in using nextdoor?
3) Is this some sort of new idiomatic convention?
Ok but the actual article was talking about companies trying to make more ecologically conscious inhalers and epipens, not scolding folks for using what was available. The headline was obvious rage-bait, but the article was kind of sensible?
It's in their morning e-mail today. Not one mention of Chicago, or how the technology doesn't do what it claims to do, or how cops have been found manipulating the data to create false alerts, etc. Just "some have concerns".
It's getting to the point where superbright flashing infrared LEDs on your clothing are going to be necessary just to _nudge_ back against the rapidly proliferating array of cameras planted in nearly every electronic thing.
Seeing Nick Offerman - a man who has made a career out of saying hilarious things in a completely deadpan voice - in the trailers for "Civil War" as the _President of the United States_ has been DEEPLY UNSETTLING.
Talk to almost any Rural Democrat (maybe we've been going to the wrong diners all this time?) and they'll say they feel abandoned by the party. The GOP has been blaming cities and and saying "We won't let them get away with this." It's a cheap way to get votes and still not deliver.
Krugman only addresses this in the most sideways of manners - "Joe Biden [...] trying to bring jobs to their communities" - and I'd be interested to see if the book does any better, but Democrats promise prosperity for everyone but still stiff rural America. Republicans promise revenge, and deliver.
GFM is all about the big goals and reaching them, and that _might_ dissuade someone from just giving a few $$$. I think there's a lot of _more_ dire situations that can be solved with many small donations that a GFM seems like too much of a production for.
Whenever Charles Schwab informs me that I've bought some Bank of America stock it always shows up as "BOFA FIN LLC" and I too would love to tell you about the financial opportunities available from BOFA.
Texas and Florida are in the Supreme Court right now arguing that websites should allow the worst people in the world to force their terrible opinions on you but they absolutely don't want you looking at PornHub.