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A.V. Club: Who knew how inspiring it could be to watch teenagers gang up on a U.S. senator on live TV?

I mentioned in my last post that I have very few heroes. That’s still true but all of the kids taking on the callous obstinacy of the fuckwads who are more concerned raking in arms-industry donations than they are with the safety of their fellow Americans —  and children especially — are absolutely on the top of my list of heroes. I am proud of them, and humbled by their bravery and tenacity. And I am so, so scared for them.


On a personal note, I’m still up to my ass in work and other commitments, and coupling that with the fact that the world little needs my stupid ass to opine on every little thing, I haven’t had much time to post anything. I’m slowly working my way through everything, and I’ll try to do better here, but I might need to go silent for a few days at a time, now and again.

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Happy anniversary Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The Week: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood turns 50 today

Or rather, yesterday — I’ve been a little swamped lately.

So much to say, but no time to say it. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood meant a lot to me when I was a kid, and the memory of Fred Rogers means a lot to me today.

I am a pretty cynical person. I don’t have many heroes; Fred Rogers is one of them, in spite of the fact that I don’t often put his ideals into practice, they still form a large part of how I perceive the world, and what I think it takes to be happy; I think you need to trust people — and you also need to be incredibly lucky. Mister Rogers taught me the first part. I learned the second part the way most of us do. I don’t blame Rogers for that, though.

Happy anniversary Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

When it absolutely, positively, has to be kept private, uh don’t rely on FedEx, I guess

‘Global package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Thursday it has secured some of the customer identification records that were visible earlier this month on an unsecured server, and so far has found no evidence that private data was “misappropriated.”‘ Reuters: Thousands of FedEx customer records exposed by unsecured server

Remember the golden rule about data breaches: Whatever the initial announcement says, there’s usually several later follow-ups that reveal it’s much, much worse than that.

When it absolutely, positively, has to be kept private, uh don’t rely on FedEx, I guess

Hell yeah

“Lucinda Williams, one of our greatest living songwriters and a master of the story-song format, is now preparing to tell her own story. Williams has announced that she’s writing her autobiography, The New York Times reports, a book that will cover Williams’ Louisiana childhood, her youth as a busker on the streets of New Orleans, her rise to musical prominence at the age of 35—that was in 1988; Williams is now 65—and her struggle to gain respect in the music industry, a topic that will presumably touch upon her infamously perfectionist songwriting process.”

A.V. Club: Lucinda Williams is writing a memoir, says she has a “big story to tell” 

Hell yeah

Scientists or druids?

Slashdot: A Chemical Bath and a Hot-press Can Transform Wood Into a Material That is Stronger Than Steel, Researchers Find

Ironwood is a magical substance created by druids from normal wood. While remaining natural wood in almost every way, ironwood is as strong, heavy, and resistant to fire as steel. Spells that affect metal or iron do not function on ironwood.” — Oh wait, sorry, I was thinking of something else with that last paragraph, oops.

Scientists or druids?