Cancel culture doesn’t exist. It’s a lazy, reductivist phrase employed by those who want their ideas to be accepted ipso facto. Don’t blame “culture” because your ideas, and/or the way you choose to express them, are losing, as someone put it, in the marketplace of ideas.

📚 Read: Chocky by John Wyndham. An idea, and a book, that shows its age a bit, but finding new (to me) writing by Wyndham is always a pleasure. Also, did you know Wyndham’s full name was: John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris?

I wrote about my father, a classic car collector, and my mother. How many people did I write about? — I wrote about my father, a classic car collector and my mother. How many people did I write about?

It’s gratifying to see so many people experiencing more of Hamilton and understanding why some of us couldn’t stop talking about it. Don’t @ me haters (or those trying to drum up controversy for clicks). Rise up!

Worse than an average libertarian is a dumb one. Worse than that is the young and dumb specimen. You win the booby prize, @libertycliff → Rand Paul’s exchange with Fauci was exactly what America needed

Just a few more bad apples, right? → Colorado police officers fired for recreating chokehold in photos at Elijah McClain memorial

I’m seriously impressed with @buttondownemail – both the tool, which feels eerily suited to how I work, but even more with the developer and how he approaches his business with transparency, support for open source projects, &c. BIG props!

Also reading the first Perry Mason novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws. Figure I better start now if I want to get all 85 in before watching the TV series! 📚

Reading The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists – scathing. A Joycean exploration of working class England in the early 1900s. 📚

@clintlalonde I hadn't thought about Canva, which students have used quite a bit in my classes. Thanks!

Are there any tools (web-based or on OS X) similar to Adobe Spark that aren't Adobe Spark?

I wish I’d learned long ago that it’s ok to “just” enjoy things as a member of the audience, a reader, a listener, to “just” be an amateur, to “just” be a fan. It’s possible to not be, or have no prospect of being, the best at something and still pursue and love it with passion.

This introduction to cryptic crosswords is excellent. I finally understand them and am intrigued. I really need another wordy obsession in my life. →

Interesting results in longer term (one month) coffee storage taste testing. Not what I expected! TL;D(wanna)R: freezing was best but opaque sealed glass jars were 2nd (and presumably better for daily storage and access).

Watching the first episode of Greatest American Hero and the current scene is backed by “contemplative funk music.” My life is complete.

I have a strong password scheme already but I just realized strings of chess moves would make a reasonably good foundation. e4e5-Nf3Nc6-Bc5 anyone?

There are many things I miss and don’t miss from my previous job but one thing I’m actively happy, every day, not to have in my life at all anymore: Slack.

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