Resisting temptation to slap people’s phones out of their hands and tell them to watch where they’re going. That would be wrong, right?
Item on my to-do list today:
I’ll get right on that.
He’s a Local Pillar in a Trump Town. Now He Could Be Deported. The small town of West Frankfort, Ill., is staunchly behind Trump and his illegal immigration crackdown. But now the town is torn, because ICE is coming for a friend and neighbor. (Monica Davey/The New York Times)
Nearly all illegal immigrants are like Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, with friends and neighbors who will be sad to see them go.
THE SCENE: The Democratic Party has driven its car into a ditch. The party members climb out and try to figure out the best way to get it out.
THE PARTY: “With our current leadership at the wheel, we have lost control of most of the states, both houses of Congress, the White House, and we’re on our way to losing control of the courts.”
PASSERBY: “None of my business, but maybe y’all should have somebody else driving?”
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: “No thanks, we’re good.”
I bought a new jacket last week that I like very much. It makes me look so badass I may be called on to thwart a terrorist attack single-handed.
I had this edition when I was a kid. Until now, I never noticed how Billy Idol the hero looked.
More here: Sci-Fi Sundays: Amazing Science Fiction, April 1958 (Caleb Kraft/Boing Boing)
Ancient Egyptian Stories Will Be Published in English for the First Time. Penguin published stories recently translated from hieroglyphics. (Jason Daley/Smithsonian)
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II (Mike Dash/Smithsonian)
In 1978 a team of Soviet geologists came across a family that had fled into the Siberian wilderness decades before, fleeing centuries of religious persecution under the Czars and Soviets.
Muhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration at Fla. airport (Danielle Lerner/Courier Journal). Ali’s family friend and lawyer says authorities held the late fighter’s son for hours, repeatedly asking whether he is Muslim and where he is from. He’s from Philadelphia.
Conservative activists refuse to believe Trump is spending more on travel than Obama (Jeff Stein/Vox). I’m surprised how many of the lies Republicans told about Obama and the Clintons turn out to be verifiably true of Trump. It makes me wonder if the Donald is actually a Muslim born in Kenya.
I was kidding about bad seating on American. It’s been fine. Long-distance travel is inherently uncomfortable but American had been no worse than anyone else. And the crew has been friendly and helpful.
Matter of fact, I’m deleting my earlier post. Flight crews work hard and don’t need shit from me.
Study reveals bot-on-bot editing wars raging on Wikipedia’s pages (Ian Sample/The Guardian). Software bots that edit Wikipedia are undermining each others’ work. Humans cool down in a few days but bots never give up.
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life (Johana Bhuiyan/Recode). The engineer who claimed to have experienced a culture of misogyny at Uber says people are asking about her.
The easiest way to shower with a goat (Mark Frauenfelder/Boing Boing)
Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs (Ella Morton/Atlas Obscura)
In 1885, with the typewriter not yet common, a team of librarians developed a uniform style of handwriting designed to maximize legibility:
Influenced by [Thomas] Edison and honed via experimenting on patient, hand-sore librarians, library hand focused on uniformity rather than beauty. “The handwriting of the old-fashioned writing master is quite as illegible as that of the most illiterate boor,” read a New York State Library School handbook. “Take great pains to have all writing uniform in size, blackness of lines, slant, spacing and forms of letters,” wrote [Melvil “Dewey Decimal System”] Dewey in 1887. And if librarians thought they could get away with just any black ink, they could think again real fast. “Inks called black vary much in color,” scoffed the New York State Library School handwriting guide.
Via Cory Doctorow
“Golden Girls” themed restaurant opens in New York (Isaac Oliver/The New York Times)
I never got into that show although I like that people love it so much.
Via Cory Doctorow