Monthly Archives: February 2017


February 28, 2017

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?


February 27, 2017

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 Democratic Party chooses Tom Perez as its chairman

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.”


February 25, 2017

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.


February 24, 2017

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.


February 24, 2017

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.