How Grindr became a national security issue

Grindr is primarily used by gay men to find hookups. Self-described former user and tech journalist Casey Newton describes how Chinese ownership has become a national security issue: People who use Grindr tell the service their most intimate private details — including nude selfies, sexting, and their locations. www.theverge.com

Living on pennies with a million-dollar view: how car campers survive in beach parking lots

A year ago, he was homeless. Today, he owns a residence that boasts a million-dollar view of the rolling Pacific.

Or at least it does for 22 hours a day. Between 2 and 4 a.m., the law requires this home — a rusting Ford Econoline van — to leave its usual spot in a public parking lot beside the sand dunes of Ocean Beach. During those two pre-dawn hours, it roams the surrounding residential streets.

www.sandiegouniontribune.com

I’ve been making coffee stronger and stronger every day, and liking it more and more. Tomorrow I’ll just chew on handfuls of coffee beans and caffeine pills.

“Empire’s Jussie Smollett charges dropped in Chicago. Good.”

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This is bullshit. Smollett has harmed all legitimate victims of hate crimes, harmed Trump opponents, and wasted Chicago taxpayer money and time.

Yes, prison time would have been inappropriate, but Smollett should have to at least say “I’m sorry” in addition to the penalties he’s already paying.

Also, no matter what Chicago prosecutors may say to the press: Yeah, they did exonerate Smollett.

Catching Up With Star Trek IV’s True Hero: the Unkind Punk on the Bus

Today I learned the guy who played the punk rocker on the bus in Star Trek IV — the one with the whales — went on to direct the Muppets’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” viral video.

Kirk Thatcher, then 23, plays the obnoxious punk rocker on a San Francisco bus who refuses to turn off his loud music, and gets a Vulcan nerve pinch from Mr. Spock.

Thatcher worked as an assistant to Leonard Nimoy, who both starred in and directed the film. Thatcher was an ex-punk himself and a huge Trek fan as a teen, and when he heard they needed a punk rocker for that one scene, he lobbied hard for the role.

During production of Star Trek IV, Thatcher learned that they were going to use a Duran Duran song for that scene. Thatcher knew that was ridiculous, so he wrote and performed the song that plays on the character’s boom box. The song is called “I Hate You.”

Thatcher has had a long career in movies and TV production, including his work for the Muppets, where he directed that Bohemian Rhapsody video. And many years after the Trek movie, Thatcher reprised the role in a cameo in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Thatcher also came up with the “Hello Computer” gag, where Scotty is talking to the Mac mouse. www.startrek.com

Bread sliced bagels

Bread sliced bagels are apparently giving people shpilkes on Twitter. It took me a few hours to adjust but now I think it is an excellent idea. However, chocolate chip bagels are an abomination and what kind of savage buys bagels at Panera anyway?

I am Jewish and from New York. My decision is final.

www.buzzfeednews.com “Bread-Sliced” Panera Bagels From St. Louis Spark Outrage

Deadwood


We re-watched the first episode of Deadwood tonight and I’d like to re-watch the whole series before the movie finale airs in two months. Such a wonderful show!