Author Archives: Mitch

On a job interview

“Biggest weakness? I can’t press the old sliver of soap into the new bar of soap to make one bar of soap.”

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Oh, no

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“Game of Thrones” TV series? That’ll never happen.

George RR Martin, 1993 “The fantasy novel I’ve been working on off and on for a while” is an unlikely project for TV [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]

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YouTube chef “Internet Shaquille” says you should cover leftover pizza in French toast batter and cook it in a skillet.

We reheat ours in the oven at 425 degrees. Cold pizza is fine too. Room temperature or from the fridge. Only savages heat it in the microwave. Apparently, This Is The Way We Should Be Reheating Our Pizza [Olivia Harrison/Refinery … Continue reading

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Behind-the-scenes photos from 50 years of favorite sf TV (Star Trek, Space: 1999, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who etc.)

The Most Fascinating Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Your Favorite TV Shows [Vincze Miklós/io9]

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People who tried to take panorama shots and instead opened the gates of hell

More I’m going to try doing this on purpose.

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Combining blogging and social media: It’s hard

One school of thought for blogging in the social media era says you should use your blog to create unique content, and publicize it on social media. I don’t blog that way. I blog like it’s 1999. I share a … Continue reading

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GOP playing Russian roulette with healthcare industry

Obamacare repeal vote still too close to call. Jennifer Haberkorn, Seung Min Kim, and Burgess Everett, writing at Politico: It is still unclear what policy the Senate is going to vote on. To get their members on board, Republican leaders … Continue reading

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Fleksy keyboard returning to life

Natasha Lomas, writing at TechCrunch: Third party keyboards might seem like an app fad blast from the recent past. But the smartphone keyboard space could be set for a shake up as long time player Fleksy gets a new team working … Continue reading

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The AutoSleep app on my iPhone and Apple Watch says I slept 4 hours 42 minutes. Good thing it wasn’t 4 hours 39 minutes or I’d have trouble functioning today.

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A Wisconsin technology company is giving employees microchip implants

Maggie Astor, writing at The New York Times: At first blush, it sounds like the talk of a conspiracy theorist: a company implanting microchips under employees’ skin. But it’s not a conspiracy, and employees are lining up for the opportunity. … Continue reading

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Maybe high wages drive improved productivity, and low wages keep productivity down

Productivity is in a slump because businesses aren’t investing in technology that improves productivity, say researchers. If wages go up and good workers are harder to find, businesses will have more incentive to make big-ticket investments that generate growth. Neil … Continue reading

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John Robb: Facebook and Google are evolving into “fully functional global censorship and surveillance systems”

“I know that people have been concerned about this for a while, but it’s not speculation anymore folks. It’s here,” John says. And surprisingly, the US and virtually every government, with the exception of China and Russia, are pushing the … Continue reading

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Trump might break up Amazon to satisfy his political vendetta 

Joshua M. Brown, a financial advisor at Ritholtz Wealth Management: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who acquired WaPo four years ago, is on a ridiculous hot streak right now. His ecommerce giant is taking on as many verticals as you can … Continue reading

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Alphabet is doing its earnings call on YouTube. I don’t remember that from previous quarters. Is that new?

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Today is my first day back from vacation. This is my plan for dealing with accumulated email.

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Charles Stross is paging Agent 007 →

Charlie’s Diary: History: is it about kings, dates, and battles, or the movement of masses and the invisible hand of macroeconomics? There’s something to be said for both theories, but I have a new, countervailing theory about the 21st century … Continue reading

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While innovation gets all the glory, maintenance needs more love

Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling because we overvalue innovation and don’t appreciate maintainers enough, write Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel at The New York Times. Americans have an impoverished and immature conception of technology, one that fetishizes innovation as a … Continue reading

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Minnie digging in her digging spot

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Stepin Fetchit was a pioneering African-American movie star

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, aka “Stepin Fetchit,” aka “the Laziest Man in the World,” was the African-American star of many wildly successful comedy movies in the 1920s and 1930s. He had a hell of a life. He was the … Continue reading

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Theon has a lot of gaps in his resume and should probably just put down “maritime consulting” and be vague about it. →

– @pourmecoffee

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Restaurant lends diners “Instagram kits” for better meal photos →

Taylor Lorenz, writing at Mic.com: A London-based restaurant chain is offering diners “Instagram kits” to help their #FoodPorn shine. The kits include a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod and a selfie stick, and are lent any … Continue reading

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“Ready Player One” movie looks like it’s going to be great! →

The novel has a huge cult following. I liked it a lot, but did not love it. I think my reaction is because I’m not a GenX-er. I wasn’t a child or a teen-ager in the 80s and don’t feel … Continue reading

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The new Seth MacFarlane sci-fi TV series “The Orville” looks very good. GalaxyQuest-ian. →

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“Right to repair” isn’t  just good for consumers. It’s good for business too.

Technology companies do better when consumers can get more from their products by choosing how and where to fix devices when they break. Why are companies trying to make it illegal to repair our electronic devices? [Sara Behdad/Quartz]: Traditionally, when … Continue reading

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