17 sitcom intros from 60s one-season wonders

“I’m Dickens .. He’s Fenster,” featuring John Astin; “Captain Nice,” with William Daniels; “My Mother the Car,” and more.

“Good Morning World” looks like it was a proto-WKRP/Frasier. Great credits; I guess the show didn’t live up to them.

The video summary has the rundown:

TV theme intros of sitcoms of the 1960s, between 1962 and 1968, that aired for a single season or less. Our Man Higgins, Dickens and Fenster, Baileys of Balboa, Mickey, No Time for Sergeants, Wendy and Me, Karen, Tammy, Gidget, My Mother the Car, Captain Nice, Pruitts of Southampton, Ugliest Girl in Town, Occasional Wife, Love on a Rooftop, He & She, Good Morning World

“Johnny Staccato,” and 9 other rare 60s TV themes

Featuring John Cassavetes, Gene Barry, Burt Reynolds, Norman “Mr. Roper” Fell as a police detective, and more.

I love the way some of these set expectations for the show. An elegant secret agent in tuxedo gracefully lights a cigarette and then bursts into action. Rumpled people bustle around through a busy squadroom as detectives review notes. And the music! And so much violence!

Republicans are surrendering to Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove, and Marco Rubio denounced Trump, but they’re now extending olive branches, says Fareed Zakaria at The Washington Post.

The modern GOP espoused free markets, free trade, social conservatism, an expansionist foreign policy, and fiscal discipline, particularly on social spending Zakaria says. (What he doesn’t say is that the Republicans were always hypocrites on these issues, particularly spending.) Now, the Republican leadership are turning their backs on those beliefs to avoid being shut out of power.

[Republicans are surrendering to Donald Trump | Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post]

Elsewhere, a friend suggests a nasty scenario: Trump and Cruz make a deal and unite. This seems likely.

If you want to keep using your pre-2012 Kindle, you need to update it right away

The new update is required for pre-2012 devices that haven’t connected to the Internet since Oct. 5 2015. Do it by Tuesday.

Failure to do so, the company warns, and you won’t be able to connect to Amazon’s Cloud, access the Kindle Store, or use any other services through the device. After March 22nd, you will also have to update the device manually, by downloading the patch and updating it through your computer.

[If You Want To Keep Using Your Kindle, You Need To Update It Immediately / Andrew Liptak / Gizmodo]

Ted Cruz’s national security advisor is a crazy Islamophobic conspiracy theorist

Frank Gaffney thinks US officials have submitted to Sharia law and the redesigned logo of the Missile Defense Agency “appears to ominously reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo.”

[Think Trump’s an Islamophobe? Meet Ted Cruz’s national security adviser | Haroon Moghul | The Guardian]

Women aren’t quitting jobs to become mothers. They’re quitting for better pay

new global study of women in their 30s found they don’t leave jobs because they’re worried about family obligations. They leave because employers won’t pay and promote them. “Surprisingly,” reads the report, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.”

This is only surprising if you have never spoken to a woman in her 30s.

The solution: Pay women more.

Works for men too!

One Weird Trick for Keeping Female Employees From Quitting / Ann Friedman / NYmag]

Why do we work so hard? Our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape

When I was young, there was nothing so bad as being asked to work. Now I find it hard to conjure up that feeling, but I see it in my five-year-old daughter. “Can I please have some water, daddy?”

“You can get it yourself, you’re a big girl.”


That was me when I was young, rolling on the ground in agony on being asked to clean my room. As a child, I wonderingly observed the hours my father worked. The stoical way he went off to the job, chin held high, seemed a beautiful, heroic embrace of personal suffering. The poor man! How few hours he left himself to rest on the couch, read or watch American football.

My father had his own accounting firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His speciality was helping people manage their tax and financial affairs as they started, expanded, or in some cases shut down their businesses. He has taken his time retiring, and I now realise how much he liked his work. I can remember the glowing terms in which his clients would tell me about the help he’d given them, as if he’d performed life-saving surgery on them. I also remember the way his voice changed when he received a call from a client when at home. Suddenly he spoke with a command and facility that I never heard at any other time, like a captive penguin released into open water, swimming in his element with natural ease.

Our parents worked to live. We look at work as life, a source of identity, community, purpose, and personal connections, writes Ryan Avent at The Economist.

Why Do We Work So Hard / Ryan Avent / The Economist]

This article is troubling as it skates past people who work – or can’t find work – out of economic desperation.

“Kill the Indian, save the man”

Tom Torlino, a Navajo youth, as he entered the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1882, and three years later…. The school was one of several federally funded boarding schools designed to immerse native children in white culture. Its stated goal: “Kill the Indian, save the man.”

[Via reddit.com…]

WordPress honcho Matt Mullenweg wants to democratize publishing

Open source WordPress now powers 25% of all Websites, as of this Aug. 2015 interview. Matt Mullenweg, CEO of WordPress parent Automattic, wants to take that number to 100. Mullenweg says:

You or I can download and publish using the exact same software that The New Yorker uses for newyorker.com…. And I think that is relatively unique in the history of the world. We don’t have access to the same printing press as The New York Times, but in the digital world we can have the same software as The New Yorker.


Certainly, our near-term goal for WordPress is to try to get to a majority because I feel when a majority of the web is driven by open-source software, that will drive the web to be a better place. It’ll be more open, more inclusive, with fewer closed gardens and silos, and it will drive as well the proprietary folks to be more open.

Part of my reason for shifting my blogging from social media to here is because I share that vision. But the main part is that I felt constrained by social media’s limitations. I’m still as active on social media as I was before. But I use it differently.

Automattic uses blogging rather than email for internal communications. They use a theme called P2, which I tried for public blogging for a while, but decided it was unsuitable for that purpose.

[This CEO Runs a Billion-Dollar Company With No Offices or Email / Glenn Leibowitz / Inc. ]