My new project: create a bunch of odd, free-association Google News Alerts. That way, if one of those things comes to pass, I’ll be the first to know. I thought about this after receiveing an alert for “Council Bluffs levee break” that I had set up when last the Missouri was a couple of dozen…

IRC me

Part of my moving off the Facebooks et al is to find alternate modes for the sorts of communications that social media platforms facilitate. While my account at Facebook is still sort of up–I don’t monitor it. I also don’t monitor Facebook Messenger all that often. At least that is the plan. To that end,…

A new tattoo

My next tattoo (which would be my first tattoo I guess) will be an embellished “A lack of planning on your part does not equate to an emergency on my part.” I’d like it on the palm of my right hand so that I can slap people with it when they get all twitterpated and…

The fire? It’s over here, guys

While the world rails on about the stable genius that is the current occupant of the White House, this little number seems like it should be blaring from every news channel 24/7. Chinese slowing/stopping purchase of US T-Bills The short of it? China no longer feels that US sovereign debt is a safe investment. The…

Blowing snow

Jocularity at the NWS

Have you ever read the National Weather Service Forecast Discussions? Because if you haven’t, you’re missing out on some entertaining commentary. While my (and I’m assuming everyone else’s) expectation of this sort of writing would be staid and professional, I’ve noticed a jocular sense of humour with at least some forecasters. Take the discussion of…

One regret

I regret that I have but one Friday lunch to give to Blatterday. I also regret that I did not go with the Old Rasputin on nitro right off the bat. In other news, Friday afternoon is going really slowly.

Cutting the social media cord

I’m finally doing it (again). It’s going to stick (this time). While I have enjoyed having distance-mediated contact with friends and family through sites like Facebook I am officially canning my accounts. The platform lock-in is stifling innovation. The social graph meta information is being used with malcompetence. The media filtering has magnified the destruction…

Fascinating

Not even sure why exactly this site has commanded my attention, but its grip is undeniable. James Russell Publishing is a throwback to an earlier version of the World Wide Web. It’s an Internet relic. One can practically feel the spittle raining down on them as they read the screeds–all of which serve as long-form…