Thursday, May 09, 2019

There is so much I could say about this article (besides that it is too long and repetitive, like most NYT pieces). I don't have time to address every point, but it strikes me as sour grapes. He's not satisfied with the millions he made and is jealous that the company is now worth even more. It also has a personal vendetta flavor. OK, I get it. You don't like the CEO. You're smarter, better, more attractive, nicer, more moral, more self-actualized, more deserving than he is, why is he so much more influential than you are? It's not fair. 

There are many outrageous assertions in this manifesto, but this one is scary: [there should be a new government agency to] "create guidelines for acceptable speech on social media." I cannot believe this dude is calling for censorship! He must be a conflict theorist - or at least on this issue. He wants "his" elites to control the "other" elites - those big, bad ones. His elites are more benevolent, and would take care of the little people (as long as they agree). He makes a lame effort to justify his attack on the First Amendment with the tired "you can't yell fire in a theatre" argument. What is he, in junior high school? 

I have a personal page with a news feed I carefully craft through hide, mute, un-follow. Us peons are perfectly capable of managing this ourselves, even if Chris Hughes is smarter, wittier, more clever, richer. I also administer three pages, one private and one public group. I am a member of several public and private groups too. I resent Chris Hughes having a loud, elite megaphone like the NYT. He drowns out other voices. I want him to shut up and stop advocating for government to tinker with my social media.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Yesterday I filled out the tax forms and mailed them at 5. I had done background work weeks ago, but did not bother finishing. Why, when we had to pay? The process is filling out the forms is awful, although at the Federal level, it is much simpler than it used to be. But to be clear: That does not make it better when you have to write a large check at the end, especially having paid thousands in payroll deductions. So I am more angry than ever before, and I've never liked tax time. I don't get into political debates with people, and don't plan to start now, but since this is a low traffic spot, will openly admit how much I cannot stand DJT and all his rude, idiotic comments. Not that I admire the dems, because I don't. DJT and all the rest of our so-called leaders make me want to puke. They are scum.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I have a little Timex clock on my desk on campus that I've had for over 20 years. Twice a year when I have to change it, the display cuts out for a few days. I used to think it needed a new battery, but now I know that it hates springing ahead as well. It will start working again after a while.

Monday, March 11, 2019

I absolutely hate springing ahead. It will take several weeks for me to feel normal again. I want my hour back - and I don't want to wait until November!!!!!! What idiots thought tinkering with time was a good idea?

Friday, March 08, 2019

March 1 passed with no post, but it was my 17th blogversay. I'm not inclined to do a review of this blog, as I did in some past years, but I wanted to note the milestone.

I have been seriously contemplating becoming vegan. I finally made the change to vegetarianism 40 months ago, and it has been easier and more rewarding than I imagined. I didn't want to be a "carb vegetarian" (surviving on pasta, sweets, bread) and I haven't. The challenge is eating out (which I love, but choices on most menus are limited). So I know veganism would be even more difficult in that regard.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It occurs to me that a reason I haven't been writing here much is because for the past four years, I've been keeping an off-line journal, as I did pre-Internet.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The first post of 2019. Will I post more than last year (30)? No idea, but since 2018 was my least active year since I started in 2002...how much lower could it go?

Something I've been thinking about: changing the novelette into first person. Would that make it better?