I am nearly to the end of my current journal—a Baron Fig—and to be honest, I will be glad to be done with it. The paper is way to stiff and scratchy for my liking, and the binding is weird and refuses to lie flat. It is marginally better than a Moleskine, but that is a low bar; I have never understood the appeal of their stuff.

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I am pretty surprised at the amount of vitriol being directed at Sonos for their announcement that they will be ending support for some of the older speakers in their product line-up. I’ve seen people shouting about how Sonos is betraying their customers, but really—they’re ending software updates for a limited set of products that are ten or more years old. That seems fairly reasonable to me.
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I’m sure my neighbor across the street has a good reason for running his snowblower at 7am on a Sunday morning…
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The Myth of Self-Reliance:

Just as I had studiously reproduced the form of the gull without knowing what it was, I saw that I had absorbed from my family and my upbringing a specific brand of individualism, valorizing and transmitting it unknowingly. I’d done this throughout my entire life, but especially in How to Do Nothing. Around my favored versions of contemplative solitude, so similar to Emerson’s, a whole suite of circumstances appeared in full relief, like something coming into focus. The women in the kitchen made the mens’ conversation possible, just as my trip to the mountain—and really all of my time spent walking, observing, and courting the “over-soul”—rested upon a long list of privileges, from the specific (owning a car, having the time), to the general (able-bodied, upper-middle-class, half white and half “model minority,” a walkable neighborhood in a desirable city, and more). There was an entire infrastructure around my experience of freedom, and I’d been so busy chasing it that I hadn’t seen it.

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Listening to the new Of Montreal album confirms what I generally feel when listening to Of Montreal albums, which is that I don’t much care for Of Montreal. YMMV, obviously.
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I have been trying to give this Witcher show on Netflix a try, but it is… not good.
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We would all do well to be VERY skeptical of Lev Parnas.

Marcy Wheeler, writing at her blog about Rachel Maddow’s interview last night with Lev Parnas:

In short, for the last 18 months, Parnas has played a key part in creating the right wing echo chamber, one that — particularly because the addled Rudy is a trusted advisor — forms a key part of how Trump understands the world. One way Parnas did that was by recruiting Ukrainians who were, for very crass reasons, willing to tell Trump and the rest of the frothy right what they wanted to hear, even though it was assuredly not true.

Remarkably, we really don’t know why Parnas decided to play a key cog in the right wing echo chamber in the first place. He’s a grifter, but even with a recent cash infusion from Dmitro Firtash, he’s not getting rich. He was in a powerful position, the one sober person at Trump’s hotel bar, spinning up the drunk Trump sycophants. But that “power” got him indicted for the influence peddling that first landed him in this position. Before answering why he’s telling his story now, without immunity and while facing down still more charges, we’d want to understand that primary motivation, and we don’t know it yet.

Last night’s interview continued that grift, only he moved to spin an echo chamber for the left this time. He emphasized — and Maddow predictably responded — some of the key allegations Democrats most want to be true. Mike Pence is closely involved, Parnas revealed, and while nothing he revealed would amount to impeachable conduct, Democrats immediately latched onto the possibility it would be. Everyone was involved, Parnas confirmed, including Devin Nunes and Bill Barr. It was all about Biden, Parnas almost certainly lied.

In short, doing what he appears to be very good at, Parnas is telling us what we want to hear, whether true or not.

I generally like Rachel Maddow, and the corruption and incompetence of Trump’s circle of goons, grifters, and other hangers-on are bottomless, but that does not mean we should trust Parnas.

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All day at work, I talk with people about the benefits of prioritization and WIP limits.

At home, I find myself in the middle of four novels and two audiobooks, unable to decide which ones to lay aside for the moment.

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Every time I see some story, post, or tweet breathlessly reporting the various US presidential candidates’ standing in national polls, I wonder what the point of this information is. We do not vote nationally in either the primaries or the general election. Paying attention to national polling seems like a recipe for missing the much more important state-level rankings of the candidates.
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This post on the Friend of a Friend standard is super-interesting, but I think the answer to the question of why the standard never achieved the wide adoption its supporters envisioned is pretty straightforward. As long as it depends on the average web user understanding and being able to use a relatively obscure format like RDF, most people are not going to use it.
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