- Every few months, I rant to a friend about how interfaces are increasingly visually hypertrophied -- like vision is the only sense that matters. Haptic and audio UI bits in smartphones are nice, but don't buck the fundamental trend.Then this article:
- Anyone else notice how Trump says that "we can't let the cure be worse than the _problem_" (emphasis mine)?
The stock phrase ends with "disease". Trump avoids the stock phrase because he doesn't want someone quoting it back at him sarcastically at the peak of the death toll. /1
So in order to avoid reminding his hearers that it is, in fact, *literally a disease* we're talking about here, he twists a common saying. Since his use of language is often so odd anyway, journalists don't call out the misdirection or try to explain it. A dramatic example:
On #TheDaily recently (with @mikiebarb), @maggieNYT plays audio of Trump saying "I don’t want the cure to be worse than the problem itself" (note that he *alway* phrases it this way -- he has never said "disease" in that phrase), and she does a really interesting thing:
She repeats it back for us, with the phrase corrected to its standard form:
"— in his words, the cure can’t be worse than the disease."
I think this deserves closer attention, as an example of a widespread phenomenon among journalists.
.@maggieNYT wasn't adding any information there. She wasn't summarizing a longer or more complex thing Trump said. She wasn't providing needed context that the listener might not have. She just repeats Trump, with one important fix, and calls her fixed version "his words".
What is going on? It's not a simple accident. The day before, @mikiebarb did the same thing. He quotes Trump using same odd phrasing another time, and follows it up by fixing the President's words (albeit w/ "illness" not "disease").
It's like the journalists *know* something is wrong, and have an instinct to fix it, but they do so by generously cleaning up the President's deliberate mis-phrasing, instead of exploring *why* the President consistently mis-phrases a traditional saying in the first place.
I'm not suggesting that reporters should indulge in speculation about the President's motivations (even when those motivations are pretty clear). Instead, I'm suggesting that journalists simply point out when something odd is going on -- just help the audience see patterns. As reporters, they've heard Trump use this odd phrasing multiple times; they know full well what is going on. But any given audience member might not have heard all those quotes, and might not spot the pattern.
Instead of unconsiously correcting Trump, just report on him.
- I just got an email from a coworking space company (one of whose spaces I had toured a long time ago), telling me that since then they've opened "more than 45 locations nationwide" and "welcomed thousands of new members".I think this *might* be an example of poorly-timed email.
- Wondering how open source stays [at least somewhat] safe? I recommend this mind-opening presentation from Cristina Muñoz on systematically detecting malware attacks in the Python Package Index (@PyPI):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28BoQLWKGWw&feature=youtu.be&t=246(More about the speaker: https://keybase.io/xmun0x)
- Hey everyone, a reminder: @bowandhammer are some amazing Chicago musicians who launched a Kickstarter campaign for their first album right before the bottom fell out of the world. They're *very* close to making their goal. Let's put them over the line:
- Dear Lazyweb,If I were going to see a classic movie -- that I'd never seen before, but that's pretty much all classic movies anyway -- which one(s) would you recommend?This new mostly-we-stay-at-home life offers certain opportunities for cultural redemption...Thanks,-Karl
- It's official: on the 2020 U.S. census, I have listed my ethnicity as "Bayesian-American". Let them come for me -- it was worth it.https://twitter.com/kfogel/status/1240300264533434370
- I'm actually glad this got published right now. Because it's a non-coronavirus story (unlike 90% of everything else at the moment), I think more people will read it than might otherwise have done so -- and @EricHolder's work here is incredibly important:
- Y'all remember that weird, out-of-time period between Trump getting elected in Nov 2016 and being inaugurated in Jan 2017? Obama was still President, but we knew something bad was coming, even though we didn't know exactly how it would be...That's what it feels like again now.
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1. Queen Elizabeth passes on...but Prince Charles does so as well...
2. The mass media bankrupts.
3. Our logistics system breaks from the strain of hauling so much toilet paper.
4. The Internet collapses structurally due to too much streaming video for the network of networks to handle. Person-to-person video is what kills things rather than increased over-the-top streaming broadcasts.
- Really, really fine piece by Joshua Yaffa (@yaffaesque) in @NYTimes about how people -- yes, even thoughtful people; yes, even thoughtful well-meaning people -- choose to bend themselves to the Trumps of the world.
- Let me get this straight: Eric Raymond blogs that @OpenSourceOrg improperly banned him for rude mailing list posts, but he doesn't provide the texts -- which he sent to a public list! though the moderators didn't mod them through -- as primary sources?The “Cryptographic Autonomy License” saga took over a year. Admittedly I signed off license-discuss because the matter was going nowhere about a month after the same matter prompted Bruce Perens to resign from OSI. The license-discuss list is now talking about how to draft general software licenses that prevent people like Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, human rights violators generally, and other people they don’t like from being able to use their software.
- Just curious: Is there also a rule that halts trading when stocks go *up* too quickly? I.e., is the interventionism biased? Would love an authoritative answer from anyone who has actual knowledge here.
- Hey everyone, I know a bright new developer who just graduated from @RecurseCenter. She's out on the job market now, and I think she's going to be a good hire for some lucky company. DM me or see https://red-bean.com/kfogel/contact.html if you'd like to know more!
- "These circumstances generally, and Attorney General Barr’s lack of candor specifically, call into question Attorney General Barr’s credibility..."https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hyKDmTOT27wNOMa-7cCMRbtNVMPPCh8Y/view
- A beautiful example of @JimBlandy getting technical in the very best way -- a way that's readable & understandable by anyone who's done a little programming, even though he's describing pretty deep stuff in @firefox:
- Simple solution for saving window configurations on the fly in Emacs (I know there were existing solutions, but they were big and complex when I needed small and simple):Later I made a small optimization, so if you're looking at this it's probably best to use the latest code:
- Hey, music fans: I just backed @bowandhammer's Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming CD "DIALOGUE". Won't you join me? They're amazing, as attendees of their Chicago concerts know. Musicians gonna music -- but they can do more of it with our support!
- Serious question: Why are so many people writing as if the primaries were winner-take-all in each state? It's unnerving.We have that bug in the general election, but we *don't* have it in the primaries, where delegates are allocated proportionally to votes (once floor is met).
- Three cheers for this excellent & perceptive piece by @Riana_Crypto at @StanfordCIS. An alternative title for it could have been: "DOJ Plans Stimulus Program to Support Free, Open Source Encryption Software".