Trump Trumps Nixon? Lamocrats? Gig Yer Own Self?

And the Beats Goes On and On and On…

Daily Commentary
Thursday is more like Turd-in-the-punchbowl-day.  At least today it is.  And I am sorry for that.  I will say this–a cursed life is very interesting.  Take if from there my few but fine”, my  vanguard of the precariat.
 
CNN Pamela Brown Mar 22, 5:00 PM
Washington (CNN)The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told…
 
 
 Terry sez: Sorry that CNN is the first news org (I use that advisedly) I found that covered this, but it is a start. The Watergate analogies immediately jump to mind if their is fire behind this smoldering smoke. Is the modern media up to the investigative task?
POLITICO Burgess Everett
A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The lawmakers…
Terry sez: Any Democrat who greenlights Gorsuch in light of the uncertainty of a Trump presidency, should be primaried immediately. Full. Stop.
The New Yorker Jia Tolentino Mar 22, 12:58 PM
Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July…
 Terry sez: Here’s your work death sentence. Enjoy. No. Really. You better enjoy it. I love the reference in the article to the rarely read A Cool Million” by Nathaniel West and the character President Shagpoke Whipple, possible the best name ever for a politician.
Motherboard
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
 
Terry sez: Everybody shout at the Emperor in his new tech: the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit. If you eat that meal, well…don’t blame me if it tastes like..
Leading, Learning, Questioning aaronhogan Mar 22, 8:50 PM
In college, I had a professor who would read PowerPoint slide shows to us about the benefits of engaging instruction for students. The irony was not lost on me. It’s rare that a class is a perfect match for you as a learner, but I learned a great…
 
 Terry sez: Some good general advice on learning better in a hilariously bad discipline. Here is a good one: Don’t let a little wait time fool you into thinking the conversation is over.”
New York Times Haeyoun Park Mar 22
An average family making more than $200,000 a year would gain $5,640 while one making less than $10,000 a year would lose $1,420 if Congress passes the health care plan proposed by House Republicans, according to a new analysis. The analysis, from…
 Terry sez: My question is not when are the poor going to get it. No. My question is when they are going to go to the streets? I also want to know what the effects of TrumpCare (fab oxymoron) are on me and mine, i.e. folks who have coverage at work. I bet not good.
Technology Review Tom Simonite
A startup gives chatbots and virtual assistants realistic facial expressions and the ability to read yours. Would your banking experience be more satisfying if you could gaze into the eyes of the bank’s customer service chatbot and know it sees you…
 Terry sez:  Yea, though I walk through the uncanny valley in the shadow of bots, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Effing not! I do not want to hear the disembodied face/voice of Cate Blanchett. Ever. Not even on Alexa.
Future Ready Schools
Building upon the success of the Future Ready Schools (FRS) summits, FRS Institutes are FREE two-day professional development events designed to support the growing network of FRS professionals who are implementing personalized digital learning.
 Terry sez:  OMG and gag me with a spoon. We have got to get together some folks in education with pitchfork and torch to attack BS like this. Just for starts, nothing is future ready or future proofed. For nexts, future ready-sounds like shovel-ready. Gakkkkk.

SONNY & CHER “The Beat Goes On”

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When Depth Equals Distraction

Doug Belshaw’s newsletter, “Thought Shrapnel”, is always a happy read,  but this week it was fatter and happier than usual. What does that mean?  More dopamine, I suppose, inspired by the distraction factor of all the goodies Doug packs into his newsletter.

I also produce a newsletter. It takes about 30 minutes a day to make it.  I don’t put it in the same league as Belshaw’s. I have 28 subscribers and Doug has 1524.  I enjoy writing and publishing mine. I usually have 4-8 links. “Thought Shrapnel” had 35.

That is just too rich. It’s so rich it might be noise.  It has made me wonder,  “If I am going to produce a curated digital space like a newsletter, then I am obligated to narrowcast a coherent signal.”  In other words, as my son says when playing video games on line, “Less yackin’, more hackin'” Less is more.

Here is a complete archive of Belshaw’s newsletter links from above using Webrecorder.io, a tool for creating high-fidelity recordings of the web. Just below is one of the pages from that webrecording.

The Webrecording is over 100 MB. Belshaw’s newsletter is only 3.5 MB. Is one of these better than another for generating a useful broadcast. Is every call for attention just over the line at this point? I suppose what this means is that I am going to try including signficantly fewer items in my newsletter just to see how it ‘feels’ to me and my few, but fine audience members.