As a Royals fan I am okay with relegation in the MLB univerise.

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Paul Krugman
has a great tweet about the Stock Market

For inquiring minds:
Why did the market suddenly plunge? I have no idea.
Will it keep going down, or bounce back? I have no idea.
Is this going to translate into problems for the real economy? I have no idea.
But what you need to know is: nobody else has any idea, either.

This is why I call my blog No Idea. Because nobody really has any idea what's going on.

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Nick Statt writing at The Verge argues Google doesn't provide enough features in the Pixel 3 XL to justify a notch.

The stand out, tone deaf paragraph for me is this:

Google says the Pixel 3 XL will come with the ability to “turn off" the notch if you don’t like it, transforming the top portion of the phone next to the cutout into a black status bar and nothing else. But then why bother shipping a phone with an edge-to-edge display if customers end up disliking it so much that they disable it? Sure, some consumers might not mind it at all and leave it as is, while those who prefer the extra room for the status bar will just turn it off. But needing to give people the option would suggest that even Google understands that it’s offering a compromise that’s more complicated than it seems at first glance.

One of the largest differences between Google and Apple is the amount of control over a device the companies give users. Choice. It comes down to choice. Google knew some people wouldn't like the notch but, still want a larger phone so they gave those people the option to do something about it.
Apple didn't give their customers a choice at all. It was notch or no new phone.

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

This is a solid quote. And a solid goal.

One that I am striving towards.

I just had a great interaction with my Chromebook and my Pixel 2.

The home internet died. I'm not sure why yet. The Chromebook picked up that my Pixel 2 was close and suggested I connect to my mobile data through the phone to stay connected. I hit the OK button and connected to my phone and then hit okay on my phone and presto bango I was tethering to my phone without having to fiddle with any wifi settings.

Just a great overall experience.

Now, if you will excuse me. I think it's time to see why my internet died.

Joshua Rivera in a piece on James Bond at GQ

It's impossible to watch Skyfall and not immediately begin to sip scotch. How did the scotch get in your hand? Who knows? Bond is that cool.

This line had me laughing out loud. And wanting a sip of scotch.

It's time, past time if you ask me, for phone makers to stop releasing yearly updates to phones.

Does it really matter what the differences between the Samsung Note 8 and the Note 9 are? Is it that imperitive to Samsung's bottomline that they sell millions of both devices?

The same thing goes for Apple. At least they stop selling older versions of the iPhone when a new version is released.

For the most part, the yearly update cycle does not give meaningful updates to phones for users.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossum.

Marcel Proust

Yes. Yes, we need more of this. We must be more grateful for the good that we see in others.

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Apple hired John Giannandrea to lead their Machine Learning team. Since his profile was updated on Apple's website yesterday, the regular technology news websites are writing stories about how the teams will work because ... there was a change on the website we must create content for. As usual, John Gruber chimed in with his thoughts on the "news" of the organization

This exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.

Of course, this lists the three white men who lead Apple's team but, has no mention of how many people are included in the team or how this compares to the size of Amazon's or Google's teams. I'm more interested to learn if Apple is indeed taking Siri seriously by putting more brains into the project to try to make Siri better or if they are just hoping that one smart white man will be able to deligate work to the same size of team that has allowed Siri to languish as the last place voice assisstant.

From Kevin Drum's Mother Jones article We Are All Socialist Democrats Now

American liberalism is simply moving once again in the direction of Europe .This is something that conservatives have been accusing us of for decades, mostly because it’s true.

I love that the entirety of conservativism thinks that the way Europe does things is so horrible we should never emulate them even though the countires with the highest living standards are located there.

The idea that healthcare, an education, and housing are basic human rights and should be available to every person isn't a radical idea. I'm sorry but, it's not. I have a hard time understanding the arguements against these things.

+"If you can't afford a doctor then you should die."
*This s not an arguement that I am willing to consed is a valid arguement about the cost of healthcare in the United States.

+"If you can't afford $100,000 education then you shouldn't be able to learn skills that will increase your hiring potential."
*This is also an arguement I have a hard time understanding. Especially in a Free Market enviroment where an education will increase a person's value to a company.

+"You are too poor to have a dwelling."
*This is just plain stupid. Security is one of the most basic things people need and a dwelling is part of that security. The idea that if you can't afford it you should not be able to have it is violence.

I am not sure about homelessness but, I am pretty sure that most European countries have universal healthcare and access to higher education for their citizens. The fact that we are fighting about these things in America shows that the divide between people in this country is a large space to bridge. How do you try to tell someone that money shouldn't be the thing life is valued on when money is the thing they use to value their lives?