Finley played a game called Terraria this summer, and for a few weeks she got Jen and I to play with her. She loved it but we found it impossible to play with 50-year-old eyes on an iPhone. Anyway, the indie developer behind Terraria got his Google account shut down over a YouTube ban; I was only dimly aware of this, but

…a Google account ban means you lose access to your entire email account; all the pictures you’ve ever taken; your cell phone service; your ability to communicate with friends and family; all your 2FA accounts; anything that uses Google OAuth; your app development business; your YouTube business and all your followers; your purchased apps, games, movies, music, and books; and all your contacts, documents, bookmarks, and notes.

After three weeks of trying to get Google to help him (exacerbated by the fact that he couldn’t contact them because his Google accounts were all shut down) he announced that his company was withdrawing all support for Google platforms moving forward—no small peanuts when you consider his game has sold 30 million copies.

Date posted: February 10, 2021 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

OK, file this under Things I Definitely Wasn’t Expecting To Learn: the guy who sang this schmaltzy song in 1987 was Pinky Carruthers in one of the best movies of all time.

Date posted: February 2, 2021 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Here’s a handy list of Biden’s Executive Orders to date. Rejoining the Paris Agreement, banning LGBTQ discrimination, ending the border wall boondoggle, ending reliance on privately run prisons, expanding reproductive health care…this is all good stuff.

Date posted: January 28, 2021 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Maryland Representative Andy Harris walked through a magnetometer near the House chamber yesterday with a concealed gun. When he was confronted, he tried to get another Congressman to hold it for him—who wisely declined. Harris has been a House member since 2008; he was an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and also chief of obstetric anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. (Being a Hopkins-trained physician apparently does not prevent one from being a total fucking crackpot). Among other things, he supported Trump’s claims that the election was unfair, alleging “large-scale voting irregularities,” including “secret, unobserved vote counting in the swing states.”

This barking asshat represents my district, and I’m embarrassed.

Date posted: January 22, 2021 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Destroying planets and using fear of this battle station to keep the local systems in line was my No. 1 passion until — about 30 seconds ago, weirdly! That was when I saw the X-wings that had evaded our turbo-lasers and were proceeding down a trench toward our vulnerable thermal exhaust port — and realized I had to speak up. I thought: What if remorselessly destroying planets isn’t my passion? What if my real passion is staying alive and avoiding the consequences of my actions?

This is from a couple of days ago but I’ve been crashing on a big project at work, and it still makes me laugh.

Date posted: January 12, 2021 | Filed under humor, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The President of the American Federation of Teachers issued a formal statement on Betsy DeVos’ resignation today.

Date posted: January 8, 2021 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, is an admitted conspiracy theorist and that he told investigators he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing their DNA.

Fantastic. I guess this asshole doesn’t remember his Hippocratic oath class in pharmacy school.

Date posted: January 5, 2021 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The New York Times has posted an absolutely incredible investigation and recreation of the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Using body cam footage, newly released records, and after-accident interviews, they show how the police detail who broke her door down made multiple careless mistakes and endangered her life and the lives of her neighbors by blindly shooting into a darkened apartment without announcing who they were or why they were there. This is 18 minutes worth watching.

Date posted: December 29, 2020 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Rowling fashioned herself an untouchable goddess at the exact moment untouchable goddesses became obsolete.

The Cut digs into J.K. Rowling’s journey from a universally respected creator of an inclusive fantasy world to a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.

Date posted: December 22, 2020 | Filed under books, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

From Mel Magazine, a quick article on the origin and creation of “Little Big Mom,” the Simpsons 11th season episode where Homer comes face to face with Stupid Sexy Flanders. Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all!

Date posted: December 11, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »