Here’s an interesting 2019 interview of Melinda Gates. I really like her.
I found this story about a psycho-neurological care home in Russia very touching. A volunteer woman is bravely helping a woman there who is only four years younger. Neither of them know why the younger woman had been confined in this place since she was a young child.
A game-changing zero emissions new power plant is coming to my hometown. When I was a kid, Staley’s was our big soybean processor (Sta-Puf Fabric Softener). They eventually became ADM. The architect of my house also built Staley’s headquarters, the tallest building in town.
To Wait Around
I could never understand why anyone would ever agree to be the Vice President of the United States; four years, or even eight, completely wasted. Absolutely nothing of any consequence ever accomplished! I guess that’s why I ended up in a line of work where there was always work to be done every day; not hard work, but work that required one to really pay attention, to be in the moment and think clearly at all times, where there was always a clear right answer.
It must have been torture for him, to wait around for a clearly superior man, and one who didn’t ever let him forget it. “You don’t have do this, Joe, you really don’t.” Surely that’s at the root of his trying so hard to do something really important, really soon. He’s old, but he hasn’t forgotten the dismissive condescension. He will never forget and one day he’ll be big in the history books, not for killing 15 people, but for something really big, really good, which would have made his mother very proud.
Like most before her, she has begun to disappear from the scene, to wait out her time of obscurity and irrelevance, but with her own unique twist of always standing behind and a little to the right of the President at public events. Maybe she could look dignified in a way that would dress up this very ordinary, unaccomplished and very old man at least a little bit. She could wait. She wanted to be ready and very near by when the time came.
I wonder whether LBJ knew he had to be ready that dark day in Dallas, to be sworn in at two thirty-eight? Was he really the type to wait around, to accomplish nothing at all?
The Whole Earth Catalog was the first HowtoPedia I ever owned. First published in 1968 by Stewart Brand, it preceded the WWW by nearly two decades. It had no hypertext, but was a huge game changer, one of the greatest achievements of the 1960’s.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Super Bowl.
I found this article about Springsteen really interesting… “trying to do this thing for the greater good,” was how we chose to act decades ago, right after I got out of grad school. Haven’t heard it much lately!
100 seemed like a lot of things to wade through, but there was actually a very high signal to noise ratio.
I discovered I could write this while listing to the GG Bridge foghorns on my phone.
WONDERFUL! 🌉 🎯
SF without the traffic & cold breeze.
Leadbelly Christmas Is A-Coming 🎄
Biden: Hunter is the smartest guy he knows. Is that intended to reassure us?! Hunter dropped his laptop off for repair, with lots of emails about his business in plain text. Then he just abandoned it! This guy is smarter than anyone Biden is nominating for top jobs in the gov’t?
Could some folks with Apple devices do an image search with an Apple search engine for “China president” or “Xi Jinping.” I heard that Apple does not include those images in their search results. I’d like to confirm whether that is right or not. I have only Win & Android. TIA.
It occurs to me there are public health officials who thought they would be only doing good for people in their jobs. And now they are being forced to shut businesses down because of political fights! Some must be horrified. How did they get stuck in the middle of such insanity?
It’s 3 am & 28°F outside. My weather app has been reporting snow flurries for an hour or so. Just looked out the window & see snow on the sidewalk & the side of the road, none accumulated on the grass. It’s our first snow of this winter. Maybe we’ll have more by morning. 🌨 ☃ 😁
Wow, I just heard the news that HP has announced that they are moving their headquarters out of Silicon Valley (San Jose) to Houston. I made that decision to get the hell out of CA in Oct 2017, after living & working there for 50 years. I was early in a flood out of the state! 🏃
We started the day today with tiny snow barely visible in the sky, right at 32° F. So 30 Nov 2020 is our first day of snow, but I don’t think they’ll need to get the snow plows out. We have had snow in Oct & much earlier in Nov in the past. We have had no really cold temps yet.
Dave Winer linked to this article about why this writer decided to live in Berkeley. It makes some good points about the advantages of college towns. I started my 50 year residency in California there. It was cool, but I only stayed two years. I’m glad to be back in Illinois.
Just after sunrise, a fireball on the horizon had begun to be a sun in the sky.
“You know, the one thing I will say about Donald Trump. He doesn’t talk down to anybody. He is who he is, but he doesn’t talk down to anyone. And … there is a certain voter out there because of that who identifies with him and appreciates him.” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (Dem - MI)
Thursday night Justice Alito gave the Keynote Address to the Federalist Society.
To quote a popular Nobel laureate;
“It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.”
Of course he was quoting Bob Dylan’s 1997 song, Not Dark Yet.
Next documentary on reading is Out of Print. Informative, but also scary as you get toward the end, as they show kids in school & you see how fast things are changing! Several reviews suggested watching it to hear the famous laugh of Jeff Bezos. He sounds scary insane.
The Booksellers on Amazon Prime is terrific. If you love bookstores, watch it. If you ever stumbled onto a really rare book at a crazy low price at a bookstore, watch it. If you ever wanted to see what Book Row in NYC was like, watch it. What an exciting world, be careful.
I’ve been watching the Roger Moore episodes of The Saint on Amazon Prime off & on all year. The episode tonight was exceptional. The female lead was gorgeous & looked familiar, but I couldn’t place who played Judith. In the closing credits I found out. It was Julie Christie!!
Tonight, one of our Thai friends here in IL, probably in her mid-30’s, texted me that she & the Thais here would protect me during the crisis. I’m 75. That is the kind of support I always got in Thailand, where age is always respected. It felt good to get that here too! 🇹🇭
Yes, autumn is all about leaves, right? At least in the northern hemisphere. Stella likes leaves. A LOT!!