January 16, 2019

Via SMBC, of course…

Bonus: Every 'but is it art' conversation maps to this one.

Juul May Be Evil

December 18, 2018

Honestly, let’s just wipe out 20 years of progress. Per a University of Michigan study:

Among 10th grade students nicotine vaping also increased at a record rate as it doubled and rose eight percentage points, from 8% to 16%. This is the largest percentage point increase ever recorded by the survey for any past 30-day substance use outcome in this grade.

For secondary students in grades 9 through 12 the increases in nicotine vaping translate into at least 1.3 million additional nicotine vapers in 2018 as compared to 2017.

“Vaping is reversing hard-fought declines in the number of adolescents who use nicotine,” said Richard Miech, the lead author and principal investigator of the study. “These results suggest that vaping is leading youth into nicotine use and nicotine addiction, not away from it.”

Or as Kevin Drum prefers, in handy chart format:


Honestly, this is bad.

Vaping in general, and Juul in particular, have wiped out years of hard work to get teens off of cigarettes. And since most of the increase is in vaping nicotine, it means we’re raising yet another generation of addicts, sucked in by the same kind of marketing that was originally used to suck them into cigarette smoking. What a crime this is.

Twain Talk

November 20, 2018

Julia Louis-Dreyfus for president…

Best Day of the Year

September 23, 2018

OK, exaggeration. But we look forward to the Atlantic Antic every year. It is unofficially the oldest and largest street festival in New York City and it’s right in front of our place (we live on Atlantic in the Ex-Lax building).


For me street fairs are largely about food, and the Atlantic Antic is better than other street fairs because this is a foody neighborhood. You can get the normal street fair stuff (nothing wrong with that) but also crazy awesome local stuff. There’s a Spanish church on Atlantic that shows up with crazy good food. I try to keep a running list of what I eat every year.

This year I ate:

There’s a local gumbo place that was serving gator and andouille sausage jambalaya, but I was too full to try it:


Of course, there was music and shopping and kids stuff and all that other stuff. I’m just too full to write about it…

28, Count ’em, 28 Trombones

September 14, 2018

How can a 28 trombone version of Bohemian Rhapsody be anything but amazing?

The thunderbolt and lightning section is around the 3 minute mark for those in a hurry…

Claire de Lune

September 6, 2018

Just  watch…


July 24, 2018

I’ve already hit the grumpy old man stage of my life and nowhere is that more clear than in English usage, grammar and font choices (observant folks will note the lack of Oxford comma). Don’t get me started on less vs. fewer.

I was on a business call today when someone asked if something had been “productionalized“. I work in software, so I understand what they were saying, is it a feature that has been built and is actually in use. But why is that better than “in production”? The latter is clearer and has the benefit of using actual words.

Corporate speak is full of this nonsense. It’s all jargon to make the speaker seem more sophisticated.

What is the client’s ask?

Ask is a verb, not a noun. Seriously, stop it. Why would you say that instead of “what does the client want?”. There’s only one reason, to be pretentious.

And Comic Sans is evil…