This Will Turn Out Just Fine 

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Recently, a federal court ruled to allow T-Mobile and Sprint to merge, reducing the number of national wireless carriers in America from four to three. It’s unlikely this will be beneficial to customers, but this is now the law of the land. The Verge’s Nilay Patel has done a hilarious job tearing down the judicial reasoning, such as it is, in this case.

And… it turns out that Judge Marrero thinks CEO John Legere and the rest of T-Mobile’s executives are extremely cool and smart and that Dish Network is definitely trustworthy and that everything is going to work out great.

Also, the judge thinks that Sprint sucks. Really, if there’s one major takeaway here, it’s that Victor Marrero, a federal judge selected by Bill Clinton for a lifetime appointment on the federal judiciary, thinks that Sprint is a bad company with a crap network run by dummies. This is the law now.

Unmentioned in all of this is that even if you somehow believe that this merger should be allowed because T-Mobile CEO John Legere is just so great, he’s stepping down as CEO this spring. Still, though, I’m sure this will work out great for all cell phone users in America.

Not for All the Buffet Line Shrimp in the World 

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Long-time readers may recall my aversion to cruises. This interview with a cruise ship doctor, coupled with the recent massive quarantine of the “Diamond Princess” ship off the coast of Japan, serves to reinforce that disinclination to ever taking a cruise.

Body Party! 

Friday, February 14th, 2020

It’s Valentine’s Day in America, which means it’s a fine time to see what happens when one attempts to use AI to get new candy heart messages.

Who doesn’t like cookies? A sub-par confection offering you a superior confection is pretty amusing as well.

No Nazi Friars 

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

After much ridicule, at least one MLB team has pulled away from their poorly designed spring training caps. The San Diego Padres will largely be avoiding wearing their not not a swastika caps, sticking instead with a more traditional interlocking SD logo.

The Food Place 

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Since its debut in 2016, “The Good Place” was one of the best shows on television. After just 52 episodes, its run has come to an end. The show went out at the top of its game and on its own terms, rather than dragging on for years past its prime. If you haven’t watched it, it comes highly recommended.

If you have watched The Good Place, you will enjoy checking out The Food Place, a virtual restaurant selling many of the food items the show created. For more details, see this interview with its creator, Lynn Fisher.

Natalie Portman’s Oscars Cape 

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

I don’t much care about awards ceremonies like the Oscars, but I do appreciate trolling for a good cause.

These Designs Are Bad and the Designers Should Feel Bad

Monday, February 10th, 2020

For many years now, sports leagues have attempted to sell more merchandise to fans by creating all sorts of alternate logos and designs. Sometimes these arrangements are well done, and often times, they are not.

For Major League Baseball’s 2020 spring training games, all 30 teams got new hat designs. As the headline of this post might tell you, they are mostly not good at all.

Let’s first dispense with a couple logos that did turn out pretty well. The Detroit Tigers have the only outright winner, using subtle tiger stripes to accent their “D” logo in wonderful fashion:

The Toronto Blue Jays have something a bit different, but it’s solid overall:

There are a couple other decent results, but it’s far more fun to look at the crap. Many of the caps look like they were misprinted, from the New York Yankees:

…to the Milwaukee Brewers…:

…and most especially, the San Diego Padres:

At the very least, it would be difficult to state definitively that there’s not a swastika in there.

Possible neo-Nazi designs aside, the single most ridiculous logo belongs to the Baltimore Orioles, which sort of looks like a bird with either a giant head or a tiny body:

My favorite, however, are the creepy logos. The buccaneer mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates is staring at you through a picket fence:

While the Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be attempting to get you kicked out of the garden of Eden:

But it’s Mr. Redlegs, of the Cincinnati Reds, who really takes the cake. He is really creeping on you something fierce:

I know it goes against all logic and reason, but it really seems like shoving one logo inside of another logo is not a great way to design a third logo.

Literally Eating His Own Dog Food 

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Dogfooding” is a term widely used in software development, and it refers to a company uses its own work heavily to help ensure a high level of quality. Last month, Mitch Felderhoff did some very literal dogfooding. He’s the president of dog food brand Muenster Milling Company, and he spent 30 days eating nothing but his own dog food.

That Surgeon Is an Artist 

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

After Dr. Robert Parry performs surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, he likes to brighten the days of patients and their families with custom bandages he decorates himself.

There Is No SSL Certificate for Teams 

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

If the virtual office goes down on Monday morning, is anybody really upset?