Previous “Links” posts

Venezuela, Syria, and America 

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Donald Trump’s attempts to subvert American democracy are reprehensible. Fortunately for the world, it appears they will also be ineffective. The authors of a book called “The Dictator’s Handbook” have some astute observations about exactly what Trump and his team are doing. Here’s one relevant note:

Trump is trying to make the people who report the vote into the actual winning coalition. He’s going to fail. The courts are not going to allow him to get away with it. But it’s horribly clever.

“Horribly clever” is one way to describe attempting to alter the outcome of a national election in which over 150 million people voted by having a tiny number of election officials alter the results. “Treasonous” might be another.

A Rather E-Gregious Idea 

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

If you’re fortunate enough to be the (welcoming) recipient of intimate photos, it is obviously the very poorest of form to then share those photos with others. Nevertheless, this apparently happens frequently, because people are the worst.1 Still, I’m not sure the very, very sexy idea of an NDA app for sexters is going to solve much.


Footnotes:

  1. Seinfeld really nailed this one.2 ↩︎

  2. This perfect summation of all humanity is archived here. ↩︎

America’s Moron 

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

After September 11th, 2001, Rudy Guiliani could’ve ridden out the rest of his life as “America’s Mayor”. Instead, he’s repeatedly chosen to associate himself with loathsome soon-to-be-former president Donald Trump. As Guiliani argues in court for disenfranchising millions of voters on utterly meritless grounds, that’s going especially poorly. Guiiani’s performance in court this week was so bad, it earned him comparisons to cartoon lawyer Lionel Hutz. As “Simpsons” writer Bill Oakley notes, those comparisons are unfair…to Mr. Hutz.

Our Vaccine Fairy Godmother 

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Back in 2013, famed amusement park owner Dolly Parton was involved in a minor car accident, which led her to meet Dr. Naji Abumrad. Parton and Abumrad formed an unlikely friendship, one which eventually led Parton to donate $1 million to COVID-19 research. Now, it seems Parton’s donation helped to fuel the promising new Moderna vaccine. It’s a weird, weird world we’re living in.

Medical Delivery via Lamborghini 

Monday, November 16th, 2020

The Italian State Police own multiple Lamborghinis, which might not be the best use of resources. However, they did recently used one to transport a kidney over 300 miles in just two hours, which is pretty awesome.

Remember Fun? 

Friday, November 13th, 2020

One day, hopefully soon, there will be fun again. Unfortunately, right now, there is not much fun to be had.

“Fun is the act of mastering a problem mentally,”…Mastery right now is out of reach, because the problem — a contagious new virus and the corresponding cascade of nightmares it has wrought — can’t be mastered, only weathered, and weathering an onslaught is the opposite of fun.

That sounds right to me.

The Potato Head of Palencia 

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

If you’re a fan of Monkey Christ, prepare to enjoy this spudface.

An Interview With the Owner of the Sex Shop Next to Four Seasons Landscaping 

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Over at Slate, Rachelle Hampton is doing essential work. She’s posted an interview with Bernie D’Angelo, owner of the Fantasy Island sex shop next to the suddenly infamous Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Apparently, Fantasy Island is a family business!

Also worth mentioning is this note:

[Editor’s note: The New York Times has reported that the campaign actually always meant to hold the event at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, but the president misunderstood which Four Seasons was hosting when he first tweeted about it.]

There is no earthly reason why the campaign would hold their event at Four Seasons Total Landscaping. I don’t believe this for a single second.

How Do You Spell Relief? B-I-D-E-N 

Monday, November 9th, 2020

On Saturday, November 7th, all of the major news outlets declared Joe Biden the winner of America’s 2020 presidential election. It was a very good day.

There are many emotions being felt around this country, and the world. For me, the most notable among them is relief. Something distressing has not happened. Soon, something unpleasant (to say the absolute least) will come to an end.

Functional Sculpture 

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

When a train in Rotterdam went out of control, it was saved from a dangerous fall by a whale’s tail.


This doesn’t even look real.

No one was hurt, and presumably, the train will be more easily repaired than if it had plummeted to the ground. Not bad, sculpture. Not bad.