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Friday, January 8th, 2021

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That was one of the worst nights of sleep I've had in a long time. Going to be a rough day.


Eric Rosen is an IM of chess and he's one of my preferred chess YouTube channels. He has a good "chill" vibe and I enjoyed watching this game and hearing his thinking process.

American Gentry - Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future, by Patrick Wyman (patrickwyman.substack.com)

A great look at the elites which often are overlooked in modern society, the "gentry." They aren't the dot-com billionaries, they are as Patrick writes, the people who own orchards and vineyards, or chains of car dealerships, etc.

I was just hit with an immense feeling of satisfaction. What I'm doing with Glowbug is mostly a fun side-project, but having turned it into a full (albeit limited) CMS is really paying dividends. It's such a relatively simple tool in our modern life, but for example I am about to start working, and that will entail switching computers. But I also have numerous tabs open of links I want to read. I don't have to worry about syncing across machines etc. Now I can just a bookmarklet to add them to Glowbug as drafts, and then I can read them and either post about them or delete the draft.

And it's entirely a tool I built. It's silly, but it makes me feel accomplished and in Marie Kondo's words, it brings me joy. It validates the time I've spent on this tool and makes it all worth it.

David Bowie Answers the Famous Proust Questionnaire (brainpickings.org)

David Bowie would have been 73 today. He is perhaps the most recent person to attain mythical status in the majority of the modern western world's minds, and I found this brief exploration from him entertaining. There are questions he obviously doesn't take seriously and there are others which are clearly important despite the brevity of his answers. In many ways, I find his answers art in and of themselves.

No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees (sahillavingia.com)

What a lovely description of the life of the founder of Gumroad and how the company now operates. It reminds me of when Plentyoffish was at its peak of visibility, the founder worked on it for supposedly an hour a week. This is much closer to my dream of employment, I've identified my desired work schedule as Monday-Thursday for 5-6 hours a day. One day I'll get there.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls on President Trump to resign, questions her future as a Republican (adn.com)

"I think he should leave. He said he's not going to show up. He's not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn't been focused on what is going on with COVID. He's either been golfing or he's been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president. He doesn't want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don't think he's capable of doing a good thing," she said.

Asked whether she intends to remain a Republican, Murkowski said that depends on the party itself.

"Well, you know, there's a lot of people who actually thought that I did that in 2010, think that I became an independent. I didn't have any reason to leave my party in 2010. I was a Republican who ran a write-in campaign and I was successful. But I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me," she said.

Yes, this!

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Twitter bans Trump, citing risk of violent incitement (apnews.com)

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With the passing of Neil Sheehan, we get the full story of the Pentagon papers (nytimes.com 🗝️)

From the moment he secured the 7,000 pages of classified government documents on the Vietnam War for The New York Times, until his death on Thursday, Mr. Sheehan, a former Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, declined nearly every invitation to explain precisely how he had pulled it off.

In 2015, however, at a reporter's request, he agreed to tell his story on the condition that it not be published while he was alive. Beset by scoliosis and Parkinson's disease, he recounted, in a four-hour interview at his home in Washington, a tale as suspenseful and cinematic as anyone in Hollywood might concoct.

(For younger readers, the Pentagon papers were what broke the US's will to endure Vietnam and forced the government to fess up to what a clusterfuck it was.)

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