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Twitter Fun
Valerie Bertinelli had some fun at the expense of Elon Musk.
The Golden Globe winner, 62, changed her name on Twitter to Elon Musk, to prove that the platform's new verification system is flawed.

About Reporting
Christiane Amanpour defined good journalism: “There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing.”


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The best description of Paul Schindler,  Journalist
Thank you to my former editor Joe Brancatelli for reminding me of what I told all my editors. A.J. Liebling said it first,.. but it’s also true of me:  "I write faster than anyone who writes better, and I write better than anyone who writes faster."

My Mother Was A Chemist
A half century ago, I was taught this doggerel. I can’t find a good Internet citation of this version, but one thing’s for sure: I’ve never forgotten the chemical formula for sulfuric acid.

My mother she was a chemist,
A chemist she is no more.
For what she thought was H₂O was H₂SO₄

Amazing Turtle Video
Animals helping each other continues to amaze me.


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What Oz Means
Amy Schumer’s funny take on What Mehmet Oz means when he says abortion should be between "a woman, her doctor, and local political leaders."

Dormphone Days
One of the term-time jobs I took to earn my way though MIT was at Dormphone, the Dormitory Telephone System (DTS), later known as Dormline. Dorrmphone Days.

Dumb Days
I was talking about the supercut of my Chronicle reviews when I recalled I did commentaries in the 1987-88 season,  also with a large dollop of shtick. The hardest one (steep hillside, dramatic leap, no teleprompter) was my commentary on Software Piracy.


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Complete Bushisms
 The Complete Bushisms was a proof that W graduated from Yale and Harvard with gentleman’s C’s. No wonder he never released his transcripts. Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group in 2009, collected them.

Programming Languages
Jokes about what programming language you use.

Procrastination Graphic (DRAFT)
Linked-In led me to this great procrastination graphic


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I Lost On Jeopardy, Baby
A generous text summary of my appearance on Jeopardy from S.M. Oliva’s blog devoted to The Computer Chronicles.

Podcast Tips
It’s been a while since I heard from Dan Grobstein, who recommends podcasts: Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra, Countdown with Keith Olberman, and, from London, Full Disclosure With James O'Brien

Twain Quotes
I think sometimes about accidental release of my “hold for release” obituary. As a quote hound (here and here), I looked for Twain’s “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” after release of his pre-written obit. Found this: Twain Quote site.


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American Exceptionalism
Of course none of us speak foreign languages in this country because we don’t think we have to. Exchanging email with a German friend whose English is flawless reminds me of a joke I first heard decades ago:

What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Tri-lingual.
What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bi-lingual.
What do call a person who speaks one language? American.

The Truth Is Funny
From my UPI chat group: In politics, to quote poet Charles Bukowski though he meant it in a wider sense, "the truth is the funniest thing around because you seldom ever hear it and when you do it astonishes you into laughter."


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Your Face
“When you are young, you have the face your parents gave you. After you are forty, you have the face you deserve.”
It’s not clear who first said this.

Threat Category
“Stochastic Terrorism,” as in when Lindsey Graham says, “It would be a shame if something happened to…” his nemesis of the day.

Not to be Missed Video
Thank you Robert Malchman: “I recommend this video highly, but be sure to watch all the way to the end, where there is a bit of a twist. It's’"what Trump supporters see in him, explained to anti-Trumpers.’”

Woody Allen Quote

Woody Allen once said something about liking fiction because it meant he could control how things turned out, only more eloquent. . Annie Hall or Manhattan? I can’t find it. Do you know the quote or whence it came?


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Life after Death
Testimony of Light: An Extraordinary Message of Life After Death by Helen Greaves is a touching work about life after death. The author says her dead friend “dictated” the book to her. It is well-thought-out, and matches many of the conceptions of afterlife. I am not convinced, but hope it is true

Interesting Twitter Bot
I don’t use twitter so I can’t test it myself, but it sure looks interesting: Trevor Noah's team created a Joe Biden 'insult bot' on Twitter and it's really something

GOP Facism
The Donald Trump/Proud Boy/Oath Keepers faction of the Republican Party has completed its transformation into a fascist, authoritarian death cult, per this excerpt from the Netflix documentary series How To Become A Tyrant.

Dan Rather: The Truth is What It Is
Dan Rather thinks the time is past for “objective reporting” when our very democracy is threatened.  Why Am I Speaking Out? The truth is what it is