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Amazing Printer
Junked your flaky color printer? Vicki found this $130 solution to printing pictures off her iPhone.
Liene 4x6 Photo Printer, Wi-Fi, 20 Sheets, Full-Color, Instant Printer for iPhone, $130

AI: Built-in Hallucinations
Scientific American: Hallucinations Are Inevitable in LLM AI.

Great Anglicism
How shocked are you? “You are looking at me like I asked you to shit in your hands and clap.”

Retrocon Lyrics
Many instrumental songs get  lyrics added. Lyricist Mitchell Parish did several: Sleigh Ride, Moonlight Serenade and Stardust. Daniel Dern notes someone on YouTube working the same territory: If the Star Wars Cantina Song Had Lyrics

Missed the Top 5
Why isn’t “I’m not dead, I’m OJ” on Headstone Epitaphs for O.J. Simpson. Too soon? No one remembers the reference? “I’m not black, I’m OJ.” You can look it up.




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Setting Headlines
Thank You Reid Ashe. He knew the name of the device we used to set headlines at The Tech: VGC Photo Typositor.
Probably not the model shown, but similar. Ironically, the article is not about the device, but about the font used for the word Typositor on its frame.
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Passwords
Tom Rush’s Quote of the Month: “Someone cracked my password. Now I need to rename my puppy.”
–Unknown

Dinosaur Blog

In a recent comic strip, the daughter sees the father reading a newspaper and says, “When are you going to be through reading your Dinosaur Blog?”

Paul on the Top5

Little Known Features of Tesla’s Cybertruck. I snagged number 3 on a Top5 list.

Paul Under The Knife
Not my hip. Not yet. Pacemaker battery replacement (they call it a generator replacement). A few days in the hospital, a useless left arm for three weeks. Low-risk surgery, worked fine.


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Challengers ****
A tennis movie under a love triangle of three beautiful people, topped with an indecipherable ending, all complemented by breathtaking visual and sound effects. Thirty minutes too long at two hours. Passes the watch test. Fails the Bechdel test. But entertaining, nonetheless.


Head That Writes Itself
Of course you knew a witness named Pecker would draw a head like this. The only surprise is that it was NBC News. This is what happens when you fire all your copyreaders. (No need to play the video; the thumbnail is the clearest shot)

Memory
My long-term memory continues unabated. Still, I am put in mind of the saying about French generals: “They forget nothing and learn nothing.” I am working on the second half.

Be Careful Of Ad/Editorial
Someone didn’t look to see what ad was appearing on this page of the Irish Times.

Trite, Yet True
There’s never time to do it right, but always time to do it over. (thank you John W. Taylor, my one-time friend, now disappeared)

If you want something done, give it to a busy person.


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AI Song Marches On
It took some effort, but The AI Song is on Spotify  now, headed for iTunes soon.
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Maybe He Was Kidding
MIT Sloan School Dean William Pounds told me not to practice management. The first managing editor of Fortune magazine said the same thing happened to him. A friend of mine pointed out the obvious: maybe Pounds was kidding.

The End of Cuffinks And Suits
As a working class boy anxious to rise above my station, I started wearing cufflinks in 1970. See my 450 words about The End of Cufflinks and Suits, if you dare.

Another Tom Swifty
From regular contributor Daniel Dern: “I shall name this clever wordplay after myself,” said Tom eponymously.


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Paul's Music Royalties ($2.77)
After three years of posting love songs and parodies, Paul decided to cash out his royalties. Watch out Taylor Swift:

Royalties


Wicked Little Letters *****
If you’ve never heard of the Littlehampton Letters Scandal, this dramedy is a great way to find out about it. Funny and thought-provoking. I realize “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is not profound, but it’s funny because it’s true.

Vegetarians
A Get Fuzzy Discussion of Vegetarian Philosophers. Quora has its own list of meatless thinkers. The strip then added Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and almost-vegan Sir Isaac Newton. Is cartoonist Darby Conley a vegetarian?

Young vs. Old
”Some people take it as an indignity to be young. They’re just sort of middle-aged and waiting to get there.”

―Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle


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4 million words
I recently downloaded PSACOT since 1998. Four million words, making nearly 25 million lifetime. As evanescent as baby’s breath, with the shelf-life of fish.

What, again? Poetry:
In April 2020, I realized there wasn’t a single poem in my multi-million-word lifetime output. “So write some,” Vicki said. To see that “something worth doing is worth doing to excess,” be the first to visit my Poetry Corner.

My Pal Jerry
I once (nominally) edited famed SciFi author Jerry Pournelle at Byte.com (no one edited Jerry) and treasured his friendship for decades afterwards. A recent project required a mini-memoir of My Pal Jerry.

How The Sausage is Made
Thank you Daniel Dern for catching this NY Times goof, revealing the template used to create newsletter items. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since More Mush From The Wimp.

Nythed

 

 

 


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Ghostbusters
I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard. Rotten Tomatoes: 44 critics/84 audience. The audience is right. Bill Murray, as always is brilliant. The youths (fresh blood) promise more Ghostbusters to come, for which I am grateful.


No More Excuses
My music is now easier to listen to than ever. Check out these YouTube Play Lists:
Parodies
Paul Sings Paul Love Songs

Ceaselessly Self-Promotional
Many years ago, someone told me I was “ceaselessly self-promotional.” I wonder where they got that idea? It Time Magazine style, my three adjectives are chubby, cherubic and cheerful.

The Power of Positive Thinking

“We become what we think about.”
 – Earl Nightingale

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
– William James

Another Bar Joke
From my son-in-law Kevin Peterson: A man walks into a bar. The other man ducks.

Go See One Life*****
This film, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, is a biopic about Nicky Winton, a London stockbroker who rescued 699 children from Prague at the start of WWII. It has the added charm of being true. I knew I would cry for two hours, and I did. Well worth watching. Bring a handkerchief.


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 End With Preposition
Word Matters podcaster Emily Brewster says “A preposition is a perfectly appropriate kind of word to end a sentence with.” No prepositions at the end is a Latin rule. English ain’t Latin, Winston  Churchill to the contrary notwithstanding: “There are some things up with which I will not put.”


SEMI_RAD Links
Semi-rad.com
is a great source of links. Here are two:

Blink 192 Surprise Concert
Blink-182 announced its new tour dates with a clip of them playing inside a Denny’s, and sadly, none of the announced show dates appear to be at a Denny’s.

Learn To Park On TikTok

“Ah, social media is awful for us, everything about it is terrible, look what we’re doing to ourselves—wait, hold on, there’s some good stuff too”: This lady teaching people how to park via TikTok.


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End of an Era
My 23 years announcing at Danville Community Band are over. Yes, I will miss it. The director wished to take over announcing. To allow him to avoid a painful “firing,” I stepped down. The only constant in life is change. This, too, will pass.

Oh My God
I suddenly realized that stepping down from the announcing slot may have been me making a graceful exit, going out on top.


PSACOT Readers Where Are You
(Yes, 60s TV reference). This and That needs input from the five score of you who read regularly. I am in need of websites, pithy comments, quotations, jokes. Anything that fits in 40 words or less. Except this item. I am reminded of the late, great three-dot columnist Herb Caen. He lived for column items. I just live near them. Feel free to chip in and improve the neighborhood.

Terry Pratchett
Unbeknownst to me, the late Terry Pratchett is known as Sir Pterry. In any case, a tip of the PSACOT hat to Daniel Dern for linking to this 2004 Pratchett appearance.

More on Invariants
Daniel Dern notes: Pete Seeger, English Is Cuh-Ray-Zee
written, by Josh White Jr. who, in turn, "was inspired by Richard Lederer's essay English is a Crazy Language." Dern: “a singular achievement” (groan)
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Subways Redux
Apropos of Best Subways And Challenges this just in: Seven UC Berkeley students set a Guinness World Record for the fastest speedrun through all of BART’s 50 stations 50 stops in 5 hours, 47 minutes, and 42 seconds. 

 


Right Column Redux:  Trashing the Mac

The column to the right on this blog contains permanent content, most of which has appeared at one time or another in the main body. I’ve decided to include a reminder.

Yes, I am the Paul Schindler who predicted, in 1985, when the Macintosh was a year old, that it wouldn't be a success in business. I stand by that opinion. You can see Paul Schindler Pans Mac. Apple PR claimed mine was the only negative review in the world. Possibly. It cost me a friendship with an Apple employee and fellow MIT grad.