🎵 Today’s listen: “My Woman” by Angel Olsen. I am a huge fan of her newer album, “All Mirrors”, so I decided to listen to her prior album. It’s pretty good, and has a strong finish, but it is not as compelling to me as “All Mirrors” is.
After about eight years of service, the right-click button on my trackball just stopped registering clicks. I guess the switch is broken. Luckily, there are two other buttons I can use, so I remapped right-click to one of the buttons on the top. I hope I can get used to it.
I enrolled in the Apple Small Business program today. I am grateful for it, even though I am among the smallest of the small developers on the platform.
Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses. I’m sad to see this observatory damaged so badly. It loomed large in my imagination as a child, mostly from magazine articles and SETI, and then the movie “Contact.”
Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani. Yep, nothing to see here. Swamp: drained! 🙄
The podcast landscape is changing apace. Spotify seems to be doing well with its exclusive podcasts and its various podcast network acquisitions. I’m of the opinion that their exclusive podcasts are, essentially, _not _podcasts, because I can’t listen to them in my preferred app, Overcast.
Apple Names App of the Year Winners. I guess this is important. I haven’t bought an app for myself all year (on iOS at least), though I am still paying for my Ulysses and Overcast subscriptions.
🎵 Some good news for fans like me: The Hold Steady Announce New Album, Share New Song.
I have blocked reddit.com at the DNS level because I can’t stop wasting time there. 😒 Now that I don’t need headphones or mechanical keyboards, I really should stop checking them out, and then getting lost in memes and other internet detritus.
🎵 I found a new Bleachers single today, featuring Bruce Springsteen. I was hoping for a new album this year, but this will have to do for now.
This metal monolith in Red Rocks is quite an expensive, and bland-looking, prank.
I’m weirdly not into Thanksgiving this year. I don’t even want to bake a pie (I love pie—usually). I really want brownies instead. And I want lasagna instead of turkey—but I won’t get my way with that, I’m afraid.
Elon Musk is now world’s second-richest person, as net worth has grown more than $100 billion this year
That Elon Musk’s wealth grew by $100 billion this year is super alarming to me.
The coup was a farce at the time but how soon it turned to tragedy. They called it a constitutional crisis, but how soon it became a real one. Right now, the same thing is happening to you. I’m trying to warn you America. It seems stupid now, but the consequences are not.
We are squarely in the farce phase. Bill Maher has been calling it, since at (at least) 2016, a “slow moving coup.” This coup is almost certainly not going to succeed, but the damage has already been done. I expect to see it happen over and over again, until it actually works.
iJustine’s M1 Macs review video is absolutely hilarious.
Wajahat Ali, writing an op-ed in the New York Times, has given up on Trump supporters:
We cannot help people who refuse to help themselves.
I get it. It was shocking that Trump actually gained in the vote count after four years of doing everything he could to diminish American standing and influence in the world, and the rights and lives of people within his own borders. It is worse to have lived through an era in which the Republican Party went from a political movement with some bad ideas about taxation and social services to a full-on fascist personality cult.
It’s easy to blame Trump. He is a problem. But he is not the only problem. Ali hits at this deep into the article (my emphasis added in bold), stating something that is vital to understanding the predicament we are in:
Trump is an extension of their id, their culture, their values, their greed. He is their defender and savior. He is their blunt instrument. He is their destructive drug of choice.
The thing we should not forget about the Trump supporters is that _they empower him_—it’s not the other way around. If Trump is a lightning rod, his supporters are the lightning.
You can’t turn your back on those people because they are still here and are not going anywhere. Changing their minds might be a generation’s worth of work, but it is work that has to be done because social institutions are breaking down, and not by accident. The Republican Party transformed itself over the past fifty years into what it is now, through planning, determination, and lots and lots of money. There is no reason that the Democratic Party can’t do the same. It takes a lot of things, but most of all will.
This article has something interesting to say about Ron Howard’s films, but I disagree with its premise that Ron Howard is “typically dismissed as a studio workman rather than an artist.” Who “dismisses” the director of Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and A Beautiful Mind?
John Gruber’s suggestion of a progressive, tax-bracket-like system for Apple’s App Store commissions is much smarter than the system Apple announced today. They should just run things like this by him (@gruber) first. 😂
Epic Games and Spotify, united in their fight against Apple, each released statements on Wednesday slamming the iPhone maker following news of its new App Store fee reduction for developers making less than $1 million per year.
File this under “some people are never happy.”
While I don’t love all of Apple’s policies—for example, it is ridiculous that developers have to opt in to the small business program—I believe that, as the owner of their platform (which is not even the majority platform), they do have the right to make and enforce whatever rules they choose.
I found this statistic (emphasis added) in the article very interesting:
The cut should apply to an estimated 98 percent of iOS app developers that generated just 5 percent of the App Store’s revenue last year, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
That is a long, long tail. It really makes me think about how insignificant most app developers are to Apple.