Category: Linkin’ Log

Nearly Coherent: Slapping the Bishop

The Nearly Coherent Podcast

It’s Tuesday, and here I am, remembering to cross-post a link to the new episode of Nearly Coherent!

A lively discussion of the science of Coca-Cola at McDonald’s, the magic of Popeye’s mashed potatoes and gravy, idiots rushing into burning buildings, and, of course, unicycles. You know, all the normal stuff people talk about when they get together.

If you missed the other episodes, let’s get you all caught up:

And I promise to never let you fall that far behind ever again! 1


  1. Probably. Don’t hold me to that. 

SUPERSWANK!: Your Passwords Probably Suck

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I wrote an essay on passwords for SUPERSWANK! today:

As someone who deals with passwords created by users of varying comfort levels with technology on a day-to-day basis as their job, it amazes me how horrible *everyone* is at password creation and management. Unfortunately, the odds are pretty good that your passwords aren’t great, either. If you’d like to improve on that — and I see no reason why you wouldn’t, unless you’re a crazy-person — here’s some things you can do.

You might learn something! Or not. I don’t know what you know, obviously.

The Arizona Republic: How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how.

After endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in their 126-year publication history, The Arizona Republic has gotten a number of threats against their staff, from the reporters who know that this sort of thing comes with the territory to the kids who are selling subscriptions door-to-door who shouldn’t be dragged into editorial matters unless you’re a freakin’ monster. Mi-Ai Parrish, the president of the paper, responds to these threats in this editorial with a reminder that the First Amendment is kinda crazy-important.

The New Yorker: Trump’s Boswell Speaks

Donald Trump

The New Yorker has a piece on “The Art of The Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz’s feelings on a Donald Trump presidency. It’s only slightly horrifying.

Starting in late 1985, Schwartz spent eighteen months with Trump—camping out in his office, joining him on his helicopter, tagging along at meetings, and spending weekends with him at his Manhattan apartment and his Florida estate. During that period, Schwartz felt, he had got to know him better than almost anyone else outside the Trump family. Until Schwartz posted the tweet, though, he had not spoken publicly about Trump for decades. It had never been his ambition to be a ghostwriter, and he had been glad to move on. But, as he watched a replay of the new candidate holding forth for forty-five minutes, he noticed something strange: over the decades, Trump appeared to have convinced himself that he had written the book. Schwartz recalls thinking, “If he could lie about that on Day One—when it was so easily refuted—he is likely to lie about anything.”

This is fine.

Twitter Announces New Features!

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Twitter has announced new enhancements to its service in a blog post today:

In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.

It’s great that Twitter is working on giving people more space for the meat of their tweets, and obviously a much better use of their time than trying to stem the tide of horrifying abuse that occurs on their platform every damn day. But, hey, now trolls can make each tweet chock-full of more hate, so I guess it’s a super-awesome thing!

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Alfred 3

Alfred 3

Alfred, which is more or less OS X’s Spotlight on steroids, released a new version today. Whenever I’m setting up a new Mac for myself, Alfred is the second application I’ll install.1

It’s free to use the basic functionality, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a shot. Live a little, would’ja?


  1. In order, it goes Dropbox, Alfred, Hazel, then Evernote. Everything else is installed in a very willy-nilly order because I’m not that OCD. 

Animaniacs Tour 2016

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The New York Times reports that Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille will be touring the country to perform popular songs from “Animaniacs”:

History buffs might be glad to hear that Mr. Paulsen will perform a new verse of “Yakko’s World,” which was written before the Soviet Union broke up, in 1991. The song has been frequently nitpicked for its omissions and shortcuts, and the new verse will add any nations formed in the past 25 years.

“Animaniancs” is my favorite cartoon of all time, so they can just go ahead and take all my money for tickets right now, thank you very much.

And if you’re not familiar with “Yakko’s World”, (a) where have you been hiding all these years?! and (b) please see below.