Lesser-known new state alliances.

@jcburns April 17, 2020 at 3:36 pm

  • The Legion of DelMarVa Doom
  • The Union of Panhandle-Enabled States
  • The Greater New England Snootiness Society
  • The More-Vowels-Than-Normal Midwestern State League

@jcburns April 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

Attn @nytimes @latimes @washingtonpost @cnn @msnbc @ap @npr headline writers: DO NOT ANTHROPOMORPHIZE THE CORONAVIRUS. Resist the urge. RESIST.

@jcburns March 26, 2020 at 9:30 am

Why is this political?
Why can’t we say “we’ll do the things the smart people tell us to do, for as long as it takes.”
“It will be hard, but easier if we do it together.”
All of humanity needs our help.
Why is this political?

Fruitless picking.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

The title of my post three nights or so ago was “Picking fights.” I’m sitting here after a late afternoon of fiction watching (with an interesting documentary on typography thrown in) and I’m trying to have arguments with a mixture of idiots, zealots, and bots on Twitter. It’s like the 2016 campaign, but the stakes seem more…mortal.

Why (I ask myself) do I spend so much energy on such a fruitless pursuit?

I think the near real-time nature of the Twitterland gives me hope that one thing I write and push out there oh so quickly will touch a hardened heart and make them think a tiny bit more compassionately about their fellow human.

The power of ideas? I dunno.

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Let me leave you with two or three of my browser tabs as I call it a night:

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A Science magazine interview with Anthony Fauci. Somehow this quote is unsettling even as I have great respect for the guy: “I know, but what do you want me to do? I mean, seriously Jon, let’s get real, what do you want me to do?” You can imagine the question.

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Harsh Steps Are Needed to Stop the Coronavirus, Experts Say in the New York Times, again by Donald G. McNeil, Jr, wise voice in the wilderness. Consider Extreme Social Distancing: “If it were possible to wave a magic wand and make all Americans freeze in place for 14 days while sitting six feet apart, epidemiologists say, the whole epidemic would sputter to a halt.”

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One more from the NYT: Rupert Murdoch Put His Son in Charge of Fox. It Was a Dangerous Mistake. …which pretty much gives it to you in the headline.

Just another week.

@jcburns March 20, 2020 at 10:32 pm

@jcburns March 11, 2020 at 11:04 pm

The president’s actual words:

” We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight.”

We avoided watching the speech. We read coverage afterwards that (based on the above quote) said ALL travel from Europe (minus UK) was going to stop. THEN at 10:30-ish a tweeted press release from the DHS head “clarifies” that US Citizens (permanent residents) are exempt.

We have to wait for ALL the clarifications until we learn the government’s actual position?

This is just insane.


Saturday, March 7th, 2020

You are getting timeshare-y. You want to connect to an early network via an acoustic coupler…

Monday newsday.

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Rachel Maddow loves to get you into the tent, so to speak, by starting out with “this has been a really, really big news day.”

Yeah, this feels like it’s been one.

@jcburns February 14, 2020 at 11:49 pm

Runway 26 L, cleared for takeoff.


@jcburns February 13, 2020 at 11:17 pm

The fine people at Tillamook dairies have what appears to be an annual promotion that involves tweeting on National Cheddar Day (hope you celebrated.) I retweeted the specified stuff and two hours later, a DoorDash person handed me a fancy insulated bag full of cheese.

I guess this is how the internet is supposed to work.

@jcburns February 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm

So the fictional District Attorney of New York from 1990 to 2000 on Law & Order was named…Adam Schiff?! That seems like quite the collision of coincidences.


@jcburns February 9, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Sometimes I use a script to make a mosaic of my Instagram pics to try and figure out exactly what life I’ve been living the past few months.

@jcburns February 3, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Inspiring. Groundbreaking. Trustworthy. Missed. (and now, honored on postage.) #gwenifillforever

@jcburns January 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

Utility pole playing hide and seek.


Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

The Enterprise, my brother’s comic persona, a burst section of pex pipe, NAB souvenirs, taconite pellets, the Jupiter 2, a roll of quarters for the laundry…and the Robot.

@jcburns January 20, 2020 at 8:31 am