Letterkenny problems

You watched the entirety of Season 8 in a single sitting the other daaaayyyy…

May have to go to the live show in Milwaukees with the other degens. March 29. Pitter patter.

Essential yoga poses

My instructor would also insist on Malasana, or Garland Pose, a squat that’s especially effective for athletes who sit at a desk all day.

[from Outside

DPRT long run

Too much fooling around with the GoPro on today’s long run, but still got in 8 miles on the Des Plaines River Trail and Half Day Forest Preserve on a beautiful winter’s day.

“And when bearing witness wasn’t enough…

…she took action.”

When the call came, I was happy and honored to contribute to the building of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior III. There’s a section of rail in the bow, and a bench in the conference room behind the bridge, named in my father’s and grandfather’s honor. One of them was born at sea, the other was a son of the sea, also a protector in his own way.

That was almost 10 years ago and the world hasn’t moved at all. In fact, we’ve made things worse. The oceans have become greatly acidified and are almost dead. The results we need will only come with massive change, and massive change only comes with radical action. 

The earth needs a new warrior. She needs you. Please join in the fight. Donations through the end of the year will be matched.

The ethic of total retaliation

Re-upping this one because it is more true every day. To understand Trumper beliefs, motivations, and behaviors, the closest model is the ethic of total retaliation, built out of resentment and famously deployed by the Hell’s Angels, people who felt left behind in the era immediately following WWII.

Another rabbit hole to go down

Tabletop Whale is a science illustration blog with some incredible infographics and animations, like this one.  Go here and you’ll lose an hour.

2°C: Beyond the limit

Excellent series on climate change, from The Washington Post

  • Extreme climate change has arrived in America
  • Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world
  • Radical warming in Siberia leaves millions on unstable ground
  • Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun air-conditioning the outdoors
  • These Canadian islands, once protected by ice, are collapsing into the sea
  • How climate change is triggering a chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific
  • A crisis in the water is threatening this once-booming fishing town
  • Lives adrift in a rapidly warming world: A photographic portrait


Ring cameras, part 2

The call is coming from inside the house.

[from ABC News]

Not a surprise

Anyone who has been paying attention the last 20+ years already knew this.

[from WIRED]

Required reading

Like so many other source documents–the Justice Department’s Mueller Report, the SSCI report on Russian Actives Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 US Election–these Articles of Impeachment will go unread by most Americans, who can’t find the time to read even the executive summaries.

Those people have no opinions. All they have is what someone else told them to think. All they have is something they heard on TV that sounds like they’d want to repeat it. But what they don’t have is their own informed opinions.

Annotated version here, or for deeper reading, try the House Judiciary Committee’s report on Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.

[from The New York Times]

Vietnam redux

Or, Afghanistan since the beginning of time. Honestly, can we say that anyone was fooling anybody about this? It was apparent almost right from the moment we took Kabul.

“We don’t invade poor countriesto make them rich. We don’t invade authoritarian countries to make them democratic. We invade violent countries to make them peaceful and we clearly failed in Afghanistan.”

[from The Washington Post]

Do it now

Solid home network security advice from the FBI and others. Your anti-virus and anti-malware software is essentially useless.

[from ZDnet]

What’s important to voters

Interesting data: what’s important to Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans have only ONE issue that 90 percent of them agree on, and that crosses a 25% threshold of revealed importance. Know what it is? Universal gun background checks.

Democrats, on the other hand, have 5 such issues: universal gun background checks, of course, plus not separating immigrant children, dreamer path to citizenship, big environmental program,  and a low-income health care subsidy.

No socialism, and common ground on guns.

[from the New York Times]

The sound of a train not running

“Is abomination impeachable? No. But the abuses of office of which the President now stands accused are the very definition of impeachable.”

[from The New Yorker]

Flattening the circle of life

Absolutely fascinating and well-written article about the unintended and serious consequences of our actions, and our unwillingness to address them even with simple solutions.

“Collisions may be road ecology’s most obvious concern, but fragmentation is roadkill’s pernicious twin.”

[from The Atlantic]

2019 Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon

Wrapping up the year in the cold and wind and rain. A bridge too far, can’t do back-to backs any more…dead legs after Thursday’s strong 5k, plus overdressed and undertrained, and first time over 9 miles since the marathon. But, I got my medal, and Mary crushed it and took her second AG 2nd place in three days.