The Sky is Falling!
Photo by Nick Ilyasov on Unsplash
Warriors Named Sportsperson of the Year
“…impossible to overlook the influence that the Warriors, as a collective group, have had on their sport and the broader culture over the last half-decade. . . the likes of which we might not see again for decades, if at all.” 🏀
Our Christmas cactus 🌵 is pretty sure that Christmas is coming. ❄️
I got the new iOS update of the official app. Zoom-in to all images is now working and auto-fill of user names is working, both GREAT 👍 features. Thanks much!! @manton
Here’s some fun stories about some concerts in the Midwest in 1964 and 1962, back in my school days.
“I remember thinking, ‘I’ll never see anything as great as this again in my life.’ It was absolutely unbelievable.”
Went out to dinner with friends last night. I had the special: a Sloppy Joe with fries, the first I’ve had in many years. I used to eat them regularly for lunch in junior & senior HS. The one last night (with mustard) was so sloppy, I had to eat it with a spoon. Yum! 😋
First meal on the floor of our sun porch on a warm Saturday afternoon using a hot pot. Feast for 20% of the native Thai population of our Midwestern town.
First Big Goal for US was, “… all men are created . . . certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Stating that goal made America great, but in 1963 MLK pointed out it had not been achieved for all. Harder than man on the moon!
The accomplishments of NASA are one of the things that made America great. It was started by Ike. In grade school, I wore an I Like Ike button. I still have it. It was JFK who created the Big Goal of putting a man on the moon. What are our Big Goals today?
For Micro Monday, I’m recommending Brad, @bradenslen for many reasons. He’s a power user on many platforms, he recommends interesting web tools, and he doesn’t just pontificate. Instead of complaining about Google search, he’s working on developing alternative search tools!
Supreme Court agrees to hear antitrust case against Apple. Trump sides with Apple, many states line up against Apple.
Rumor: Austin developer (MR) has filed an amicus brief, asking for smaller developer fees. Large demonstration expected in Washington DC at the court.
Have You Ever Gone to a Bob Dylan Show?
Yesterday a friend here on Micro.blog (@AndySylvester) posted to alert me that Bob Dylan might make an appearance on The Tonight Show last night. As I found out today, my college roommate had also called on the landline from Asia (Manila) to give me the same heads up. I’m sooooo glad that I didn’t insist that my wife stay up to watch it, because it was a silly waste of time. Bob was on camera for about one minute with Fallon, did not speak a word, and the purpose was just to produce a product placement for a new line of whiskey that Dylan is a partner in.
But sometimes one thing can lead to another! Tonight I searched for whatever media the show might have triggered, to have something I might point to here, for any who might have wondered how Andy’s advice came out. The full video is out there, and commentary from several sources. One of them ended with a pitch for a new podcast series called The Opus, which is now doing a series of four podcasts about Bob’s new bootleg box set on his masterpiece, Blood on the Tracks. The Opus was the treasure I found as a result of Andy giving me his heads up!
I already listened to the first two episodes of The Opus. Young musicians were discussing the genius of one of Dylan’s many great albums. It gave me such a nice feeling. We had always thought that his music would live forever, that we were so fortunate to live in the same time that he was creating and performing his music. And here I was witnessing this on the podcast, another generation of young people blown away by his brilliance, discussing it with the latest technology that seems to be all the rage these days. We used the Usenet newsgroup, rec.music.dylan, fifteen years after the album was released, to come to grips with his musical achievement and now more than 25 years after that, a new generation of music lovers were doing the same thing, using a different medium.
As I mentioned last night, Dylan had come to NYC for an eight day run (six shows) at the Beacon Theater in NYC. I strongly encourage any of you in the NY area to go see Bob at one of those shows. He does a little under 100 shows per year, but none of us will live forever, even though his MUSIC likely WILL live forever. If you’ve never seen him in the flesh, please do so during this week. You know, when I was first discovering his music (1967) he was holed up in Woodstock and not performing. We had to rely on playing his first seven albums over and over and over on our record players. Since then he has produced many more albums, but he has also made himself very available with live shows all over the world. Eliminate any possibility of experiencing FOMO (or not just the fear, but actually missing out) over this next week while he is so nearby. Go see one of his shows!
First Thanksgiving turkey cooked by my native Thai wife. She did a great job! She never had a turkey back in Thailand, though she said some people do have them there.
I wrote about how I’m using Dropbox Paper to keep a daily listing of my work. Now also using it to keep track of stuff on Micro.blog. For an interesting thread, I add a line about it in Paper, then add a link to the URL for the thread. Can keyword search for it later.
Once again we have the Picture of the Week appearing on a Monday. No slight intended to all the other amazing pictures that will be posted this week, but sometimes an image is such a stand-out that a pointing & screaming in praise cannot be avoided.
Why Use Fargo? - Some history on my own blogging!
Mojeek found one of my blog articles from March 2014. I was pleased to rediscover it. In the comments you’ll see that Dave himself had pointed Sarah Pressler to read MY article about HIS software! How cool is that?
Dave Winer Update #3 on the History of Blogging
On the subject of blogging, surely everyone should read Dave Winer’s 2012 article on how he got started with blogging! There’s some very interesting history here. We don’t want to forget about history, right?
Dave Winer Update and Sign of the Times
Dave, who wrote many brilliant blogging tools, has now designed a Likes Server to get a list of URL’s that you liked. No word yet on whether this work was commissioned by Twitter people trying out Micro.blog.