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iPhone 6S bulging battery

Today, among other alarums and diversions, I updated the operating system software in my iPhone 6s, which I bought on 2015-11-17, to version 12.4.  The update went smoothly, as did the installation of three app updates which appeared only after the system update was applied.  I then listened to a 40 minute podcast whilst attending to other matters and then, when I went to plug the phone into the charger, I noticed something distinctly odd.... [Read More]

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Remembering SCTV

Born in 1975, I grew up during the 1980s, and to this day there are certain shows from that decade that never fail to bring a smile to my face as I reminisce. Among them is SCTV, which began as a Toronto-based sketch comedy program in 1976 and was later picked up by NBC in 1981.

SCTV’s ensemble cast included Joe Flaherty, who portrayed such characters as Count Floyd, Guy Caballero, William F. Buckley (!), and Sammy Maudlin. Old-time Ricochetti will recall the time when @pseudodionysius discovered that Mr. Flaherty was a member of the legacy site. What a moment that was.... [Read More]

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What the … Flix?

“Another Life” (Netflix series)On July 25, 2019, a new science fiction television series, Another Life, was released on the Netflix streaming video service.  As Netflix often does with their own productions, the entire series was released at once, as opposed to one episode per week as on broadcast television.  I get most of my news about events in science fiction from Twitter, where I follow a collection of independent science fiction authors and fans whose opinions I have come to respect.  There have been relatively few comments about the new series, but they have been curiously bimodal: some people like it and others hate it, with very few in the middle.  A couple of nights ago I had a pile of tedious system administration tasks to do which took a lot of time but relatively little concentration, so I put it on to have a look for myself.  I was astonished by what I saw…or rather heard.

The story is, from what I’ve seen, banal, and although they seem to have science advisors on tap which keep them from tripping over pesky things like confusing planetary systems with galaxies and the like, there are other inanities such as instantaneous communication over light-year distances and the need for suspended animation on a faster than light ship.  Almost every male (including a computer-emulated hologram) with the exception of one political twit seems to have a dumbeard™, and nobody on this ship sent for first contact with mysterious aliens seems to have a rank or title.... [Read More]

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Bolsheviks, they Ain’t

The Democratic Socialists of America held their 2019 convention in Atlanta, Georgia between August 2nd and 4th, 2019.  Here is a 90 minute recording of a session from the second day of the convention.  Embedding of the video has been disabled by those who posted it; click the link below to watch in a separate tab/window. (The actual session starts around eight minutes in; I have set the video to start at that point.)

Democratic Socialists of America 2019 Convention Day 2, Session 1... [Read More]

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One Straw or Two?

Trump is not your average Republican. He uses judo on his adversaries. He gets them fighting against themselves. He reminds me of Phyllis Schlafly. She would talk at a Women’s Liberation event and start off with “I want to thank my husband for allowing me to come here tonight.” and heads would explode. In getting back to Trump, his campaign sold plastic straws and raised millions. This gave the campaign press coverage and caused the other side to froth at the mouth. Could you imagine serving a cold drink to your liberal friend with one or two of these in the glass?

When it came to this type of fighting where was Mitt Romney or the Bushes?

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NPC Daily

I recently came across the satirical publication NPC Daily. Think of it as The Onion but aimed at Lefty. It features articles such as
Why the 4th of July is a hateful, racist holiday and should be boycotted
Transphobic universities facing backlash for not having urinals in women’s bathrooms
Potential active shooter has a change of heart after seeing “Gun Free Zone” sign

It also has an advice column, Ask Neville, in which Progressives’ questions are answered, such as “Resisting Drumpf is tiring and hard. What do you recommend I do to keep energized in Trump’s America?”... [Read More]

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