Saturday, May 1, 2021

Random Thoughts: Close to the End of the Pandemic

Tweets from April, 2021:
  • 2021-04-02: Using my metric, "we're getting close to the end of the pandemic." (link)
  • 2021-04-02: The Father (2020): Woman deals with her aging father. Characters come and go, scenes repeat, each time slightly differently, until you aren't sure if you are seeing reality or the world through the father's dementia. Deserved Oscar noms for Olivia Coleman and Anthony Hopkins. B+
  • 2021-04-02: It seems only right. Georgians are taking the state back to a time when baseball didn't yet exist.
  • 2021-04-03: Now 65+, another step closer to the end of the pandemic, by my metric. (link)
  • 2021-04-03: Great quote about Richardson Pearce's Drew Timme:

After the jump, more random thoughts.

  • 2021-04-06: Godzilla vs Kong (2021): Hollow Earth. Gravity inversion. Super energy. We came for the brawl, not this yada, yada. And why, when you have two heavyweight titans, would you introduce a third titan to the fight? Too long. Little dramatic buildup to a nothing climax. Who won? C-
  • 2021-04-06: RISD open mic rebuttal: You don't have to be rich to be a beneficiary of white privilege.
  • 2021-04-06: RISD open mic rebuttal: If you remove all the books showing different sexual orientations or gender identities in a neutral or favorable light, that will include removing all those books with heteronormative families, like "Fun with Dick and Jane."
  • 2021-04-07: Former something Donald Trump's new website is 45office.something. It sounds like an office supply company. Maybe was taken.
  • 2021-04-07: Whew! I was using Microsoft Word...
    I moved an image 1 mm to the left.
    All text and images shifted.
    4 new pages appeared.
    In the distance, sirens.
    (H/T to @ColIegeStudent.)
  • 2021-04-09: Daily Effects of White Privilege, Number 2: You've never heard of "redlining".
  • 2021-04-09: JAKARTA (Reuters) - "Indonesia has banned land, air, water and rail travel during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations from May 6 to 17 to curb COVID-19 transmission." Meanwhile, many Americans can't be bothered wearing a facemask...or getting vaccinated.
  • 2021-04-12: Denton mayor wants to criminalize disclosure of closed session talks. Experts in the law say that would be unconstitutional." The City of Richardson has such a law on the books for 10 years now. @TxFOIFT
  • 2021-04-13: When I get a friend request on Facebook, I use a 3-point test to decide whether to accept. 1) How many friends in common do we have? 2) Do they live in my city? 3) Does their profile pic show their bosom? (I won't say whether yes or no to that question increases their chances.)
  • 2021-04-14: It's a great time to be a Ram!
  • 2021-04-14: "The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over." -- Ernest Hemingway. This good reason wasn't enough to keep Hemingway from suicide himself. And he gave it a lot of thought in his lifetime.
  • 2021-04-15: It's ironic how so many Americans who absolutely dread getting a jury summons in the mail will watch the Derek Chauvin trial on television 24/7.
  • 2021-04-16: Texas house advances permitless gun carry legislation. Angie Chen button was "present not voting." Way to take a stand.
  • 2021-04-16: Another day, another mass shooting. We're to believe that guns don't kill people, people kill people. In either case, people with guns have left us without another eight people this morning. What we get is still more thoughts and prayers. It's a bad tradeoff.
  • 2021-04-18: Headline: "Indianapolis mass shooting suspect legally bought 2 guns, police say." Aren't all gun sales legal? At least it seems so. The guy would have had to go out of his way to buy guns *illegally.*
  • 2021-04-18: There's a fast-food restaurant opening nearby. On a Facebook post, they say, "While we are extremely excited, we are struggling to find ANY employees...This is a bit of a Hail Mary but we are trying everything we can think of!" Did they think of offering $15/hour?
  • 2021-04-18: Canyon Creek opposed drinking and karaoke by UT-D a few years ago. Now my side of Richardson has a new Korean chicken restaurant. "Eat, drink, karaoke!" As far as I know, the neighbors didn't come out to oppose this. Dare I hope we're growing in Richardson?
  • 2021-04-19: Soul (2020): Music teacher dies as he gets a big career break. After experience with the Great Beyond and Great Before, he gets a 2nd chance at life. A novel look at cosmic life and death. Good music (not enough of it). Somehow the whole has no spark. Will young kids get it? C+
  • 2021-04-19: American Airlines CEO Tells Employees That Republican Voting Laws Target People Of Color." Read the whole thing. There's so much more in this off-the-cuff answer to an AA employee's question.
  • 2021-04-20: Black Lives Matter.
  • 2021-04-22: Angie Chen Button votes against Medicaid for Texans. It's pure spite now.
  • 2021-04-23: United States vs. Billie Holiday (2020): A black singer is persecuted by the law. America has too many similar stories. She's also a victim of drug use, greedy friends, and her own personality. Andra Day deserves her Oscar nom as the mixed-up, messed up, electrifying Billie. B+
  • 2021-04-23: Angie Chen Button doesn't oppose state funding for school vouchers. No courage.
  • 2021-04-24: "Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day." Finally! After 100 years, America uses the word genocide to describe the atrocity that happened to Armenians.
  • 2021-04-26: Another Round (2020): Denmark. Four drinking buddies decide to test a theory that human performance is maximized with a constant blood alcohol content of 0.05%. The movie isn't about the test, or even alcohol, but the mid-life crisis that leads to it all. It's complicated. B+
  • 2021-04-26: I got an email from someone who says he is a VP of a Chinese bank in New York. "This correspondence is UN-official and private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of ." Sounds legit.
  • 2021-04-26: A VP of a Chinese bank says it has a dead depositor with no next of kin. "I want you to come in as a relative of the deceased; do not bother that you are not in any way related to him because I am in position to affix your name as the next of kin to the deceased." Sounds legit.
  • 2021-04-26: Besides Armenian genocide, it's past time for America to recognize the crimes against humanity that the settlers Santorum is so proud of committed against the indigenous peoples of America. You can almost see the wheels in his head screeching into reverse as he realizes it too.
  • 2021-04-27: In a story from the UK that asserts that Prince Harry has been written off by British public, there's this typo (or is it?): "chat sow host Oprah Winfrey." Calling Oprah a "chat sow" seems a bit too Freudian to be entirely accidental.
  • 2021-04-29: Referring to Ring security cameras, Richardson police officer says, "Video's fantastic. You really can't dispute what you see on video tape." Ironic. After police shoot a civilian, police dispute the video all the time.
  • 2021-04-29: Speaking of those police videos, there's this story: "Officers Fist-Bump Watching Body Cam of Violent Arrest of 73-Year-Old Woman With Dementia."
  • 2021-04-29: Texas legislators are trying to make it easier to carry guns and harder to vote. What's wrong with this picture?
  • 2021-04-29: This is what happens when you elect a governor who didn't pay attention in school civics class, where you read the Constitution, the founding document of our GOVERNMENT whose famous first three words are, "We the People..."
  • 2021-04-29: Another vote by Angie Chen Button to disempower cities. In case she doesn't know, virtually ALL of her constituents live in cities.
  • 2021-04-30: Genius: Einstein (TV 2017): Drama of life of Einstein, emphasizing his family, including his two wives and many affairs (for a genius, he was dumb in love). His science gets shorted. So too his political run-ins with both Nazis and the FBI. Too much material for one series. B-
  • 2021-04-30: Angie Chen Button votes against victims and for protecting trucking companies from liability for truck-related deaths in Texas.

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