Thursday, July 1, 2021

Random Thoughts: Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing

Tweets from June, 2021:
  • 2021-06-01: "Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing." The business revolution of the 20th Century came by concentrating risk in supply chains. We've reached the natural end state: "It all cascades. It's just a mess."
  • 2021-06-02: Mare of Easttown (TV 2021): Outstanding whodunit. Plenty of suspects, all kept in the game until the last episode. But more, it's a story of unresolved grief that comes between Mare (Kate Winslet) and her ex-husband, her daughter, her daughter-in-law and her job. Emmy worthy. A-
  • 2021-06-02: I care less about where donations come from than who they come from. That a non-profit for developing leaders in education equity thinks highly enough of Amanda Clair to donate just affirms my decision to support her. Chris Poteet attacking her for it is disappointing.
  • 2021-06-03: I am proud of Lake Highlands valedictorian Paxton Smith speaking up for women's rights, and proud of RISD for allowing her the freedom to speak.

After the jump, more random thoughts.

  • 2021-06-04: Cruella (2021): Backstory for an all-time great villain. Writers succeed in balancing her evil (or madness) with sympathy for how she got that way. Movie is slow getting going, but once the two Emmas take over, the fireworks are worth watching. More fun than I expected. B+
  • 2021-06-05: Democrats are always fighting the last election. While Dems try to win over 10 GOP Senators for their voting rights bills (like that's going to happen), the GOP is already one step ahead, passing laws that give GOP states the power to not count the votes that do get cast.
  • 2021-06-05: Businesses have been merging and getting bigger for decades. Have museums? Imagine DMA merging with another regional museum and sharing the joint collections to the benefit of art patrons in both cities.
  • 2021-06-07: Texas, where government tells you how to run your own business, in the name of freedom.
  • 2021-06-08: The Underground Railroad (TV 2021): Cora's flight joins Odysseus and Gulliver's travels among fiction's all-time great journeys. She's always fleeing from horror, not running to freedom. Harsh backlit look and haunting sounds accentuate the horrors of the Black experience. A-
  • 2021-06-08: Someone is bound to ask you, "Will there be a Fourth of July this year?" You'll earn self-restraint credits if you resist saying, "Yes. it's right after the 3rd and before the 5th, like always."
  • 2021-06-08: How do you talk to people who believe the world is controlled by Satan-worshipping pedophiles and that I'm a sheeple for not seeing it?
  • 2021-06-09: Halston (TV 2021): Dramatization of life of Halston, a talented fashion designer who was an egotistical coke addict who drove away those around him until he crashed his business and his life. If there's anything below the surface to the man, this movie doesn't bring it out. C-
  • 2021-06-09: Rod Dreher alert: He's "shilling in an admittedly underinformed way for one of the most ruthless Machiavellians in European politics today." Headline: Why Do American ‘Postliberals’ Swoon Over Viktor Orbán?
  • 2021-06-09: Gov. Abbott sells Texas likes it's a deodorant. I don't look to deodorant ads for an accurate presentation of facts. I don't think he wants his 1836 Project to be any better than a deodorant ad at teaching Texas history.
  • 2021-06-09: Louie Gohmert embarrassing Texas yet again, this time by asking if the Forest Service can change the orbit of the moon to deal with climate change.
  • 2021-06-10: Halston (2019): Documentary about the fashion designer who was a demanding, demeaning coke addict. He is treated more favorably than in the 2021 TV series, maybe because there is no video to show of his private excesses. There's more focus on his successes than his failures. C+
  • 2021-06-11: Review: The Ministry for the Future: Speculative fiction from the near future, when the world can no longer ignore global warming. Lots of things touched on here, from science to economics to government to terrorism, all dramatized down to the essential humanity involved. A-
  • 2021-06-12: This is from a panel John Cornyn is touting. I'm not sure he even read it. "Finally, strict ID requirements have no effect on fraud — actual or perceived. Overall, our findings suggest that efforts to improve elections may be better directed at other reforms."
  • 2021-06-12: Headline: "One possible cause of the 2020 murder increase: More guns." Gee, you think?
  • 2021-06-14: In the Heights (2021): Caribbean-American musical. The block is gentrifying. Neighbors are being priced our or moving to follow their dreams. Yet, the neighborhood holds together. Cast and plot are a little crowded, but the joy and message of "Paciencia y Fe" come through. A-
  • 2021-06-15: Breaking: Critical Race Theory is the new Agenda 21.
  • 2021-06-16: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021): A conventional quest movie. 5 yr-olds will like the plush friendly dragon. (Are all dragons friendly now?) 10 yr-olds will like the quick, smart dialog. Parents will like the message of inclusiveness and trust. Me? I'm not the target audience. B-
  • 2021-06-19: Slavery? Sounds dangerously close to critical race theory, governor.
  • 2021-06-23: Joji (2021): India. Inspired by Macbeth, loosely. Stern family patriarch suffers a stroke and a family fight ensues. Son's greed for an early inheritance leads to a spiral of worsening consequences. No witches, no prophecies, but in the end, that fatal flaw leads to tragedy. B-
  • 2021-06-23: I wish he had a plan to fix our power grid. Texans must hold him to it.
  • 2021-06-23: The GOP has a funny understanding of freedom of opinion.
  • 2021-06-23: "Conservative Man Tearfully Informs Family Critical Race Theory Has Spread To His Liver." What makes it worse is that he has been battling a chronic case of Agenda 21 for years.
  • 2021-06-24: Shorter Carol Haynes: "Refuse to let anything change about our culture."
  • 2021-06-28: Hacks (2021): Jean Smart plays an aging standup comic in Vegas forced to hire a young TV writer to punch up her stale set. Predictable oil and water relationship. Show improves as defenses break down and jokes are left behind. Maybe it'll hit its stride in Season 2. B-
  • 2021-06-29: Trump fundraiser: "Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to CRUSH our End-of-Quarter fundraising goal and your gift will be INCREASED by 400%." No hint how that works. Who is contributing the additional money? Anyone at all? Is it all just a scam?
  • 2021-06-30: Feel Good - Season 1 (TV 2020): Sitcom about 30-yr-old standup comic with relationship and drug problems. Her insecurities are not helped by falling for a woman who isn't sure she's lesbian. Doesn't sound like a comedy. Call it a quirky drama. Complicated but worth it. B+
  • 2021-06-30: Do you know why people talk past each other? They are speaking different languages altogether. In TPPF's language, CRT can mean anything they want it to.

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