• I can already tell that scribble is going to Force me To rethink How,

    Interact With my iPad Pro using The

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    By hand is faster or more accurate than typing. How po I write mark down? a IRS post written wa Scribble.,

  • Our honey locust is a fall literalist.

  • The later it gets, the better Haunted Heart sounds.

  • Visiting my mechanic’s shop always provides at least one visual treat. I’m a wagon man at heart, but I’ve never been able to decide whether I love the 1800ES more than this, the original P1800 bodystyle.

  • Commiserating with a colleague over the cancellation of an annual lutefisk dinner…have I reached peak Upper Midwestern?

  • The US is … a country without a social contract. It’s a republic that has stripped away the “public”. And it’s led by a political party that can no longer be called a party in any real sense.

    Dear news media, stop covering the US as if it’s a democracy | The Correspondent

  • Question for folks using iOS 14:

    Have you noticed any bugs or stability issues that give you pause? I am generally cautious with major releases, so haven’t upgraded yet; but, the number of app updates coming through with widget support is enticing me.

  • Racing the clock.

  • Today’s mail — appropriate.

  • Justice Ginsburg deserves peace. May the rest of us know her strength as we shoulder her outsize share of the burden, her vision as we carry on the work of shaping a better America, and her steadfast endurance as we resist the wickedness lurking in the days ahead.

  • Hopefully this AirPod Pro replacement solves the buzzing, crackling, & distortion problems in Active Noise Cancellation & Transparency modes. Since the beginning of summer I’ve been sent a new set, but paired with the original case — my first-ever AppleCare claims.

  • Might Americans finally be waking up to how climate is about to transform their lives? And if so — if a great domestic relocation might be in the offing — was it possible to project where we might go?

    Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | ProPublica

  • I‘d hoped for a smaller Apple One bundle. I subscribe to iCloud (2TB), Music (gladly), and News+ (reluctantly). I’d prefer a 5% discount on those three rather than getting three other services I don’t plan to use for “free.” That’s not free; Apple’s extracting a subsidy.

  • Gown is Town — College, Community

    This Cornell sophomore does not mince words:

    The employees who make this university run are a part of our community just as much as any student is. I will die on that hill. Most of them will be here or have been here longer than any of us, and they will be here long after we are gone. They are definitely more a part of Cornell than certain freshmen who have busted in here like they own the place, publicly flaunting their inadvertent endangerment of the livelihoods of hundreds.

    You interact with Cornell employees daily. You recognize their faces. They work incredibly — incredibly — hard, they smile and give you words of encouragement and they feed you every day of the week. If this campus shuts down, they will not be going back to Westchester or Long Island or Miami or Manhattan. You owe it to them to do everything in your power to keep this semester alive. What is a crappy semester for you has enormous implications for the lives of our staff here, and the college town community as a whole. How dare you. How dare any of you forget about what is at stake for them this fall.

    Our county public health data suggests this perspective needs much more encouragement among our undergraduates.

    Students Will Not Bear the Greatest Cost of a Shutdown This Semester | The Cornell Daily Sun

  • New Vanitas, cool September night breeze, afghan over my legs, distant highway rapids, great-horned owl hooting atop a nearby tree, cricket static filling the great incurvation.

    I’ve listened to it four times in three days, knowing it will accompany my journey through fall.

  • One man’s solution to the problem of sharing socially-distanced birthday cake.

    Thanks, Shanty Town!

  • America's Death Spiral

    Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die. The workers navigate by smelling the pheromone trails of workers in front of them, while laying down pheromones for others to follow. If these trails accidentally loop back on themselves, the ants are trapped. They become a thick, swirling vortex of bodies that resembles a hurricane as viewed from space. They march endlessly until they’re felled by exhaustion or dehydration. The ants can sense no picture bigger than what’s immediately ahead. They have no coordinating force to guide them to safety. They are imprisoned by a wall of their own instincts. This phenomenon is called the death spiral. I can think of no better metaphor for the United States of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Many Americans trusted intuition to help guide them through this disaster. They grabbed onto whatever solution was most prominent in the moment, and bounced from one (often false) hope to the next. They saw the actions that individual people were taking, and blamed and shamed their neighbors. They lapsed into magical thinking, and believed that the world would return to normal within months. Following these impulses was simpler than navigating a web of solutions, staring down broken systems, and accepting that the pandemic would rage for at least a year.

    These conceptual errors were not egregious lies or conspiracy theories, but they were still dangerous. They manifested again and again, distorting the debate around whether to stay at home, wear masks, or open colleges. They prevented citizens from grasping the scope of the crisis and pushed leaders toward bad policies. And instead of overriding misleading intuitions with calm and considered communication, those leaders intensified them. The country is now trapped in an intuition nightmare: Like the spiraling ants, Americans are walled in by their own unhelpful instincts, which lead them round and round in self-destructive circles.

    “The grand challenge now is, how can we adjust our thinking to match the problem before us?” says Lori Peek, a sociologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studies disasters. Here, then, are nine errors of intuition that still hamstring the U.S. pandemic response, and a glimpse at the future if they continue unchecked. The time to break free is now. Our pandemic summer is nearly over. Now come fall, the season of preparation, and winter, the season of survival. The U.S. must reset its mindset to accomplish both. Ant death spirals break only when enough workers accidentally blunder away, creating trails that lead the spiraling workers to safety. But humans don’t have to rely on luck; unlike ants, we have a capacity for introspection.

    On a recent episode of his Road Work podcast, John Roderick lamented the defiant ignorance many Americans now hold as a weaponized core virtue. If we are to break free of this pandemic, countering that ignorance is essential, but pandemic is only the most essential, deadly manifestation of a deeper problem. Figuring out how to circumvent — or at least short circuit the amplification of — the defiantly ignorant who propel us further into this national death spiral is a challenge even more formidable than the pandemic itself.

    While I agree that “fewer voices” might remove distortion from our discourse, I don’t agree with Roderick’s assessment of populist culture gatekeeping as emblematic of the problem. The distortion problem lies with cynical manipulators of massive media platforms — both old media & social media — who ultimately addict their audiences by peddling simplistic responses like outrage, dehumanization, and magical thinking of the kind described in this Atlantic piece to complex problems like the pandemic. We know the chief culprits, yet we choose to give them not just mental lodgement, but to amplify them by seeming them even worthy of criticism, which means we tacitly acknowledge their lies & manipulation as legitimate.

    America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral | The Atlantic

  • The Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products

    For the first time ever, information and pictures of all ACME products, specialty divisions, and services (from 1935 to 1964) are gathered here, in one convenient catalog.

    Wile E. Coyote meets Stewart Brand.

  • I’ve cut back on beer over the last couple years, but Fair State Brewing Cooperative remains my favorite Minnesota microbrewery.

    [W]ith a Farmer-Labor party
    We could set the workers free

    Fair State Brewing becomes country’s first unionized microbrewery | Star Tribune

  • It’s been a while since this fella saw the light of day.

  • The war is over on paper, but the war is not completely over on the land. … I challenge anyone to say “in 200 years the job will be done.” So we can say the Démineurs are the last soldiers on the French territory.

    Clearing unexploded WWI munitions from Zone Rouge. [via Aeon]

  • How we unbroke the news in 2020 (and what we’re up to in 2021):

    Fundamentally changing what the news is about, how it’s paid for, and how it’s made doesn’t happen overnight.

    Nonetheless, The Correspondent exceeded my expectations this year. Please consider subscribing.

  • The orchard 15 minutes from our house grows a small quantity of heirloom Kandil Sinap, my favorite eating apple. They grafted a few trees in recent years, but only one older tree produced this year. They set aside five pounds for me — possibly my last taste of this crisp jewel.

  • [Blake] understands that it is not the physical eye that enables what we see, but the mind’s eye: the retina, optic nerve and brain are the servants, not masters, of perception.

    America’s looming dystopia is, in part, a failure of imagination.

    The four-fold imagination | Aeon

  • Summer, winding down.

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