I’m taking the rest of the week off to
worry and fret relax and recharge.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Sausage, roasted red peppers, and sun dried tomatoes 🍕
If we want to live on this planet it is important that we not destroy it. www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/1…
My first year on Micro.blog
Speaking of anniversaries, last week marks one year since I started posting here on Micro.blog. Looking back to last January I find that I was then living in a different world: coronavirus was just a worrying story out of China; the results of the upcoming presidential election were up in the air; I was still trying to deal with The Rise of Skywalker and had not yet seen The Mandalorian; and I still had a Facebook account.
Since then we have all had to cope with a global pandemic (and it’s far from over); my country has (so far) survived a coup attempt and is days away from the much anticipated restoration of rational government; we have seen not one but two seasons of The Mandalorian; and I have deleted my Facebook account and gone all in on Micro.blog. Abandoning the old social graph was difficult, but I am slowly building a new one outside the evil empire, and I am posting much more often than I did on Zuck’s platform (even if you don’t count my numerous pizza snapshots).
Micro.blog provides multiple tools which make it easy to read and post to the stream; there is no algorithm determining what I see in my timeline; and so far nobody has complained about my obsession with pizza. I’m still reading my highly curated Twitter feed to keep up with current events (aka “doomscrolling”) but Micro.blog has given me a much needed social outlet and contact with a global community of interesting and genuine humans.
So I have two resolutions for the next year: first, to increase my engagement with Micro.blog; and second, to look back next January and reflect on how much better things are then than they are now.
I’ve been digitizing some old cassettes and splitting the tracks using Rogue Amoeba’s Fission app, a really simple audio editor which is perfect for this job. rogueamoeba.com/fission/
Took a long walk between rainstorms.
No walk yesterday due to rain.
Some good news at last, but also more bad news.
The House has finally done its job, now the Senate must do the same.
Not a great week so far.
Looking forward to Disenchantment Part 3 on Friday. Not looking forward to right wing militias attacking the Inauguration the week after.
Excellent essay about the need for real change by Ibram X. Kendi in The Atlantic: www.theatlantic.com/ideas/arc…
After a nice weekend it’s back to work again…
Underground at Ink Block
Prosciutto, roasted green pepper, and red onion 🍕
I strongly endorse this opinion piece by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
Ban all the Nazis!
The President has not resigned and the Cabinet has failed to do their duty, so it’s down to Congress now. Ideally this should happen before the inevitable self-pardon.
The President should resign. If he does not, the Cabinet should remove him from office. If they do not, Congress should impeach him again and remove him from office.
Well this has been a day.