2 July 2024

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💰 Skydance Media, National Amusements Reach Tentative Deal for Paramount — Variety

What a rollercoaster. This always felt like the best deal for the industry and the creatives that make it up, but I didn’t imagine them coming back to the table after it was called off last month.

30 June 2024

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🥁 Lamb Of God Drummer Hears Imagine Dragons For The First Time — Drumeo

I’ve watched a lot of these and this is by far the best one. It shows how much a song can be improved with a talented (and fierce) drummer, on a real kit, just having fun with it. That’s real rock. And I don’t even like Lamb of God.

30 June 2024

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🧃 Why AriZona Iced Tea CEO won’t raise 99-cent price: It’s my little way of giving back’ — CNBC

I don’t know about never, [but] not in the foreseeable future,” he told Today. We’re going to fight as hard as we can for consumers, because consumers are my friend.”

Arizona and Costco are two companies who just do it right. We are in this endless cycle of capitalism gaming markets and always having to make more, but why? The CEO of Costco isn’t one of these outrageously paid CEOs (still super wealthy though) and they’ve kept the hot dog price low. I don’t know what the Arizona guy makes (he’s got quite the high net worth), but the fact they’ve managed to make a profit while offering the drink at $0.99 is a testament to good business, good operations, and goodwill.

28 June 2024

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🍤 Yoppaman

This is an incredible little animated short. Very much feels like The Boondocks meets Gundam and I’m here for it. As I understand it, it’s too cool artists and Donald Glover has joined to help produce so they can make independently. I really hope we get more episodes of this wildness.

28 June 2024

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🍄 Making the Kinopio Source Code Public — pketh

Delivering software is more like delivering a gooey crying baby. It’s alive. Squirming, growing, and changing because the technologies it relies on do too. Physical materials rarely change, but web browsers, operating systems, and servers sure do.

It’s incredibly cool to see this out in the wild. Code is gibberish to me, but I think it’s quite obvious how much work Pirijan puts into Kinopio and getting it ready for this open source* release.

28 June 2024

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So I ended up not watching the debate last night. It was giving me too much anxiety and there was better stuff to spend my time on…

Reading about it this morning (mainly from headlines) has me depressed and scared. However, this is not a lesser of two evils” situation (neither was 2016, for the record). There’s only one evil” here and one elderly man who I sincerely hope will find a way to still be in office next year…

When it comes to CNN and fact-checking… it’s ridiculous to say it’s not their job and it’s up to the candidates to debate.” To debate” your arguments need to be grounded in facts or at a minimum a shared reality with some semblance of truth, otherwise you’re just shouting things (likely made up out of thin air) past each other.

Instead of fact-checking, CNN let two old men make shit up and promoted their lies (over 20 from Trump and 9 from Biden, according to CNNs own fact-checker… after the fact…).

I don’t think a president needs to be great at debates, but if Biden is going to have a shot, I think he’s going to need to be a lot more public and energized throughout these next four months.

27 June 2024

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🦕 The First 2024 Presidential Debate By The Numbers — The Onion

  • 135,000,000: American adults who were apparently worse choices for president.
  • 73: Undecided votes at stake.

Well, they nailed it. Good luck to everyone planning to watch (I think I might; I’m not sure why though). I hope your blood doesn’t boil too much and you find a way to stay sane.

26 June 2024

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🧑‍⚖️ Julian Assange’s plea deal — Tangle

Assange also rarely interacts with state governments to figure out what information he has that might put innocents at risk. In the most notorious example, the Taliban once used documents released by WikiLeaks to identify Afghans who were aiding the U.S. and then sought them out for retribution.

I personally think time-served is probably the right move here. Considering not only the five years he spent in jail but the years holed away in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The people saying he’s done nothing different than a journalist are way off base though. Journalists use judgement (and common sense) when they decide what to publish to avoid putting people in harms way and (hopefully) not to advance their own agenda in corrupt means. Assange failed both of those measures handedly.

26 June 2024

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🏀 Knicks’ OG Anunoby to return on five-year, $212.5 million deal — Yahoo Sports

There it is! I’m not sure how they can afford Hartenstein now though and it’s important the Knicks have another C given Robinson’s injury history. I’m sure they’ll pick up Precious $5mil option, but that’s not enough.

But the starting lineup of Brunson, Bridges, Anunoby, Randle, and Robinson is super formidable. Plus Hart and DiVincenzo off the bench.

26 June 2024

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The NBA Draft is tonight and the Bulls seem to be in a decent position to get a few of the players I actually like for them this year.

The Ringer has Cody Williams, the freshman out of Colorado and brother of OKCs Jalen Williams, falling to the Bulls at 11.

ESPN has Devin Carter, the Junior guard out of Providence who can bring a little bit of that Lonzo Ball type defender to the Bulls backcourt.

And Yahoo has Ron Holland, the 6’7 SF coming out of the G League Ignite going to the Bulls (he fell to 13 in ESPNs mock).

All three of these players will bring a defensive edge, although both Williams and Holland are a bit raw offensively and will need to find their shot. I also think it’s worth noting Holland was the top recruit out of his high school class, choosing to go to the G League and averaging 15/7 against grown men during his only year there.

Ultimately, if Holland is on the board (like ESPN and Yahoo seem to think he’ll be), I think the Bulls have to take him. But if any of these three fall into their lap, Bulls fan should be happy.

Other guys to look for if they fall: Matas Buzelis, Dalton Knecht, Donovan Clingan.

And if none of the above are availble: Kel’el Ware, Kyshawn George, Johnny Furphy—but lets hope it doesn’t get to this point.

25 June 2024

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🔦 Trump’s Very Fine People’ Remark: Snopes Misses the Mark on Dangerous Doublespeak — The Present Age

Snopes’ conclusion that it is false” to claim Trump called neo-Nazis and white nationalists very fine people” overlooks the then-president’s use of doublespeak. Trump’s remarks on August 15, 2017, deliberately blurred the lines between condemning and excusing hate groups. By stating that there were very fine people on both sides,” he equivocated, offering a shield of respectability to an event organized by avowed white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The rally’s context — marked by swastikas, torches, and chants of Jews will not replace us” — renders any defense of participants as fine people” indefensible.

I try to avoid posting about the same thing twice in one day, but Parker obviously does a much better job of going through everything Trump actually said and why Snopes completed missed the mark. Given that this is getting picked up so widely by right-wing publications, I think it’s important that we look at the what he said, the context he said it in, and who exactly was there on either side”.

25 June 2024

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🤖 I Paid $365.63 to Replace 404 Media With AI404

Just further evidence this stuff needs to be regulated. Without substantial regulation, companies, let alone small teams and individuals, will never be able to keep up with what amounts to theft. We’ve already seen instances of Amazon filling up with fake bullshit. As it becomes easier and easier, there needs to be some sort of disincentive in place to at least slow it down.

25 June 2024

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✨ Lakers Icon Magic Johnson: Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese Remind Me of Larry Bird, Myself — Bleacher Report

I said this exact thing months ago on Mastodon. The timing from the NBAs creation → Magic/Bird and profitability lines up pretty well with that of the WNBA → Clark/Reese too. It takes time for leagues to reach profitability and the viewership the W is currently bringing in will hopefully help propel the league into not only profitability, but paying the women higher salaries.

25 June 2024

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🏀 Nets trading Mikal Bridges to Knicks for Bojan Bogdanovic, draft picks — Yahoo Sports

It’s happening! All four Villanova teammates are back together! Bridges joins Brunson, Hart, and DiVincenzo on the NY Knicks. If they somehow keep OG, the Knicks are going to be scary.

25 June 2024

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🕍 What does it feel like to believe in God? — Search Engine

I fell off of Search Engine for awhile there, but the last few episodes have been exceptional. I’m agnostic leaning atheistic, but the way Zvika Krieger talks about Judaism and god makes me want to believe.

25 June 2024

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🍪 Oreo Kintsugi — Kottke

I mean, come on! How could you not love this???

25 June 2024

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😤 No, Trump Did Not Call Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists Very Fine People’ — Snopes

This is such a weird fact-check from Snopes. He may have not said neo-Nazis are very fine people,” but he did say you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” However, one side was completely neo-Nazis and white supremacists shouting Jews will not replace us.” Trump can claim there were many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists,” but that doesn’t make it true. Ipso-facto he said neo-Nazis are very fine people. End of story.

25 June 2024

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Thinking about the shape I want TIV to take. It used to be a personal blog, then it was an everything” blog, and now it’s essentially a link blog. The goal right now is to be a little more newsy so it reflects the record of the day.

24 June 2024

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The Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the Stanley Cup to win their first championship and avoid a potential historic collapse after surrendering a 3-0 lead. Despite losing, Connor McDavid is awarded the Conn Smyth Playoff MVP award. The 2025 odds have the Panthers favored to repeat while Dallas shares the same odds with the Oilers right behind.

24 June 2024

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🎤 Only a Job (Single) — The Palmer Squares

Fun single from these guys (who went to the same high school as me) that brings a bit of a new sound for them reminiscent of old school r&b rap.

24 June 2024

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🧅 The Onion Knight Ft. Ben Collins — Better Offline

Really great interview with Ben about buying The Onion and what they are planning to do. I can’t wait until they launch a print product again. It’ll be an instant subscribe for me.

24 June 2024

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🏀 Cleveland Cavaliers hiring Kenny Atkinson as coach — AP News

An absolutely perfect hire for Cleveland. Both from a player development perspective and his prior experience with LeVert and Allen. And I expect him to immediately find ways to elevate Mitchell while keeping the ball moving and improving players 5-8. It was a shame Atkinson was let go and not immediately hired elsewhere.

20 June 2024

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What if the Bulls traded LaVine low, let DeMar go, and added Tobias Harris as a free agent? Giddey, Coby, PatWil, Tobias, and Vooch isn’t a terrible starting five.

20 June 2024

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🤖 OpenAI founder Sutskever sets up new AI company devoted to safe superintelligence”— Ground News

Very cool and admirable, but I struggle to see how this can actually be a business that sticks around for the long haul. Move fast and break things is still the Silicon Valley motto and users (and more importantly businesses) will continue to flock to the new and shiny that results from MF+BT even if it’s time we move slow and take care.

20 June 2024

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🐂 Chicago Bulls trade Alex Caruso to Oklahoma City Thunder, receive Josh Giddey in return — Yahoo Sports

The Bulls do need a PG who can initiate the offense, but Caruso seems like an overpay for Giddey… Maybe it frees up some cap space too.


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