Today’s spam

This is a topic that’s close to my heart…
Take care! Where are your contact details though?

So I’m supposed to disclose my personal information.

May you never have luck phishing in other waters.



Sirius in October

Friday, October 11, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

I spotted Sirius in the south this morning at 4:40 Mountain Standard Time – about 45 minutes before local sunrise.

Sirius appeared three or four hand-breadths above the horizon.

The constellation Orion appeared sharply in the clear Arizona sky.

This is the first time I saw Sirius since it reappeared in the sky in late August. I haven’t been out and about so early before sunrise until today.

The story of our lives

We see ourselves as cast in an epic quest. We feel as if we’re the hero of the steadily unfolding plot of our lives; one that’s complete with allies, villains, sudden reversals of fortune, and difficult quests for happiness and prizes. Our brains cast halos around our friends and plant horns on the heads of our enemies.

Adapted from journalist Will Storr, author of Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It Is Doing to Us (New York: The Overlook Press, 2018).

The President made a mistake. So?

U.S. President Donald Trump erroneously warned that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama. The warning was by tweet on Sunday, September 1, 2019. National Weather Service officials in Alabama quickly issued a tweet making it clear that residents of that state were in no danger.

It’s not remarkable for anyone in public service, least of all the President, to err. What is remarkable is that President Trump never backed down.

I’m not surprised. The President follows Roger Stone’s strategy of never admitting to any accusation or criticism.

Push back, push back, lie, lie.

This was Brett Kavanaugh’s strategy at his hearing in the Senate for confirmation as Supreme Court justice. (I believe that he lied.) Never mind that it showed him as lacking a judicial temperament.

And so, the President doesn’t mind showing that he lacks a presidential temperament.

How do you want to live?

GMC trucks asks, “How do you want to live?”

How do you want to live? As a decent person?
A good husband?
Is that it?

Of course not.
King of the hill? Better.
Top of your game?
All powerful.
Like a boss.
“Like a pro” – [with caption].
We couldn’t agree more.

How do you want to live? As a decent person?
A fine human being?
A good friend?
Is that it?
[ Good? ]

Of course not.
Parent of the year? Better.
Making her heart skip a beat? Thump.
One of a kind.
Like a boss.
Like a standard bearer.
“Like a pro” – [with a caption].
We couldn’t agree more.

– A short-lived TV advertisement for GMC

GMC, you don’t get my seal of approval.