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I find it amusing that people sling around the label “SJW” as an insult. Hell yes, I fight for social justice. Won’t stop until we change the world. Tattoo the label on my forehead. 😘✌🏻

 

Pardon me while I go watch on repeat until 2020 is mercifully over.

 

If you were ever curious how long your pug’s tongue is, just bring them to Palm Desert. You’ll find out pretty quickly.

 

Less than one day into this Palm Desert excursion, and I’m convinced this was an amazing choice. We just watched projected over our pool :)

 

I'm happy to report that the first pot of coffee from the new coffee machine is delightful. Very pleased so far 😀

 

Thanks for the feedback, folks. I ordered the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT. Arrives tomorrow. Huzzah! ☕️💫

 

Buying myself a new coffee maker for Father’s Day. I’m debating between a Technivorm Moccamaster KBT and a OXO Brew 9 Cup. Anyone have opinions or other recommendations?

 

I’m extremely happy that Safari will support the WebExtensions API in macOS 11. Even better, they’re adding the support in a privacy and security centric way. Bravo! 👏🏻

 

My little girl made me breakfast. Best cereal and toast I’ve ever had. Happy Father’s Day fellow dads!

 

Remember the iPod and iTunes Music Store? Customers were free to download and install music on their iPods, but the iTunes Music Store was still a runaway success. Same would be true for the App Store.

 

Apple could get itself out of a world of hurt and create a better overall experience if it would allow customers to download and install apps outside the App Store.

 

Made the mistake of looking at Nextdoor yesterday. The number of people gleefully bragging about not wearing a mask is sickening.

Imagine being so obsessed with your political cult that you refuse to slightly inconvenience yourself so that others won’t die.

 
 

Normal is a Privilege

4 min read

I just wish things would get back to normal.

Its a refrain we’ve all heard since the emergence of COVID-19. The world has been thrown into chaos, our way of life has been threatened, and many people have lost their jobs. The best minds in medicine and science are encouraging life-altering precautions like social distancing, wearing masks, and staying home. People are having to adapt to this “new normal” quickly, working from home, perhaps balancing the pressures of parenting children, or taking care of family members who are at higher risk. While its obviously the right thing to do to be cautious, and not re-open the country too quickly, protestors have taken to the streets to demand that things go back to “normal,” even if it puts others at risk.

Life in a global pandemic is not comfortable, convenient, or fun. We can all agree on that. The “new normal” sort of sucks.

But, what of the old normal? Well, consider George Floyd.

Last week, our chaotic world erupted into further chaos with the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Police Officer in Minneapolis. Make no mistake, I absolutely believe that this was a murder, and one that was the direct result of a fundamentally flawed system that demands reform. There must be justice for George Floyd, and it cannot just come in the form of punishment for the killers, it also must come in the form of radical, systematic change.

For many people, going back to “normal” is, on the surface, quite appealing. Returning to our privileged lives, where we feel safe to go out to eat, walk with our friends and family at shopping malls, gather in our places of worship, and to do it all with a strong sense of security – after all, the police, and all other systems of power, are there to protect us.

But, for a huge portion of our country, “normal” means avoiding the police because they cannot be trusted to protect you. It means less opportunity at work. It means overcoming an unequal system to fight for the same benefits that others readily receive.

You know what? The old normal sucks, too.

It is no surprise to me that many people who are calling to “re-open our country” in the midst of a global pandemic are also telling protestors to calm down, or to “tone down” their methods of protest. These demands often come from a position of privilege; of preserving a system that fundamentally benefits them at the expense of others. They like things just the way they were.

But, this time, we can’t let the cries for a “return to normalcy” win. As an ally, I cannot sit idly by, or demand that the oppressed respond to their generations-long oppression with calm, non-violent protest. It’s been nearly 30 years since the police brutalization of Rodney King, and it’s clear that nothing has fundamentally changed in that time. Peaceful protest isn’t enough. Voting isn’t enough. Patient conversation isn’t enough. Incremental change isn’t enough. Now, I am not advocating for violence, but I am advocating for persistent, enduring commitment to driving change.

We must listen to what Martin Luther King Jr. said in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail in August of 1963:

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time; and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.”

So, fellow white people, it is time to step up. Acknowledge your privilege, speak up, and demand radical, fundamental change. Amplify the voices of people of color. Fearlessly support Black Lives Matter. Embrace the fact that creating a more just, equitable, and fair society likely means that you will need to sacrifice your own privilege for the benefit of others.

Let’s not go back to normal. Let’s create a better normal.

 

The world is in chaos, but at least we get to watch humans safely get thrown into space. 🚀💫

 

I can’t find any of the privacy / terms for YouTube TV on the subject. Will they sell my personal data or viewing habits to advertisers or third parties?

 

Looked at my Hulu bill again. I am seriously considering YouTube TV. Hulu is $21/month more and has had terrible video quality / reliability for me lately. Worried about privacy though...

 

This season of Top Chef is so my jam. After tonight’s elimination, I absolutely love every remaining chef. Each of them would deserve to win it all.

 

Pork shoulder is resting. Lacey is making deviled eggs. I’m drinking a blended cocktail and watching Good Eats on TV.

I’ve needed this break.

 

Meat’s ready! Also, I just remembered that I had set up a home automation to play Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” on the HomePod when the meat reaches target temperature. 🤣🎸🥳⭐️