ill Gates on Trump’s call for quick end to lockdown:
‘There really is no middle ground, and it’s very tough to say to people, “Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, [and] ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner.‘
Bill Gates, who has recently focused his money and time on keeping poor people from from dying of disease in third world countries, and who was calling for people like him to pay more taxes before the mess we're currently, and who badgers gazillionaires to commit to giving their entire fortunes away, and who has already donated $100m directly to helping with COVID-19, and who has continued to donate to affiliated causes, like schools.
He's wealthy, he's giving, and he actually knows quite a bit about this world we're now living in. We need leaders right now. He's one of them.
And he doesn't want to be president.
Governor Cuomo, far from universally loved by New Yorkers, is the right guy for this moment. He is engaged. People can see it with their own eyes.
Meanwhile, de Blasio is at the gym in Park Slope, which would be totally fine if he seemed engaged, ever. Maybe he’s all over this. He’s a hard person to read.
And just a thought...can you imagine Cynthia Nixon being in charge of all this?
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Curt Cobain on 'Smells Like Teen Spirit':
"That came from something I used to say every time I used to walk into a party to break the ice. A lot of times, when you’re standing around with people in a room, it’s really boring and uncomfortable. So it was, “Well here we are, entertain us. You invited us here.”
Mark Knopfler on 'Money For Nothing':
"That came from a big meathead working in an electrical appliance store in New York. He was watching MTV while moving boxes. I spied on him through a little gap in the microwave section, and the lines he was coming out with were so classic that I had to write them down as fast as possible. He actually said things like, “What’s that? Hawaiian noises?” and “maybe get a blister on your little finger.” And then he said, “That ain’t workin’” … Little did he know. "
Chrissie Hynde on 'Back On The Chain Gang':
“I found a picture of you.” It was from a little photograph of Ray Davies I found in a wallet. We were trying to work the song out in sound checks for a while, but later when my guitar player died I finished the song off with him in mind."
"Perhaps Americans found that their Uncle Sam, like all good uncles, helped them out: by turning the vast machinery of war mobilization into a family relation, he gave political power a personal face and made sense of the government’s presence in everyday life. On closer inspection, though, Flagg’s Uncle Sam is a puzzling figure. He is at once watchful and protective, personable and authoritative, individual and institutional. And, like many uncles, he is very badly dressed. His formal attire conveys the solemnity of war’s occasion, and his furrowed brow and piercing stare show his seriousness, but his silly hat and ill-fitting suit suggest that Uncle Sam doesn’t usually do this. He reassures viewers that war is not in America’s lifeblood; the nation, like its uncle, would rather be doing something else." [+]
It was hard to watch and it took over an hour, but the RudyBot Pizza Maker eventually produced a tasty, if mangled, slice. Not bad for a beta product. But would it be ready in time for the product launch in September?
"Click the Markup button in MacOS and there's a new button that will send images and documents over to your iPhone or iPad so you can mark it up with your fingers or an Apple Pencil (and changes are reflected in real time on the Mac's screen)."
TSIA, baby! #featureRequest
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