“Anything’s good when it’s deep-fried, even brains.
Maybe especially brains.”

— James Lileks

Dear Microsoft,

On Win10 machines with relatively modest CPUs, perhaps you shouldn’t run security scans on downloads in parallel. And maybe set an upper bound on the scan time based on file size, so that if it gets deeply confused (by, say, the MSI for Amazon Corretto), it doesn’t lock up the system to the point where it takes two minutes just to recognize a three-finger-salute.

Doctor VR

The BBC has announced a VR-only kinetic novel featuring the voice of Jodie Whittaker and the writing talents of Yet Another SF Newbie, Victoria Asare-Archer.

“Let me get this straight. You took all the money you made franchising your name and bet it against the Harlem Globetrotters?”

“Oh, I thought the Generals were due!”

Dear Apple,

Bought a shiny new Series 4 Apple Watch (finally reasonably functional, useful for recording my current diet/workout plan, and promising decent battery life) on Monday.

Battery was surprisingly drained when I got home last night. (farewell dinner for a member of our already-understaffed IT department, joy!)

This morning? It went from 100% to 18% in just over 3 hours, and all I’m doing is sitting at my laptop working. Maybe I get up occasionally, stretch, and grab a (diet) soda.


Naturally, Apple offers no visibility into what could be draining the battery, but force-killing the few apps I have and turning off pretty much all background activity and notifications haven’t slowed the drain.

In the time it took me to type this, it dropped another 3%.

“Dear Apple, stop mining bitcoin on my wrist”


Good: Power-cycling the watch seems to have fixed it (for now).

Bad: I power-cycled my watch. This is not the future I was promised.

Green New Deal FAQ

… the short form.

Well, that explains a lot…

Jim Kirk and time travel: just say “no”.

Pixiv Champloo 3

So here’s an amusing Hugo note: if I don’t put anything above the fold, it won’t show the “more” button at all. So, blah blah blah cheesecake.


Career Day

Mariya Nagao says, “girls, be ambitious!”.


Dear US Customs Department,

Please update your Javascript validation code on the Global Entry application page to accept brand new passports issued during the current month.


Works today. Someone must have noticed before I did, because I sincerely doubt that a government agency could make, test, and roll out a change to a web site on a Sunday night.

Now to see how long the queue is.

“Need a clue, take a clue,
 got a clue, leave a clue”