Sunday, May 01, 2016

Waaay Past Happy Hour Back East

On the West Coast, we're just getting started.

Afternoon Thread


Hazardous Substance

I'm no expert, but some of the freight rails that run through Philly (including massive oil trains) are in visibly shitty condition (including one bridge in particular). Regulators freak out a lot more about passenger accidents, it seems, but I do worry about the impending oil train bomb.

Several cars of a CSX train derailed Sunday morning in Northeast Washington. Three overturned and were leaking a hazardous substance, according to the D.C. Fire Department.


Apparently this did not go over well in The Room. Highly paid media celebrities really have the thinnest skins in the world.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Night

Busy with stuff.


Happy Hour a little late, especially for a Saturday!

The Dream Will Never Die

I'm pretty sure the people at the Post will never give up on their attempts to destroy Social Security.


All out of hot takes at the moment. Things are afoot in Iraq. I suppose we can check back in another 6 months.
BAGHDAD — Protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, bursting into the capital’s fortified Green Zone, where other key buildings, including the U.S. Embassy, are located.

Live footage on Iraqi television showed swarms of protesters, who have been demanding government reform, inside the parliament building, waving flags and chanting. Lawmakers were berated and beaten with flags as they fled the building, while demonstrators smashed the windows of politicians' cars.

Early Morning or Late Night Thread

Friday, April 29, 2016

Evening Thread

Afternoon Thread


America's Worst Humans

Jeff Jarvis.

Try Before You Buy... Then Buy

I make a point of buying any music I intend to listen to more than a couple of times. Sure I use Spotify or similar to sample things, but if there's something I plan on returning to I buy it. If I'm going to a show I buy the CD at the show (if I don't already own it) because presumably that puts the most money in the pockets of the band. The discovery aspect of the streaming internet is great, but it really isn't a revenue generator for artists. Buy their music if you listen to it. $10-$15 bucks for an album isn't much.

Ya, ya, the kids on our lawns today don't make music that's as awesome as whatever music you happened to listen to when you were 16. That's the way the world works. But if you do listen to new stuff, especially, pay for it. The non-Bieber kids today aren't making any money, either.


I don't think it's wrong to open up public parks for some commercial activities (and this park normally has a hamburger stand), or occasionally requiring admission for some special event, but walling it off and making it admission fee only every night for 6-7 weeks is a bit much.

To Sleep, Perchance..

Been plagued by insomnia recently. More specifically, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Fortunately I am blessed and can usually just sleep in, but it's still annoying.

Morning Thread

Today is Friday. Glad I could clear that up.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday Night

Tomorrow is...


One of my longstanding internet pet peeves is the desire by so many people to label news as BREAKING. It used to be on blogs but now it's twitter too. I probably saw your BREAKING news two hours ago. If you are the one actually breaking the news you can use the label, otherwise just stop it. I used to only half jokingly plea with Markos to have his site automatically delete the account of any diarist who put BREAKING in the title. News is almost by definition new, but most of it isn't BREAKING.