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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.21.20

Hrm. Today’s edition ended up being a bit rona heavy. Sorry about that. 😬 It wasn’t intentional, honest. I just went where the currents took me.

If I could’ve posted about the ginormous bumblebee that’s been going HAM on the flowers outside of my office window since this morning, I totally would have — but I couldn’t find any links about it.

C’est la vie.


Rich Americans Activate New Zealand Pandemic Escape Plans

This lede… 😳

As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his multimillion-dollar bunker 11 feet underground in New Zealand.

The tech chief had never used the bunker and couldn’t remember how to unlock it.

🙄

  1. This asshole clearly needs to read Cory Doctorow‘s Masque of the Red Death.
  2. I already know the answer to this, but what sort of prepper doesn’t even bother to familiarize themselves with the shit that’s supposed to keep them alive?

(via)

Amoeba Music Needs Help To Survive

One of my all-time favorite record stores is running a GoFundMe to help keep the lights on in these times:

All three of our stores have been closed since mid-March and must remain closed indefinitely. With no way to generate income, our savings are running out, with bills and rent coming due, and with a primary commitment to our staff, who we are trying to keep as healthy and financially sound as possible.

They’re still shipping out online orders too, so consider picking up some music or merch if GoFundMe isn’t your bag.

Webcomic Name Face Masks

Everybody’s selling face masks now. But I only know of one person selling face masks with the punchline from Webcomic Name on them…

Stripe Is Silently Recording Your Movements on Its Customers’ Websites

They claim to be doing this in the name of fraud detection — which is a very necessary thing in the eCommerce world — but I’m still lowkey cranky about this. (via)

How to Fix Virtual Cameras in Zoom 4.6.9+ for macOS

People use virtual cameras for a lot more than Zoombombing, so I’m glad that someone has figured out how to work around the restriction Zoom put in place with version 4.6.9 of their software on macOS. (via)

What Self-Isolation Has Taught Us About Cooking

As someone who has never cooked at home as much as he has in the past couple months, this article from the Serious Eats team shows that even the pros are learning new things and having their fair share of problems.

All I know is that — as someone who is exhausted by endless dishes and overwhelmed by meal planning — I really needed to read it. Maybe you do too.

Leave Philly Alone

I would like variations on this fantastic t-shirt for every municipality, please and thank you. (thx)


Okay, y’all… Enough sitting at my desk.

Since the weather here will be in the eighties the rest of the week — and continuing to rise 😩 — it’s high time to get out of the house and enjoy the rest of this partly cloudy 73° F day.

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.15.20

It’s 82° F and clear in Bakersfield today. The sort of day that, TBH, we don’t see all that much. Late spring through early fall is, usually, oppressively hot, and late fall through early spring tends to be right above freezing. So days like today are a treat.

I probably ought to cut out of work ~30 minutes early — before the sun gets too low — go sit on a lounge chair by the pool, and tell myself “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.


Other Music

An amazing looking documentary on iconic NYC record store Other Music. They’re doing a virtual screening April 17–20th in partnership with a bunch of indie record stores, including my local fave. (thx)

We’re on the Brink of Cyberpunk

While Blade Runner’s once-distant future of November 2019 feels resonant in so many ways—vast corporate power, persistent surveillance, life in a time of constant crisis—it misses the actual 2019’s most salient feature: an inescapable, painful awareness of politics and of the presence or deliberate absence of government in daily life.

Our dystopia is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. 🦾

Flipper Zero

Speaking of cyberpunk, this portable “tamagotchi for hackers” meets hacker multitool looks like a blast. RFID, Infrared, GPIO out, rubber ducky emulation, iButton support… 🤯 (via)

PowerWash Simulator

One of my favorite things to do after a stressful day is throw on a pressure washing video and just sort of zone out.

Okay, so now that you know that, you’d better believe that I was thrilled af to discover this game — which just dropped as an early beta. I was less thrilled to see that it’s (currently) Windows only, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be easy to port elsewhere because Unity.


I don’t know about you, but I’m good with calling it a day at four links. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Guess I should go grab a tallboy out of the fridge and pull up a lounge chair before the sun up and calls it a day.