The name the punch clock gives as I dial in my number. As always, I am late. Choosing writing, and smoking before work. I’d rather type in my underwear at 3:34 than put my contacts in and get ready to punch in at 4. I go when I arrive. That time might be near 5. … Continue reading Accepted with warning.
So I’ve been eying reporter's notebooks lately. They come in 4"x8" sheets and look so newsie. You flip them up and back. Page after page. Held in one hand as you scribble furiously with the other. Walking, talking, it is your useful aid. I like the look, but a problem unfolds. Where do I put … Continue reading Men wear jackets. Women wear purses.
Riding an endorphin rush of new followers and likes on twitter. Every time the phone lights up I get a new bump. Am I writing, maybe. But a lot of it is under 240 characters. Is this the social media drug they warned us of? Is this why even the creators of twitter are known … Continue reading 4:17 A.M.
I went from five to thirty followers in one day. Posted using hashtags and at symbols. Joined a chorus of talking voices all hoping to be heard. If they follow, I follow too. We chase each other around, yelling into the crowd: notice me, like me, see me. Mundane observations become the fuel for the … Continue reading Making friends with strangers. Exploring social media on Twitter
Recently I got a password alert from Google. Someone had compromised one of my accounts. I found Huckberry.com and discovered I had created an account there. Why, when, I don’t know. It must have been a time of aspirational thinking if they can sell a work shirt for $128. Shoes. Denim. Coats. Everything is of … Continue reading Huckberry.com: The artifice of the working man.
It's rare, but sometimes Trump is right about something. One is NATO. He wants the member nations to spend more on defense. We've got to pull up our pants and pay our fair share. Canada needs to pay at least 2% of GDP on defense. At a time when we have a warmonger president, picking … Continue reading Canada needs to spend more on defense
Fake news. Figured I'd start there. Lord knows it gets the networks in a bunch. But he just keeps yelling those words. Fake news. At every outcry to things he changes, to every over inquisitive reporter, fake news, he declares. And is he wrong? Something about that declaration. How it is almost comical in it's … Continue reading Donald Trump says somethings that makes me think he’s smart.
One of the more disheartening aspects of cancel culture is it is my generation that is doing it. We, the vanguards of internet connections, the children of the 80s, who grew up with Commodores and Apple II's, decided we should police speech. We agreed when twitter delisted. We shaked our fists to #metoo. We said … Continue reading Oh fuck, we’re burning books
How a war is fought when the people don't like it. Or, why greater powers now control the news. Every war after Vietnam has been in exercise in carefully controlling the message the public receives. You can't report the story if you aren't there to see it. The powers that be decide where the journalist … Continue reading History Lessons. Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War
If writing is rewriting, I need to get faster at typing.