Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Looking back at #MidtermElections2022

Originally posted in November with a note about inserting something resembling an introductory note when I got around to it, which I didn't.

It's Election Day So…It's the Beatles

By David Corn  November 8, 2022

The Beatles at a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York City, August 22, 1966. AP

The Beatles at a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York City, August 22, 1966. AP

It's Election Day, and it's almost all over but for the shouting—and the lawsuits, vote counting controversies, election denialism, and possible additional chaos to come. I'm not predicting anything in particular, but merely acknowledging that we may no longer have elections in the United States free of disinformation battles and efforts to overturn results. The ride might be bumpy these coming days. And even more tumultuous after that, should the Republicans gain control of one or both houses of Congress. I've commented extensively here and elsewhere on the turmoil that would result. No need to bang that drum today. My traditional Election Day routine is to vote, clean my office, and noodle a few ideas for a story to write after the results become clear. There's not much I could put in the newsletter today that wouldn't repeat what I've already written or lessen your sense of dread.


So instead, I offer you…the Beatles, John Lennon's Murder 30 Years Later: A Remembrance

Some of the most popular non-political items in Our Land have been about the Fab Four, so it seemed fitting to reprise these previous offerings as a palate cleanser before we face the music of the midterm elections. I certainly know that I could use a respite, having  spent the past few weeks breaking news on the most extremist of the extreme GOP candidates. 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

In the news: Beto O’Rourke on Abbott & DeSantis

...Busing Migrants, Abortion Ban, Gun Laws & Voter Suppression

Sep 16, 2022 Beto talks about Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis busing migrants to other cities, solutions for illegal immigration, campaigning door-to-door, voter suppression in Texas, the school shooting in Uvalde, the need to pass sensible gun legislation, and Greg Abbott’s dangerous abortion ban.

Selected Videos, an experiment to improve audio

Today I'm trying an experiment that involves remembering how to do something, embed video in a blog post, that I used to do often but haven't done in a long time. Aha, turns out there's a button right on the toolbar. But I want the most recent video, and it isn't coming up using the button,  so I'll embed one that is and try a code workaround to get the one I want. In the process, I'd like to figure out what I did wrong with the embed code. That didn't work it's not happening -- at least not yet.

Figured how to get the latest video that didn't turn up using the button. I copied the video URL to the to search. D'uh. Now to add introductory copy about the videos -- both here (like so many recent videos) are about DOJ and Mar-a-Lago document stash.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

from the #HighPlains: This week at @SeniorPlanet Colorado

Getting back into blogging the easy way by sharing newsletters...
Senior Planet Colorado Newsletter
January 17-21, 2022

Lectures and Open Tech Sessions 💻

Senior Planet Colorado is having open "Tech Talk" sessions as a follow-up to our Tuesday lectures, so you can continue to ask questions! Open tech sessions are different from lectures and classes, so come prepared with questions for our Senior Planet trainer.

Lectures: Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MT
Open Tech Sessions: Thursdays 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MT

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Colorado #2021YearInReview at a glance

...H/T @ProgressNowCO, republished in toto from PNC "Week in Review" email newsletter
Our deliberately oversimplified glance at what's happening in Colorado.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rolling out April one #sol21 Tuesday at a time

Coming off a month of a slicing, I'm back for Tuesdays because I don't want to lose the writing momentum. I can manage that. And writing 750 Words a day on top of that. And something every day for National Poetry Month -- not writing poetry though. I tried that one year and made it to day 5. 

National Poetry Month 2021 poster, design by
Bao Lu, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn

Just reading more poems and doing digital poetry bombing is a better fit for me. Non-digital poetry bombing had a relatively short run, 1998-2016, and could make a comeback. Broadsided Poetry fills the gap. What else?

Right about now is when I get in trouble and start down the road to writing less instead of more. It's not these but all the usual I'm adding them to. 

Slicing with Two Writing Teachers one Tuesday at a time

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Last slice... | #sol21 Day 31

 Made it through the month. I wouldn't go so far as to call 31 days of slicing and commenting the cure for pre-post-pandemic anomie (the contemporary version of a fin de siècle malaise) but it helped get me through the month and maybe even jump started dead blogging batteries. 

Illustrating "Yeats, Kipling, and ‘fin-de-siècle malaise’" in OUP blog

Today, was the HUD inspection, that's done. Was not up to getting as much done as hoped but did make a start and even substantial dent in decluttering and reorganizing. Whether I keep on with it is as much hoped for -- and in the air -- as blogging. 

On past last slices...turns out I skipped a challenge between 2015 and 2017, so this will make my fourth SOLSC not fifth. Either that or there was something wrong with my fingers when I came up with five counting on them. As for the 2017 last slice, I posted a selfie holding a small poster with a six word memoir, "Save the last slice for me").  This time I considered adding the "31 Day Writing Streak" badge but decided final slicing would not complete without the commenting (whether or not I comment more tomorrow and check WP Reader for reactions and replies). 

I'm tired, ready to curl with some good slices and call it a day.

It’s the last day of the 14th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

to get more fresh last slices while they're still hot!