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Friday Roundup

On February 5th, 2016 in Quibbles

Hey y’all. I don’t know about you but I’m feeling pretty good about this week… is how I almost started this post, and then I reviewed my links again.

Though,  it could be worse, Amos Barshad reminds us at Fader writing,

“The power of alternative history, then, is to declare that the real world is not predestined—to remind us of what could have been, and what still could be.”

Of course, by alternative history he is referring to “Man in the High Castle”  and the potential of a fascist America.

And in fact, reader, it does get worse: Microsoft has acquired Swiftkey, the mobile keyboard developers. I can’t wait for their improvements to the program, so I can see how quickly I’ll be able to write “Negative or zero values cannot be plotted correctly on log charts” over and over to all my friends even after they ask me to stop.

But hark, a light in the darkness! The NY Times had some great pieces this week. Including Tom Bissel’s remembrance of Infinite Jest and David Foster Wallace, who, like everyone else, was taken from us too soon.

But, the true gift was Anna North pointing out that Sarah Palin’s speech pattern is basically poorly translated Latin. Now every time she comes across my screen I will be able to laugh uncontrollably instead of cringing. Thank you, Anna. Thank you so very much.

Ban drones.

Ban frats.

Ban tipping.

Ban trademarks.

Accidently ban accounts satirizing your inability to effectively ban abusive users on your social platform.

And ban this week. Happy weekend, folks.