Links and Notes - Wed, Jul 3, 2019

5:04 p.m.

Looking like a non-90-degree day. Our streak of 90-degree days will end at seven.

Our dew point temps, however, are a bit tropical with dew points in the low 70s. Our heat indexes are above 90 degrees. Today does not feel as rugged as Monday.

Thus far, TOL's official high temp is 88 degrees, but it's a little cooler elsewhere.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 3, 2019 4:52 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 87 F
Humidity : 57%
Wind Speed : W 8 mph
Barometer : 29.89 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 92 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 3, 2019 4:53 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 85 F
Humidity : 65%
Wind Speed : E 8 mph
Barometer : 29.90 in
Dewpoint: 72 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 91 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 3, 2019 4:39 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 84 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : E 5 mph
Barometer : 29.89 in
Dewpoint: 73 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 90 F

Date and Time: 05:00 PM, Wed, Jul 03, 2019
Summary: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 85 F
Dew Point: 72 F
Humidity: 64 %
Wind Direction: East-Northeast
Wind Speed: 3 mph
Wind Gust: 5 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 91 F
Pressure: 29.89 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 3.0
Cloud Cover: 74 % : Mostly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 7.865 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 4 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: West-Southwest

3:09 p.m.

We may not have an 8th straight day of 90-degree temps. It could be close. For some reason, TOL has been running a few degrees warmer than the other airports, during this recent hot spell.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 3, 2019 2:52 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 87 F
Humidity : 57%
Wind Speed : W 5 mph
Barometer : 29.91 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 92 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 3, 2019 2:53 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 85 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : W 7 mph
Barometer : 29.92 in
Dewpoint: 69 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 89 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 3, 2019 2:55 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 84 F
Humidity : 67%
Wind Speed : SW 3 mph
Barometer : 29.91 in
Dewpoint: 72 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 90 F

Date and Time: 03:00 PM, Wed, Jul 03, 2019
Summary: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 85 F
Dew Point: 72 F
Humidity: 65 %
Wind Direction: North-Northwest
Wind Speed: 2 mph
Wind Gust: 5 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 90 F
Pressure: 29.92 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 5.0
Cloud Cover: 78 % : Mostly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 9.631 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 15 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northwest

10:35 a.m.

This morning is more pleasant than the previous two mornings. A little cooler and a little less humid, seemingly. Unfortunately, we have little to no breeze. It's cooler outside than inside the house, even in the late morning.

After seven consecutive 90-degree days for TOL and for most of the Toledo region, that streak might end today. We are forecast to be near or around 90 today, tomorrow, and Friday. Slightly cooler weather is forecast for a few days, beginning on Saturday.

Dark Sky's forecast for the next eight days predicts no days with a high temp of at least 90 degrees. It forecasts a high of 86 for today and tomorrow. The Cle NWS predicts a high of 88 today and 91 tomorrow.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 3, 2019 9:52 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 77 F
Humidity : 74%
Wind Speed : W 3 mph
Barometer : 29.91 in
Dewpoint: 68 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 3, 2019 9:53 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 76 F
Humidity : 79%
Wind Speed : WSW 6 mph
Barometer : 29.92 in
Dewpoint: 69 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 3, 2019 10:19 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 79 F
Humidity : 74%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 29.90 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 10:30 AM, Wed, Jul 03, 2019
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 79 F
Dew Point: 70 F
Humidity: 73 %
Wind Direction: Northwest
Wind Speed: 3 mph
Wind Gust: 3 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 82 F
Pressure: 29.91 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 5.0
Cloud Cover: 7 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 103 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: North-Northwest


Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Jul 3, 2019 9:54 am

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Independence Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 96. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.


Rain throughout the week, with high temperatures peaking at 89°F on Friday.

Wed, Jul 03, 2019 - Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 59 %. Low temp 72 at 05:00 AM. High temp 86 at 06:00 PM. Dew point 70. Humidity 76. Apparent high temp 91. Wind: East-Southeast at 5 mph. Sunrise: 06:05 AM. Sunset: 09:13 PM. Moon: 0.05 = Waxing Crescent.

Thu, Jul 04, 2019 - Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 41 %. Low temp 74 at 05:00 AM. High temp 86 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 71. Humidity 78. Apparent high temp 93. Wind: East-Southeast at 6 mph. Sunrise: 06:06 AM. Sunset: 09:13 PM. Moon: 0.09 = Waxing Crescent.

Fri, Jul 05, 2019 - Rain in the evening and overnight. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 73 %. Low temp 75 at 05:00 AM. High temp 89 at 02:00 PM. Dew point 73. Humidity 76. Apparent high temp 97. Wind: Southwest at 5 mph. Sunrise: 06:07 AM. Sunset: 09:13 PM. Moon: 0.12 = Waxing Crescent.

Sat, Jul 06, 2019 - Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 80 %. Low temp 68 at 08:00 AM. High temp 84 at 02:00 PM. Dew point 72. Humidity 82. Apparent high temp 90. Wind: North-Northeast at 8 mph. Sunrise: 06:07 AM. Sunset: 09:12 PM. Moon: 0.16 = Waxing Crescent.

Sun, Jul 07, 2019 - Partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: . Precip probability: 2 %. Low temp 62 at 06:00 AM. High temp 79 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 61. Humidity 66. Apparent high temp 79. Wind: Northeast at 11 mph. Sunrise: 06:08 AM. Sunset: 09:12 PM. Moon: 0.2 = Waxing Crescent.

Mon, Jul 08, 2019 - Clear throughout the day. Cloud cover: Clear. Precip type: . Precip probability: 0 %. Low temp 63 at 05:00 AM. High temp 79 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 55. Humidity 58. Apparent high temp 79. Wind: Northeast at 7 mph. Sunrise: 06:09 AM. Sunset: 09:12 PM. Moon: 0.24 = Waxing Crescent.

Tue, Jul 09, 2019 - Partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Clear. Precip type: . Precip probability: 0 %. Low temp 67 at 05:00 AM. High temp 84 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 57. Humidity 57. Apparent high temp 84. Wind: South at 5 mph. Sunrise: 06:09 AM. Sunset: 09:11 PM. Moon: 0.27 = Waxing Gibbous.

Links

no disk space; ubuntu on chromebook
https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2249508


https://mediagazer.com/190703/p1#a190703p1

Breitbart News has continued to lose advertisers and traffic, bottoming out at 4.6M unique visitors in May, down from 17.3M at the start of 2017, per Comscore

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/whatever-happened-to-breitbart-the-insurgent-star-of-the-right-is-in-a-long-slow-fade/2019/07/02/c8f501a2-9cde-11e9-85d6-5211733f92c7_story.html

@slpng_giants: 75% fewer readers.90% less ad revenue.0% of former influence.Goodnight, “platform for the alt-right."

speaking of long, slow fades, especially in the newspaper industry, which has been fading, since the 1970s ...

https://mediagazer.com/190702/p7#a190702p7

Survey of news media employment between January and June 2019: thousands laid off or offered buyouts; the industry is on course for its worst year since 2009

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/media_layoffs_the_vindicator.php

Here we go with the usual tripe.

Elizabeth Hernandez / @ehernandez: Losing journalists = losing ppl who dig thru public records, hold powerful in yr town accountable, attend public meetings you can't make & share the wonderful, tragic tales of your community. What can you do? Subscribe to yr local news. Here's mine!

I don't see Blade stories that indicate that journalists spent a lot of time, digging through public records to hold powerful people in Toledo accountable.

The Block family (owners of the Blade and other businesses) schmoozes with powerful peole in our area. How is this not a conflict of interest? Where's the adversarial journalism? Where's the wall of separation between the fourth estate and the rest of society?

The Block family fancies themselves as local royalty, and as such, they choose to associate with local politicians, business owners, developers, etc.

The Toledo Blade is useless, but I still subscribe for the rare interesting story that has nothing to do with holding powerful people in our community accountable.

Matthew Gertz / @mattgertz: The last time journalism job losses were this high, the country was mired in a deep recession and facing ~10 percent unemployment. That we're seeing layoffs like this with unemployment under 4 is a disaster, and a harbinger of how bad things will get when the economy next tanks.


D as a C Replacement (theartofmachinery.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20323114

Choose Boring Technology (boringtechnology.club)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20323246

Exploring alternative funding models for the web (blog.mozilla.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20337942

One Program Written in Python, Go, and Rust (nicolas-hahn.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20331070

The Cost of JavaScript in 2019 (v8.dev)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20317736

https://larrysanger.org/2019/06/social-media-strike/


Gab is decentralizing, raising $10 million in Series A powered by bitcoin
https://decrypt.co/7711/gab-is-decentralizing-raising-10-million-bitcoin

Gab is serious about forking Keybase, replacing Stellar with Bitcoin
https://decrypt.co/7054/gab-forking-keybase-stellar-bitcoin

Gab is forking Brave, and Brave is forking furious
https://decrypt.co/6719/gab-forking-brave

Apparently, Brendan Eich does not understand the concept of open source.

Torba says he doesn’t understand the controversy: “The entire point of open source is to allow others to build upon an existing codebase and add more value,” he says, adding that Brave itself “is a fork of the Google Chromium project,” from which it benefited greatly.

“Open-source projects are forked all the time, GitHub even shows the fork count on every repo and the community uses it as a badge of honor. I can’t imagine any legitimate reason why Brendan or anyone else would have a problem with this.”

Gab will become a Mastodon fork (gab.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20051043

Two months ago:
Mozilla and Google Chrome Refuse to Support Gab’s Dissenter Extension (packtpub.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19847481

Dissenter: The free speech web browser (dissenter.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20310399

Like it or not, good or bad, that's technology, especially open source technology. Big Evil tech companies, such as Facebook and Google started by building systems that used open source technology.


Pleroma v1.0, an Elixir social network
https://blog.soykaf.com/post/pleroma-1.0/


Give Your Yard Back to Nature (popularmechanics.com)
https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/a28197493/give-your-yard-back-to-nature/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20344077

Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Grow Bee-Friendly Lawns (smithsonianmag.com)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-will-pay-residents-grow-bee-friendly-lawns-180972430/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20335198


NPR's Guide to Hypothesis-Driven Design for Editorial Projects (docs.google.com)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jm3jc2RGUTS_pp02eVJ1BuzfyDYGtOgnow02HamHPXE/edit
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20335780

HN comment by User-A:

I cannot imagine the staff it takes to pull this off. Most publications are not staffed nearly to levels that would make them able to even try to follow what's outlined here. This is pipe dream, and as someone in the industry it makes me question their staffing and funding levels, actually.

NPR is funded by grants, donations, and taxpayer money. That's not how most local newspapers are funded.

HN reply comment by User-B:

What industry are you in and why do you think that the proposed approach is not achievable with a modest staff? (Or perhaps NPR has more developers and designers than I realize.)

User-A responded with:

Online publishing, technical and editorial side. 20 years. This is an incredible level of staffing. I don't know that the payoff is worth what it takes with this 38 page process.

The Toledo Blade has no IT staff. The Blade lacks a group of programmers, designers, database analysts.

User-B does not understand:

I'm still curious why you think this is an "incredible level of staffing". Can you quantify "incredible" a bit for those of us not in the publishing industry (perhaps there are workload levels I'm not recognizing being pretty much exclusively in the software world).

User-A replied:

38 page process to get something done. That's insanity. Most places the editors have pre-prepped art that you slap on. There's no time or staff for careful crafting.There's not even editors to look at writers pieces before they go up anymore in most cases. Writers do their own production! MAYBE, if you have a special project, you might have ONE meeting, if not two. No one has these kinds resources to have the staff to have these kinds of meeting and these kinds of processes, not even at the big guys. You'd have to be flush with staff to even allow your staff to have enough time to entertain something like this. And again, that's so much time to spend on something -- look at all these meetings, these discussions, and then look at those results. I don't see the payoff here.

The NY Times, WaPo, and maybe a few other national media orgs would have the resources. But the local daily newspapers lack the resources.

An NPR person responded. Excerpt:

It may be true that a lot of small outlets don't have the equivalent of News Apps, or the Interactives team at The Seattle Times (where I previously worked). But it's just not accurate to say that these kinds of teams and procedures don't exist, or that this is a pipe dream. My whole career, and that of my fellow data journalists, shows that's not the case.

Obviously, mileage varies. That person mentioned the La Times, NY Times, and the Seattle Times as example newspapers with decent-sized IT staffs. That NPR employee said:

... it's just not accurate to say that these kinds of teams and procedures don't exist ...

Yes, it is accurate to make those claims because it's true in Toledo, Ohio. That NPR person lives in a bubble.

Where's the detailed account of the IT resources that exist within the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, Akron-Canton Beacon Journal, Canton Repository, Times Leader (eastern Ohio daily), Cincinnati Enquirer, Toledo Blade, Findlay Courier, Zanesville Times Recorder, Marietta Times, Dayton Daily News, Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, and many more Ohio daily newspapers? Will the report be closer to what the NPR employee believes or what was mentioned by the User-A HN commenter? I'm guessing the latter.

I don't even know if all of those Ohio newspapers that I mentioned above still exist today. And even if they "exist" in the physical sense, are they ghost papers?

The NPR employee concluded the comment with:

In conclusion, subscribe to your local paper and/or NPR Member station!

I subscribe to both the Toledo Blade "newspaper" and our local public radio station WGTE.

The best way to support the Toledo Blade, however, is to subscribe to the other family businesses that subsidize the Blade: Buckeye Cable TV access and/or Buckeye internet access.

We subscribe to neither of those other Block family businesses. We have been cord-cutters for several years, severing full cable around 2008 and ending our bare minimum cable TV access through Buckeye in 2012 or 2013 because we started using Roku. We use a Roku-based TV, and we have had internet access through a local business called Toast.net for over 20 years.

I'm shocked that a media employee would make such bogus claim: "... it's just not accurate to say that these kinds of teams and procedures don't exist ..."

Okay, those resources exist at the big national media orgs and maybe large regional media orgs. But most of the media orgs in the U.S. are much smaller. Do the resources exist at these smaller orgs?


"Hillbillies Need No Elegy (bittersoutherner.com)"
https://bittersoutherner.com/hillbillies-need-no-elegy-appalachian-reckoning
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20340490


KKR has acquired Corel, reportedly for $1B (techcrunch.com)
https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/02/kkr-has-acquired-corel-including-its-recent-acquisition-parallels-reportedly-for-1b/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20341176

Around 2005 or so, I met a religious scholar who still organized all his research in WordPerfect for DOS. He maintained volumes of notes and papers, collected over a decade or two. He refused to upgrade to the "obviously inferior" GUI versions.

It was truly incredible to watch him navigate through his research. He moved like lightning through all that stuff! It was very much like watching an Emacs or Vim master. (At the time I thought: I should introduce this guy to Emacs and org-mode, he would feel right at home. But he had essentially built his own org-mode in WordPerfect already, so I doubt that he would have switched.)

Props to you, Bill, wherever you are -- I hope that the blue WP background is still shining on your face.

Maybe someday, I'll earn emacs, but I'm comfortable with vim, and I have been using Vi/Vim, since 1995.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect#Faithful_customers

Among the remaining avid users of WordPerfect are many law firms and government offices,[8] which favor WordPerfect features such as macros, reveal codes, and the ability to access a large range of formatting options such as left-right block indent directly with key combinations rather than having to click through several layers of submenus as Microsoft Word often requires. Fast typists appreciate the ability to keep their hands on the keyboard, rather than reaching for the mouse as often as would be required if they were using Microsoft Word.

That fast typist quote applies to me when it comes to the debate about using web-based WYSIWYG JavaScript editors vs HTML textarea boxes or simple non-WYSIWYG JavaScript editors where the formatting is done by typing markup commands in lightweight languages, such as Markdown or Textile. Obviously, I prefer the latter, since I'm much faster by typing simple formatting commands.

The WYSIWYG web-based editors require too much time with the mouse. It's absurd that to bold text that I have to take my hands off of the keyboard and use the mouse to highlight the text and then click a mouse button and/or choose the bold formatting option. I don't get the attraction.

I have always disliked word processors, such as MS-Word because things happen that I cannot explain, such as extra spacing that I don't want. I'm fastest at writing and formatting by using my own web-based CMS apps that let me type markup in HTML textarea boxes or by using my simple JavaScript gateway editor that I call Tanager that simply sends the markup to the server where it gets converted to HTML text.

"WordPerfect for DOS Updated"
http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/wpdos/

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin uses WordStar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_R.R.Martin

Martin actively contributes to his blog, Not a Blog; in April 2018 he moved his blog from Livejournal to his own website. He still does all his "writing on an old DOS machine running Wordstar 4.0".

2011 Martin post:

https://grrm.livejournal.com/197075.html

So here's the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word processing software (very old, but unsurpassed). I have my website, which someone else runs for me, and I have this LJ account, the blog that I vainly called my Not A Blog in hopes that might prevent me from blogging.

But that's it.

I am not on Facebook.

I am not on Twitter.

I will not be on the next new thing to come along, the one that makes Facebook and Twitter as obsolete as GEnie and CompuServe and The Source, those halcyon communities of yore.

Now some of you may think you've seen my page on Facebook. Others may swear they've read my tweets. Wrong and wrong. 'twas not me. Friends of mine who do these things inform me that there are several Facebook pages with my name on 'em. Some seem to be the work of well intentioned fans, and do nothing but copy my posts from here. Others are the work of trolls, established for purposes of abuse, since Ty keeps a lid of that kind of crap on LJ. A few are rank imposture, I hear, featuring nasty comments by assholes pretending to be me. The same sort of stuff is going on with Twitter, I'm told.

I have neither the time, the energy, or the inclination to get on any of these social media myself. There's WAY too much on my plate, and keeping up with the Not A Blog and my website are taxing enough. So here's what I've done. I've given my friend Elio... better known to the denizens of Westeros as Ran... permission to syndicate my posts and comments on both Facebook and Twitter.

https://slate.com/technology/2014/05/george-r-r-martin-writes-on-dos-based-wordstar-4-0-software-from-the-1980s.html

But then he did one better. He told Conan that he has two computers, one that’s up-to-date and has Internet access, and one that’s ancient and runs DOS. He uses the newer machine for browsing the Web and checking emails, but he turns to the older one when it’s time to write. And his late-’80s software of choice is the classic word processor WordStar 4.0.

4.0 was the second WordStar version to work on DOS, but was a rewrite of 3.0, which had been directly ported to DOS from CP/M. Martin says that to this day it fulfills his every writing need.

I actually like it. It does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help, you know? I hate some of these modern systems where you type a lowercase letter and it becomes a capital. I don’t want a capital. If I wanted a capital I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key!

BOOM!!! BINGO!!! This is why I like plain text writing environments. If I want to type in all lowercase, then I should not have to battle a system that wants to capitalize MY writing.

Minimalist word processors like WriteRoom and Byword are popular among writers and other users looking for a distraction-free writing window.

"Distraction-free" might be the most overused phrase or term this decade. Every damn editor native app and web-based writing tool mentions "distraction-free."

If I had to pick a native app for writing, I might choose IA Writer, but I don't think that a Linux version exists. Occasionally, I use the iOS version that I bought years ago for my old iPhone. And sometimes, I use the Android version that also works on ChromeOS, which powers my Chromebook.

https://ia.net/writer - Apple OSes, Android, and Windows. No Linux version.


Ask HN: What are some fun projects to try out on a spare Linux file server?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20344244


https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/youngstown-vindicator-closing-newspaper-trump-0hio-20190630.html

How the first U.S. city with no daily newspaper will help Trump in 2020

Hyperbolic, sensationalism, fear-mongering???

That scenario might sound like it’s ripped from 2019′s headlines, but this was Youngstown, Ohio, in the early 1920s.

The writer of that opinion tried to explain that a reason why local media is needed in 2019 is because of something good that the newspaper did in the ... 1920s. ???

How something a little more current? Did the newspaper save democracy in the early aught years of this century? What about this decade? About the 1980s or 1990s, going back one generation?

https://mobile.twitter.com/senrobportman/status/1144723579285716992?p=p

Gut-wrenching news to hear that the #Youngstown @Vindicator is closing its doors in August. Daily journalism keeps our communities and democracy strong. This is a huge loss to the #MahoningValley & #Ohio.

Blade employee Nolan replied:

https://mobile.twitter.com/NolanRosenkrans/status/1144724027082248192?p=p

It's time to talk about what you are going to do about it. You can help stop this.

Nolan's claim is disturbing to me. Why would we need the government to do anything and what does Nolan want the government to do? Does Nolan want taxpayer money to subsidize orgs like the Blade? Government involvement eliminates the the fourth estate and the separation that is suppose to exist between the media and government. With government help, newspapers could become propaganda shills for the government.

https://mobile.twitter.com/NolanRosenkrans/status/1144722717066891265?p=p

The death of the Vindicator needs to be a wake up call for all. Newspapers need to be taken away from publishers, or all communities will be left without local journalism.

Taken away from publishers, what does that mean? Who or what funds the operation?

https://mobile.twitter.com/ReporterBush/status/1144721439045627905

The closing comes at a time when newspapers across the country are struggling for their survival as news consumers increasingly turn to digital options for news and information.

Instagram. We learned this week that teens and early twenties people "get" a lot of their news from Instagram. ??? WTF ??? Talk about a dumbing down of society. It also indicates mental laziness, in my opinion.

Memes, single images are now news stories. No doubt, many media orgs are revamping their Instagram strategies.

Dec 2015 cjr.org article about Nolan and the Blade guild.

https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/toledo_blade_nolan_rosenkrans_newspaper_guild.php


Hah. The ugly American persona overseas.

Alex Morgan mocked the English team by pretending to drink tea in her goal celebration

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7209529/The-team-bunch-brash-taunting-prima-donnas-winners-walk-talk.html

PIERS MORGAN: The USA women's soccer team are a bunch of brash, cocky, taunting prima donnas - but these brilliant, ruthless winners also walk the talk, so I reluctantly raise my tea-drinking pinky finger and salute them

I don't know. The images make it appear that she is smoking a doobie.

USA captain Megan Rapinoe, who must surely be a candidate for most annoying woman in world sport, can frequently be seen making exaggerated celebrations on the pitch, top left, and also kneels for the anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Kneels in Europe?

They’re a ruthless and relentless winning machine; fast, powerful and highly skilled, and mentally so strong, resilient and determined.

No wonder they’ve won so many World Cups and Olympic Golds - they’re absolute killers.

And in sport, as in life, if you can deliver on all your self-hype then people will not just grudgingly respect you, many will love you for it.

As Donald Trump once told me with such prescience: ‘If you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk, or the act doesn’t play.’

Their glee and array of goal celebrations after smashing Thailand 13-0 this World Cup caused them to be labeled 'graceless' by many viewers

What's offensive to one person is hilarious to someone else. It's interesting that humor seems to be on decline in the U.S. because too many view humor as being offensive. But it's okay for Americans to be offensive in Europe toward other countries. Selective outrage.

'Wah, wah, wah. It's like, we're at the World Cup. What do you want us to do?' Megan Rapino slams England's sense of humor failure over teammate Alex Morgan's cup of tea goal celebration

It's like??? I thought that it was actually the World Cup. Either it's the World Cup or it's not. What happened?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7209209/England-fans-total-sense-humor-failure-Alex-Morgans-cup-tea-goal-celebration.html

Morgan came in for some criticism for the celebration, with England and A Lianne Sanderson describing it as 'distasteful'

Morgan disagreed, insisting the celebration was her way of responding to the U.S. team critics who have repeatedly accused them of being arrogant

If they win the final, they should visit Trump at the White House. They would fit right in with Trump's bombastic, "winning" personality.

Teammate Megan Rapinoe defended Morgan: 'Wah, wah, wah. It's like, we're at the World Cup. What do you want us to do? 'We work hard, we like to play hard'

Americans are not known for their tact and class in other parts of the world. Why should the woman's U.S. soccer team being any different? They back it up by winning TITLES. The men failed to qualify for the World Cup last time.


jeesh. paraphrasing George Orwell from his book Animal Farm : "we are all equal but some are more equal than others."

https://thinkprogress.org/appeals-court-rebukes-judge-new-jersey-sympathizing-with-boy-accused-rape-574a6a73bd4d/


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