Jul 202016

I understand there is a norovirus outbreak. Write your own joke.

Melania Trump has been accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. And yes, whether the fault is her own, that of a speechwriter, or someone else, I believe she did. However, I consider the real tragedy here not that she did it, but that what she lifted was so banal. Why bother? Is it really so hard to babble some rot about children and dreams?

If your headline celebrity speaker is Chachi/Charles in Charge, maybe you’d better retool the evening. Even Mitt Romney managed Clint Eastwood—an unambiguous big star.

Every time I see Melania Trump’s photo flash by—on a news site, in my Facebook feed, or whatever—I think it’s Caitlin Jenner.

My level of attention really is at an all-time low, so perhaps the value of my assessment is rather more limited. But it seems to me that Democrats and other Hillary boosters are exercising no restraint whatsoever, spiking whatever balls they perceive are there to spike and just generally pointing and laughing. It would behoove them to remember that this election is historic because both candidates are disasters.

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Jul 062016

This is one of my favorite photographs. It’s a self-portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson aboard the International Space Station in 2010, two weeks before she came home.


Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who would have so totally been my girlfriend except that we grew up on opposite sides of the country and did completely different things, has an impressive resume. (Astronauts generally do.) What I like about this photo (besides the subject’s substantial comeliness) is that it shows her relaxed and reflective, with the greatest view any human being anywhere at that single moment had. But she didn’t get to have this moment without bleeding, sweating, and crying for it. This moment existed because she never gave up.

It costs a lot to take a photograph this cool.

 Posted by at 11:08 am
Jul 012016

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is unprecedented, particularly on the Republican side. It has held surprise after surprise, following a narrative no one came close to predicting. There is every reason to believe the Republican National Convention, to begin in 17 days as I type, will follow suit. It turns out that all of the […]

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Jun 302016

Upon viewing The Breakfast Club and realizing it was made 32 years ago about my generation, Nathan has allowed the possibility that I just might be telling the truth when I tell him I know how it feels to be a teenager. Back on Windows Phone. Windows 10 Mobile, the released version, is finally available […]

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Jun 292016

Sitcom and motor oil commercial cutie-pie Leah Remini is working on a series exploring some of Scientology’s less pleasant aspects (particularly its effects on families). You may recall that Remini was in the news a little while back when she wondered rather vocally what had become of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. […]

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