Bits from May 1

I loved this Roy Wood Jr. joke from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

In France they’re rioting due to a move of the retirement age from 62 to 64. Rioting! In the US we have an 80-year old man begging for a chance to work four more years.

The French have their priorities right.

I sure like Biden’s record so far – he’s accomplished a lot. But I also worry that an 82+ year old’s health can go downhill fast – particularly in a high stress, high demand job like being POTUS. So the next election won’t really be Biden v Trump, it’ll be Harris v Trump. And while I’d take Harris every time over Trump, I’m not certain enough of the population will agree. It’s a risky bet.


Our weird Socal weather continues – cool and cloudy for the foreseeable future, and even some rain coming. Our olive trees are 2-3 weeks late in blooming due to the lack of warm weather. That’ll move the harvest date out into Thanksgiving or beyond.


I had a very strange dream last night about fishing and catching a weird hybrid animal and then letting it go free. Very vivid. After that, I woke up with memories of the worst time in my career, right at the end under a sociopath boss. It was a terrible time, and I had suppressed some of the memories that came flooding back. Wasn’t a good night’s sleep.


I’m *really* enjoying reading books by Cory Doctorow lately. I read his newest, Red Team Blues a couple of days ago. It’s about a 67-year old geek who works in the technology space (sounds familiar). Then yesterday I read Little Brother, an absolutely classic, timely, and entertaining tale of privacy, Constitutional rights and civil liberties. Today I’ve started Homeland, the follow-up to Little Brother. I’m not sure how I missed these in the past, but they really speak to me now. Good author, good books.


Peru is now the world’s largest exporter of blueberries. Who knew?

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