Donald Trump is being sworn in as president today. Some people are happy. Some people are not. Some people are just confused. I think Trump himself has realized that Presidents don't just appear on TV and lie about stuff, like oh... there never having been a concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial:
Later, he laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery and attended his Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert, saying that one had never been held there before even though many similar events have taken place in front of the iconic seated statue of the 16th president.
In fact, you have to govern! And that means figuring out who is going to do what. I can't imagine the amount of work that goes into a Presidential Transition, and it seems neither can Mr. Trump:
Since his election on Nov. 8, Mr. Trump has had little interest in the minutiae of his transition, saying it was “bad karma” to get too involved, according to a person who spoke with him at the time. At one point, he wanted to halt the planning altogether, out of superstition, the person said.
His lack of understanding of the task at hand, and his clear lack of intellectual curiosity are the things that really worry me about a Trump presidency. I feel like he'll be governing from his seat of his pants and that's no good.
I will say, however, that while I disagree with the VAST majority of Trump's goals... I do like a few of his promises (which he won't do). I'm all for spending money to:
- Modernize our nuclear arsenal - To make it safer, and with an eye towards reduction (though I think Trumps wants more nukes). I watched Command and Control the other day on PBS and it scared the pants off me. At least I'll rest easy with Rick Perry at the helm of the Department of Energy. Oh, wait, I won't. Sigh.
- Infrastructure - We need to spend a lot of money to fix/replace bridges, highways, and roads across America (in both rural and urban places). And that'll even get people to work!
That's about all I agree with, though I wouldn't mind a better version of the ACA... I'm not sure the Republicans will deliver on that.
The new building features open floor plans and few traditional offices. While some of Apple’s senior vice presidents are expected to see their offices move over to the new campus -- less than a five minute drive from the current headquarters -- management must be at a vice president level or above to get a formal office, one of the people said. Previous plans included office space for senior directors, who report to vice presidents.
Man, open offices suck. And this comes from someone who works in an open office at the moment. It is difficult to concentrate, I feel like I have to leave to have any phone conversations (work or personal!), and cubicles just feel like pens for people.
Not a fan.
During my time at Comcast I had an office, and it was wonderful. I miss few things about working at Comcast, but that office tops the list.
What? You want to see the whole list? OK:
- My office.
- The 3 minute walk to work.
- Free cable.
- The vanilla cupcakes at Ralph's (the cafeteria).
I'm sure they will think it is bunk because it is from the New York Times, but it is really shocking. How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions:
‘Trump crawled his way to the top on the back of little guys, one of them being my father,’ said Ms. Rosser, who runs Triad today. ‘He had no regard for thousands of men and women who worked on those projects. He says he’ll make America great again, but his past shows the complete opposite of that.’
I took the quiz at ISideWith.com and found out that Hillary is for me (which I knew already). I am mostly surprised that I agree with Trump on 9% of the issues. Seems high.
I used to consider myself a Republican, though really a Rockefeller Republican which is now being a Democrat.
Why did I even consider myself a Republican? Well, I'm fiscally conservative (generally I don't think anyone should spend more than they have, and that State and Local folks probably have a better understanding of where the funds should go) and socially liberal (I don't think the government has any business telling people what to do with their bodies, who they should marry, and other things along those lines).
I have no idea who Jill Stein is, but it would seem I agree with her a lot too. And I'm not surprised to find that I agree with about a third of Gary Johnson's views. Libertarian platforms always seem like ALMOST a good idea to me, but then you get to the point where they want to abolish the Department of Education and they lose me.
Anyway, the big thing to remember is this: Donald Trump should not be president.
For some reason this tweet of mine from 8 years ago is making the rounds of a few folks on Twitter:
seriously doubts there will be an Apple phone.— Scott McNulty (@blankbaby) January 7, 2007
I was totally wrong, and oddly enough I tweeted that out shortly before I left Philly for the Macworld during which Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone:
has just settled into his hotel room for Macworld (I'm at the Downtown Marriott).— Scott McNulty (@blankbaby) January 8, 2007
And I was wrong again about the iPhone:
thinks the iPhone is very cool.. but is not sure if he will buy one.— Scott McNulty (@blankbaby) January 10, 2007
Ok, technically I've bought way more than one iPhone since then so I suppose it is correct.
Also, anyone else remember when you would tweet in the form of the answer to the question, "What are you doing?"
So much gray hair. So much handsomeness.
The Internet is an odd thing. Case in point, the above picture.
My Internet pal, and yours, Grant Robertson tweeted to me:
I was not! It seems Reddit user KodyRite came across my picture somewhere on the Internet (it happens), and decided my face could launch a meme called "Downer Dave." The idea being: I congratulate someone on some good news, and then add some sad little sentence at the end.
I was amused (still am, really) and so I tweeted about it and went to bed.
The logical next step happened: Redditors in the comments section assumed this was a sad cry for attention from the person pictured (i.e. me) who must have submitted his own photo to create a meme featuring himself.
There are a couple of problems with this line of thinking:
- I am not KodyRite (as of a little while ago I am blankbaby on Reddit).
- Even if I were a frequent Redditor I would never submit a picture of myself to the site. Why? Because I'm a fat geek with a beard, the perfect target for untold numbers of insults from Redditors.
Today I went out to meet a friend and came home to find this in my Inbox:
It seems the first post spawned another post on Reddit in the cringpics titled, "Guy on r/adviceanimals tries to turn himself into a meme called Downer Dave" featuring this picture:
The comments, as one might expect, aren't too kind to the chubby bearded fellow claiming to have had sex with some fictional lady. That being said most people seem to be more upset by the text alignment issues in the picture, which is pretty awful. Had I created this picture I can assure you that the text would have been properly aligned, and the joke would have been funnier.
My reaction to all this? Amused befuddlement. I did create a Reddit account so I could comment and say, "Nope, I didn't post this," knowing full well that it doesn't really matter if the story is true. To channel Steven Colbert: it feels true, and that's good enough.
Also, I look pretty good in that picture, don't ya think?
The spaceship hit the atmosphere with a clang.
"That's odd," said First Mate Bishop, "ships don't usually clang at this high a velocity."
He glanced at the readouts on his glowing control pod and frowned. Something was wrong, and though he didn't know what that thing was it was a big important thing, and it wasn't good. Not good at all.
"Captain, something's wrong."
Capt. Drake Belleweather looked at his First Mate with a mix of annoyance and calm. Belleweather was almost always annoyingly calm, which mostly accounts for his rise through the ranks of the Imperium. It certainly wasn't because he knew what he was doing; mostly he just winged it.
"Yes, I heard the clang. Most unusual that clang. I don't recall ever hearing a clang like that before. Get me engineering. They know about clangs and things, one imagines."
Engineering, which on the I.S. Confident consisted of one human, Lt. Carothers, and one robot, General Robotics Engineer Mark V, was well versed in any number of spacefaring related noises. Bangs, wizzles, zaps, sproongs, whispers of air escaping a once airtight space were noise in their repertoire. Clangs not so much.
When the whistle denoting an incoming message from the captain sounded Engineering knew what to do. Carothers answered the call.
"Carothers, tell me what the hell that clang was. We're rapidly approaching the planet surface."
"Ahh, yes, Capt. You heard that too? I thought it might have been Ned's servos grinding again."
"Who the hell is Ned?"
I've always wanted to live either in a lighthouse or a former missile silo. Scouting NY (one of my favorite blogs) checks out a missile silo home.
Neat, huh? I think so, though it is probably for the best if I don't spend too much time thinking about why living in such remote/extreme locations appeal to me (but I would totally turn the missile silo into a huge library. How awesome would that be?).
As I continue to lose weight, I think back to where I was 5 years ago and remember that I'm about 100 pounds lighter than that Scott was.
Losing another 50 pounds doesn't seem too bad (though it won't be easy!).
A little while ago I asked folks to head on over to a wacky Web site and describe me in three words. Furthermore, I promised to post the results and here they are:
- anti-fruit & vegetable, moderate, and sharp
- aloof, witty, and introverted
- funny, interesting, and scottalicious
- clever, savvy, and erudite
- friendly, house-trained, and well-groomed
- zany, tall, and caring
- witty, dapper, and techie
- Gay, Large, and Stupid (I don't think this person is a Scott McNulty fan, but I could be wrong.)
- fluffy, puff, and marshmallows
- witty, smart, and conservative
- funny, smart, and brutal
- Unique, Hawaitastic, and prescient
- literate, mancandy, and blankbaby
- insightful, merry, and kind
- Philly, Food, and Writing
- smart, funny, and logical
- Savvy, Whimsical, and Gentle giant
- clever, friendly, and e-reader-addicted
- kindle, nook, and another kindle (This one is probably my favorite.)
- Knowledgeable, Enigmatic, and Shy
And that makes the top three words: smart, funny, witty. I'm blushing here!
At the start of this month I told Marisa that I wasn't going to buy anything that we didn't need.
I'm lucky enough to have a little bit of disposable income, and I enjoy being able to buy whatever bauble might catch my fancy at any given time (within reason). This isn't a problem, but as I looked around the apartment I realized I didn't really need any more stuff.
My resolve didn't last long, though. As you know I bought a fancy vacuum (which really sucks... get it?), but I thought that would be it!
Fast forward to today and I made a couple more purchases. To the right you can see the new graphics card for my Mac Pro I purchased today. I know what you're thinking, "Scott, why do you need a new graphics card?" So I can power this fancy new monitor
I also bought today:
Clearly, I have a problem.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: An Objective Look at My Seven Graduate School Rejections Compared to Other Historic Rejections.
Here's a fun Scott fact: I very nearly enrolled in an MA program after graduating from college (the Creative Writing MFA program at Emerson to be exact).
Why Emerson? I applied to a number of programs, but I was rejected by all of them... save Emerson. That made the choice easier, though in the end I decided to skip the MFA all together (I do often wonder what my life would be like if I had gone ahead and enrolled in that program... I would probably be living in Boston, and I definitely wouldn't be writing this blog post!
It is for this reason that I draw your attention to McSweeney's Internet Tendency: An Objective Look at My Seven Graduate School Rejections Compared to Other Historic Rejections. Been there, done that.
One of my favorite blogs, A House By The Park, recently posted about their process for buying appliances.
Their secret to success? Buying from a local appliance store, which matched online prices quoted over the phone. You might recall that's how Marisa and I got our fridge (creepily exactly two years to the day today!).
Buy local, jerks!
Mac fans are nothing if not obsessive (much like the company they love), and so I've been reading Apple press releases for years.
For as long as I can remember they have all included a boiler plate paragraph at the end that starts with, "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh." The sentences after that vary from release to release but they always started with that sentence. Take, for example, the press release announcing the iPhone 4. Here's the boiler plate:
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
I noticed today, while reading the press release about the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, that Apple has nixed the computer revolution. Here's the new closer:
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
The first press release to use this boiler plate trumpeted iPhone 4 sales in late June.
Since I work in corporate communications, I know changes like these are never done lightly. It is interesting that the revolution has shifted from the computer to the mobile space, even within Apple's PR boiler plate, no?
This Facebook friend request came in last night. Clearly someone thinks I'm a teenage girl.
Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL watermelon!