Like many of you, I was enthralled by #TheStory. Unfolding over the course of 148 tweets, this was a batshit crazy first-person account of an epic saga between a black woman dancer named "Zola" (our fearless narrator) and a skinny white girl Hooters customer named Jessica who invites her on a road trip to work a club in Florida. There are a multitude of morals that emerge during this story, but the first one might be the most important: "Don't get into a car with strangers". Insanity ensues. According to this Rolling Stone article, some of the original story, like Jarret's suicide attempt, were embellished, but many of the key elements – a brutal pimp, a tormented boyfriend, gaslighting, kidnapping, sex trafficking – remain tragic, wild, and true. And has now been adapted into a new film, written and directed by Janicza Bravo.
After posting conspiratorial nonsense about Covid vaccines late Monday, Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene vanished from Twitter along with the tweets in question. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that she'd received a 12-hour suspension from the service and was obliged to take down the misinfo. The Georgia Republican has tried to make a name for herself… READ THE REST
Nick Fuentes, the far-right commentator who attended the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, compared the Holocaust to a cookie-baking operation and suggested killing state legislators, was finally banned from Twitter today. Given that there was nothing in the rulebook he hadn't broken before, it wasn't clear what finally forced Twitter's hand and the company declined… READ THE REST
I usually don't spend more than 5 minutes a day on Twitter, unless something especially crazy is going on (like the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021), but I found Caitlin Flanagan's essay for The Atlantic, "You Really Need to Quit Twitter" worth reading. I'm almost 60, and in these… READ THE REST
Say what you will about career certifications, but there's one inescapable truth about gathering confirmation around your skill sets. It's a lot better to have certifications and not need them than to need certifications and not have them. Even if you aren't actively chasing an entry-level IT job or looking to get promoted, the knowledge… READ THE REST
Have you ever wondered about the TVs you see in hotel rooms and commercial businesses? If you inspected one of those sets, you might've even tried to connect an external device or access the TV's control settings, only to discover it wasn't quite as simple as you'd expected. That's because businesses know that the public… READ THE REST
Catching up on podcasts or audiobooks is the perfect way to fill the time and power you forward on a long run or an even longer bike ride. As you push your body, you can zone out the discomfort with the distraction of fun, stimulating conversation, or burying yourself in a gripping story. While headphones… READ THE REST