All posts by Jacob

On Being Part of the Problem

I’ve been in listening mode these last couple of weeks as Harvey Weinstein’s egregious abuse of what turns out to be dozens (hundreds?) of women has sparked a conflagration of righteous anger among many guys, and self-centered defensiveness, also among many – including some of the guys who are righteously angry. I wanted to take a minute to address that group – the righteously angry guys who are also putting a lot of energy into explaining why they’re not part of the problem.

I’m not going to try to speak for the women who’ve been victimized by this behavior (and by the entire structure of our society, which fosters and protects the perpetrators of this behavior). I’m just going to speak for myself, and state this as simply as I can. (Not very simply. Sorry.)

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Product recommendations

Hello. I have two product recommendations for you. I’m using Amazon affiliate links so please be aware that I stand to make just a crazy amount of money off of this, assuming someone clicks through and buys, like a jet. Anyway, here are two items that have made my life better.

  1. This “rug pad” is probably really great at keeping your rug in place. I don’t know. What I do know is that it is really great at keeping your dumb sofa cushions in place. I spent about 5 years marginally annoyed at having to shift my cushions back in place every single day. Now they just stay where they’re supposed to be.
  2. This “package opener” has a little box cutter blade that you can use to open all of your Amazon packages (like the one containing your new rug pad) and then quickly break them down so you don’t have piles of empty cardboard boxes lying around. Instead, you’ll have piles of empty cardboard boxes that you have broken down so they take up less space lying around. It’s better.

 

I Have a Problem | Bread Furst

A perfectly reasonable argument from Mark Furstenberg makes clear that there are some places where you can get coffee that are not suitable for long stays:

I do want a third space but one that is community and I’m not at all interested in a place where unassociated people sit with their computers in physical proximity that has nothing to do with relationships. In fact their computers and telephones isolate them in those spaces.  I see that and don’t think I am providing anything more than a chair and table and a cup.

Source: I Have a Problem | Bread Furst

Shaw/Logan Coffee, Quantified

I’ve been working from home for more than six months now, and that really means I’ve been spending a simply insane amount of time in coffee shops near my apartment. I’m a creature of habit, but I also enjoy variety, so I’ve gotten to know almost all of the bonkers number of coffee shops in the Shaw/Logan Circle area. In this post, I provide you with my top picks in a variety of categories, all leading up to my choice of the Best Damn Coffee Shop Near My Apartment. If you disagree with any of these choices, please leave me a comment describing what it’s like to be wrong.

Before I begin, an opening statement about the general quality of coffee in the area: it’s fantastic*. You really couldn’t go wrong with any of these places – which is part of why I happily flit between them depending on my mood, the weather, astrological conditions, etc. There’s never been a better time for people who like caffeinated beverages to hang out near Logan Circle. But, as in sports, politics, and religion, there can be only one winner, so let’s get started picking our champion.

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Schrödinger’s Shift Key [link]

Allen Pike:

In iOS 7.1, Apple changed the design of the shift key. This was the worst thing to happen in the history of software.

When the shift key is on, it blends in with the letter keys. When it’s off, it blends in with the function keys. Neither state sticks out enough to read as active, especially in a split second.

This would only be moderately annoying, except that iOS suddenly engages the shift key in certain circumstances. It’s usually convenient, but if you need to type apike is my username, I am from B.C. and live in Vancouver it’s crazy-making and requires good feedback about what’s happening.

It is astonishing that Apple shipped this in the first place. Absolutely boggles the mind that, a year later, they haven’t fixed it. And, for what it’s worth, the obvious solution – display the keys in upper caps when the Shift key is active, in lower caps when it’s not – is also the best solution.

In classic “fish or cut bait” scenario, “cut bait” wins

Let’s take a break (or at least a dislocation) from discussing the horrors of American football and make note of a positive development in world futbol: Fox made the right call and gave up the Gus Johnson experiment. As noted in these pages, Gus never really got the hang of soccer, and wasn’t improving at an encouraging pace. Better for Fox to make the change now than to stubbornly stick to its guns and screw up the 2018 World Cup more than FIFA already will.