📺 Watched S2 E1-6 of The Closer with Keith Olbermann

The Closer with Keith Olbermann from GQ Videos
The Closer with Keith Olbermann - One of the most provocative voices in American politics is back! As GQ's Special Correspondent, Keith Olbermann turns his eye to the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election in “The Closer,” a series of political commentary and special interviews that's unlike anything else on the internet or on television.

This series is awesome! It’s almost as if Will McAvoy from the HBO series The News Room has come to life with even more vim and vigor! I see it as a far more serious version of The Daily Show with facts and reasoning that keep it relatively close to news while still working in the realm of punditry. I want to call it entertainment or even satire, but sadly the underlying facts are all too true.

In particular, it’s hilarious to see him subtly referencing Trump as “Donald John Trump”, a verbal trope that’s often used in the news to directly identify serial and other murderers, social deviants, and psychopathic sociopaths: John Wayne Gacy, Jared Lee Loughner, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, John Wilkes Booth, Paul John Knowles, Mark David Chapman, and Gary Leon Ridgway.

I also find it fascinating that there’s now finally someone who can rail against the right as well as any of the loud pundits on the right who’ve been lambasting the left for the past 20 years.

Syndicated copies to:

Emily Riehl’s new category theory book has some good company

Emily Riehl's new category theory book has some good company. It's a beautiful book by the way
Emily Riehl’s new category theory book has some good company. It’s a beautiful book by the way.

Instagram filter used: Clarendon

Photo taken at: UCLA Bookstore

I just saw Emily Riehl‘s new book Category Theory in Context on the shelves for the first time. It’s a lovely little volume beautifully made and wonderfully typeset. While she does host a free downloadable copy on her website, the book and the typesetting is just so pretty, I don’t know how one wouldn’t purchase the physical version.

I’ll also point out that this is one of the very first in Dover’s new series Aurora: Dover Modern Math Originals. Dover has one of the greatest reprint collections of math texts out there, I wish them the best in publishing new works with the same quality and great prices as they always have! We need more publishers like this.

Syndicated copies to:

The first quarter of Complex Analysis is slowly drawing to a close

The first quarter of Complex Analysis is elderly drawing to a close.

Instagram filter used: Normal

Photo taken at: UCLA Math Sciences Building

There’s still plenty of time to join us for the second installment in January!

Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists”

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists by Akhil Reed Amar (TIME.com)
The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery
Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “An important announcement for all Readability API users”

An important announcement for all Readability API users (Medium)
This is a message to all Readability API key-holders. Here’s what’s happening:
Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “The Readability bookmarking service will shut down on September 30, 2016.”

The Readability bookmarking service will shut down on September 30, 2016 (Medium)
After more than five years of operation, the Readability article bookmarking/read-it-later service will be shutting down after September 30…

I really wish I’d heard about this before September! And certainly before today… I know I used it fairly frequently in the early days of the service. I do remember that they did have a some nice functionality for sending articles to the Amazon Kindle too. Not sure how much data I may have lost in this particular shutdown, but I do wish I’d had a chance to back it up.

I am glad that bookmarks are one of the post types that I’m now saving by posting on my own site first though. For more of my thoughts on these post types, take a look at:

Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “Donald Trump’s Lies About the Popular Vote”

Donald Trump’s Lies About the Popular Vote (NYTimes.com)(17 hours 2 minutes 32 seconds)
The president-elect seems to feel threatened that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton.
Syndicated copies to:

📖 57.0% done with Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

📖 57.0% done with Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

We’re starting to go somewhere, but I can sadly already almost predict the ending. In particular, there was a ham-handed mention of a car that gave the whole thing away for me.

Of all of the Fletch books, so far this one seems to be the biggest influencer for the creation of portions of the movie Fletch Lives, which was otherwise made out of whole cloth based on the character.

“I suspect it’s not every man’s dream to discover his son is a cop-killing, escaped convict, racist, hate-group organizer.”

Highlight (yellow) Location 2276-2277
This revealing quote could have been its own stand-alone teaser text.

Added on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:46:53 AM

Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “York Boulevard restaurant changes name and menu only months after opening”

York Boulevard restaurant changes name and menu only months after opening by The Eastsider (theeastsiderla.com)
HIGHLAND PARK — Recess Eatery, the large and ambitious restaurant that opened in January after lengthy delays, has undergone an abrupt transformation. Recess and its Mediterranean-inspired menu have been replaced by 51 Tavern, “a cross between a neighborhood tavern and a small town restaurant,” according to the restaurant website. One diner who tried the 51 ...
Syndicated copies to:

Chris Aldrich is reading “10 Great Last.fm Apps, Hacks and Mashups”

10 great Last.fm apps, hacks and mashups (The Next Web)(2011 years 5 months 14 days)
A look at some of the best apps, hacks and mashups available for music streaming and scrobbling service Last.fm.

Curious about alternatives Last.fm’s broken RSS feeds and what people are doing with their listening data. Some relatively interesting ideas in here, but nothing earth shattering. One or two were focused on visualization, but otherwise nothing I felt I could use.

Syndicated copies to: