👓 Exclusive: Florida Public School Teacher Has A White Nationalist Podcast | Huffington Post

Read Exclusive: Florida Public School Teacher Has A White Nationalist Podcast by Christopher Mathias, Jenna Amatulli, and Rebecca Klein (HuffPost)
Dayanna Volitich suggests Muslims be eradicated from the earth, believes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories ... and teaches middle school social studies.

We need a whole lot more reporting like this to get people out of the dark corners of society.

👓 ‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages | Washington Post

Read ‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages by Philip Rucker (Washington Post)
The president has fumed about news coverage of scandals and remains furious with his attorney general, while friends worry that he is becoming too isolated.

 

👓 ‘Miss Minnie,’ one of Johns Hopkins University’s longest-serving employees, dies at 96 | JHU Hub

Read 'Miss Minnie,' one of Johns Hopkins University's longest-serving employees, dies at 96 (The Hub)
She came to Hopkins as a cafeteria worker in 1946, retired as assistant to the president in 2007

👓 Amazon flaw costs Apple accessory maker nearly $100k as counterfeiter takes over legitimate listing | 9to5Mac

Read Amazon flaw costs Apple accessory maker nearly $100k as counterfeiter takes over legitimate listing by Chance Miller (9to5Mac)
Amazon has come under fire in the past for its lackluster approach to handling counterfeit products. Now, the online retailer is facing a broader problem, with counterfeiters going as far as to take over a company’s legitimate product listing… BuzzFeed News highlights the problem in a report, explaining how a counterfeit maker of the popular from Elevation Labs overtook the company’s own Amazon listing.

 

📖 Murilla Gorilla and the Lost Parasol by Jennifer Lloyd

Read Murilla Gorilla and the Lost Parasol by Jennifer Lloyd (Simply Read Books)
A rainstorm has passed through Mango Market. Parrot is upset by a missing parasol at his parasol stand. It is up to Murilla, the disorganized, messy and seemingly hopeless detective to solve the case. Can she do it? Of course she wants to help her friend, but first Murilla needs to find her magnifying glass.

The world Murilla lives in its pretty consistent. We see a lot of characters and things we saw in the first book. Messy Murilla looks for a mop in her stove with with reasonable comic effect.

Here there are no footprints on the ground and it’s a good clue about what happened to the missing parasol.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

📖 The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Read The Thank You Book by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

They’re were some interesting misdirections here with a few cute reveals. Only the sharpest reader will anticipate the last one.

How are there already 25 of these books?! It was nice to have some crossover with Willems’ other books.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

👓 Coming Soon: Reclaim Video | bavatuesdays

Read Coming Soon: Reclaim Video by Jim Groom (bavatuesdays)
The idea of running a video rental store has been bouncing around at Reclaim Hosting for over a year now. When we started renovating the CoWork space/Reclaim Headquarters over a year ago we realized we would soon have a vacant strip mall storefront at our disposal. I started floating the idea of a video rental store to Tim, but given he was knee-deep in actually designing and building CoWork with Lauren, those discussions were postponed. At this point it was not clear how it related to anything else we already do, namely run Reclaim Hosting and CoWork—it was just a fun idea.

This is an awesome sounding idea. I’d love to hear more about it. I know that folks like Kevin Smokler and David Dylan Thomas are going to flip over it.

Despite the fact that it seems like a lot of fun, I’m curious how they’re going to make sure it doesn’t bring down the bottom line and put anything else in jeopardy. I certainly get the fun part, but the minimal break even portion doesn’t sound like it’s quite there to me.

The tough part of the physical media game is that these are magnetic tapes. While many of my 90’s VHS tapes are relatively fine, my VHS from the early 80’s are in worse shape. Tougher is having machines to play these successfully on. This post reminds me a lot of the difficulties I’ve heard from UCLA Film & Television archivists doing work on tapes themselves.

👓 We Want Your VHS! | bavatuesdays

Read We Want Your VHS! by Jim Groom (bavatuesdays)
If you have some old VHS hanging around the house, yet have gotten rid of your VCR long ago—it might be high time to let Reclaim Video take them off your hands. Rather than letting them sit around collecting dust...

Interesting…

👓 Trump spends 100th day at golf club as president | CNN

Read Trump spends 100th day at golf club as president by Dan Merica (CNN)
President Donald Trump reached a presidential milestone at his Palm Beach County, Florida, golf club on Saturday: One hundred days in office at a golf club that bears his name.

👓 Trump was angry and ‘unglued’ when he started a trade war, officials say | NBC News

Read Trump was angry and 'unglued' when he started a trade war, officials say by Stephanie Ruhle and Peter Alexander (NBC News)
Frustration on several fronts aided the president's tariff decision

A bit of a click-bait headline, but the general coverage of the lack of planning around this is astoundingly inept. Stories like this shouldn’t exist in the opening days of an administration much less a year in. His one primary campaign platform was that he was such a great leader and it seems to be his worst possible attribute.

👓 ‘I Live Paycheck to Paycheck’: A West Virginia Teacher Explains Why She’s on Strike | New York Times

Read ‘I Live Paycheck to Paycheck’: A West Virginia Teacher Explains Why She’s on Strike by Jess Bidgood (New York Times)
We spoke to Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher, about why teachers are not returning to the classroom, despite a deal that offered them a 5 percent raise.

This is just painful to hear. We really need to double teachers’ salaries and create some competition in the market to improve schools. We really can’t afford any more uneducated people in this country.

📖 Read Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd

Read Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd (Simply Read Books)
Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee’s muffins were stolen. But who did it? It’s up to Murilla to find out... as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective—disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack—but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.

Simple but entertaining. Great illustrations with a lovely pallette. I’d read others in the series.
It’s a pseudo chapter book with incredibly short chapters for kids on the border of moving from short story books to chapter books.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

👓 The Academy Awards Scandal That First Got PwC Its Job Counting Oscars Votes | Time

Read The Academy Awards Scandal That First Got PwC Its Job Counting Oscars Votes by Olivia B. Waxman (Time)
Years before PricewaterhouseCoopers caused a scandal for mixing up Oscars envelopes, another controversy got the firm that gig.

 

👓 Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director | New York Times

Read Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director by Maggie Haberman (New York Times)
Ms. Hicks, who had been considering a departure for several months, did not indicate what her next job would be, but she said that she plans to leave the White House in the next few weeks.

Clickbait headline: No more Hope in the White House

Great article here with some reasonable background and history.