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Faith lost in allowing diagnostic information to be sent when Google Home says "I'll try my best", and then screams -- after you tell it to stop streaming. I mean, how many bajillions of times must the "No! I said stop streaming!" follow after as a correction, show up in said logs before someone at Google notices and thinks "Hm, maybe we should delete that joke pattern."
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I Don't See How This is Any Solution


As a "solution" this makes zero sense.  Yes, it's great that all these people have been given the right to work.  But - it's for them to live and work in New York City.  So how is anything solved?  Even at the good end of the wage scale for a migrant worker they aren't going to be able to afford a rent, food, and transportation. 

Image of bad guy on porch.

This problem isn't solved for average Americans let alone immigrants.  Affordable living and rent among hard workers punching a clock every single day is a longstanding crisis in its own right.   

I'm afraid that the only winners here are going to be those who trade in black market rentals in potential fire tombs who will be the ones to get their hands on any cash these people earn.  I don't understand the open fictionalization of success here and the pressure to celebrate it.

  By Dave for Personal Blog.

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Gypsy Parlor


I've been trying to eat out on Sundays as a matter of weekly treat. We've been hitting all the neighborhood restaurants, gradually expanding the circle each week. This week we chowed at the Gypsy Parlor which on top of just having great cuisine looks (to me at least) like a great drinking joint. I def got a pin on it.

  By Dave for Personal Blog.


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The Blogging Struggle Is Real


Omigawwwwd.  I have been bored and lethargic lately.  I think there have been things to write about but I've been too deflated to bring them up. 

This week I chanced to open up my blog's main page and found that the dead man switch kicked in with the dreaded Posting Lull page, which mean that I've been uninspired to post here for like 2 weeks at least.

I've really got to lower the content squelch to pick up and feel motivated to write about stuff, because it isn't like there isn't anything going on.  It's just all so seemingly trivial that in the "formula of posting", the result value isn't big enough to actually do it.

And part of the problem, and you know I'm going to keep harping on this, is that those commercial social media platforms keep diffusing the impulse.  Why open my blog and make a post when a short quip that guarantees visibility (or at least more of it) to X or Threads, satiates the impulse - right from my phone, right from the palm of my hand, at any time.  

This is the challenge though, right?  I keep this blog to prove the value and relevance of the craft, and, outside the commercial sphere at that.  So I'm not giving up.  If I'm not blogging well it means I'm not doing well enough as a writer, a journalist, a thought leader, a thought bleeder -- whatever label you want to put on it.

So!  Here is what am doing right now:


  By Dave for Personal Blog.


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Understanding the Actual Forces


I've been consuming a lot of content in the background related to the demise of the "old web."  Some of the content I'm coming across reasons in a way that makes sense to me while some of the analysis just doesn't hit the mark.  

I'm going to begin presenting some of this compiled content, but before I do, I want to simplify the reasons as I see them.  Any commentary I add to my finds will be judged in quality with respect to these.

Here they are:

The Original Web Depended on Desktop Computers

The primary consumption instrument for the web, among pedestrian users, changed.  People stopped using personal computers to interface the web and relied on their smartphones instead.  Since the "profit web" demands active foot (click) traffic, so went development.  The "desktop" web became a secondary presentation and was often left miserable looking in efforts to maintain "responsive design" principles.  Any component of a website that aligned with the spirit of curiosity-driven click navigation was presumed "bad design".

Social Media Platforms

Concurrently, social media platforms emerged, eliminating the technical friction involved with online expression.  A post that took a click to make was easier than one that took a website to erect and maintain.  Social media platforms also offered instant referable engagement to a critical mass audience, even for low quality expressions.  Websites, even in the pre social media era, were shots in the dark for engagement.  To illustrate, consider that a book sits idle on a library shelf for decades -- its author never knows who reads it.  Meanwhile, a writer can dump a bucket of pamphlets from a high window and watch people take (or not take) them for reading.  For the publishing masses, the latter is far more gratifying.

Google Monetized the Discovery Process

Major search engines slowly influenced the complete cycle from publishing to consumption by giving discoverability bias to for-profit enterprise publishers.   A poor writer's cure for cancer was made to compete against a rich man's snake oil when it came to connecting consumers with information.  Money now controls the ease by which information makes it to the searcher.  Smaller publishing efforts established over and around the profit drive are less compelled, if capable even, to participate.

Late Stage Capitalism

Our corporatocracy forever struggles to refine the human spirit of curiosity and intellectual culture.  It needs to draw out the component of human intellectualism and mentality that keeps business and commerce the defining ruling force in all matters, and, it needs to keep people consuming and "dumb."  Keeping people from using the same conduits they might use to marvel over and multiply the franchise of the Kardashians, to also connect with alternate economic or human and social development theories, fuels a deep bias towards all digital enterprise philosophies that perfect this refinement.  Targeting conduits of wildcard exposure and discoverability that an open web encourages means that big tech companies that can "read the will of its rulers" limit the full power of their own offerings, effectively doing so.  As a result they are rewarded by being allowed to stay large and in control.  By relatable contrast, in more open totalitarian states like China, certain behaviors tied to loss of population control are simply countered by forms of direct oppression.  What all of this means is that displacing the uncontrolled wild west web with a big tech one is an imperative matter of order.

  By Dave for Personal Blog.


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