We all remember Mitch McConnell's blockade of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland 237 days before the 2016 election. The 2020 election has already started—with voting already underway in many states—and it would be a truly inexcusable act of hypocrisy and injustice for Trump and Senate Republicans to move any nomination forward.
Terry Tsai put the music from Blade Runner 2049 to drone footage shot over San Francisco yesterday when we all woke to orange apocalyptic skies. It is simultaneously awesome and spooky. A far better representation of the day than the snaps I was going to post.
My subconscious had honed in on the intensity of the campfire smell. It’s the only explanation I have for unconsciously closing the windows to my office amidst a phone call. I didn’t think one iota about the act for another three hours until early evening when I laced up my hiking boots.
Since my late teens the entirety of my income has come from managing the rights to my creative endeavors. Which is why I am absolutely opposed to pirating intelectual property. Software, music, movies, I pay for it all, and, when appropriate, I chastise my friends who use cracked software or acquire movies for free via BitTorrent. All that said, today Apple pushed me to commit an act of piracy.
Nineteen-ninety-one, my girlfriend Michelle and I were asked to house-sit her parent's place in a remote part of Morgan Hill, south of San Jose, California. One had to drive for two miles on a dirt road through a running creek to get to the house deep in the woods. It was magical. The place ran on generators and a massive array of batteries.
At a Sotheby’s auction in 2018, a painting entitled “Girl With Balloon” by the anonymous street artist Banksy sold for 1.4 million dollars. As soon as the gavel struck, the artist remotely activated a mechanism built into the frame that shredded half of the image. In that instant of vandalism, the artwork doubled in value.
Banksy intended to shred the entire piece, but the apparatus failed half way through its run. If he had succeeded in the total destruction of the painting, would it still have doubled in price? It’s impossible to say. The value of almost all things creative is based on perception.
Last night I dreamt about an asteroid the size of a football field careening on a collision course with our planet. Here on terra firma everyone around the world was glued to a screen watching Kayleigh McEnany say:
“When he [the president] says open, he means open in full, people being able get a blow dry and set, cut and color, even a mani-pedi. The science should not stand in the way of this.”