this week i

parsed medicare premium and cost sharing differences across state lines

drove to the easternmost border of maryland and virginia, home to rod stewart-hairstyled horses.  notice the watch, only worn when pizza time

read shoshana zuboff's essay on surveillance capitalism

 surveillance capitalism audaciously lays claim to private experience for translation into fungible commodities that are rapidly swept up into the exhilarating life of the market

amazon acquires comprehensive data on people's actual living habits, which it learns how to fabricate into behavioral predictions for sale in behavioral futures markets for real-world services, such as house cleaning, plumbing, or restaurant delivery.  amazon thus reproduces in the real world the same logic that google perfected in the virtual world, where it learned to mine behavioral surplus from online search for predictions of click-through rates sold into behavioral futures markets for online ad targeting.  already forward-looking amazon patents include the development of a "voice-sniffer algorithm"

emotional contagion

the past offers no adequate compass

in the united states, many people call the emergency services number, 911, on those rare occasions when facebook is down


moved twenty year old fridge back from garage.  matthew confused current population survey interrelationship variables: we're a household, bitch




read the war of the worlds 1938 entry

its subsequent notoriety secured the 23-year-old welles's fame as a dramatist

to create the role of reporter carl phillips, actor frank readick went to the record library and played the recording of herbert morrison's dramatic radio report of the hindenburg disaster over and over

with infinite complacence, people went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small spinning fragment of solar driftwood which by chance or design man has inherited out of the dark mystery of time and space

janet jackson's 2004 'wardrobe malfunction' remains far more significant in the history of broadcast regulation than orson welles' trickery


read the oyster wars of the chesapeake bay by john wennersten

 the oyster empire on the tangier sound

by jesus, she's fixin' to ram us

a brass oyster measure to see if oysters were of legal size, a pair of battered binoculars, and a coffee-stained copy of the oyster laws of maryland.  outside on the bow of the boat the machine gun