The Circus Subsidy

Ancient Rome gave away bread. We give away television.

  • % of television-watching population which receives their television signal over-the-air, and will be affected by this cutover: 16.2
  • % of population which receives their signal from cable, and thus unaffected: 57
  • % of population which receives their signal from satellite, and thus unaffected: 23.8
  • % of population which doesn’t own a television, and really couldn’t care less: 3
  • Fraction of population wondering why he’s paying for a converter box for someone who doesn’t want to buy a new television: 1/305,108,936

First Impressions of Google Chrome: A List

  • Show search results from my history first, not from the web.
  • So, how do bookmarklets work now?
  • Default to restoring open tabs.
  • Where’s that “Open in [other browser]” menu item to work around broken web sites? Guess I’ll have to cut-and-paste.
  • Hey, at least the keyboard shortcuts are the same.
  • The way the on-page find feature works is neat.
  • I like the 404 page.
  • Memory usage is not reduced. I went from using 1.2 GB RAM under normal conditions to 1.8 GB.

A Reminder

In this political season, it’s helpful to remember that it’s all about popular.

… think of
Celebrated heads of state,
Or specially great communicators!
Did they have brains or knowledge?
Don’t make me laugh!

They were POPULAR!
It’s all about popular.
It’s not about aptitude,
It’s the way you’re viewed,
So it’s very shrewd to be,
Very very popular
like ME!

“Popular,” Wicked: The Musical