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I kept reading this article, thinking about how none of the apps seemed useful or interesting to me, and suddenly there was one of my most-used and favorite apps, right there: @overcastfm!

Imagine if governments made life better for people, instead of harder.

For the last year I've been saying that the truly unique feature of the economy since Biden was elected is that we are creating jobs faster than workers. So you can imagine how pleased I was to see this chart in the Fed's March Monetary Policy Report proving the point with data.

I definitely added a description to this photo, so I’m not sure where it went. The photo is of a partially-assembled brightly-colored jigsaw puzzle on a white tabletop

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In case anybody was worried after I posted on Wednesday about trying to assemble a brightly-colored jigsaw puzzle on a brightly-colored tablecloth, we did remove the tablecloth later that evening.

🤡Oh we're uploading charts about why teens are unhappy? And saying it's "the phones" or "the apps?"

Well, let me upload my charts!

Showing that:
* Black kids are online *much more* than white kids.
* Black kids have seen *much less* increase in depression since 2011.


I know, Black History Month is the most behind us now of the three times I’ve said so. That said, I posted a lot of YouTube playlist links last month, and it’s possible someone missed one. So here they are again, all together now:

Black History, by One Mic History
Unsung Black Heroes, from Quentin R. Jiles
Black History Music Playlist
Moments in Black History, from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Black History for White People
Black History Audiobooks
Crash Course: Black American History, with Clint Smith
Celebrating Black History Month At The Tiny Desk
Black History Matters, from the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum
Hidden Figures: Black History, from TED-Ed
Black History in Two Minutes or so
Black American History, by Extra Credits
Black History, from Untold History
The African Lofi Project
Celebrate Black History Month with Sesame Street
Black History Month, from Biography
Black History Year, by PushBlack
Eyes on the Prize, from PBS

That ought to keep anyone busy and entertained both.

I know, Black History Month is even more behind us now than it was a few minutes ago. Still, I recommended a bunch of people to follow, and I’m not sure whether every post got the same amount of attention. Tomorrow is Friday as I type this, but my company is giving workers Friday and Month off as a “Wellness Weekend,” so today feels like Friday to me.

Here, then, is the complete list of recommended follows, each and every one of which will make your home timeline better (shuffled from the order in which I originally posted them):

@airadam Air Adam
@majorlinux Marcus Summers
@kyra_davis Kyra Davis
@BigAngBlack Ang Black
@DHS Darker Hue Studios
@carnage4life Dare Obasanjo
@KFuentesGeorge Prof Kemi FG
@liberate The Way of Accountability
@popcornreel Omar Moore
@daryl Daryl G. Wright
@Adam_Cadmon1 Adam F. Lawton
@midnightcommander midnightcommander
@victoriomilian Victorio Milian
@Atmvn Atman
@Shells Michele
@AshBeardguy Ashton
@JMadFour Jay Madison
@Deglassco D. Elisabeth Glassco
@dtgeek Anthony Dean
@mekkaokereke Mekka Okereke
@venitamathias Venita
@jamieBGN Jamie Broadnax
@NoraBurns Nora Burns
@Diva2022 Diva2022
@jentrification jenifer daniels
@eosfpodcast Rod Faulkner
@sonyasteele Sonya Steele
@VoiceM Voice M
@zhivi zhivi
@nadinestorying she who weaves stories
@TlanetteRoget BovaryCee
@stephen Stephen Anfield
@kingsley kingsley
@Maggie Maggie
@seanalan Sean Gonsalves
@nataliedavisgdread Natalie Davis
@Jaden2 Jaden
@Onemeatball One Meat Ball
@onlymeindc Sherri G., PhD
@BenCisco Ben Cisco
@DiasporaDiamond Diaspora Diamond
@funcrunch Pax Ahimsa Gethen
@hipcinema Nadine Patterson
@rosanita Rosanita
@black_intellect blk_intellect
@anxiousrage Abeni

I know, Black History Month is behind us now. Still, I want to do just a little bit of housekeeping and follow-up. After all, I didn’t boost every single one of @mekkaokereke’s excellent threads, and I could have. So now, here they are, all in one place:

Feb 1: The Statue of Liberty
Feb 2: Generational Wealth
Feb 3: Racism Everywhere
Feb 4: Swimming (and Drowning)
Feb 5: Abraham Lincoln
Feb 6: Veterans
Feb 7: “High Crime Neighborhoods”
Feb 8: U.S. National Anthem
Feb 9: Education
Feb 10: Driving
Feb 11: Crime
Feb 12: Early Adopters
Feb 13: Cowboys
Feb 15: “Where Are You From?”
Feb 16: Southern Strategy
Feb 17: Black Panthers
Feb 18: Anti-Asian Hate
Feb 19: Black Music
Feb 20: OJ Acquitted
Feb 21: Gender Pay Gap
Feb 23: BMI
Feb 25: Discovery and Inventions

That’s the lot of them, and every one worth a re-read.

Dear Sunday pwinn, I appreciate that you decided to start a 2000-piece Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle as a way to take your mind off of Things™. But could you not have first removed the Christmas-themed tablecloth from the table? Signed, Mid-week pwinn

I love mornings like these.

Where the frosted blades of grass glisten in the light of dawn as the sun peeks over the hill of the farm field.

Nature is beautiful and we should do everything in our power to preserve that beauty. ❤️

#morning #photography #goodmorning #wednesday #photo #nature #sun #dawn #beautiful #walk #rural #farm #mastodon #art

"Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh.

There was a pause.

"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet.

"No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do."

"That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

"What are you doing?" asked Pooh.

"Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right."
A.A. Milne

Sending thoughts to those having a Difficult Day today and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you

It’s the end of Black History Month, but never the end of Black history. One way to think about why we spend only one month focused on Black history is that we spend one month looking back so we can spend the other eleven looking forward, always and forever keeping our eyes on the prize.

That’s the legendary Mavis Staples, from 2007. It was also the theme of a PBS documentary.

Eyes on the Prize, from PBS

That playlist is a bit jumbled, but there are several excellent documentaries from public broadcasting there.

Fellow wypipo, Black people don’t disappear on March 1, and the challenges unique to Black people don’t either. We all face struggles, it’s the American variation on the human condition, but this country reserves some challenges for those with more melanin, and we shouldn’t forget that.

History doesn’t end. Tomorrow’s history is today’s news coverage, and the news isn’t great. Former cartoonists and current politicians are making openly-hostile statements against Black people and Black culture, preying on ignorance and lack of understanding, hoping an uncritical audience will take their statements solely at face value, ignoring the nudges and winks and high-pitched whistles. In some cases, they’re even saying the quiet parts out loud. They won’t stop tomorrow, and neither can we.

Black history is American history, and American history is Black history. Black lives matter. Recognize and celebrate Black excellence every day of the year.

Last night was wild! Here's what my camera saw after I went to bed. #alaska #aurora

I’ve been critical of Siri in the past, but over the last few days I’ve had several interactions with Siri that impressed me.

While driving, I asked Siri who owns Fiat. I expected to be told it couldn’t display information while driving, but instead Siri audibly told me that according to Wikipedia, Fiat is owned by FCA. When I asked, with an eyeroll, who owns FCA, Siri further explained that it’s a joint European-American company, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.

Later I said something like, “Hey, Siri, give me directions to 13353, no, wait, I meant 13553…” It was a foolish act of faith that I even finished giving the address, rather than aborting the process, but It rewarded my faith when it responded by giving me directions to the corrected address.

I just checked Wikipedia, and apparently FCA has been absorbed into Stellantis, so Siri’s version of Wikipedia is slightly out of date. Still, Siri was tracking context enough to know that when I asked about FCA, I mean the one it had just told me about, not any one of the other dozens of things those initials could stand for.

More importantly, I’ve had negative experiences related to both of those use-cases in the past, so there have clearly been recent improvements to Siri’s language-parsing.

The remaining area in which I get the most hit-or-miss results is playing music. Sometimes I am very clear: “play the song with the lyrics ‘correct lyrics,”” for example. Sometimes I give incorrect lyrics, and it’s usually okay with that, too. But every now and again I’ll ask for a particular song or album and it will offer up something that suggests that Siri occasionally imbibes in recreational drugs to excess. Just bizarre responses, not at all what I asked for, presumably related by some tangential path via lyrics in songs I don’t know. I haven’t been asking Siri to play things for weeks now, after a particularly-frustrating exchange, but perhaps I should give it a shot.

It’s a common joke, but also a bit frustrating that Black History Month is the shortest month of the year–by two days. The good news is that we are allowed to talk about Black history the rest of the year, too! In fact, given that Black history is American history, and given how much Black history is suppressed and rewritten and denied even today, let alone for the last 400 years, I think it’s worth sticking with the subject into March and beyond.

Black History Year, by PushBlack

Instead of short videos, PushBlack delivers longer deep-dives into subjects for Black History Year, a 40-minute podcast. I’m linking YouTube, because that’s what I’ve been doing this month, but you can subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. The YouTube videos are chapterized, which is nice.

If 40 minutes is too long for you, PushBlack also delivers a short, byte-sized series of videos.

2 Minute Black History, by PushBlack

There are 68 and counting of the short videos. Of course, I recommend both.

Apparently many people believe that if a person picks up a gun and points it at you and takes your stuff, that is theft, obviously, but if that same person picks up a government, and points law or policy at you and takes your stuff, that’s just how the world works. Nobody is to blame. Billionaires are totally normal. You had a choice between taking that job and dying in the street, so it was your choice as much as the billionaire’s that led to the status quo.

The Venn diagram of these people and those who believe that “taxation is theft” overlaps quite a bit.

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