- Astronomers are taking a closer look at interstellar space object Oumuamua. Might it really be a probe from … out there? I usually dismiss such claims as media and true-believer overreaction, but this is definitely an odd one.
- Like Wendy McElroy, I’m glad Roy Moore lost yesterday. Whether he’s a pedo-predator remains unproven. That he’s a theocratic demagogue is fact.
- A Vice investigation reveals that shootings by cop are far more common than previously reported. Now it’s a matter of distinguishing righteous shootings from the activities of Officer Thug and Officer I Am Scared.
- How “smart” do you want your kitchen to be?
- He gave Amazon a key to his house. He regretted it — but not for the reasons you might suppose.
- Is the D.C. area’s $40 toll road the future of driving? (Yes; more governments are considering a switch to traffic-based toll amounts.)
- Well, better that, I suppose, than Uber’s $14,400 charge for a 20-minute ride.
- Agenda-driven, but still: A Trump administration proposed rule would enable restaurant management to seize servers’ tips.
- If disqualified gun buyers aren’t dangerous, why are they disqualified?
I am feeling run over by a truck today. In a good way, you understand. The Wandering Monk and I accomplished two solid days of work before he wandered off to spend the rest of the month working on his own old wreck of a house and taking off as much of the winter as he can afford to take.
He’s promised me a couple of days each month for the portions of my winter projects requiring his skill and strength. In the meantime it’s my job to recuperate, then get back to both earning a living and drywalling/mudding.
Not today, though. Today typing this feels like hauling sledges to build the Great Pyramid. Between climbing a ladder for two hours Monday and playing minion to the Monk yesterday while also attempting to get some of the trickier work done on the bedroom ceiling, both brain and body have had it.