You’ve probably heard of “inbox zero”, but have you heard of “sink zero”? It’s an idea that got spread about with this recent tweet:

I think it’s a good idea. Think about it — taking out the trash could be rebranded as:

And why stop with repurposing the “inbox zero” idea? How about taking some cues from test-driven development?

And now that most developers have at least heard of agile development techniques, it should be possible to apply them to household chores. There’ve already been a number of articles and tweets on using Kanban for that purpose:

From Jamie Arnold’s tweet on October 27, 2012. Click to see the source.


A screenshot of the original version of the article. Click to see the Google cache of the article.

The original version of Benjamin Hart’s article for New York Magazine, Report: U.S. Official Met With Rebel Venezuelans Who Wanted to Overthrow Maduro, contains this nonsensical sentence (the emphasis is mine):

The U.S. has a long history of meddling in Latin American countries to promote democracy, often siding with brutal dictators in Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere to achieve its ends.

This kind of doublethink is nothing new, and familiar to me. I still remember hearing about George H. W. Bush’s toast when he was Reagan’s VP and visiting my birth country — the Philippines — which was then under Ferdinand Marcos’ iron-fisted rule:

“We stand with the Philippines. We love your adherence to democratic principles and democratic processes. We will not leave you in isolation.”

What. A. Crock. Of. Shit.

What the American government really loved was Clark Air Force Base and U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, both of which were located in the Philippines. They weren’t too concerned about the political situation there, as long as they could check the boxes labeled “Not communist”, “Holds reasonable-looking fake elections”, “Supports our interests”. But in the end, even the U.S. government had to cut their ties with Marcos.

Thankfully, the terrible sentence in New York Magazine’s article did not go unnoticed:

I’m pleased to report that the article has since been corrected:

Now that’s more accurate.


I believe the word you’re looking for is “cookie”

by Joey deVilla on September 9, 2018

Found via You Had One Job. Click to see the source.

This may be a sign that we’ve hit peak menu psychology.



Also worth reading: Jessica Roy in the L.A. Times — No, anonymous Trump official, you’re not ‘part of the resistance.’ You’re a coward.

Thanks to Dare Obasanjo for the find!


If you spend a lot of time in airports, you’ll want to either bookmark this page or get the WiFox Android or iOS app, all of which give you a regularly-updated list of passwords for the non-open wifi at airports worldwide.

Anil Polat’s electronic travel gear for fall 2017.

This treasure trove is maintained by Anil Polat, a computer security specialist who also writes the travel tips blog foXnoMad. It sets itself apart from other travel blogs with articles like:


Venn diagram of the day

by Joey deVilla on August 25, 2018