Today is Samuel Johnson’s birthday, and maybe a good time to remind you that I run a blog on his behalf.
Samuel Johnson’s essays are his best work (ok, ok, maybe the dictionary entries), but reading whole collections of them is just overwhelming. So, since 2011 I’ve been publishing Johnson’s essays at the same rate he wrote them, so they can be consumed at a more leisurely rate. By sticking to his original publishing schedule (just time-shifted by a few hundred years), you can get a steady drip of his trademarked wit / weirdness / occasional whining.
Of course I do this entirely for my own pleasure, since that’s how I like to read the essays. But they’re here for your public consumption! Bask in their weird glory at JohnsonEssays.com.
We too can access the tools of publishing and the means of production and find success as independents. We too can be small scale Tims Cook. Some of us who make the attempt will be made rich and some of us will be driven from our homes and some of us will putter along comfortably and all of us will have made our bed upon a great deal of human and environmental suffering.
Tumblr’s got an amazing net neutrality thing going on. Their slow-lane warning thing had a form that automatically connected me - by phone - with my senator’s office. And the senator’s office had a real human who picked up on the first ring.
Not, of course, that I expect my senator to do anything good or helpful, ever, but I feel better knowing I did a tiny bit. But tumblr’s process is really amazing; you should log in and try it just to see it in action.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Bookmarking for 2017: Total eclipse of the sun, cutting right across my turf.