• Virginians, please install this app to help us help each other track COVID-19. apps.apple.com

  • There should be a word for the phenomenon where you close an app, search around the home screen for an app to launch, and without thinking end up choosing the same app.

  • If someone sends me an invitation for a meeting with a length that’s not divisible by 30, I have a pretty good idea that they’re gonna respect my time.

    A meeting for 45 minutes? 1 hour 10 minutes?🧑‍🍳😘

  • You know what’s great about federalism? When the federal government is maliciously incompetent, then state governments have the opportunity and responsibility to raise the necessary taxes and fund what is needed.

    What are we waiting for Virginia? Let’s just DO it.

  • What would Appa do?

  • Sitting at my picnic table on a summer morning brings back vivid memories of eating Cheerios on my Great Aunt Johnsie’s porch in rural North Carolina, waiting for everyone else to wake up so we could take the final leg of our journey to Sunset Beach.

  • If all US States were the population of Wyoming, the Richmond, VA metropolitan area would be two states and have 4 Senators.

  • “I’m not sure about whether I shall go. I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather—that is, when the fit is on me, for I can be spry enough at times.”—Sherlock Holmes

  • I like taking my morning tea at the picnic table in my yard.

  • My street is named after a Confederate general. What should we rename it to?

    Is it legal to use the word “fart” in a street name?

  • Hollow Knight is a video game that is a good video game.

  • I feel fortunate that I get to spend this summer afternoon sitting outside in the shade with my family, drinking delicious beer, and playing on my iPad.

  • No matter how much older I get, no matter how much experience I gain, I will always jump up too early when dancing to “Blister in the Sun”.

  • I miss Terry Pratchett. We could use another Sam Vimes novel in 2020.

  • Does anyone else have a deeply ingrained aversion to ever actually using a sticker?

  • Check out @nahumck’s great new essay on his redesigned (by @jeffmueller!) site: nahumck.me

  • Quarantine Beard Update

    Sam, sitting in front of a mulberry tree, looks to the side with a weird smirk, shows off his long-for-him beard.

  • Just accidentally got into a wet hammock, thought “well, I’m not gonna get any wetter”, and decided to stay.

  • The 9 Peelian Principles of Policing By Consent, 1829

    From Wikipedia, the principles police need to follow:

    • To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
    • To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
    • To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
    • To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
    • To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
    • To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
    • To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
    • To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary, of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
    • To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
  • New garage “office” guest today…

  • Bring me the blue pages!

  • My daughter asked me to get her two 3 Musketeers bars at the store. I asked her if one 6 Musketeers bar would be OK.

  • You know what feels good? Going directly to the website of a company that makes a product and ordering from them directly, even if you have to pay shipping.

  • My garage “office” comes with some perks. This morning I have been greeted by both a chipmunk and a shrew, both of whom were quite surprised to see me.

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