• 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.

  • These nearly ripe mulberries next to my garage “office” are going to result in very convenient snacking opportunities.

  • Finding the “ cmd-‘ ” keyboard shortcut for “Clean up” in @NetNewsWire for iPadOS has dramatically improved my already great RSS reading experience.

  • Read through the old App.net blog on archive.org this morning. I miss those salad days.

  • My beard has grown to interfere-with-my-AirPod-microphones length.

  • At age 39 I have discovered that screwdrivers are color-coded.

  • My latest piece for Richmond Family Magazine’s DadZone, “Making Pandemic Peace”.

  • Remember unclogged toilets?

  • Intellectual property is stupid. I’d like to pay for digital copies of Valiant Comic’s 1992 Unity storyline, but since two of the characters were licensed at the time and the current Valiant no longer has that license, I can’t buy Chapters 4, 9, 12, and 17 of the 18-part story.

  • Remember ketchup packets?

  • “Hey Siri, play the new Fiona Apple album on all the speakers.”

  • A new episode of Sam and Ross Like Things records soon. Please do me the honor of telling me a thing that you like!

  • Encumbrance

    Just went for a walk with zero pieces of electronics on my person. I left my phone on my charger and my watch on its stand. Also, with no need for a wallet, the only thing I had in my pockets was a single key to my house. I felt unencumbered.

    My wife and daughters were with me. To steal from Mitch Hedberg, the only people who might need my immediate attention could simply say “Sam!” or “Dad!” and I’d say “what?” and turn my head slightly.

  • Remember contact lenses?

  • Remember slacks?

  • Episode 75 of Sam and Ross Like Things is now up. It’s called “Sam and Ross Like You” and features delightful audio clips from our listeners.

  • I miss having GRTC’s bus operators drive me to work.

  • This 4th grade worksheet asks one to identify use of “juicy thinking”. Is this a thing?!

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