I took all the social media apps and games off my phone because fuck that shit

I realized last week that I was spending way too much time staring at the tiny computer I bought from Tim Apple. I think that’s understandable: there’s so much doom and gloom to scroll through, so many memes to laugh at, and so many gacha characters to collect and train up, and this little brick …

Book Five: Vengeance Squad

When the Tallisker tower in Detroit exploded, evil even more demonic than usual had to be behind it. Finding out would take a team of highly trained individuals, each specialists in their field. This is not that team. Ren Roberts, rich jerk. Lil, multi-time Employee of the Month at Donovan’s. Rotreego, disgraced former Pintiri of …

Predictions for the future of robotics

I’ve had robots on the brain lately (thanks, Amazon). It feels like we’re right on the cusp of these things becoming a not-insignificant part of our day-to-day lives, like making breakfast or abandoning the MBTA when it catches on fire. The technology’s there; it just needs to be refined and implemented. So it’s time to …

Amazon’s acquisition of Roomba makes its data acquisition capabilities even scarier

On Friday, Amazon acquired iRobot, the company responsible for the Roomba, for a cool $1.7 billion. At first glance, that’s a little odd. What does Amazon want with a company responsible for a robotic vacuum cleaner? Does Jeff Bezos get off on scaring people’s dogs? Are they planning a future where my vacuum can bring …

Go ahead

Tell me again how the party that wants to criminalize reproductive health is the party of small government. Tell me again how outlawing procedures that can save a mother’s life is good and wholesome and in line with family values. Tell me again how the zealots working to eliminate the line between church and state …

Fix it

The cheap plastic bench groans beneath my weight as I crash down onto it. I’m only vaguely aware of the ragged edge digging into my side, of the other people in the waiting room, of the nurse trying vainly to reassure me. My world is a pinprick, a single all-consuming thought. My wife is going …

How to fix baseball once and for all

It’s opening week (technically) and I’ve got the game on the brain. Today’s missive was inspired by the following amazing play: 2022 AL Gold Glove winner. 🏆 Brett Phillips, pitcher. pic.twitter.com/vOPgjElC7q — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 12, 2022 Super cool, right? On the surface, yes, and I applaud Mr. Phillips for his effort and athleticism. …