Ship of Ghosts, Chapter 20

As late as February this year, James D. Hornfischer was still tweeting as if he hadn’t a care in the world. Self can’t find a cause of death listed anywhere. Whatever. Self salutes you, sir. Two of your books provided capital reading to close out her 2021.

An hour after battle was joined on the Sunda Strait at 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 27, 1942, it was over. The Perth went under, bringing Captain Waller with her. The USS Houston was completely encircled. No word about Captain Rooks, who had written his wife so lovingly about the time remaining on his two-year assignment.

A man who’d been standing next to Rooks on the bridge recalled how the Captain summoned the ship’s bugler and told him, “in a strong, resolute voice: Bugler, sound abandon ship.” The tones went out over the ship’s PA system. Again, the writing:

  • Surrounded by enemy ships on all offshore bearings, the Houston was about five miles northwest of Panjang Island and about the same distance east-northeast from St. Nicholas Point, on an eastward course at twenty knots. It was a little after midnight. The ship was taking on water and listing hard . . .

Survivors later told of seeing Rooks being cradled in the arms of a mess attendant named Ah Fong, probably dying. Ah Fong refused to leave him.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sentence of the Day: NO RULES RULES, p. 136

Wow, TV is just killing self, right now. She’s on CNN (standard stuff) and Twitter (Trump’s Diet Coke ordering button! That’s almost — sweet! It is better that the red button ordered Diet Coke, it could have been ordering a nuclear strike!)

In the meantime, she is still reading No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.

p. 136: Our big threat in the long run is not making a mistake, it’s lack of innovation.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day, 2nd Wednesday of 2021

Silicon Valley’s moves to eject President Trump from social media represent a display of power the companies have avoided making for nearly four years.

— “Big Tech Firms Flex Muscle With Bans” by Sarah E. Needleman and Georgia Wells, Wall Street Journal, 11 January 2021

Post-Election Analysis: wsj (Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 21-22, 2020)

Self is fascinated by Joe Biden and how he pulled out the biggest GOTCHA moment of his political career. So of course she loves reading post-election analysis.

  • “Hilary Clinton was supposed to be the safer choice.” After 2016, “Democrats were fed up with moderation.” Democrats wanted “an uncompromising leftist who would take the fight to Donald Trump . . . the vast field of Democratic contenders endorsed single-payer health care and vowed to decriminalize the crossing of the southern border by undocumented immigrants.” — Yascha Mounk:

Self endorsed Elizabeth Warren and stumped for her in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2020.

Her closest rival at the time: Bernie Sanders.

Great was self’s amazement when Joe Biden (who didn’t even have a table at the San Mateo Farmers Market, lol) won the California primary. Without hardly even campaigning in the state. At the time, self told friends: OBAMA FOR THE WIN.

But then Biden just kept rolling on and on, taking state after state. So self started thinking that Joe had a really ace campaign staff. In response to anything Clown had to throw at him, they just stuck to the game without getting distracted.

“Most pundits” wrote “the septuagenarian off as a walking anachronism, a throwback politican too old to see the way the wind was blowing. But it turned out that Mr. Biden understood the Democratic electorate much better than his rivals.

Yascha Mounk, wsj Saturday/Sunday, November 21-22, 2020

On the Republican side, Donald Trump found an opening: the wooing of “older, non-college-educated voters living in less-diverse small towns.” (How he found them is, to self, a big mystery. The biggest. Because he never went to less-diverse small towns unless it had potential for a Trump resort. Oh wait, it’s not a mystery: he found them on Twitter)

Capitalizing on that demographic, he ran “to the right on immigration to win the GOP nomination and then, in the general election,” he rejected “conservative orthodoxy on Social Security, Medicare and free trade.” So he zigged and he zagged with the adroitness of a slippery con artist.

He was very good, it turned out, on thinking up campaign slogans (not so good on the follow-through). Who cares? He was President.

Can you believe half the American electorate in 2016 voted FOR TRUMP as the “lesser of two evils”?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Have You No Decency, Sir

A widower is requesting Twitter to remove Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting his wife was murdered by prominent Trump critic Joe Scarborough.

Associated Press, 26 May 2020

“My request is simple: Please delete these tweets,” Timothy J. Klausutis wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The body of Lori Kaye Klausutis, 28, was found in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach, Florida, congressional office on July 20, 2001.

Klausutis said in the letter, sent last week, that his wife had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell and hit her head on her desk at work. He called her death “the single most painful thing that I have ever had to deal with” and said he feels a marital obligation to protect her memory amid “a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died.”

Klausitis said Trump is among the conspiracy theorists spreading “bile and misinformation” on Twitter “disparaging the memory” of his wife and their marriage. Trump’s tweets violate Twitter’s community rules and terms of service, he said.

“An ordinary user like me would be banished,” Klausitis wrote. In a statement, Twitter said it was “deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family.”

But the company did not say it would do anything about Trump’s tweets or mention them directly.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Tweet of the Day

next time you see a man three times your size riding a lion in the forest in the festive period do not doff your cap — call the police

— Royal Academy @royalacademy

BOOM!

Five Years and Half a Dozen Gendrya Fan Fiction Later, GoT S8:E2

And I couldn’t even watch it, I was in London.

Thank God for Twitter.

All my Gendrya feelz!

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This is a better ship than anything else on the show, and I will maintain that till the day I die, come @ me.

The corniest outcome ever would be Gendry to die and Arya be pregnant with his child, ala Terminator.

But the show is not corny, so don’t even go there.

 

What Kind of Books Make You Cry?

This morning, self answered a Bookshouse tweet that asked: What kind of books make you cry while reading them?

She wanted to say: Almost every book.

Or she could have said: Angst-y books.

Instead, she decided to name a book. No, it was not The Subtle Knife, though that book certainly did make her cry. It was Tim O’Brien’s In the Lake of the Woods. Because of the character of the wife.

Like Dead Letters (which she compares almost every book to, now), it’s a mystery. While Dead Letters gives us closure on the very last page, In the Lake of Woods doesn’t give us even that much. Read at your own risk! O’Brien executes the wife’s point of view so well.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sentence of the Day: Matthew Dessem for SLATE

The piece was about Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who chose to dis-engage from the world by doing 10 days of vipassana meditation in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar.

  • Over an 18-tweet thread, Dorsey wrote about his experiences during the 10 days of silence, covering everything from a Silicon Valley-fied description of Buddhism (“hack the deepest layer of the mind and re-program it”) to the 117 mosquito bites he got while silently meditating in a cave, which he apparently silently counted, silently photographed, and silently compared to the heartrate data silently recorded by his Apple Watch, which he wore in meditation-friendly airplane mode.

Eeew! Mosquito bites can be so distracting! Couldn’t the meditation center install bug zappers?

Stay tuned.

Saturday, Weekend After Fourth of July 2018

The goalkeeper Pickford just made a grrreat save.

England up 2 – 0.

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According to this theory self saw on Twitter (lol), England will win because it has seven letters in its name, and the game’s being played on the seventh.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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