Michael S. Manley

“[A] flat-Earth conference is invariably also a gathering of anti-vaxxers, 9/11 truthers and Illuminati subscribers, to name a few.” What a surprise.

Dogs with Broom

The Amazon Go store provided the most intimidating, class/ability unfriendly experience I’ve come across, and I’m ostensibly dead center of the target customer profile. I turned around at the guillotine turnstiles and bought breakfast elsewhere with dirty old cash.

I love good, old-fashioned blogs with an obsessive focus on discarded pop culture. We need more of these. Let me introduce you to We Are the Mutants. Enjoy their October series on TV horror.

Public Good is looking to fill a couple of media positions. See https://publicgood.com/blog/2019/10/20/join-our-team/ or ask and I can forward job descriptions or tell you about the company.

Capitalism Ruins Everything: Podcasting's Turn in the Barrel

From As platforms and ad tech circle, podcasting’s small, beautiful age is drawing to a close :

[Podcasting] will inevitably become more like the display ad ecosystem: commoditized, automated, audience-driven rather than contextual. The podcast ad world has been craft; it’s destined to be mechanized.”

Mind you, the folks at Digiday see this as a good thing.

Eventually, every creative utterance will be “platformed” if the gray goo of advertising has its way.

Any time someone locks up behind Medium’s paywall their article describing their open source project, I’m greatly disinclined to look deeper into that project. Publish on your own site, please.

Annual Reminder: I just had a flu shot. And soon I will have that flu stuffed and displayed over my fireplace.

(Get your flu shot.)

Well, this is sad: Lockout at WBAI - “Off the Hook” Indefinitely Suspended. Been listening to that show for many years. Hopefully they can find a home somewhere else.

Every year the alderman sends around a public service flyer: Do Not Feed the Shelobs. And every year someone feeds the shelobs.

AWS case study regarding my company’s experience using AWS AppSync to create our GraphQL API: AWS AppSync Helps Public Good Software Do Good by Prompting Real-Time Reader Action

Currently reading: The Food Lab: Better Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt 📚

Currently reading: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig 📚

The first year’s harvest.

Profile of my colleague, Thales Exoo (🐦 @thales), “a fierce female with an impressive STEM career”: Highlighting Women in STEM: Thales Exoo, Software Engineer.

“Towards the end of a decade marked by chaotic cultural shifts, mounting tensions, and mass violence, Scooby Doo insists that there is always an underlying solution that may be achieved through calm investigation.” Don’t we wish. 50 Years Ago, Scooby Doo was the Perfect, Weird, Hopeful Mystery Series 1969 Needed

“Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! premiered on CBS.” I am older than Scooby Doo, my wife was quick to point out. How Scooby Doo Revived Gothic Storytelling for Generations of Kids

Flash Fiction: A series of very short stories for the summer. from The New Yorker. 📚

Currently reading: Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel 📚

Currently reading: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal 📚

Late Capitalism infects & kills everything it touches. Evidence: Chief Poetic Officer. Note that the site is © 2023. I suspect that 2020 goes so poorly that the collective agony rents a hole in spacetime and this effluent has flooded back.

Dammit, CNN. Do better with your headlines. “It’s Snowing. Where’s Global Warming?” That’s not helping. (I’m not linking to such bullshit.)


I’ve just listened to two purported creative professionals debate whether including page numbers in a long-form printed work (a book) was “egotistical” because it assumed someone was going to cite the work. What? No, really. What?

I guess Medium is the new Quora. I’m sure there’s at least some informed opinions there, but I’m never going to see most of them since I already have enough monthly subscriptions and I’m not going to use social media authentication.