Having a “maybe my favorite R.E.M. album is actually Monster?” kind of evening.

It didn't have to be like this

What purpose does this police action serve? Does this type of police violence keep us safe? Do these incidents aid in establishing trust and respect between the armed agents of the state and those they serve? It doesn’t have to be like this indeed.

Another Day, Another Case of Extreme Police Violence - Rob Vanella

PLEASE read REV on yet ANOTHER incidence of state-sponsored police violence in New Castle County.

If you are local, please come to the next meeting of the New Castle County Police Accountability Board on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:00 pm. There are even virtual options if you’re not local!

Good thing Delaware just legalized raw milk!

As of February, at least 165 people were sickened with salmonella infections tied to raw milk products from Raw Farm, of Fresno, California. It is the largest reported salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk in the U.S. in the past decade, according to health officials.

Dozens were sickened with salmonella after drinking raw milk from a California farm | AP News

Today I learned that Phillies reliever (and newly-minted All Star) Matt Strahm has a Youtube channel called Strahm’s Stadium Pulls that features him opening packs of baseball cards, and is extremely wholesome content.

Finished reading: Heavier Than Heaven by Charles R. Cross 📚

I came away respecting Cobain’s artistry more than ever, and understanding the true raw power of Nirvana at their peak in a way I had never appreciated before.

Cross retells the Cobain story in a fresh way, using his unprecedented access to nearly everyone in Cobain’s life and his own experience as a contemporaneous member of the Seattle music scene, to recontextualize the bits we’ve all heard with new sources, new angles, and new insights.

Highly, highly recommended.

Gotta love an establishment that hangs a reproduction of Guernica above the toilet.

A reproduction of Pablo Picasso's Guernica hangs on the wall above a toilet in a public restroom; you can see the hint of a drop ceiling and an accessibility bar.

I am also dependably engaged from 10am to 4pm, but more likely to have verbal miscues and become fatigued outside of that time range or while traveling abroad, so I really don’t see how this is an issue.

I respect Ted Leo for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that he’s his own guitar tech.

Squarespace’s Events feature has to win the award for “Most Unhinged UI Element, Time Picker.” Behold:

Screenshot of Squarespace's date and time picker user interface. Or particular note is the time picker, which is for some reason a slider rather than a text field or dropdown.

All Under Heaven’s debut album is out today, and it’s a banger. Strongly, strongly recommended if you like Hum, my bloody valentine, Slowdive, Lush, etc.

The overall effect size for police force size on crime is negative, small, and not statistically significant.

Police are not primarily crime fighters, according to the data | Reuters

At this point, the sensible, evidence-backed, research-based policy position is that the most efficient way to “fight crime” is to improve the material conditions of people by housing the homeless and guaranteeing a universal basic income.

Any position that suggests more investment in law enforcement is either unaware of the prevailing facts, or willfully ignoring them.

MLB is “essentially in the business of content creation for the gambling industry now."

Breaking down the Shohei Ohtani-Ippei Mizuhara story by Craig Calcaterra

This captures the dynamic of all major sports in 2024. They’ve all mostly existed to create content for the television industry for decades, but this pivot that subjugates coverage of the actual sport to “how does this affect the spread” has been particularly painful.

Git is the closest thing we have to software from the future. I wrote Minimalist Git because I’ve seen too many developers get lost in its advanced features and I wanted to show there is a simpler way to be productive and keep your codebase safe.

Minimalist git by Ben Garvey

A great reminder that while git is extremely powerful, you can do most of what you need with a handful of commands.

Bookmarked Why Wall Street Won’t Stop Trump by Adam Serwer.

“Woke capital” is a myth, a shallow analysis that mistakes advertising and brand management for ideology. What do corporations really want? The answer is the same as it’s always been: tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation, and a labor market more favorable to employers than to workers.

Bookmarked Jobs for Delaware Legislators by Blue Delaware.

Delaware tolerates a General Assembly with an ethics crisis which rivals our national Supreme Court… Speaker of the House Valerie Longhurst’s PAL has benefited from a 1300% increase in public appropriations under her tenure.

Bookmarked Fluxblog 455: good night to the Pitchfork era by Matthew Perpetua.

Media corporations are not our friends. They don’t care about writers, they don’t care about audiences, and they don’t care about subject matter. Working for them is like surfing – you can ride a wave for a while but it will eventually crash. Major media corporations like Condé Nast and the New York Times are attractive to writers because they seem like firm institutions that are less likely to collapse, but that’s just an illusion.

Senate Republicans argue that Delaware’s bail reform bill passed in 2018 has “resulted in high recidivism” – a criticism that Republicans across the country have used in recent years as states moved away from cash bail. 

However, the data doesn’t back up that claim. In fact, the “return to prison” rate has declined 60% since 2019, according to data from the state Department of Justice.

Do you see how easy this is? You don’t simply have to parrot things that are inaccurate, just because an elected official says them. Thank you, Amanda.

I get mail sometimes.

A letter from the University of Delaware’s school of music, alerting me about their upcoming university piano sale.

This is what disability advocates have said all along, not that it usually sinks in: The able and the disabled aren’t two different kinds of people but the same people at different times.

Unraveling My Medical Mystery by Tom Scocca

Happy Delaware Day!

I’m celebrating by looking at the Delaware state flag and asking “is this the banner we want to represent our state’s values?”

Read it in The Delaware Call.

The flag of the first state flies in Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood | R.E. Vanella