Entries by Tim F.

Wrong frame

This is Trump's Hail Mary play https://t.co/EwtyLE975m — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 17, 2016 A hail mary implies you are only down by one touchdown. The Breitbart gambit is Trump swapping his beaten, demoralized starting line with some third stringers who are desperate for game time and nobody cares if they get hurt. Steve Bannon […]

Not with a bang. The other way.

A lot of folks worry Trump will go down ugly in November, swinging at bugbears like ACORN and, I don’t know, the Jews or something. I bet this here five internet bucks that the opposite happens. Trump may not know a single damn thing about nuclear policy but he knows a bit about image. When […]

Programming bleg and open thread

Hi folks, this is a straight up call for a small programming job. In my laboratory we have two pieces of equipment that communicate through an improbably complex relay which includes a few obsolete pieces of expensive equipment from companies that no longer exist and a Mac desktop that only exists to receive a trigger […]

It turned into a ballroom blitz

This morning Martin Longman made what I think is the first correct interpretation of what happened with Ted Cruz last night. Yes, the Trump campaign had Ted Cruz’s speech in advance. I am sure that they read it. They almost certainly discussed it with Cruz. So how could such a disaster happen with their eyes […]

Stay away from Cleveland

Folks, I know how tempting it is to go to the snakes’ den and tell them what you think to their face. I have done it. It’s cathartic. It feels great. Please don’t. From a tactical perspective the convention does not need our help to be be a complete dumpster fire. Half the people in […]

Open Thread

Congratulations to Boris Johnson for being named Britain’s new Foreign Secretary. Apparently Nigel Farange was busy and the raving monster loony guy demanded crocodiles in the Thames before he’d consider the job. I suggest Boris work on protocols for his first meeting with the ambassadors from Scotland and newly reunited Ireland.