Maybe Don’t Go Here For Anything

The last thing you’d expect when you bring your car to a shop to get an oil change is to be served with a lawsuit. But that’s what happened to a car owner who dropped his car off at the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in Michigan. An 18-year-old mechanic got in the car and drove over his 42-year-old boss, Jeffrey Hawkins, killing him. 

Very sad, but here’s where the story gets weird. Hawkins’ family is suing the owner of the car for damages. The attorney for the family explained that it is not possible for them to sue the dealership, so they are going after the car owner instead, even though the owner had nothing to do with Hawkins’ death.

(Via boing boing)

A sibling bought a car from this dealership. This story tracks with that experience. YMMV

What do you do on 05 May? Close your fireplace flue, obviously. It’s not like loved ones have birthdays or that there’s a pseudo holiday today

A Dense Mystery, Decoded

The mysterious all-purpose soap with the lengthy label has been a staple in crunchy households for ages. Where I grew up, in Eugene, Oregon, it’s common for people to bathe their babies with it, only to turn around and wash dishes with it. Dr. Bronner’s All-One Castile Soap — which is made to be heavily diluted, making it both eco-and wallet-friendly — can be used on your face or the floor, your linens or your labradoodle. Seriously, if you’re unfamiliar, it’s time to get right with whichever savior you belong to and ask “how did you not put this into my path yet?”

(Via the delightful Hanna Brooks Olsen on Crazy Old; link added is mine)

If you’re not already a Scrub Jockey, someone who has a thing or several things about things being clean or orderly just so, do listen to the joy that is the Spotless podcast.

Nashville Public Library issues “I Read Banned Books” library cards

Nashville Public Library issues “I Read Banned Books” library cards:

They’re a “limited edition”, reports News Channel 5 out of Nashville, “available as long as supplies last.”

“Our job is just to ensure that if you want it, it’s here for you,” said Public Information Officer for the Nashville Public Library, Ed Brown.

“‘Maus’ is all checked out right now,” said Brown. “So we got more copies on order but as soon as word got around about what happened in McMinn County, we got a lot of holds.”

What a fantastic design! They should release it under a Creative Commons license—I couldn’t find any licensing information for it.

Uhhh … yes, please & @chattlibrary please do something similar!

Interesting Leadership Language Choice

Money Stuff: Twitter’s Board Gave Up:

You could imagine him [Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal] giving an answer that employees did want to hear. “This will make our product stronger than ever.” “This will give us the funding we need to improve the service.” “This means we can focus on delighting our users rather than on the stock price.” “This means more free speech, which is a core value of ours.” “Elon Musk is a business visionary and he will run the company better.” “Elon Musk loves Twitter and uses it way, way more than any of the current executives or directors, so he will run it better than we do.” I don’t know. I’m not saying that I necessarily believe any of those things, or that Agrawal does, or that you should. I’m just saying you could imagine the CEO of a company, who had just voted to sell that company, telling the employees of the company that that was the right decision for the company, whatever that means. You could imagine some enthusiasm. You could imagine the CEO thinking that the person who values the company the most and will pay the most for it — Musk — will do good things with it. Agrawal said the opposite. The implication is that Twitter has interests as a company that are distinct from the interests of its shareholders, but that Twitter’s board felt it had no choice but to do what was best for shareholders even if it was worse for the company. (Emphasis mine)

This deal, whether it happens or not, will be taught in business and law schools for years. I’m of the opinion the deal will not close, but I would not be surprised if it did.

Leadership seminar speakers will also probably mine this rich vein as maybe a cautionary tale? Employment coaches certainly will, telling their clients that if the company says stuff like Agarwal has, fire up the job search.

Play as the Antidote for Burnout

Three Quick Links for Monday Noonish:

Richard Feynman on how play can provide the antidote for burnout. “The diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.” []

(Via Kottke)

I’d forgotten this bit of Feynman’s book. I need to think about how to incorporate more play into my cybersecurity & other work.

After 10 Years, Gravity Falls Is Still as Funny and Heartfelt as Any Show on Television

After 10 Years, Gravity Falls Is Still as Funny and Heartfelt as Any Show on Television:

Alex Hirsch’s Gravity Falls first premiered ten years ago and burned brilliantly for the two seasons it was on air before going out with a bang in 2016. The animated comedy-mystery follows twins Dipper and Mabel Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal), who spend their summer vacation in the town of Gravity Falls working for their Grunkle Stan (voiced by Hirsch) at his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. With the help of a journal which Dipper finds in the woods, the Pines twins begin to unravel the supernatural mysteries of the small town.

If you let this show pass you by at the time, then you should definitely remedy that and check it out now (it’s all on Disney+). Although it’s not an adult animation in the same way that shows like Rick and Morty and BoJack Horseman are, it definitely appeals to an older audience as well as kids (especially if you’re a comedy fan, given the delightful slate of guest stars who appear throughout the series, including Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Peretti, John Oliver, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, just to name a few.)

Gravity Falls is smart, hilarious, and heartfelt. From the initial premise it might seem like a simple Monster of the Week setup, but there’s a sophisticated overarching mystery lurking behind all of the creatively bizarre phenomena. Along with the fun monsters and adventure-driven storylines, there’s a stellar blend of clever and goofy humour, with in-jokes for viewers of all ages, lovably eccentric characters who are expertly voiced, and a setting and animation style that perfectly manages to balance bright whimsy with notes of truly dark creepiness.

Great show. I cannot agree more on the assessment. I’ll be rewatching soon.