Zoom’s Biggest Rivals Are Coming for It 

Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel for The New York Times:

Late last month, Philipp Schindler, Google’s chief business officer, held a videoconference with thousands of the search giant’s employees using Google Meet… his young son stumbled into view of the camera and asked if his father was talking to his co-workers on Zoom. Mr. Schindler tried correcting him, but the boy went on to say how much he and his friends loved using Zoom.

How many more weeks (days?) before Zoom becomes a genericized trademark?

The World We Return To 

Jeffery Zeldman has Covid-19 and he’s been blogging about it and he seems (appropriately) cranky which probably means he’s turned the corner and returning back to health:

Somewhere, surely, there’s a postal worker who contracted a fatal case of the virus while delivering junk mail to a dead woman.

Happy to read he’s beating this thing.

Best Marvel Comics to Binge Read on Marvel Unlimited 

Den of Geek:

We’re going to skip over some of the obvious ones and point you towards hidden gems, the harder to find stories that fill in the edges of the Marvel Universe and make it such a rich, lush experience. We are also looking for monster runs that will keep you occupied – you can read six issues in one sitting with no danger of nearing the end. Some of these might take you an entire round of social distancing to finish.

Overtaken by Events 

Lisa Schmeiser:

Find the things that allow you to create the framework of meaning you’ll use to understand what we’re living through. Find the things that help the people you love to create their own way of understanding what’s going on. Applying what we already understand to what we do not is a foundational step toward knowledge, and knowledge is power. We are more powerful than we think we are.

Twice Is Nice 

Via the great Derek Willis, Ricardo De La Fuente has a super generic congressional campaign website.

Why? Ballotpedia knows:

Ricardo De La Fuente is a Democratic candidate for Texas’ 27th Congressional District. The primary is March 3, 2020.

De La Fuente is also a candidate for California’s 21st Congressional District. De La Fuente declared candidacy for the primary election on March 3, 2020.

That’s pretty special.

Note also:

De La Fuente was a Democratic candidate for Florida’s 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House. De La Fuente was defeated in the primary on August 28, 2018.

Practically speaking there must be an upper limit on the number of districts a candidate could compete in at the same time, right? I’m so basic, I would’ve thought that number was one. One district seems like a lot of districts to campaign in already.

Running Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity 

Jonathan Chait dropping one hell of an argument:

Polarization has given any major party nominee a high enough floor of support that the term “unelectable” has no real place in the discussion. What’s more, every candidate in the race brings a suite of their own liabilities Trump could exploit. That said, the totality of the evidence suggests Sanders is an extremely, perhaps uniquely, risky nominee.


At this point there is hardly any serious evidence to believe that the best strategy to defeat Trump is to mobilize voters with a radical economic agenda. Public satisfaction with the economy is now at its highest point since the peak of the dot-com boom two decades ago. Trump has serious weaknesses of issues like health care, corruption, taxes, and the environment, and a majority of the public disapproves of Trump’s performance, but he does enjoy broad approval of his economic management. Therefore, his reelection strategy revolves around painting his opponents as radical and dangerous. You may not like me, he will argue, but my opponents are going to turn over the apple cart. A Sanders campaign seems almost designed to play directly into Trump’s message.

I don’t think Chait is wrong.

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