All posts by Sean Shannon

The Beginning of the Spiral

How to help families affected by the government shutdown (nbc12.com) I’ve written before about how I believe the greatest work Chris Matthews has ever done on Hardball (not exactly a high hurdle to leap) is a series he did in 2013 called “The Unkindest Cut,” which looked at how ordinary Americans were being devastated by “sequester” cuts in government spending on social services. Sequestration was created as a last-second compromise to avoid Republican brinkmanship on this country making its debt payments, as power-mad conservatives tried…

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Mega Muffed

One of the reasons I bought myself a television a few weeks ago was because I wanted to get back to video gaming. I’ve never been much of a computer gamer, I haven’t found that many games for tablets/smartphones that I actually want to play, and I’d been dragging my Playstation 3 around with me since I left Toledo, waiting to find something to hook it up to so I could start playing the classic games I downloaded onto it back when I first got…

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Web of Lies, Web of Hate

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually (New York)The Internet Became Less Free in 2018. Can We Fight Back? (Wired)Lawsuit Alleges Facebook Duped Advertisers, Publishers With Inflated Video Stats (Variety) My YouTube suggestions have gradually shifted these past few months to being nothing but longform music mixes, mostly ambient and downtempo, but with the occasional synthwave set thrown in. This is probably due to me playing said mixes in my office while I’m working; I’m still getting used to…

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Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring

Tumblr Has Banned Adult Content, RIP the Tumblr That Was (The Mary Sue) For a couple of years after my family moved back into our house post-reconstruction (following the fire we had back in 2001), we didn’t have cable television. My father claimed that he did this to encourage us to talk more with each other, but as with so many of his similar plans, he just wanted more excuses to spew out his inane prattle on any and all topics under the sun. Right after he…

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Fi Fight

There are some industries where poor customer service is practically expected, and the notion of having a good experience with a company is all but laughable. Cable television providers are kind of the classic example of this, and although living in Toledo most of my life meant dealing with a local company rather than the big national cable providers, the said company in Toledo is a putrid puddle of acidic excrement that has helped me empathize with people who constantly struggle with big-name cable providers.…

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