Various people today, looking around at the US versus other countries: "Why aren't there more widescale in-the-streets protests, given that the Nats crowd seems to indicate people really are riled up?"
My hypothesis: because a *lot* of the grassroots organization has happened on Facebook or Facebook-owned sites, and it would be relatively simple for The Algorithm to starve it of oxygen here if Zuck wanted it to. (And I think we can all agree he does.)
Decided to give it a try and turns out the old phone's SIM works in the new phone so it's transferring a backup now. Woot!
(Last time it didn't work for whatever reason, which I just assumed was part of the weird Tracfone lockdown. Possibly that's because this one isn't a Tracfone-branded phone and the other one was 🤷.)
Leaping four Android versions into the future, and from Samsung to Android One, is weird though.
Car update: this is what $2400 in damage looks like. https://mastodon.social/web/statuses/102888601982562359
(Replacing the fender, touching up the door/hood, fixing both the aluminum front wheels of which one encountered the truck's wheel hub and the other encountered a curb, and getting alignment done.)
The good news: insurance adjuster has seen the police report and submitted the claim to the other company and expects it to be paid. (Adjuster: "I mean, he said to the police, 'Eh, I changed lanes into her,' so...")
My new phone is here!
Of course since the kid didn't go to class yesterday, I didn't go to the grocery store and Target for a SIM card so I can't actually use it yet. But also it arrived with 0% charge so I have time I guess.
But not too much time since it is supposed to go 0-50% in half an hour? :skeptical:
"Min accumulated SMS messages to send during the summer in Kazakhstan, but it was out of range of the mobile network. Unexpectedly the eagle flew straight to Iran, where it sent the huge backlog of messages." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50180781
Decided to try answering one of the more-than-once-an-hour spam calls and learned that (1) it's a recording so saying bad swears at it probably will not make it stop and (2) it's not car-warranty scam, it's "department of social security" scam. 😒
The likelihood that the US government is calling me from random invalid 800 numbers is... okay, higher in this administration than others but still, NOT HIGH
...and stops. Oncoming traffic is solid up over the next hill. Bah!
But then the third or fourth person coming the other way stops and waves the turning vehicle through. No one in the line honks, because letting someone do a "Pittsburgh left" is the only time a New Jerseyan won't honk if the light is green and the person in front of them is not moving.
Jersey is so weird about left turns... but sometimes it works really well.
There's been construction on one of the four-lane arterials that passes our subdivision, and today traffic was narrowed to one lane each direction.
There's an intersection where left turns tend to back up on the best of days (no turn lane or protected signal) and we pulled up third or fourth in line and the guy ahead of us signaled left.
Me: "In Kansas they would have 'no left turn' signs up. Jersey is so weird about left turns!"
Light changes, left turner pulls up...
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