Linky Friday: Service, Server, Servant


“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Linky Friday: Service, Server, Servant

[Mu1] Charles Bradley performs a soulful cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Changes’


[Se1] The new Secretary of Veteran Affairs has a new mission for the VA: Customer Service. Although speaking only for myself, I’d tolerate some poor customer service if they’d just stop killing us.

[Se2] With more than 50 years of service now behind her, the ex-Enterprise is causing a big problem of a different kind, as no one seems to know how to scrap and recycle her. With the Nimitz-class scheduled to join her in the breaker yards, somebody better figure it out, quickly.

[Se3] Whoopsie…The United States Postal Service has taken the blame and apologized for sending a congressional candidate’s offical personnel file, including her time as a CIA operative, to a GOP super PAC by mistake.

[Se4] Amazon has other video streamers, especially Roku, nervous with the rumors of them launching an ad-supported “free” service.

[Se5] In countries like South Korea where military service is compulsory, conscientious objectors like Jehovah’s Witnesses are going to court, and jail, to reconcile the two.

[Se6] Service dogs are becoming increasingly popular, which means scams involving them are also on the rise.

[Se7] It isn’t just the USPS that is struggling to balance losses with protecting workers, as France makes changes to their own postal service.

[Se8] We’ve talked about various ideas for streaming services, but this is a new one: Brewing company launches video streaming service for their craft beer line.

[Se9] Not to be outdone, here is a music streaming service that is looking to be “the craft beer of the music industry.”

[Se10] Well, duh: Chat bots are killing customer service, and now there is data to prove it.

[Se11] Kroger is testing its new online grocery home delivery in the Dallas area, with an eye on Amazon.

[Se12] Jimmy Carter might have been one of our worst presidents, but his decades of community service and philanthropy should be weighed in the balance as well.

[Se13] Crowdfunding + Craft Beer + serving a niche to the Nth degree = the world’s first craft beer hotel, 32 rooms located within a Columbus, Ohio, brewery.

[Mu2] Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal (Live, In Living Color)


[Sr1] “Facebook patches critical server remote code execution vulnerability.” I know what all those words mean individually, as a phrase I’m not so sure but it doesn’t sound good.

[Sr2] Was it or wasn’t it? Trump vs The FBI on Hillary Clinton’s infamous email server, though even with all the links and references, the article admits with the redactions for classified info it’ll be decades before we probably know for sure if it was hacked or not.

[Sr3] If you are unfamiliar, “The Salty Waitress” is The Takeout’s Dear Abby-like column but with a server’s POV, and sass. This compilation of “best of the worst questions” might be enlightening if you’ve never considered the other side of your dinner service.

[Sr4] Add the EPA to the list of government organizations with lax server security.

[Sr5] This could be a problem; “Atlassian has warned users of its Jira Service Desk toolkit to change their helpdesk email account passwords – after a glitch caused the credentials to be sent to strangers’ servers”

[Sr6] Server sales set a Q1 record with over $18B, so here is the list of the top five, including a new number 1.

[Sr7] This seems to be more rule than exception lately when these things go viral: server at Texas restaurant “completely fabricated” story of racist note and no tip.

[Mu3] Sugarland and Sara Bareilles cover “Come On Eileen”


[St1] And I’m telling you I ain’t going: This civil servant is suing to stay on the job past mandatory retirement age.

[St2] Terminal kid asked Ferrari for some stickers for his casket. They sent the whole race team and gave him a day at the track instead.

[St3] “Relatives of Sen. John McCain were etched into U.S. military history. His father, John Sidney “Jack” Jr., and grandfather John Sidney “Slew” McCain Sr., were the first father-son duo to reach the Navy rank of four-star admiral. His great-uncle William Alexander “Wild Bill” McCain took part in the chase of Pancho Villa as he fought in the 1916 Mexican Expedition.

[St4] Throughout “The Troubles” between Ireland and England, the civil servants tried to maintain shifting agreements that both sides hated. In a recently, and accidentally, declassified memo from one of the more noted of those civil servants, a fascinating portrait of working for something bigger through a current arrangement that you know isn’t working.

[St5] Too good to check: “Every time a citizen bowed down to greet the emperor or shouted a word of praise about his great deeds, Marcus Aurelius instructed the servant to whisper a few words in his ear. These were the words: “You’re just a man. You’re just a man.”

[St6] Ukraine’s biggest TV hit is “Servant of the People,” a satirical political comedy, played on a station run by an oligarch, and in which the fiction pales in comparison to the reality.

[Mu4] Andrea Bocelli – September Morn – Live

The “Tod Kelly asked for it so here it is” link

[TK1] “Physiologically, it would just be an immensely bad idea,” Jack Gilbert, the faculty director at the University of Chicago’s Microbiome Center and a professor of surgery, told me during a recent visit to his lab. “A terribly, terribly bad idea.” The Jordan Peterson all-meat diet plan. Apparently subjective truth is much more acceptable once it’s applied to dietary decisions.

The Will Truman Memorial “What could go wrong” Links

[WT1] What Would You Do With a Third, Mind-Controlled, Robotic Limb?

[WT2] Drone Swarms Are Going to Be Terrifying and Hard to Stop

[WT3] Your Brain is Not a Computer so slow way down, as in stop completely, selling that to people as a rebranded cryogenics.

[Mu5] Mavis Staples Performs “I’ll Take You There”

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84 thoughts on “Linky Friday: Service, Server, Servant

  1. SE11: Kroger has closed all its NC Triangle locations in Durham, Raleigh, etc on the basis of not growing enough. Kroger employees were unionized, and cynics point out that most of the stores will remodel and open as Kroger’s nonunionized subsidiary Harris-Teeter. I can’t recall any other supermarket in Durham that still had tabloids like National Enquirer by the checkout lines so that is one small gain.

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    • Interesting, I did not realize the employees were unionized. Are they everywhere? I definitely prefer shopping at Kroger (when I have time to do the hour’s round-trip drive) than at the local wal-mart.

      I expect we’ll get grocery delivery services here approximately 20 minutes before the sun’s expansion engulfs the earth. All those cool innovations that mean people don’t have to spend large amounts of time doing stuff and interacting with difficult people never come here.

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    • There is a bit more too ut than just that. Harris Teeter that bought 8 of the closing RDU is under the same company but runs as a separate division, and those 8 will be remodeled/rebranded to the slightly higher end HT brand, while others are sold off to Food Lion and developers. All were underperforming and several were redundant in an over saturated market so there was several factors involved.

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  2. Se2: Wouldn’t it be easier and a lot cheaper to just lift out the reactor compartments for disposal (probably at Hanford, in the damned open-air trenches), then just scuttle the hull someplace where the water’s nice and deep? The Puerto Rico Trench is fairly handy to Virginia where the ship is currently berthed.

    Sr4: Link doesn’t go to anything that seems appropriate.

    WT1: Just yesterday I was soldering a header onto a small circuit board and thinking to myself that a third hand would have been very useful.

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  3. WT1: I’d use it to hold the steering wheel. Seriously, I think I’m developing arthritis in my hands. You try holding a wheel for 10 hours a day, day after day after day…

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  4. [Se8] and [Se13] are relevant to my interests.

    [Se8] unfortunately is behind a paywall. Not everything on WSJ is viewable for free, which is fine, but I’ve not subscribed to it.

    [Se13] looks like the same company, though!

    [Se13] also offers some sort of a reason to visit Columbus, Ohio. I’ve never been to Columbus. I can’t imagine why I would ever go. If I do go, that’s the place to stay, though. Room looks pretty nice and it’s cool that there’s a roll-up window into the brewery floor. The “beer-paired breakfast” looks like pizza and burgers, and that sounds like a great way to get ready for a business meeting. The brewery attached to the hotel is apparently going to make sours. Which actually aren’t my thing, but hey, there’s an audience for them and BrewDog’s IPA is famous for a reason. The mini-fridge in the room will surely be stocked with bitter and malty varieties of the house label too.

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  5. Really OT but:

    Apparently around my generation (but largely younger millennials and whomever comes after millennials) are really into inking and tattoos. I don’t know if this is because I am Jewish with residual feelings that tattoos are taboo, this is one of those weird areas where I am operationally conservative, or a future protective dad (maybe all three). But I don’t get it. Especially this kid, he is a skinny 21-year old. He doesn’t look tough or hard core with his neck and face tattoos. He looks pretty absurd and I want to say “Who do you think you are kidding?!?”

    I also want to say that to the guys I know who went to high school with me and are now thirty somethings with tattoos when I know they did Model Congress in high school. Who do you think you are kidding?

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    • My attitudes towards tattoos have grown more skeptical over time, when I imagine what my 21 year old self would have had permanently marked on my skin for all time.

      “Grandma, Pop-Pop looks so peaceful, but what does ‘Gabba Gabba Hey!’ mean?”

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    • I suspect you’re wondering “who they think they’re kidding” because you’re applying an earlier generation’s interpretation of what tattoos “mean” to people for whom they don’t mean that at all.

      It’s like seeing, I dunno, someone in the mid 20th century wearing jeans and going “who do you think you’re kidding? You’re neither a cowboy nor a miner.” The same pants meant different things to different generations.

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    • the current generation of college students – lots of them have them but they’re generally less obvious than in years past. Fewer culturally-appropriationey “tribal armband” things. More small ankle or wrist tats.

      Tattoos were still largely the province of bikers and veterans when I was young, so I would never have considered one, and now that I’m old, (a) I can’t think of anything I want on my body forever and (b) I know I’m a giant wuss about pain and needles and (c) I know there’s aftercare required to keep the skin healthy while healing and I am not always the best at self-care when busy.

      I also don’t have any piercings; my parents wouldn’t let me get my ears pierced when I was a teen, and then, once I was out on my own and was like “I could go get my ears pierced!” I was like “Meh, it would be a lot of work to prevent infection while living in the dorm” and so I never bothered.

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  6. Se2 Big E had always been something of a yard queen during its service, but NAVSEA 08 has really been negligent to let the process be so loosy goosy at this relatively late date.

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  7. [Se5] Meanwhile in Germany, one of the reasons they kept compulsory service so long was the considerable social good the conscientious objectors did.

    The guys who went into military service – good and all, the country needs a military. But the conscientious objectors who opted for a civilian service year – the parks services, hospitals, etc. benefited immensely from a steady stream of enthusiastic and underpaid young people.

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