Rachel, O Rachel!

Tonight I was watching Rachel Maddow, like I do every weeknight, and then I saw him. Him.

Siiiiigh.

Glenn_greenwald_portrait.jpg Glenn Greenwald.

First of all, two giant brains in the same room.

I’m sure it’s quite a big studio, but when two such intelligent people are in the same space, it always seems like the room’s just not big enough.

I don’t know about you folks, but doesn’t every evening feel so much better these days, where you watch TV and you’re not left with fear and despair, where you watch the smarties and they’re out there with intent, with deliberateness and with moxie and initiative instead of just chasing after the stupid, ruinous, careless, dangerous trail of crumby and crummy error after error trying to set straight so many big (and little) lies and stupidities that they just look haggard and defeated?

Plus…I just can’t believe how damned adorable Gleen Greenwald is. I hate that that intrudes on paying attention to the amazingly incisive things bandied back and forth between two such intellectual heavyweights, but there it is, I said it.

He’s beautiful. And he makes me reconsider wanting to be a lesbian after all.

Power [S]Trip

Maybe it was just a rare bit of foresight on my part. Maybe it was just a bit o’ the Christmas spirit. Maybe it was just my regular level of thoughtfulness (wherever ‘regular’ is for me). But it certainly did involve my crazy-ass eidetic memory married to all of the above, loaded into my mental wrist rocket and shot into the sparkly haze of my low latent-inhibition.

What the hell am I talking about?

This:

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Whenever I’m at the airport, it’s typically difficult to find an electrical outlet. With this, I don’t have to find an open one because I’m actually creating at least net-two outlets. Technically I’m creating net-four outlets, because there are also two USB ports (power-only).

I remembered seeing this on gizmodo or engadget. I remembered the airport scenario. I remembered that it would be nice to not only not use a power outlet, freeing it for others to use, but also to provide outlets for others. So, cool, right?

I have to say it’s not just my own memory faculties that helped me remember this thing. I mean, look at it. It’s beautiful. In person, it’s even moreso. Just perfect. It’s as small as it needs to be and no smaller. And no larger than it has to be. The power plug has a plastic cover on it, and there’s a small button just beside it that when pushed allows the plug to rotate 90 degrees. Every 90 degrees it locks into place so that the power strip itself stays put in whatever direction you’ve set it.

Oh, and it also comes with a USB adapter, Type B (the standard rectangle-bar) USB connector to Type C (mini-rhomboid) USB connector which is found on many mobile phones and other small devices.

Lovely.

So lovely, that if I hadn’t known any better I would have looked for an Apple logo.