No, Jack, Zuck, and Steve didn’t actually make anything.


Badtux the Snarky Penguin

May be an image of 5 people and text that says 'I made Twitter Imade Facebook I made Apple That's nice, guys. I made Jimi Hendrix.'

None of those guys made Twitter, Facebook, or Apple. Rather, the thousands of talented engineers that they hired made Twitter, Facebook, and Apple. Jack, Zuck, and Steve were just good at a) scamming investors to give them the money to hire those engineers, and b) scamming the general public into believing that Jack, Zuck, and Steve were anything other than glib scam artists to begin with.

Meanwhile, Jimi’s mom actually *did* make Jimi, with a little help from a sperm donor. Spent nine months baking him in the womb, far more work than any of those scam artists ever did in their entire life.

When it comes to creators, I rank Jimi’s mom way above any of the glib scam artist “tech titans” who’ve managed to convince the world that they did something other than manage to successfully scam people. Hell, Facebook wasn’t even a novel or revolutionary concept, there…

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Saturday Caturday

It’s been a cold rainy May so far here in Buffalo but today is sunny. The cats are enjoying the sunshine & the warm breeze coming through the doorway.

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My Favorite Teacher Movies

These are all great movies. I particularly like “Dangerous Minds” which only gets an honorable mention. & of course I adore “Dead Poets Society” which now has even greater meaning, since the death of Robin Williams.


In honor or Teachers Appreciation Week, here is a post from seven years ago. It received wonderful suggestions in the comments section as there are so many good ones I did not mention. Please add yours below.

I was inspired to write this having seen a review of all the musical performers who went on “The Ed Sullivan Show” witha focus on performers from Great Britain. So, what does this have to do with teachers, you ask?In 1967, the singer Lulu came on the show to sing the title song from“To Sir, with love”a song that lives beyond its boundaries. The movie by the same name is one of my four favorite movies about teachers.

“To Sir, with love”was set in the 1960s in a working class area.Sidney Poitier played the role of “Sir” which was what the male teachers were called. After much angst of…

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Big Magic


Peedeel's Blog

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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Saturday Caturday

Bobby & Radar have seemed to adjusted to the new place reasonably well. Bobby hides in the closet whenever he hears anyone in the hallway (there are three other apartments on my floor) but Radar goes to the door & wants to know what’s going on out there.

I miss Jack but I realize now how very sick he was & honestly, for a long long time. When I clean out the litter box now, there really isn’t much to clean. Bobby & Radar produce less litter waste together than Jack did all by myself. I have to admit I never realized this because I just thought the total amount of waste in the box was from all three cats equally. It makes sense that I would think that but it was totally erroneous.

It’s easier all the way around with only two cats. But I do miss Jack’s Buddha-like presence.

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