Trump’s Tuxedo: ‘It’s wrong in every way!’

“And Patrick Murphy, the head cutter at tailors Davies and Son, who are based in Savile Row, London, told MailOnline that ‘everything you can imagine’ was wrong with Trump’s tuxedo.

‘Its totally disproportionate to his height and girth,’ he said.

‘The waistcoat is far too long, it should not show underneath his jacket.”

—Conner Boyd and Harry Howard, “Trump’s look is not my fault, says White House tailor as he insists he doesn’t know where President got his poorly fitted state banquet attire from – while Savile Row expert reveals: ‘It’s wrong in every way!’The Daily Mail. June 8, 2019.

My apologies for pointing toward the cancer that is The Daily Mail website, but I think ‘wrong in every way’ pretty much sums up the suit and the man. Keep Making America Great Again, buddy!

What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns

“Attempts to work with the DNC and DCCC. The national party was so unhelpful that in the end I had to treat them as part of the threat model. Particularly vexing was their addiction to sending email attachments.

To cite one small example: on August 22, the DNC had a phishing scare, where they mistook a vulnerability assessment for an actual attack. The next day, DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena sent an email to all campaings with the subject line “Reminder About Cybersecurity”. That email included three attachments, including a file evocatively titled “2—20170712—Falcon.docx”.

I can’t think of a more efficient way to compromise every campaign in the country than blasting security alerts with dodgy attachments from the DCCC email account.

The DCCC sent out attachments constantly. It drove me nuts. And I was never able to get a meeting with anyone there to slug it out.”

—Maciej Ceglowski, “What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns.” May 27, 2019.

Explains much of what is wrong with politics in the United States and the Democratic Party in particular.

Smart Watches, Fitness Trackers & Automatic Watches: Vostok

I have never been one to wear a watch all day long. Today, it seems more of a fashion accessory since the time is always available from our phone, and our phones are always with us.

But, watches also seem to be making a comeback as a replacement for phones in the form of “smart watches”, activity trackers and the like. The problem I have with these types of electronics is their aesthetics, price and durability.

In the past, I have used Timex Ironman and Polar products for time and measuring difficult of workouts using my heart rate as an indicator. They were perfect for a run. Water resistant and ugly. They weren’t something you’d were all day long.

They also used to be a lot cheaper too. You would spend half of the current price of $50-$150 on the entry level model. But, as they move into the premium space and try to replace phones, they have climbed up to phone prices for the premium models.

And like phones and other electronics, these devices are not built to last. Either the battery is not replaceable because the expectation is you’ll update to the new model when the battery is exhausted or replacing the battery tends to compromise water resistance. There’s also the problem that many of these devices aren’t durable. It is clear that smart watches like Apple Watch, Fitbit and many of the other brands in this space aren’t going to take much punishment. Those that look like they can take punishment are an eye-sore.

At this point, I saw this review of a Seiko SKX007. Since it is an automatic watch, it is wound by simply wearing it. There is no battery. It is a diver’s watch that can go down to 200m. It’s tough, and with NATO straps, you can get rid of those metal or resin bands.

Searching eBay, I was able to find Seiko SKX007 watches for sale that were essentially new for $175. But, since I’ve never worn a watch on a regular basis before, it was a lot of money to spend on something I was not sure I’d wear.

This is when I discovered Vostok Watches. They’ve been making automatic dive watches for the Russian military since the end of World War II. Reviews called them the best dive watch for under $100. Amazon has Vostok Dive watches for $89.90. If you can live with 30m water resistance, they least expensive option I found was $49.90.

Of course, you may still prefer a Timex Ironman. But, a Vostok is worth some consideration.

After wearing a Vostok watch for a week, I have found that I am much more aware of time passing and how long it takes to do something. I also find that it cuts down a bit on phone use since you are not reaching for it to check the time. Recommended.

Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

“Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment to views and being open to others’ experiences and insights in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. We are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Insight is revealed through the practice of compassionate listening, deep looking, and letting go of notions rather than through the accumulation of intellectual knowledge. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.”

-Order of Interbeing, “Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.” April 22, 2012.

Worth reading the entire list on a regular basis.

Who Cares? : On Nags, Martyrs, the Women Who Give Up, and the Men Who Don’t Get It

“Then I came into the living room at the moment we had to leave and realized that my six-year-old had been wrong. His homework hadn’t been done or checked. His lunch hadn’t been packed. He didn’t have a snack or fresh water. He didn’t have an electronic device to bring to school for their special day. Now not only was I suffering the guilt of not getting him ready, but he would have to suffer the consequences of no one helping him. He would have to stay in at recess to complete his homework. He wouldn’t get the thirty minutes of electronic time his friends would have. I was able to grab an orange and throw it in his backpack for a snack, but it was too late for the rest of it. Even though my husband had been the one on duty for the morning, I was the one left with the guilt of taking my son to school ill prepared.”

—Gemma Hartley, “Who Cares? : On Nags, Martyrs, the Women Who Give Up, and the Men Who Don’t Get It.” November 2018.

I do most of the traditional gender role jobs of a woman. I cook, clean, wash dishes, do the laundry, buy groceries, etc.

One difference that I notice is that I don’t care how something gets done. If the goal is to make sure everyone eats, then a weekly soup or take out food are perfectly acceptable options.

But, I’ve known women that add further requirements. The food needs to be fresh. It needs to be healthy. They don’t believe in eating leftovers. A lot of these requirements are good ideas, in the main, but need to be thought of as guidelines rather than an absolute rule. Men do this as well, but it is more common among women. I think a lot of it is about control.

Take the example above, I think the child not being prepared and having these imagined negative outcomes might be a catalyst for the child taking more responsibility for themselves. Maybe next time they’ll remind the parent or remember to bring the electronic device themselves. You learn responsibility by having it and coming up short. This is true for children, husbands and wives. If someone can get to 80% of how you would do it over time, why would you want to continue doing it yourself?

You wouldn’t unless you just want to exert control. In which case, you’re not performing emotional labor. You’re merely someone who isn’t a good delegator.

Sure, there are men, likely a majority, that do a bad job of housework to get out of it. But, it’s like managing colleagues, bosses, and subordinates in the work place. You train, eliminate unnecessary requirements, and fire the ones that can’t get the work done. It’s why we need to live with someone before taking on a long-term commitment.

Men need to do more “emotional labor.” Most need to do more around the house. But, on the other side, if you were to hire someone, you would do so knowing that it isn’t going to get done exactly your way, if for no other reason because it’ll take more time and cost more. Same is true for partners, except instead of currency you pay in caring. Pay less.