What was so bad with the word “request” that people had to turn “ask” into a noun?

Southgate gets a lot of crap as England manager, but he’s got England in their second Euro Championship Final in a row. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

This is why people think companies are using AI stupidly. (Or hate AI altogether.)

Image shows a screen shot of Amazon’s AI shopping assistant called “Rufus”. The user asks a question about how to connect the headphones (the product listing the screen is above) to a TV. The response is that the assistant cannot help. The user then asks the assistant how to code an app using the React framework and the assistant provides a detailed explanation, which has nothing to do with the headphones.

My newest stance on Biden’s age and health: If the party wants him to step down, Nancy Pelosi (83), Jim Clyburn (83), and Chuck Schumer (73) should all say they too will resign, to show how serious they see the situation on age and capability within the party.

Congrats to our French brothers and sisters for holding of a right wing extremist take over of their democracy.

Tomorrow morning my 15 year old starts Drivers Ed. I figured he could use a little practical experience before to help abstract concepts seem more real. So I had him drive me to the end of the driveway. And then he backed back down. And then he wanted to go again. So we did it twice.

We did not exceed 3MPH. As I was explaining things to him—he is not into cars like I was at his age—I came to realize driving an EV is a lot simpler than a gas car. So first time I get him in the vehicle he’s likely to drive most, I’m going to have to explain a whole ‘nother level of stuff like “when you take your foot off the brake your car typically takes off on its own before you ever press the accelerator.”

Love that the TdF added gravel this year. It’s driving me a little crazy that Bobke keeps calling the sectors “cobbles”—vocal muscle memory?

I’d like to participate in political polls, but I don’t trust anyone who texts me from an unknown number. I’m already on too many political email lists I didn’t sign up for. Makes me question all polling numbers. Who is responding to these texts that look like spam? Do people who answer lean MAGA?

I always find these types of things fun to go through. The URL speaks for itself. https://fediverse.observer/map — I especially enjoy checking out the nodes in the more remote places. Thanks to @trisweb@m.trisweb.com for sharing it.

Changing settings left’n’right on Microdotblog today. If you’re reading this from Mastodon and my account suddenly vanishes in the next couple days, it’s because I started using my briandigtal.com domain as my user name… I haven’t figured it out fully just yet, so I’m unsure if you’ll even see this.

US Soccer (USMNT) has more talent than ever. Is it Berhalter? I’m not sure it’s his fault? 2026 is going to be here before we know it.😔

After today’s Supreme Court ruling, the majority should be indicted as Trump’s co-conspirators after the fact.

Biden needs a Supreme Court reform strategy now.

Always proud to support my ancestors’ football team, but my Danes had a tough draw trying to knock off the hosts Germany today at The Euros. The VAR gods didn’t need to pile on as well.⚽️🇩🇰

Typically if I am not doing my “day job”, I am not using a desktop (laptop). My personal Mac was from 2017 and in need of an update, so I bought a new M3 MacBook Air 13”, which arrived (days early) Wednesday. I’ve spent much of today noodling with it—still on the charge that shipped in the box.

The Supreme Court is officially broken. They just broke how the Federal Gov’t has worked since the 70s, a precedent established by conservatives. The precedent, Chevron v. NRDC, is one of the most cited in US law. There have been 70 SCOTUS decisions relying on it, along with 17k in the lower courts.

At this point I’d vote for a chatbot trained on Joe Biden speeches over anyone put up by the criminal syndicate that currently runs the Republican Party. (Note: I am not a Democrat)

If my choice is between a man that has trouble with public speaking, and a convicted criminal who lies with every breath he draws? No contest. FDR was one of the most successful presidents ever, and did so from a wheelchair in the final days of his life. My fear is the 5–10% of undecided voters don’t see this.

Inspired by this video last night, No ride is too short, I took a lunchtime ride. What I thought was going to be just a couple miles of spinning lead to me going up and over a steep power line hill while very much out of shape. Now I’m gassed but still have to work this afternoon.

This Celtics team epitomizes what the Boston area really appreciates with its character. There is no team more worthy, and this is a well-earned title.

I know he’s 80+, and I know that he gets harsh criticism over how Israel is conducting their war with U.S. support, but man, Biden is really managing a lot right now, and mostly well. Ukraine, Israel, strong economy, meaningful environmental reform. He deserves a lot more credit.

In bloom

I don’t think anyone can pass judgement on this based on a presentation. We’ll have to dig deeper to understand if there ethical or environmental consequences of this AI integration at the OS level. But the genie is out of the bottle on AI. No going back. It’s up to us what to do with it.

Pretty excited about these Apple Intelligence announcements. But now we wait for two things. Reports from beta users, and the trickle of all the features that got overshadowed or plain not shown in the keynote. Some of my favorite features hide there. #WWDC

So naturally, my first thoughts are, “I should get a new bike, this one’s nearly 15 years old. I could probably get something nice for around $3k.” The look on my wife’s face was not amused. (But my current bike would go to my son who has massively outgrown his in a year, and already takes this bike when he goes places)

Took my first bike ride in over a year, a longer time away than I ever would have imagined (for reasons). I felt less out of shape than I imagined I would have.