- Today in Tabs
- Twos Day
Sequels and Updates
The Marine Corps found its lost F-35 “in a rural expanse of farmland and swamp… more than 63 miles from the North Charleston backyard where the pilot landed more than 24 hours earlier” report Glenn Smith, Tyler Fedor, Thad Moore, John Ramsey and Ali Rockett from The Post and Courier, who cannot be accused of understaffing a local story that’s getting national attention. Is sixty three miles a lot for a fighter jet to fly over a populated area without anyone on board? Probably not. Still Missing: “Sixty-one percent of [the U.S. military’s] $3.5 trillion in assets.” Also Found in South Carolina: The new Hitler Youth, informing on their A.P. English teacher for assigning Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Speaking of slaps, here’s Ezra Marcus on “The Spanker of Shelter Island.” This isn’t an update to anything, segues are just my passion.
I still haven’t seen either movie, preferring to participate in culture via the Discourse alone, so I don’t know if this argument makes any sense but I do know that Barbenheimer Castle is for sale in Hudson, Wisconsin for $1.1 million. And speaking of dubious arguments, in the Times Magazine Denise Lu argues that we should stop streaming music. Yes, it is the worst way to pay artists (although it doesn’t have to be!), and sure, we should all be buying stuff from Bandcamp, but Lu managed to get a reputable news magazine to print the outrageous sentence: “Once I add something to my iTunes library, I have it forever.” I love the youths and their optimism but no software on Earth has deleted as much music as iTunes. fdisk dreams about wiping out as much music as iTunes. Rare earth magnets are a less certain way to remove all the music from your library than putting it in iTunes.
Lowtax Speedrun Updates: Now Musk is floating the idea of charging everyone to use Twitter. Reached for comment, Twitter’s remaining user said “I wish a bitch would.“ And in The Markup Jon Keegan, Dan Phiffer and Joel Eastwood quantified exactly how much Twitter is still throttling links to competitors like Facebook, Substack, Instagram, and Bluesky. It would be funny if it weren’t sad how funny it is.
It’s so good, honestly, read this and then watch some of their videos and marvel at humankind, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable.
Miles Klee followed up on anti-glasses wellness grifter Samantha Lotus and her debunker @this_is_mallory (per my previous email), and there’s not really much new there, but he also dug into the historical roots of vision care quackery which is interesting. Dave Karpf has his own follow-up themed newsletter today, including updates on AI-as-peak-McKinsey and the latest pronatalist nonsense in The Times, which still never quite manages say what the actual problem with a declining global human population would be. Casey Newton posted his year three Platformer update, where I learned that my mental categorization of Platformer as “a bit bigger than Tabs” is now wildly incorrect.
I guess that’s what you can achieve with a newsletter by “having a clear subject” and “doing top-notch original reporting.” Couldn’t be me.
Boebert Update: No more dates. Emily Gould talked to Maria Bamford and it’s a good one if you are curious about how much money people make, or how much you can spend on an Airbnb in Dumbo. Are you a voicecel? Almost certainly, yes.
Today’s Song: Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn”