The Bulletin for February 17th, 2024

Hey party people,

This week has been spent on two secret projects I can’t tell you about yet. Sorry! There’s one that I could technically tell you about now but I’m too excited and want it to be a surprise. That said, I’ve spent most of my week taking care of Beau’s bad ear. Unfortunately he ended up having to get it drained, so now he’s on an oral antibiotic, ear drops, and an ointment. My youngest cat just cannot catch a break, I swear… I hope he feels better soon.

Chayse ​came to visit last week​ and we’re planning to do it again very soon. Not sure exactly when, as we’re still working out the details, but I’m willing to bet it will be within the next month and a half or so. We’ll see! Keep your fingers crossed for us and pray that everything works out in that regard.

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Okay, enough chit-chat: here’s The Bulletin.

Things I found across the net…

Catching them all, one step at a time.

  • A damning report says ​Twitter’s Super Bowl stats that the company shared were actually fake​! (My thoughts are here on the Slade’s Corner linklog.)
  • ​Cobalt​ is a great video downloader for websites like Twitter and YouTube that doesn’t have any ads, and isn’t doing anything shady! It’s quite cool, check it out.
  • Google Pixel is almost done with the transition to their own in-house Tensor chips, as ​Android 15 drops support for Pixel 5, 5a, and earlier​.
  • Windows 2000 launched 24 years ago today! NeoWin ​has a wonderful look back​ at the business-oriented operating system that would later be used as the foundation for Windows XP (which was released in 2001 and the first unified release of Windows for both home and business consumers.)
  • A woman was able ​to take a flight from Nashville International to Los Angeles International Airport without a ticket​. She was caught and immediately taken into custody upon landing in LA. The investigation is ongoing, but the TSA insists she was screened, but was able to bypass the ID checkpoint by jumping a barrier. How she was able to even board a flight without scanning her ticket is unknown. (Somebody’s probably getting fired.)
  • Elon Musk was caught with his pants down again sharing fake stats on Super Bowl 58’s performance on Twitter, ​according to a report​ from CHEQ. They found that 75.8+% of those numbers were fraudulent, and the impressions were much, much less than what the company shared. “‘I’ve never seen anything even remotely close to 50 percent, not to mention 76 percent,’ ​CHEQ​ founder and CEO Guy Tytunovich told Mashable regarding X’s fake traffic data. ‘I’m amazed…I’ve never, ever, ever, ever seen anything even remotely close.’” Geez.

For more, consider checking out ​my linklog on​! I usually share a bunch of stuff throughout the week that doesn’t always make it into The Bulletin.

What I’m listening to…

I’m kind of a Spotify addict, so I happen to listen to a lot of music. Here’s what I’m currently listening to—usually on repeat. Here’s what I’ve got for you, for the week of February 17, 2024

Thanks to ​Odesli​ for making all these streaming platform-agnostic!

Here’s hoping you feel better soon, Beanie <3

I close this week by reminding you to be kind to yourself and others. These are some hard times we live in, and a little kindness goes a long way towards making that at least a little bit better.

Just keep swimming,