Blathr Wayne Lorentz

What is Blathr?

Sounds like a road trip

Friday, May 10th, 2024 Alive 19,372 days

I just remembered where I left my glasses in 1980. I wonder if theyʼre still there.

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The “i” stands for “incorrect!”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 Alive 19,370 days

A screenshot showing how iTunes replaced the artwork of the Milcrayon album with the artwork of Enyaʼs album The Christmas EP. A screenshot showing how iTunes replaced the artwork of the Mi album M★1 with the artwork of Juanesʼ album Mi Sangre.

This is why you don't let machines automatically replace missing album art.

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Marianne, white courtesy phone…

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 Alive 19,362 days

A screenshot showing an error at DuckDuckGo.

Eventually, DuckDuckGo did get its wits about itself, but the search results werenʼt any more useful than the error message.

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Youʼve won a free trip to the cancer ward!

Friday, April 26th, 2024 Alive 19,358 days

Host John Dalyʼs cigarette smoke enveloping Senator Estes Kefauver on the game show Whatʼs My Line on March 18th, 1951.

Donʼt you hate it when you go on a national television game show and the hostʼs cigarette smoke keeps blowing in your face?

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Bass ackwards

Sunday, April 21st, 2024 Alive 19,353 days

A photograph of a counterintuitive Windows 11 indicator.

Today I noticed that on Microsoft Windows 11 the Bluetooth indicator lights up when it is not connected.

Itʼs like nobody in Redmond has ever used a light switch.

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Shuffle on!

Sunday, April 21st, 2024 Alive 19,353 days

A screenshot of two iPod Shuffles syncing with Apple Music.

Nineteen years later, Macs still happily sync with iPod Shuffles. This is a screenshot showing two of my fourth-generation shuffles just synced with Apple Music. Itʼs not pictured here, but one of my launch-day first-generation shuffles synced, as well. I didnʼt try the other one.

Also interesting: macOS still ships with full-color icons for each model and variation. Just in case someone might plug one in.

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Weʼre all gonna die!

Sunday, April 21st, 2024 Alive 19,353 days

A screenshot of the Wal-Mart app.

Wal-Mart equates the failure of its app with a mass extinction event that killed 75% of life on Earth.

But hey, there's a sale on Topo Chico!

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Just say no

Thursday, April 11th, 2024 Alive 19,343 days

A screenshot of a confusing request from the Chicago Tribune.

I wonder how many people have decided not to finish subscribing to the Chicago Tribune after being asked to for permission to access their mng-prod tenant.

Iʼm kind of glad I turned down that job offer from the Tribʼs digital team.

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