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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox Dec. 22nd, 2023

Getting this put together on Thursday afternoon since, although the Ashton office will be open on Friday, I won’t be around. I shop much better under pressure, so I usually wait until the week before Christmas to get the majority of my shopping done, and I prefer to do it in person.  That said, time is getting short so Friday will be spent running around town before a weekend of parties and fun with family and friends.  While you still have a minute, scroll down for Mr. Jingeling, Hawaiian bunkers, anti-trust, and more.  

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Leg Lengthening

This sort of reminds me of the time that I’d posted on facebook that my left leg was now three inches longer than my right, since everything other than one ligament had blown up.  The reactions from people seeing the post were priceless.  Had I known that there’s an actual cosmetic process to lengthen legs, maybe I wouldn’t have done it on the ski slopes!

 

Real Estate

So company towns from Google, Facebook, Disney, and more are in the works, and I’d never realized the history behind them.  And while we’re on the topic of Mark Zuckerberg’s real estate, he’s building a bunker in Hawaii that will supposedly have at least 30 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms. The cost will be more than $100M, and I just hope he’s in Hawaii when whatever he expects to happen, actually happens.  Otherwise, I don’t think he’ll be able to get to the bunker.  

AI News Reporting

I had a piece a week or two back about Sports Illustrated getting in trouble for using AI generated images of fake writers.  Now comes this piece about a new AI generated news program, where all of the anchors are figments of our imagination.  I had trouble getting past the comment about all the news being pulled from trusted sources… in this day and age where all news reports are just opinion/agenda pieces rather than a true reporting of the news, why should we believe that this will be any different?

Mr. Jingeling

I don’t recall ever having held any affinity for Cleveland’s own Mr. Jingeling, but I think my brothers- and sister-in-law, all slightly older, used to talk about seeing him downtown.  I was surprised to see him as the leading character in an article about local department store holiday luminaries from the recent Smithsonian publication.  I sent this piece to above mentioned family earlier in the week, and in return got an audio file of the Mr. Jingeling theme song.  Nancy complained about it being stuck in her head, so to help her out, I used my ingenuity and figured out how to turn that random file into her phone’s alarm sound for Wednesday morning.  Needless to say, she was very pleased.  

Big Tech

Google has to pay $700M as part of a recent anti-trust case regarding how they handled app sales.  That’s spare change for them, though; this graphic shows how “Big Tech” makes their money.  Here’s a breakdown of Amazon, Microsoft, and the rest.  

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t wear ugly Christmas sweaters. Part of that is the fact that I don’t wear sweaters of any sort, and part of it is the fad behind it.  I much prefer Christmas pants, which is a trait inherited from my dad.  I did find it interesting, however, to read that the ugly Christmas sweater trend started back in 2001 or 2002 (depending on whom you ask).

Christmas Cheer

I don’t do Christmas sweaters, but there’s always some Great Lakes Christmas Ale in the fridge or cooler.  It wasn’t the first Christmas beer I had (that was either Sam Adams Old Fezziwig or Anchor Steam’s Christmas beer), but it is the one I make an effort to buy.  Reading this article, I might have to try a few others this year (except for the one that has hints of tahini, which sounds horrible). 

 

Next to the Christmas Ale in the fridge, there’s usually a bottle of egg nog, just in case somebody wants it. I might have one glass of it over the holidays, but it’s not something I live for.  There’s actually a bottle in the fridge that I forgot to pull out for our Christmas party last weekend. I’ll crack it open this weekend, but I don’t think I’ll be heating it up like they do on Italy’s ski slopes.  

That’s all for this week.  If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it’s a very merry one for you and your family.  And don’t forget to put milk and cookies out for Santa and his reindeer.  Did you know they have blue eyes at this time of year?  

 

Have a great holiday.

Abbey

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