Suspending disbelief

Saturday morning. Today’s word is capitulate.

Winter is still about three weeks away. After December 21st, which is the shortest day of the year, the days will begin to get longer. But between now and then we’ll lose another 19 minutes of sunlight.

This is a great opening paragraph, by Toluse Olorunnipa writing in the Washington Post.

President-elect Joe Biden, a state-college graduate who was once the poorest man in the U.S. Senate, is facing accusations of elitism from Republicans after defeating a billionaire incumbent with an Ivy League degree — a sign of how the politics of populism have been upended and redefined by President Trump.

Up is down. Down is up. Everyday is opposite day in this political environment.

Google seems to be slowly moving towards a subscription services model, and potentially away from advertising. We may look back on the last couple of decades as that weird time when stuff like email and search used to be free.

The Trump campaign paid $3 million for a partial recount in Milwaukee County and ended up losing votes. File under: Be careful what you ask for.

And scientists are proposing a neural network-based system that will produce “extreme summarization” of scientific papers. It’s called TLDR generation and it’s summarized in a 14 page paper.

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