Why Is There an Empty Picture Frame in Joe Biden’s Oval Office?:

Fascinating – but the real tidbit I didn’t realize was that President Biden has a bust of Caesar Chavez in the Oval Office…

Daring Fireball: Noam Chomsky: ‘The False Promise of ChatGPT’:

Donald Trump says the Capitol attack is Mike Pence’s fault | Boing Boing:

Donald Trump blamed the Jan. 6 riots on former vice president Mike Pence, saying that the Capitol insurrection could have been avoided if his sidekick would have just helped him overturn the election.

Does it actually surprise anyone Lord Dampnut would blame a victim for not just going along with things? That actually seems pretty on-brand.

Daring Fireball: Reddit Post Seemingly Proves That Samsung’s Galaxy S-Series ‘Moon Photos’ Are Fake, and They’ve Been Blatantly Lying About Them:

Anything Samsung ever claims that seems too good to be true should be assumed to be a blatant lie.

Let me fix that: Anything Samsung ever claims should be assumed to be a blatant lie.

Daring Fireball: Facebook Is Working on a Twitter Competitor Codenamed ‘P92’ That Will Be Interoperable With Mastodon:

No sarcasm intended: I love this idea. Federate with Mastodon via ActivityPub and let people do it using their existing Instagram IDs. Keep it clean and simple and destroy what’s left of Twitter.

I agree – I love this idea. I just hope it holds out longer than facebook messenger federating with XMPP, which I think was the last time I remember a Meta platform interoperating with open protocols.

Meet the ‘Ghost’ Woman Fox Relied on for Voter Fraud Claims:

But the strangest revelation so far from the Dominion Voting Systems case against the cable channel may be the alleged source of the voter-fraud claims that sparked the lawsuit: a single email from a previously unknown woman who was convinced, among other things, that late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered while being hunted for sport.

Wow. Have to read the whole thing to really grasp the crazy.

Topol, star of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Flash Gordon,” RIP | Boing Boing:

Topol—the mononymous Israeli actor who played Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971), Dr. Hans Zarkov in “Flash Gordon” (1980), and countless other roles—has died at age 87.

Daring Fireball: ‘Finally’ Indeed:

I hope you’re well-stocked with popcorn, because you’re going to need a lot of it. Dominion Voting Systems, opening its reply brief in support of its motion for a summary judgment against Fox “News” (PDF):

Eddie Izzard announces new name:

“I’m Eddie. There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which is what I wanted to be since I was 10,” The Independent quoted Izzard as saying, “I’m going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard.”

It’s time to take back control of what we read on the internet – The Atlantic:

Crapwalled article, but TL;dr – Use RSS to subscribe to feeds of sites instead of relying on reblogs on social media.