Blue Origin launches, lands successfully.

Looks like it all went without a hitch.

Points to Bezos for being on the first one, too. I’m not ashamed to admit that in his place I might have been more thoughtful about acquiring that particular honor. Although I’d like to think I would have gone for it, too.

Tweet of the Day, This Amuses Me More Than It Should edition.

I mean, if my wife said that to me in the tone that I’m imagining Mila used there, then let me tell you something: I would go right up to her and say, Yes, dear. Also, I like being in a situation where I’m gonna go to space! is a more frivolous decision than it used to be. I feel that this is definite technological progress.

Via @BrianFaughnan.

#DavesCarIDService Now available on Substack!

I know some of you don’t like Twitter – well, nobody likes Twitter; we just endure it – but if you felt bad that you were missing Iowahawk’s almost preternatural ability to tell you what the car was in that snapshot of your Aunt Mabel, well: he’s got a Substack now. $5 a month, $40 a year; and Lord, but the number of people out there upset that Substack even exists! And they’re all the kind of people you take some pleasure in seeing upset, too. Gives an extra little frisson to the whole affair.

But it’s still mostly about the car IDs.

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SO THE NETWORK IS OUT.

I suspect the people putting up fences all along my row of houses, but can’t prove it! Technician coming tomorrow! Or Saturday! Roll those dice tomorrow!

But that’s OK! We have phones! Today I learned how to USB tether phones to computers! I also learned how to creatively make it clear to my children how there are to be no extraneous downloads until the network’s fixed! Oh, and I also interrupted all of this to get a callback from Xfinity, who wanted me to find out where my cable was! I told the man three times that I didn’t know, didn’t care, and that I was actually in the middle of patching all of this so why not let the nice technician – you know, the one coming Saturday! Or tomorrow! – figure all of that out because I don’t have that training in that particular skill set!

I don’t know how many times he heard that, because the connection was awful! Which is why I didn’t start swearing! But it all works, so it’s all good!

…How was your day?

Good thing I had ten hours’ sleep last night…

…because this morning I’ve been trying to get signed up to a site that would let me determine whether or not the federal government is in the process of screwing up administering the child tax credit that I did not actually request and would rather they not send me. No luck and no timely tech support; as I said on Twitter, ask me if I am surprised. That is a rhetorical question, naturally; for, Dear Reader, you already know that I am not.

I need to do a soft reset.

That’s a pretentious way of saying “I need to go to bed before midnight tonight.” I’ve been irritable and distracted all day, and while I don’t think I’ve bitten anybody’s head off I’m probably not at my best. I’m even half-tempted to start Internet fights over stupid things, and we all know that’s contraindicated for people such as me.

So early bed for me. Or… shoot. Maybe I could have a drink of something. That’s a plan worth further consideration.

Billionaire Branson’s Blastoff Beats Bezos.

There are worse things for billionaires to compete over.

Richard Branson reached space on a test flight for Virgin Galactic before gliding back to earth and touching down safely Sunday, the latest salvo in the burgeoning space tourism business led by high-profile billionaires.

The Virgin Group founder launched Sunday with three company employees, flying 53 miles above the earth in a final test mission before kicking off commercial space flights next year. Branson โ€“ who earned his pilotโ€™s license โ€“ tested the astronaut cabin experience.

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