• a two-screen laptop model - touchscreen keyboard, touchscreen
top. Raises eyebrows, divides twitter.
• github - MS merges Atom/VSCode into
a third everything-editor platform. - integrations
Azure hipster-branded cloud-function service are
useful. ..but github feels less-cool. There's new social pressure to
internationalize software documentation, which adds new stress to
• oculus quest - sells-out in minutes. FB rallies •
google teases fuscia people flip-out. It looks really hot, and
novel. Apple drops almost 10% on the day. Google also has a significant
round of layoffs, it's first-ever.
• playstation 5 - launches and people don't really buy it.
• Facebook video - launches and feels corporate & gross.
• no impeachment the idea runs out of steam, and seems childish
by the spring. The economy is the obvious priority, and source of
frustration. The meuller-hype gets laughed-at on late-night shows.
housing prices drop steadily - and won't ever rebound again.
• Every democrat supports legalization - it's a strong plank of
the Democratic party, ahead of the feb'20 primary.
• Hurricane season - 3 major hurricanes hit Texas/Flordia, again.
Another wildfire season in California. People blame trump.
• L.A. gives money to Musk - for his heavily-lampooned
car-tunnels. It's a clear mistake, from the onset.
• Maple Leafs make conference finals - people say good job.
• Raptors make semi-finals - people are really happy and say good
• October Federal Election - TV debates are
unusually good and highly-watchable. Liberal
Minority. Jagmeet Singh gets crushed and promptly resigns.
• Trudeau's stimulus package - green energy seems to be 90% of
this astronomical spending plan. liberals don't know whether to
clap, or boo.
• Quebec Nordiques - get the nod, after the season.
• Montreal Expos - the laughable idea picks-up more steam in
booming Montreal. Trudeau pledges money for it, (in election
year) and so does Legault.
• Mexico sets a date - for federal free-market cannabis
• Australia sets a date - it looks pretty heavily controlled, but
• Ontario retail line-ups
- some breathless over-reporting, but good money made by all LPs.
(finally.) - a good variety, but low-availability of stores, before the
summer. - People drive in from the suburbs.
• SLS - Nasa tests it's largest rocket ever built, which flies
successfully Both commercial-crew missions succeed in a boring
• Falcon Heavy - 3 glorious, and photogenic flights
• the Moon
- China's sample return is exciting, India's rover is
a success more aggressive timelines are set by Nasa, SpaceX, and
blue-origin. ...the moon may be the best part of 2019.
• Greyhound (March) - Tom Hanks does WW2. It's dark and obviously
• Ad Astra (May) - Brad Pitt makes a gritty, real, near-future
space movie and it's good.
• Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July) - Tarantino makes a
winner, for his purported last-ever movie.
should've seen it coming:
• Kanye/Kim Kardashian breakup we groan, but we also all talk
about it a lot.
• Apple Netflix competitor - not just cheaper, but higher-class,
director-curated. youtube subscription prices drop to $4.50/month (from
• Transportation tax proposal - from left-wing countries, to
fight global warming.
• Software startup downturn - Far-less easy money for
software-only companies during recession. Uber IPO falls-flat and many
investors lose money. Millenials realize they don't know
• Young people leaving cities - repairing old houses is
steampunk. Live-in communities are cool.
Journalists try to capture it, but are too-cheeky.
a subscription-journalism attempt
- launches and feels desperate, and surives to next year. it has some
clout, but no market-fit.
didn't see it coming:
• SpaceX's been delivering weapons - didn't say so. Gets bad
press. Elon plays jazz-hands. Some investors pull-out funding. Most
• Putin is sick - has been battling a health condition, may