Since Christmas, the oh-so-woke fashion and lifestyle press has aggressively ignored first lady Melania Trump. Unlike her husband, she doesn’t bluster, tweet, or speechify; instead she speaks in the language of fashion. For French President Macron’s state visit, she wore this:
Impossible to be ignored. The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan writes
On these official occasions, the first lady sometimes appears to be dressing for a fashion-shoot version of the event — a kind of heightened reality of an already rather surreal circumstance. But there is also the sense that she is stubbornly and confidently dressing up and refusing to relax into today’s accepted decorum. The result is that she sometimes seems to have a tin ear for empathetic dressing. And sometimes, she wears a hat, which, for women, long ago ceased being about fashion in this country and became more of an affectation, whether it be the religiosity of Sunday church service or the self-conscious flamboyance of the Kentucky Derby.
A hat is a celebration of oneself. It is about presenting one’s most adorned, spit-shined, upright self to God, social media or, in this case, the history books.
“Empathetic dressing?” What kind of woke bullshit is that? “Today’s accepted decorum” is sweatpants or basketball jerseys at a wedding reception, t-shirts at a funeral, and airheads in phony ripped jeans; grown men don’t even own a suit to be buried in. Melania Trump reminds us that sometimes clothes do make the man; that we can be our very best selves.
The best part? “Taxpayers do not pay for the first lady’s wardrobe.”
IEEE Spectrum has a fascinating bio sketch of Hans Peter Luhn, inventor of the hashing and KWIC indexing algorithms.
This is Luhn’s legacy: He helped show that computers and computation weren’t just the province of mathematics, statistics, and logic but also of language, linguistics, and literature. In his day, this was a revolutionary way to think about machines.
Tip from the Geek Press.
Chatty stuff about writing indie SciFi, with snarky political and cultural commentary. Oh, and a great geeky sense of humor:
Update: Francis turner says that cat complains too much
Long-time south Texas residents swear by the H-E-B grocery chain for value, selection, quality, and always being well-stocked. These guys are supply-chain ninjas; we see groceries, they see a logistics network. And they always step up in emergencies; Houston may be their finest hour to date.
Tip from American Digest.
Remember this guy?
Turns out he’s got competition from this guy.
Tip from American Digest.
Update: And here’s a Texan who spent 10 years getting the US Constitution amended; that’s cool the hard way.
Rachel DiCarlo Currie explains Why We Need a Revival of Humility. Here’s the money quote
Shortly before leaving the Senate, Kyl spoke to Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and described a childhood trip to his local county fair in Iowa. Upon arriving at the fair, Kyl said, his father made sure that he saw the man who managed parking for the attendees. “He does that better than anyone else,” his father told him. “Everybody can do something better than you can.”
Everybody can do something better than you can. Imagine how much different our society would be if each of us embraced those words as a daily mantra.
That’s why I don’t tell the plumber, the tile guy, the yard guy, the pool guy, or my mechanic how to do his job. If I was so friggin’ smart, why would I be paying these guys?
Tip from the Instapundit, where Sarah Hoyt has been on a roll lately. Must be ’cause she just finished another novel.
said this: “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.”
If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.
Update: Shane Bouvet is an under-employed FedEx courier and Trump campaigner who scored a ticket to the inauguration, but had to scrounge a suit and shoes. This Man read that story, and showed what a sweetheart he is. (Tip from the Instapundit, who doesn’t do fake news.)