NEW YORK—Following this week’s news that the immunization may be 90% effective in preventing Covid-19, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced in an advertisement Wednesday that the first batch of its highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine would arrive in a collector’s edition limited to 2,000 doses. “Pfizer is proud to offer an exclusive early release of our new vaccine in a custom-made Swarovski crystal syringe with a 24-karat gold needle,” the glossy magazine ad read in part, noting that each dose would come in a handcrafted mahogany case and be accompanied with an official certificate of authenticity signed by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. […]
Horrifying to contemplate how big a round of applause this would get at the next Conservative Party conference if it was delivered by the right member of the Cabinet:
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) August 16, 2020
My experience of team working from home bears precisely no relationship to this. And yet, I still can’t help but find it entertaining and endearing.
So, well played, Apple’s marketing team. Well played indeed.
I do believe @frankcottrell_b won Twitter today:
I propose that every year on this date we celebrate @frankcottrell_b's tweet with bunting, a day off school and parades where adults dress as whining tax exiles while children throw wet sponges at them. pic.twitter.com/C4DqsgrNgV
— The Web of Evil (@webofevil) May 18, 2020
Certainly UK Twitter.
[RT by @cstross]
Everybody’s done a Hello World program before. But now that I’ve got a few years of experience with the language, I set out to ask one of the most pressing questions out there – how do we make Hello World in C as convoluted and hard to understand as possible? This post documents the final result of a sleep-deprived me trying to do exactly that.
[Via Scripting News]
YouTube’s algorithm has been suggesting this video for a couple of days now but I’d been ignoring it until a comment at Charlie’s Diary gave me a nudge towards it.
Granted, the Current Situation provides comedians with a target-rich environment,1 so it’s more of a whistle-stop tour than the in-depth charge sheet that some of the individuals deserve, but it’s still a decent reminder of how keen so many incumbents are to rush past lockdown and rush into what comes afterwards. You know, the return of ‘normality’.
[Via Charlie’s Diary]
- In many respects the charge sheet probably needs expanding to cover every pusher of neoliberal bullshit over the last five decades or so, but it seems very reasonable to start with the current incumbents and work backwards from there as required until the job is done. ↩
Vulture asked various screenwriters/show runners to write part of a Coronavirus Episode for their characters.
Michael Schur knows exactly who should be in charge right now…
First of all, Leslie would’ve known the CDC protocols for social distancing already, and they would’ve been instituted within 24 hours of the first reports of the coronavirus in America. […]
Ron would be thrilled because now there’s a reason for him to be alone with no one bothering him. But he’d worry about Leslie.
A few thoughts on some of the others:
- Of course Boyd Crowder would be working on a plan to take advantage of the lockdown to pull off a crime. And of course Raylan Givens would know to swing by to remind Boyd of the risk he’d be running if he tried such a thing.
- I was a bit distracted by the sight of that computer Frasier Crane was depicted as using. Note to readers under the age of 25: that’s what we used to call a laptop back before Jony Ive got control of Apple’s laptop designs. I was torn between admiration for how much less space a modern computer takes up (and how much more capacity it has compared to that thing) and envy for all those ports and sockets that just won’t be found on an equivalent modern laptop, let alone an iPad.
- I fear Coach Taylor’s brand of sincere, highly persuasive oratory only works when you have the scriptwriter on your side, but we can dream. ↩
You might imagine that a story that included the phrase…
“My partner took me to the hospital that she works in because she wanted all her colleagues to laugh at me.”
… would be mean or cruel, but as you follow Dr Daniel Reardon’s story it just gets funnier and funnier. Our hero takes what seem to be very reasonable decisions. It’s just …unfortunate… that each of those decisions leads him a step closer to that hospital bed.
I’m voting for Rowan Atkinson to play Dr Reardon in the inevitable film adaptation.
[Via James Nicoll]