Multi-whammy news day as politics got sadly tapped to the back burner by the death of a musical icon — all over the InterWebs cycle: Tina Turner passes at 83.
She carried some talented weight for a long, long time on a number of brilliant levels. I’ve been infatuated with her since the early 1970s and on and on. This is one of my most-favorite songs, and reinforces sweet memories of a personal, good-time space of history:
And this, with another wondrous, iconic performer:
Cher and Tina Turner performing "Shame, Shame, Shame" on The Cher Show, 1975 pic.twitter.com/ISgNY3pDTa
— David Rush (@dav1drush) May 24, 2023
The world will be much worse off now.
Meanwhile, Shitsville this evening back in the political sphere, as Ron DeSantis kicked off his presidential campaign in a shitty, absolutely, misguided, deeply-f*cked-up way:
What better way to wreck your campaign in 30 minutes! pic.twitter.com/xFHXtvws3V
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 24, 2023
Nutshell via The Washington Post just a bit ago:
But just minutes into the Twitter Spaces with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the site was breaking because of technical glitches, as more than 600,000 people tuned in. Users were dropping off — including DeSantis himself. A flustered Musk scrambled to get the conversation on track, only to be thwarted by his own website.
“We’ve got just a massive number of people online,” Musk said. “So the servers are straining somewhat.”
Eventually, they launched a new Spaces on a separate account, citing Musk’s account as the problem — although it drew a fraction of the traffic as DeSantis eventually made his announcement roughly a half-hour late.
Further per CNBC:
Musk’s comment came in between crashes, feedback glitches and audio failures that prevented the conversation on Twitter’s Spaces feature from beginning for around 25 minutes past its scheduled 6 p.m. ET start time.
Musk and investor David Sacks, an ally of both men, started a new Twitter Spaces webcast after the original one failed. But technical issues popped in that stream, too, including in the middle of DeSantis’ remarks.
DeSantis had filed federal paperwork earlier in the day, putting him officially in the running for the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign had also released a video in which DeSantis says, “I’m running for president to lead our great American comeback.”
But DeSantis’ unorthodox decision to make a major announcement on an audio-only Twitter tool had drawn the most attention.
The aborted first Spaces event listed more than half a million listeners before it was abandoned completely.
Insane, yet part-n-parcel to a complete asshole.
And to add to the laughter quotation:
Quite a moment just now on the floor: https://t.co/sKVrqMQjx4
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) May 24, 2023
Hilarious! And we take the funny wherever and whenever we can get it.
And to close out this little note, another memory pulse from the ‘Queen of Rock-n-Roll:’
Sad absolutely, yet once again here we are…
(Illustration out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Weeping Woman [La Femme qui pleure],’ found here)