The Shia LaBoeuf plagiarism scandal — No, not that one, the other one — No, not that one either, the Dan Clowes one — is old news (2013) but I had not heard about it before and it is really weird. I was going to write it up, but this MTV News article hits all the high points. Check it out.
This week I spilled a little coffee on my (employer-owned) laptop and now the cursor-up key doesn't work. The IT department told me to get it repaired locally, so I contacted a shop I've dealt with before and we had this exchange:
Them: If you send me your street address I can order a new keyboard for you under your warranty.
Me: Are you sure? This laptop is owned by my employer and they have already told me that the warranty doesn't cover liquid spills.
Them: If I had to send the old part back I wouldn’t be able to offer that to you but Lenovo doesn’t require the old keyboard to be returned.
Sir, I believe you just suggested that I commit fraud.
Annette Gordon-Reed on U.S. President Andrew Johnson around 1835, when he was in the Tennessee state legislature:
(Annette Gordon-Reed, Andrew Johnson. p.41)