I’m one of those poor fools with two email accounts. At some point in 2007, it seemed like a good idea to have one address for work and one for personal stuff, because…profit? The concrete advantage was not clear, but it sounded like something an organized person might do. Now I have two essentially interchangeable addresses, one at Gmail and one at the great-in-theory Apple domain me.com. I manage both addresses with Apple Mail, so I generally forget that I even have two Inboxes until one stops working. When Gmail stopped this weekend, I assumed I had run into a bug in the new Mac OS. Instead, I ran into the minor masterpiece of insinuation that is the subject of today’s Close Reading.
Tomorrow, my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes will play their annual rivalry game against unaccredited Iowa State University, whose record currently stands at 0-2. The Hawks did not look great in their first two outings, but they are 2-0 nonetheless. That discrepancy prompted the University of Iowa Campus Police Department to tweet a funny knock-knock joke at the ISU police, the punchline of which plays out in the image above. I don’t think anyone will disagree that the police of Iowa City are total dicks, but I’m with them on this one.* Today is Friday, and winners are winners regardless of how they got there. Won’t you elide the details with me?