Armed Bird Businesses and Problematic Twitter Faves: A Love Story

Darling ones, to start us off this morning, friend of the Missive Marc would like to point out an enjoyable lede from the Los Angeles Times: “What began as a dispute over payment for dove-releasing services at a funeral this month ended with the arrest of a 51-year-old man Tuesday after detectives found an arsenal of more than 50 firearms and Nazi memorabilia inside his Huntington Beach home." Sigh. 2018: it would be laugh out loud hilarious, if it was so scarily dystopic.

And in breaking hilarious dystopia news, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is “expected to plead guilty to lying to Congress in collusion probe; gave 70 hours of interviews to special counsel.”

Here’s a headline I’m surprised we didn’t see sooner: Starbucks to stop customers from watching porn in stores.

I had a great conversation yesterday with a journalist who just recently moved to the Bay Area, and they asked me what has changed here since I came to town. I mentioned how, at the beginning, there wasn’t any glamour in working a startup, that it was just all of us in a room on computers, with catered lunches, cold brew, and worthless options merely gleams in our eyes. I wished I’d seen this Outline piece before that convo: Marc Andreesen's Twitter Faves Sure Got Weird. Because major venture capitalists indicating alt-right leanings via public social media activity stands as a pretty glaring difference between now and 2009.

And finally, ICYMI, because I sure did: thank you to friend of the Missive Brendan for pointing out this pre-Thanksgiving gem of an “interview” with everyone’s favorite demonic NHL mascot, Gritty. In case you are wondering, I now know what I want to be when I grow up: the social media manager who ghostwrites Gritty answers and makes sure to include references re: Chumbawamba, snuggies, Miley Cyrus’s “See You Again,” and the Mom microwave turkey prank, all while dodging questions about whether Gritty is a leftist.

Be kind to each other,