How Can One Tell If Neighborhood Birds Are Plotting Chaos? Asking For A Friend.
Dearests! I wish I had a better excuse for missing yesterday’s Missive, but the truth is that I forgot to set my alarm, so by the time I woke up, coffee wasn’t even in the cards, let alone wading into the internet. And fun fact! The only reason I wasn’t late for work is because I have the smart lights in my apartment set on a morning and evening schedule, so thank YOU future-sentient lighting robot overlords from preventing me from missing work.
But when I did log on yesterday, I had a lovely surprise: The Missive was included in a list of what editors and writers at The Next Web “loved last week”. Which is really heckin’ cool because I’ve been reading TNW since I started working in tech ten years ago, and the last great review I got was from my Dad, who is very happy I stopped cursing as much as I used to.
BRB, adding "perfectly ranty" to my LinkedIn profile.
TO THE INTERNET!
No matter what mood you’re in, you’d better watch Lizzo’s VMA performance, because it is allllllll kinds of fire.
Have you ever wondered if that Mummy’s curse (deaths and such after the opening the tomb of Tutankhamun) was real? Don’t worry, my favorite online nerd hub and yours JSTOR Daily found a 2002 historical study by epidemiologist Mark R. Nelson in the British Medical Journal that examines just that.
An associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University called conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens a bedbug on Twitter. The professor didn’t @ his handle, and the columnist didn’t follow him at the time. So the associate professor sure was surprised when Bret Stephens emailed him, cc:ing his boss, telling him to come to his home, meet his wife and kids, and call him a bedbug to his face. Friends, this is what happens when you search for your own name on Twitter too often. Also, perhaps switching to decaf is a good idea? I dunno. And the kicker for the piece is MY FAVORITE: ““I teach strategic political communication,” (the professor) said, “and we will certainly be talking about this case in my class on Wednesday.”” BOOM.
Y’all know I love Amanda Mull. So how much do I love her piece on what happens when she visits the Goop store, spends $1,200, and writes a treatise on how “wellness” brands like Goop are exploiting the fears and insecurities of women everywhere? That’s right! I hecking love it a lot!
Today, in headlines that make me scared to my bones: The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks.
And finally, to discuss: “‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is a Science Fiction Film”. Internet, I love you.
Y’all are just great. Be kind to each other.