I Support Gen Z Bringing Back Cargo Pants, If Only To Attempt To Bring Down Big Purse.
Happy Tuesday, you delightful humans! I know I missed the typical “hope you had a great weekend” window, but I still want to say that AND share that the best decision I made this weekend was to (on Friend of the Missive Bryant’s suggestion) re-watch the Scream series in anticipation of the January 14 release of the new film, which is getting rave reviews. Though since the idea of sitting in a theater with a bunch of omicron in the air is scarier to me than I masked murderer, I’ll have to wait until streaming to enjoy.
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I have a full day of meetings and no hot water (thank god none of my colleagues are actually in the room with me, because ewww) so let’s get to that content!
TO THE INTERNET
If you read one story today, let it be this excellent piece by David Ingram on the burgeoning local activism of San Francisco’s technology workers: Many tech workers in San Francisco have a new side hustle: Local politics (NBC News). It does a really great job of capturing the conflict between “new” San Franciscans often vilified for SF’s ills, and old-guard San Franciscans who bristle at the financial and political power of these newbies. This drama in itself is not news - I’ve lived in the Bay Area 13 years this month, and the techie vs. native debate has been raging since the day I stepped off the plane, and WELL before that - but this story specifically spotlights what happens when the technology class does what the natives always said they’d never do: get uber involved with the deeply unsexy machinations of local activism to try and enact change in a notoriously politically dysfunctional town. And Ingram does an excellent job of showing how the “tech community is far from a homogenous group politically”, fighting both for and against every issue out there. This piece covers everything from the homeless crisis, to the school renaming clusterfuck, to the numerous DA recall attempts, to the ratcheted tension between those who want to build more housing and those who, well, just don’t. I’m sure Ingram’s getting shit from every side on this one, which just shows that he’s doing something right.
Innnnteresting precedent to chase: “A group of North Carolina voters urged state officials Monday to disqualify U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn as a congressional candidate, citing his participation in a rally last January in Washington that questioned the presidential election outcome and preceded the Capitol riot.” North Carolina voters dispute Cawthorn candidacy over Jan. 6 (AP)
Living for this headline: Golden Globes Put on an Event That Could Have Been Put in an Email (Variety, h/t aforementioned FotM Bryant!)
So, umm, never thought I’d have to say this, but YOU CAN’T “BOTH SIDES” THE HOLOCAUST, YOU CRAVEN MONSTERS: An Indiana GOP state senator said teachers ‘need to be impartial’ during lessons about Nazism and fascism (The Washington Post)
And finally, I try to not include two pieces from the same publication in the same Missive, but this is my new religion, all hail the cats-on-a-Vitamix! They bought a blender. Three weeks later, their cats continue to hold it hostage. (The Washington Post)
You’re all swell. Stay hydrated, book your PTO, and wear a KN95 mask whilst indoors with strangers, be kind to each other, and check out this photo of Orca, won’t you?