Editor’s note: Yesterday, the subject line of this email congratulated you for surviving January 2020, and a few of you wrote in to point out that we most recently survived January 2021. But dear readers, in order to survive January 2021, you HAD to survive January 2020, so perhaps that subject line was a 4-D chess comment on the ever-marching linear nature of time, and how we’re all inhabiting the result of the millions of moments we’ve experienced in days, weeks, months, years past. Perhaps it was a reflection on the act of reflection itself, and the importance of understanding where we’ve come from as we struggle to understand where we’re going. Perhaps I’m asking you to place yourself back in Jan 2020, a more innocent time when all we had to worry about was an upcoming election with existential consequences, or the devastating impact of climate change, or figuring out what to wear to work every day.
Or perhaps it was a hastily-assembled string of words I wrote without reading a second time. Whatever the ‘truth’, the thousand typewriting monkeys who craft the Missive will be denied a second helping of dessert this evening in penance for the ‘error.’
TO THE INTERNET!
My Canadian family and I are pleased with this development: Making Nice With Canada - sub-head = “The Biden administration is working to recalibrate the relations between neighbors.” (NYT)
Speaking of Canada, mail carriers are being suspended for refusing to deliver free copies of pro-Trump, anti-fact, “global purveyor of far-right conspiracy theories” the Epoch Times. (Vice)
And speaking of misinformation and dangerous willful ignorance, my blood boils reading this: Anti-Vaxxers Temporarily Shut Down One Of The Largest COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In The US (BuzzFeed News)
Google has added information on content sources into search results, providing Wikipedia information and other data when available. Making context and clarity to users is a good thing, though I wonder what percentage of users will actually engage with the feature. (TechCrunch)
Finally, I implore all of you to sign up for NYT writer-at-large Charlie Warzel’s personal newsletter devoted to his dogs Peggy and Steve. Unsurprisingly considering who the author is, the Substack is a deliciously well-written reflection on his two furry best friends and the adventures they get up to, filled with adorable photos. Never have I read such a loving and detailed description of a toy being torn to shreds - it’s freaking delightful. (Some Dogs)
That’s it, that’s all! See you tomorrow, and don’t forget to be kind to each other, mmmkay?