No, You’re Not The Only One Who Seriously Considered Turning Their Living Room Into A Permanent Pillow Fort This Past Weekend, Why Do You Ask?
|Amy Widdowson||Aug 31, 2020||1|
Darlings! It’s a gloomy morning in San Francisco, foggy and chilly and dark. Which is how I like it, so excuse me whilst I bundle myself in blankets and consume all of the hot coffee I can muster.
Today in “sometimes, technology is pretty cool”: last night on our family FaceTime, as often happens most nights, we had folks in San Francisco, New Orleans, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Baffin Island laughing our butts off over some silly joke. I just had to stop and note how freaking amazing it is that all of us could be talking, together. So anyway, FaceTime is on my gratitude list today.
And I have a new podcast I am bingeing, which I am sure y’all curious folk may have already heard of: Science Vs. Recommended by the fabulous Friend of the Missive Kate, it’s an excellently researched but super fun look at the medical and scientific explanations and/or debunkings of “fads, trends, and the opinionated mob”. And Dr. Anthony Fauci is a regular guest! I started with the ep on probiotics and quickly moved to the ep on why heartbreak hurts so badly, and have now hooked the podcast directly to my veins. Check it out!
TO THE INTERNET!
Fact-checking is SO important, especially now that it seems like lying is the new American dialect. But as Margaret Sullivan points out in the Washington Post, right now “Belief… takes the place of fact.” And pointing out inaccuracies may drive people further into their ideological corners. Sigh.
Physical book sales are booming! Yay, reading! Though I confess that I have fully transitioned to Kindle and will only purchase physical books I like after I read them, so I can look at them on my shelf. That’s right, I am a performative reader… for myself.
Tik Tok might have a buyer for its US, New Zealand and Australian businesses, which is great because it means I don’t have to kick my Dog Tok or Plant Tok addictions cold turkey.
Reportedly, White House advisors cannot use the terms “white supremacy” or “domestic terrorism” around the president because he automatically assumes they are being used as a criticism of him.
And finally, Mum of the Missive has requested that you all take care of your mental health and watch this video of a baby porcupine eating dried apricot. Thank you Cincinnati Zoo for your wholesome content.
Thanks for reading! I’ve had a very difficult couple of weeks, as I know many of you have, and I am grateful as always to have the chance to chat with you every(ish) weekday morning. So be kind to yourselves, and please wear a mask, won’t you?