Using The Otter Mug You Purchased At The Monterey Bay Aquarium Every Darned Day Because You Appreciate Its Mischievous Demeanor Is Self-Care, Prove Me Otherwise.
Good morning, lovelies! Let’s jump right in…
Please, please, please tell me you all saw this headline from yesterday (content warning if you get weirded out by the snakes of the sea, which, ok, I get): When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray. (NYT) If I got to be the person to introduce you to it, I accept this responsibility with gratitude (read each image caption, they are each chef’s kiss.) And this NiemanLab piece on how it set media Twitter’s hearts a’flutter is also delightful.
This will likely drive a lot of people mad, but on Sen. Joe Manchin’s efforts in D.C., I agree with Catherine Rampell (as is often just a good idea to do): Manchin got Republicans to admit to the ‘big lie.’ Democrats should celebrate. (Washington Post). Now, part of what is difficult about this is that the GOP is just running out the clock, and how many times are the Dems supposed to allow them to demonstrate what they’ve already told us they were, but I’d rather agree that, in general, this could be a blessing if played properly.
Ugh: this is from April, but still: Facebook's speed-dating app gives you four minutes to impress (Engadget). Who’s going to buy me coffee to try this out and report back?
Awwwww yeeeaaaaaa: Drinking coffee of any type cuts risk for liver problems, study says (CNN Health). Yes, this is me doing exactly what I shouldn’t do, which is sharing a clickable headline on one health study that validates my current behavior and/or beliefs, therefore supporting an unhealthy medical media ecosystem built on distorted data and self-fulfilling assumptions. But whatever, you can pry my morning Philz out of my over caffeinated digits.
And finally, yes, please, oh god, yes, I’m begging you, can we please just turn it all off for some period of time in a “mandatory timeout” so we can all rest? As writer Dodai Stewart says in the piece, ”shut it all down.”The Case for a National One-Week Vacation (NYT) I mean, Bumble is doing it!
You’re swell. Get your neighbors vaccinated, keep washing your hands because it’s better for all of us, and be kind and patient with each other as we all navigate everything right now, mmmmmmmmmkay?