Inspired by Josh Gitner and his Fresh Links, I’m making my own collection of links I think are worthy of review. Happy clicking.

 

February 7, 2021

Football Game to Follow Amanda Gorman Poetry Reading
Vulture made a funny.

Six Big Questions About the Pandemic Super Bowl
That last one is the big one…

Christopher Plummer Dies: Oscar Winner & ‘Sound Of Music,’ ‘All The Money In The World’ Star A True Hollywood Legend
Damn. From a Von Trapp to a Klingon to the world’s most famous mystery writer, he was an amazing performer. Sad.

Where Is Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse?
This story might be over before it posts or he might still be on the run. There’s little doubt he killed the two people. He should still be in jail. In the meantime, the Feds have to get involved now. Also, Ricky Schroder is not good with money.

The rings, the jerseys and the road to Nick Allegretti’s second Super Bowl appearance
The Nick Allegretti story is just the best. What an amazing family.  

He “Horrifically Abused Me for Years”: Evan Rachel Wood and Other Women Make Allegations of Abuse Against Marilyn Manson
Not even an iota of surprise here.

Welcome, Facebook and Twitter. Seriously.
Hamish McKenzie of Substack riffs on social media companies taking on the lowly newsletter.

Saved by the Bell Star Dustin Diamond Dead at 44
Sad.

Cardinals Officially Acquire Nolan Arenado
I still can’t believe it.

The Cardinals Made A Great Trade For Nolan Arenado, And Got It Done On Their Terms
Unreal. 

Spotify Streaming on my 17-year-old iPod Classic (via Raspberry Pi)
Guy Dupont gutted his 2004 iPod Classic and transformed it into a Spotify player powered by a Raspberry Pi. I could never do this, but I love that it can be done.

Sophie, Who Pushed the Boundaries of Pop Music, Dies at 34
Sad. (Seriously, I had never heard of this person before…)

Tony Bennett’s Battle With Alzheimer’s
The story with Lada Gaga is heartbreaking.

Do This Instead of Sending an Angry Text or Email
Seems like common sense, but maybe not.

Can more Harry Potter ever be okay?
I’m not sure as many people care what Rowling thinks about transgender people as they do about what happens at Hogwarts. Also, money.

How Biden Can Unify America
First, by simply being Joe Biden and not Donald Trump.

Hal Holbrook Dead: Actor Who Played Twain, Lincoln and Deep Throat Was 95
Sad.

Waking the Leviathan
The story of how James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse went from game concept to blockbuster TV series.

The March Of The American Kooks
David Roth equating Steve Carlton to the QAnon folk is… probably right.

Nike Just Revealed a Sneaker You Never Need to Touch
Cool, except for all the people who need to have special inserts in their shoes.

The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
What an interesting and eclectic list.

Here, Have A French Fry Ranking
I would move sweet potato fries down a few notches because I don’t like sweet potatoes, but this is pretty spot on.

Millie Bobby Brown is Princess Leia 
While this video itself is technically a DeepFake, I would actually prefer to see this kind of casting done than to continue to see eerily uncanny valley-esque DeepFakes of celebrities in actual blockbuster movies.

Why Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS Needs a TV Show
I’ve always thought this as well, especially after watching the Classic Albums episode. All the parts are here.

Hive Social Is a New Social Media App That Apparently Blew up Over Night
No. I’m not going to join. No. No. No. No. No… maybe? No.

The Reason Why You Can Barely Hear The Dialogue In ‘Tenet’
This is a good, well thought out review.

Superstar Cities Are in Trouble
This is an interesting take on remote work. 

50 Things Turning 50 In 2021
What an eclectic and interesting list. I had no idea about several.

I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age
“Michael Goldhaber is the internet prophet you’ve never heard of. Here’s a short list of things he saw coming: the complete dominance of the internet, increased shamelessness in politics, terrorists co-opting social media, the rise of reality television, personal websites, oversharing, personal essay, fandoms and online influencer culture — along with the near destruction of our ability to focus.”

 

January 31, 2021

Twitter buys into newsletters with Revue acquisition
Interesting. I debate with myself all the time about starting a newsletter type thing again. I used to have one with Revue and loved it. 

What Superhero Movies Need to Remember While Embracing Multiversal Madness
The fan service! The fan service!!!

Why Are 1/3 of Black Americans Suddenly Anti-Vaxxers? | The Amber Ruffin Show
I have been educated on this topic. I had no idea.

Kellyanne Conway Accused of Posting Topless Photo of Her 16-Year-Old Daughter on Twitter
Please arrest her. Like now.

Apple Watch Series 7 Rumored to Feature Blood Glucose Monitoring
This is the holy grail of features on a smartwatch. I do not have an Apple Watch, and I might consider getting one if this was available. If consumers could move away from the ecosystem of diabetes management, including needles, strips, readers, etc. and just wear a watch, it would put so many companies out of business. It’s a quantum shift game changer, if the information it provided is reliable and accurate.

Cloris Leachman, Emmy and Oscar Winner, Dies at 94
Sad.

The Dems Don’t Need “Unity” With the GOP — They Need to Punish Them
If they don’t, then the failed coup/insurrection/cosplay party will be round one. Republicans will not learn anything and we will be in this endless cycle.

Budweiser Joins Coke and Pepsi Brands in Sitting Out First COVID-Era Super Bowl
Interesting.

Send This to Anyone Who Wants to Know WTF Is Up With GameStop Stock
I don’t get it. It ain’t for me at all but to each their own. Make that money… I guess…

Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents
They really should be in jail. Totally evil.

Biden Begins Presidency More Popular Than Trump Ever Was
BWHA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA…ahem.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is banned from Twitter
Whatever.

What the science actually says about weighted blankets
Experts still recommend them. 

Cicely Tyson, an Actress Who Shattered Stereotypes, Dies at 96
Sad.

I’ve Said Goodbye to ‘Normal.’ You Should, Too
Sigh…

The 50 Best Cult Movies
Good list. #1 and #2 should be swapped.

Discarded Star Trek Stories That Would Have Changed Everything
Some of these are okay. The Shatner story is amazing.

Space Internet
Is Starlink the wave of the future?

The Evolution of Jason Sudeikis’ Character ‘Ted Lasso’
What a cool breakdown. It’s neat to see the development.

The Oral History of ‘Guitar Hero’
I never got into Guitar Hero or owned a game system that played it, but if you did this is pretty interesting.

New Poll: The Public Wants Dems to Go Big; the GOP to Get Out of the Way
Forgive me, but no shit.

The Myth That Gets Men Out of Doing Chores
I’m so guilty of this…

Yeah, Baylor is awfully good at basketball, but you should see ’em play Uno
Just as soon as I start thinking I should drop The Athletic, they drop a story like this.

Pellet Ice Is the Good Ice
Yes. Everyone knows this. We just call it Sonic ice.

There Will Be More Marjorie Taylor Greenes
This is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Jon Bon Jovi on wealth, love and his ugly tussle with Trump: ‘It was seriously scarring’
Good interview.

Pee-wee Park – The Full Horror Trailer
Yes, this is exactly what you think it is.

 

January 24, 2021

The Unlamented Man
John Scalzi on Trump: “Here is my hope for the man: That no one ever has to think about him again. That his capacity for injury is limited only to those who choose to put themselves in his path.”

Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86
Sad.

Meet the Ansel Adams of Liquor Store Photography
I need to buy this book.

7 Ways Trump Changed Sports Forever
Pretty much the last one is the important one.

The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021)
It’s nice to have a record of an asshole.

A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory’s Unraveling
Cognitive dissonance is a horrible thing.

“Joe Exotic,” with limo waiting outside prison, fails to get Trump pardon
Isn’t this guy’s 15 minutes of fame just about used up?

Joe Biden’s Long Road to the Presidency
It’s a good story.

What Fresh Hell Awaits Us Now?
Lots of good thoughts here.

Don Sutton, Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher, Dies at 75
Sad.

DC launches DC Universe Infinite, which is where the comic books live now
I don’t care so much, but I do wonder if this is the future of the medium.

Donald Trump Is Out. Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In?
I really, really doubt it.

Obituary for a Failed Presidency
Go away and never come back.

Witless Ape Rides Helicopter
The National Review pulls no punches.

Big Baby Has No Friends
Yup.

Gene Simmons Gets Real About KISS, Being Jewish and…Crypto Currency
Sigh. It’s a nice bit about growing up that I already knew and the obligatory Gibson partnership mention. I guess I wish he’d focus solely on KISS, but I understand he has lots of other interests.

Larry King, Legendary Journalist and Radio Host, Dies at 87
Sad.

How to Kill MAGA Nation’s Brain Worms
I don’t think it’s possible. Deprogramming cultists seems like a no-win scenario.

Comic book artist’s sudden death a shock: ‘We had no idea he had Covid’
Steve Lightle was one of my favorite artists growing up. I really liked his take on the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Joe Biden Wants You to Just Calm the Heck Down
Yup.

Joe Biden Removing Trump’s ‘Diet Coke Button’ From the Oval Office Prompts Wave of Jokes
This is easily the only thing Trump liked about being President. 

RIP Mira Furlan, the Heart of Babylon 5
Sad.

The Moderation War Is Coming to Spotify, Substack, and Clubhouse
Interesting…

White House Cleanup After Donald Trump’s Departure Cost at Least $127,000
Unbelievable and totally believable.

Most sensational: The 5 episodes to watch when The Muppet Show comes to Disney+
I should spend some time watching The Muppet Show. I certainly did not appreciate it when it was on.

Fuck Your Perfectionism
Mark Mason is on fire.

At last, “Jessie’s Girl” from Jessie’s girl’s perspective
This made me laugh so hard.

James Hetfield and the News – “Hip to Be the Sandman”
Let’s end on something ridiculously fun.

 

January 17, 2021

The ‘Star Wars’ Fans Who Actually Prefer the Books
What an incredibly shitty post. This story isn’t about fans, it’s about one dude who has a Star Wars website full of erotic stories like the one about Rey trading sex for meal portions who when he was a kid really dug the adventures of… I dunno… Mara Jade and Dash Rendar? What a great idea for an article completely devoid of anything worthwhile. 

‘Whatever I can do to help’: Illini manager Bobby Gikas brings ‘juice’ from the bench
Stop doomscrolling and read this profile of Bobby. He’s awesome. It’s a great day to have a great day!

How a Presidential Rally Turned Into a Capitol Rampage
The New York Times with an amazing visual timeline through images, videos, and infographics about what exactly happened. It is overwhelming.

All That For Just Another Alabama Title
I didn’t watch, but I appreciate the author here decrying the college football landscape during a time of COVID.

McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment, believing it will be easier to purge Trump from the G.O.P.
I’m guessing this story is outdated before I put this up.

Mary Miller and her ilk must resign
It’s fun to write about and “demand,” but none of this is going to happen. It just isn’t going to happen. They have actualized and monetized being shameless and so nothing will actually happen to these people. You can’t shame them into doing the right thing, they don’t believe they were doing the wrong thing. 

Parler’s Implosion, Explained
When Fox News implodes let me know…

Pirate Bay Founder Thinks Parler’s Inability to Stay Online Is ‘Embarrassing’
Next level owning.

A Closer Look at the ‘QAnon Shaman’ Leading the Mob
The horned fur hat dude with the facepaint and all the tattoos is, unsurprisingly, a weird-ass human being. “He calls himself Jake Angeli, or Jacob, or Yellowstone Wolf, or Loan Wolf, or AlphaMale @USAwolfpack (his Twitter handle), or QAnon shaman. (His real name, it emerged on Saturday when he was arrested, is Jacob Anthony Chansley).” This person has broken with reality. 

Did We Receive a Message from a Planet Orbiting the Nearest Star?
Probably not, but what if?

New York Dolls Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain Dead at 69
Sad.

Bill Belichick Isn’t That Stupid
I don’t have a strong opinion on Belichick, but he at least read the room correctly.

What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?
This is a fun trip down an imaginary lane. I quibble about Rosario Dawson’s roles, but otherwise interesting.

Welcome to Zollywood
A GQ profile of Zendaya. These are so well-written.

Worry
“Worry is fear in sheep’s clothing. If you can create certainty in those areas of your life where worry lives, then you don’t give it what it needs to survive and thrive.”

An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia
These are always pretty good.

Siegfried Fischbacher, Illusionist Icon of Siegfried & Roy Duo, Dies at 81
Sad.

Dave Grohl’s teenage obsessions: ‘I learned drums by arranging pillows on my floor’
It’s kind of what I did even though I never really learned how to play drums.

Refrigerators Are Finally Embracing the Good Ice
Ah, Sonic ice.

23 Weeks of Star Trek Reminded Me of the Simple Pleasure in a Job Well Done
Yes.

Harold N. Bornstein, Trump’s Former Personal Physician, Dies at 73
Sad. This was a really weird dude. My friend Grant said, “You can tell it’s the last season of the show when they start killing off beloved characters from early arcs.”

The Future of Superhero Movies Is the Multiverse
I’ve been saying this for a long time.

Abolish the lame-duck period
Yes. A million times yes. Take the Electoral College too.

Why Aren’t We Wearing Better Masks?
This is bothersome.

Urban Meyer Is A Flashy Hire By A Desperate Owner
I guess? I kinda don’t think he’s desperate.

Joanne Rogers, Widow of Fred Rogers, Has Died at the Age of 92
Sad.

‘Why Do I Spend Weeks Avoiding Tasks That Will Take Me 10 Minutes to Do?’
It me.

Defund the GOP
One of the better Lincoln Project videos. Hope they play it all over Fox News.

 

January 10, 2021

What just happened this week?
What a year this week has been! I can’t even begin to process everything.

D.C. Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever
I think this might actually get done…

The Silence of the Damned
“My lasting image of President Trump is of a guy shitposting his way through a single term in office, one finger on the nuclear button, the others glued to his phone.”

Worst Revolution Ever
They are all going to prison.

It Was Supposed to Be So Much Worse
Horrifying.

Pence has not ruled out 25th Amendment, source says
This story will be outdated in 3, 2, 1…

Georgia Has Been Blue For a Long Time
Good insight from Will Leitch

Georgia Shows the GOP’s Dismal Future Without Trump
Yup.

The Georgia Runoffs Should Scare the GOP
Yup, part two.

Seth Meyers Calls For Trump’s Removal After Violent Insurrection at Capitol
He’s not the only one…

Hey, Republicans Who Supported This President: Are We Great Again Yet?
Colbert does not mince words.

The Capitol rioters put themselves all over social media. Now they’re getting arrested.
And fired from their jobs, and losing book deals, and added to No-Fly lists.

These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off “Racist-Ass Terrorists”
They were racists? I’m shocked! /sarcasm

74 of Our Favorite Facts for 2020
I’m rather partial to the interestingness of #19, the obviousness of #32, the forward-thinking of #46, and the history of #70.

How on Earth Are They Going to Pull Off the Olympics?
It’s a good question.

Everything We Know About Joe Biden’s Inauguration
Most importantly, that he’s going to be president.

The STAR WARS Timeline Has New Official Eras
This is kinda cool.

Tanya Roberts, a Charlie’s Angel and a Bond Girl, Is Dead at 65
Sad.

The Nirvana of Ben Affleck
I’m sure Ben and I could be good friends, but you know the whole movie-star thing. I like Dunkin Donuts coffee too…

The Insurrectionists Among Us
They are your friends from high school, cousins, and church leaders. 

Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies at 93
Sad.

Free as in Twitter
Trump versus Twitter is pretty simple.

The Best Of The Internet (2020)
Only the good stuff. Watch the 2019 one too.

 

 

January 2, 2021

The Plague Year
This isn’t a magazine article, it’s more like a book. I haven’t read it all yet.

Top Ten Lunatics of 2020
It’s pretty much #1 all the way down.

Top Ten Predictions for 2021
#4 only works if he’s arrested, convicted, and sent to prison

The ashes of James Doohan— Scotty from Star Trek— are aboard the International Space Station
Boldly going…

The pop culture that brought us joy in 2020
This is a really weird list, but to each their own.

The Internet Can Belong To You Again
The essay part is good, but I don’t give a shit about Drew’s favorite shite band or candy. Also, I really don’t care about his football picks and who should get fired next. Stick with the essays, man…

Why on Earth Was Christopher Nolan Trying to Lure Us Into Movie Theaters Teeming With Pathogens to Watch Tenet?
I think I’d go with “celebrity obliviousness.”

The Year of the Idiot
It’s a bit disheartening isn’t it?

So, What Is a Ranger of the New Republic Anyway?
I was wondering that myself… Don’t worry, this article doesn’t have an answer either.

Small
Thoughtful rumination on things big and small.

Phil Niekro, Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher, Dies at 81
Sad.

1,273 People Share Their Best Life Lessons from 2020
One of the better end of year things I’ve read so far.

What happens when a 14-year-old superfan writes to his favorite NBA and WNBA stars in the bubble?
Coach Pop was pretty cool.

The Padres Are Doing What Every Other Team Could
This is frustrating as a Cardinals fan.

In The Midnight Sky, George Clooney the Director Fails George Clooney the Actor
I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

Here’s Why Distribution of the Vaccine Is Taking Longer Than Expected
We have fucking idiots in charge. I’m hoping things change rapidly after January 20.

Bret Bielema: Illinois Home Grown
What a great story.

Cowards Are Destroying the GOP
DEE-STROY!! 

Becky Hammon Took The Next Step
This is a pretty cool story.

Pretty Great, Pretty Loud, Pretty Expensive, Pretty Heavy, and Pretty
Apple’s new headphones are not for me. At $550, waaaaaayy too expensive. 

7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
Mark Manson back to writing shit that’s pretty great (see what I did there? See above)

Stop Waiting for Things to Go ‘Back to Normal’
They won’t.

The Worst Tweets Of 2020
SMH

Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 82
Sad.

Who Did J.K. Rowling Become?
I simply don’t understand.

How To Get What You Want in 2021. Despite COVID-19.
Nicholas Bate with a definitive list.

Do You Love Me?
Not the KISS song. Right before the robot uprising.