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

September 20, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87
Devastating news. I don’t have any words…

B1G Adopts Stringent Medical Protocols; Football to Resume October 23-24
This is slightly unexpected, but welcome news. I think the time spend postponing the season to figuring out the protocols will make all the difference in keeping student-athlete safety at the forefront.

Finding middle ground in the B1G return-to-play debate
Jeremy Werner lays it all out.

Do You Speak Fox?
A fascinating look at the language of propaganda from a propaganda network. I still think a consortium of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Michael Bloomberg should pool together $25 billion each and buy Fox News.

Living in a Conspiracy Nation
I hate people sometimes. 

The Tenet Experiment Didn’t Work
It was an entirely stupid idea to try and get moviegoers into a theater during a pandemic. They should have found a way to charge $30 to watch it at home like Mulan. I wouldn’t have paid for it, but someone would have. Lots of someones.

If Athletes Want to Force Real Change, They Need to Stop Playing
Will Leitch has a point.

John Cusack Never Understood His Cusackness
What a cool interview.

‘Godfather’ Series a Go as CBS All Access Renamed Paramount+
I guess this makes sense from a branding perspective. The offerings though are mostly meh.

Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden
This is a really big deal.

Vinyl Sales Surpass CD Sales for the First Time in 34 Years
I would love a return of the record store. This makes me want to pull out some vinyl records myself.

Discovery of Noxious Gas on Venus Could be a Sign of Life
But probably not.

Guitars Are Back, Baby!
Now if we could just get more rock bands back on the charts I’d be happy.

Toothbrushing Is Becoming Increasingly Gamified for Some Reason
I am an old, so I don’t get this at all. 

Defective Dynasts Sell New York Mets To Prolific Financial Criminal, Fans Rejoice
David Roth reminding us he’s one of the best writers working.

Buying Myself Back
What a creepy story by supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. The only sliver of light in this incredible shitstorm of misogyny and shamelessness is that she appears to be getting the last word.

Jurassic Park for 8 Cellos
Samara Ginsberg makes beautiful music.

The Media Learned Nothing From 2016
But I have a feeling the readers/viewers have. 

Cat Sitting on Keyboard Helps Play Van Halen’s ‘Jump’
This made me laugh, so I thought I’d share.

The most intriguing men’s college basketball players for the 2020-21 season
Look who’s number one…

Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year


September 13, 2020

A College Town Without College Football
Pat Forde’s article about Champaign and Illinois Football is really good.

Big Ten Coaches, In Power Struggle With School Presidents, Discover Their Own Uselessness
It is interesting how these coaches are now suddenly realizing there’s at least two layers above them in importance at these institutions.

The Birth of the Super Antihero: How They Made the Uproarious First Season of ‘The Boys’
Perfect satire for our time.

My four-decade friendship with Brock had a rough start
St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Rick Hummel on his friendship with the incomparable Lou Brock.

How Lou Brock stole Villa Grove family’s heart
Jake is my manager’s daughter’s boyfriend. It is a wonderful story.

The companies that help people vanish
This story could be the basis for a really interesting tv show.

At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here’s what I want to pass on
Some amazing advice.

If You Can Grocery Shop in Person, You Can Vote in Person
This makes sense to me. 

How Trump’s Billion-Dollar Campaign Lost Its Cash Advantage
Short answer: Stupid people making decisions. What a sweet gig Brad Parscale has scamming the Trump campaign.

The NFL Is Returning To a Different World. Can It Adapt?
Will Leitch, as always, asking the right questions.

Shelved: Pink Floyd’s Household Objects
I knew some of this, but certainly not anything about the shelved album. Amazing.

How Hollywood Killed the Director
Drew Magary complaining about an actress/writer/director taking the money and making a Marvel film is a specific type of take. It’s more of the “make the shit I like” and not that “sell-out, well-made garbage.” I dismiss the premise that Olivia Wilde can’t make a Marvel movie AAAANNND her independent, cool films.

The 5 Wildest Revelations in Bob Woodward’s New Trump Book
None of these are “wild.” Although, Chiat’s use of “It is a mystery” made me snort the second time it was used.

Official Dune Trailer
This looks quite impressive. 

A Few Reasons Why I Don’t Support Trump
Jesse Mechanic pretty much lays it all out.

Dame Diana Rigg, the Avenger Who Became the Queen of Thorns, Has Died at 82
Sad. She was definitely one of the better casting choices Game of Thrones ever made.

Santoor Cover of the Intro to Metallica’s ‘One’
Iranian musician Poolad Torkamanrad of Seshanbeha Santoor performs an absolutely hypnotic, minimalist cover of the iconic intro to the classic Metallica song “One” on a traditional hammered dulcimer known as a santoor. Beautiful.


September 8, 2020

Tenet Is a Cold Metaphysical Thriller
I wish this movie was available to download. Seeing it in the theater sounds horrible. 

Star Trek: Discovery’s Third Season Brings Trek’s First Explicitly Trans and Nonbinary Characters
Betting the Trill is Dax.

One university may have the best COVID testing operation in the U.S.—and tests students twice a week
It is an impressive operation. My family has seen it first-hand. This is what needs to happen EVERYWHERE.

Mark Mothersbaugh nearly died from COVID-19. FaceTiming with his family kept him alive
Another famous person who contracted COVID-19. This story is horrifying.

Robert Pattinson Has COVID-19, Halting The Batman Production

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, His Wife and Daughters, 4 and 2, Test Positive for COVID-19
It never ends…

No, 94 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths Were Not Caused by Something Else
Who thinks this?

How Christopher Nolan Mastered This One Editing Trick And Revolutionized Filmmaking
I love how this video explains how this works. It’s like a behind-the-scenes look at the craft. 

College Football Is Still Recklessly Barreling Forward
This might get messy in the end. Who knows?

The Blogger Comes Around
I get twinges of wanting to just chuck my website and just write on Medium. Fortunately, it passes.

Trump’s Cloud of Gossip Has Poisoned America
David Roth… one of the best columnists working today.

The Chaos President Has America in Chaos
This is a good article outlining what’s happening and why it’s happening.

The Many Sides to Dan Brown
The divorce stuff is interesting, but the fact that he had COVID-19 was more of a shock to me.

The eerie prescience of HBO’s Watchmen
I started to watch the series but didn’t get far. I need to get back to it.

Memo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeks
When you lose $1.1 billion, you probably need a few cost-saving techniques.

Tom Seaver, Pitcher Who Led ‘Miracle Mets’ to Glory, Dies at 75

When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
“Instead of asking why we can’t do certain activities, we might consider what we’re willing to give up to do them more safely. Even better, we might even consider what we’re willing to give up so others can do them, too.”


August 30, 2020

Watch An University Track Star Leap Over A 55-Inch Hurdle Like Gravity Doesn’t Exist
That’s pretty cool.

Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star, Dies at 43

Where Did All the Trump-Boosting Jocks Go?
They smell a loser.

The Saga of My Driveway Racetrack
“Every night I would get an alert from my driveway security camera, and at first I was a bit annoyed, but then I found myself looking forward to the evening alert. And then inspiration struck, in the form of my wife giving me this great idea. What transpired has turned into the best part of an otherwise dreary pandemic summer.”

The Convenient Truth of Rotisserie Chicken
I can’t wait for the Costco to open for the $5 rotisserie chickens.

Business partner of Falwells says affair with evangelical power couple spanned seven years
It’s always the “pious” among us who are the most depraved.

‘Don’t get complacent’: Illini protocols still face tests ahead
Simply amazing.

Why Kellyanne and George Conway Finally Went Dark
So, now Kellyanne has a problem with family separation?

Wanderers TV News And, Wait, Did Someone Mention A Sequel?
Chuck Wendig updates everyone on what’s happening around his novel Wanderers, which was my favorite book of 2019 and totally prepared me for a bat-causing, worldwide pandemic killing people at a ridiculous clip. Also, Wayward is a wonderful sequel title.

Could It Be Bush v. Gore All Over Again?
No, I don’t think it will be. Sure Trump will bleat and bemoan the facts, but there won’t be a Supreme Court challenge. Also, Bush did actually win Florida. 

Scooby-Doo Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dies at 87
So many Saturday morning cartoons were created by him.

Tenet Is Spectacular and Unintelligible
I can wait to see this when it’s available someplace other than an actual movie theater.

Apple showing signs it may soon launch a search engine to compete against Google Search
Interesting. But what will they call it? Probably something boring like AppleSearch. I personal fav? Apple Core.

The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites
What an interesting development with Carrd, which I think is one of the coolest internet tools available.

‘History is being made every minute’: Hope and frustration on Jackie Robinson Day

Meet the Voice of Batman
Kevin Conroy seems like a cool dude.

Newsletters could be the next (and only) hope to save the media
Maybe. Premium newsletters that you have to pay for are far and few between. 

Life Gets Better After 47, Says New Happiness Research
Apparently so, said the guy who’s 52.


August 23, 2020

Honestly, Just Vote In Person—It’s Safer Than You Think
I haven’t yet decided how I’m going to vote.

Illinois rapid saliva test for COVID-19 now operating under FDA Emergency Use Authorization
This is how we win.

Love On Top (from the cast of Pitch Perfect)
This is wonderful.

Microsoft Internet Explorer is finally dead
Who still uses Explorer? Firefox is next.

The Bush-Gore Recount Is an Omen for 2020
I really, really hope not.

With players cleared to return, the Cardinals are putting more focus on winning
I should hope so. Just going through the motions does make the fanbase happy.

Mississippi Narrows Its New Flag Down to 5 Contenders
The first one is my favorite.

At Least Patrick Stewart Is Still Reading Sonnets to Us
Quite lovely.

The Codename Rules
I worked on a project with a codename of “Jedi.” Honestly, I did not pick it.

Life’s Work: An Interview with Janelle Monáe
She’s completely fascinating in ways I had no idea.

Spread Your Anger Like Soft Butter Over Warm Bread
Athena Scalzi making an interesting point about focus.

Instagram rolls out suggested posts to keep you glued to your feed
While super annoying, just hit the home button when you get to the “You’re All Caught Up” screen and you’re all set.

Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton Will Be Batmen Again in The Flash
I’m now looking forward to The Flash movie even though I’m not at all interested in Ezra Miller. By the way, I fully expect to see Robert Pattinson’s Batman in this too.

My Lifelong Journey to Find Pee-wee Herman
What a delightful story.


August 16, 2020

How To Vote In The 2020 Election
FiveThirtyEight with a state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19.

The Big Ten becomes the first Power 5 conference to postpone fall football
Look up what myocarditis is. Still, the money being lost is astronomical.

The Athletic’s plan to save the nonconference hoops season: 44 pods, 357 schools
This is smart. It probably will never happen, but it’s smart.

Hans Zimmer created an extended version of Netflix’s ‘ta-dum’ sound for theaters
This is pretty cool. Very Zimmer-esque. Of course, the original is just the best.

The iOS-ification of the Mac Is Almost Complete
Looking forward to playing around with this when I can.

This Brie Larson Car Commercial Is the Only Thing That’s Real to Me Anymore
I can relate. “Go get ‘em, girl.”

2020: An Isolation Odyssey
This is way more than just a shot by shot bit with 2001. Stay for the credits, then visit her website.

This one small thing can radically impact your productivity
This feels like common sense, but I’m sure it isn’t. 

Trump called USPS a ‘joke.’ But the American post office is still magic — and I can prove it.
Will Leitch calling out his hometown.

Remote workers really should consider moving to college towns
It’s like they are saying college towns have smart, forward-thinking people and infrastructure, lean politically liberal, and have great restaurants, bars, and festivals. The downside is they are often surrounded by backward yokel towns filled with idiots.

Jess Zafarris, explaining the origin of “pumpernickel.”
“Fart Goblin” is the name of my quarantine band.

For All We Know, Gaiter Masks Are Fine

Why Democrats Need to Play to Win in Texas
“If Texas becomes a reliably Blue state at the Presidential level, it is game, set, match for the GOP. Those two to three extra Congressional seats mean Texas will go from 38 to 40 or 41 Electoral votes. Texas plus New York and California will get a Democrat nearly halfway to 270.” Add in the reliable Illinois Electoral votes, and you get over the halfway point with four states.

Massive Warner Layoffs Gut DC Comics, DC Universe

Introducing, a Getting Started guide for web feeds and RSS
A simple primer on RSS, which you all should be using.

Saliva-based coronavirus test funded by NBA, NBPA gets emergency authorization from FDA
The story needs more University of Illinois in it.

Honest Government Ad | TRUMP 2020
This video by Juice Media is better than what The Lincoln Project is doing. It would be funny if it weren’t true.


August 9, 2020

The Road To A Big Ten Basketball Title Must Go Through Champaign
I’m still dumbstruck Ayo and Kofi are coming back. Man, I want a college basketball season so bad.

I Wrote an Ebook to See How Much Easy Money I Could Make Online
Narrator: Not much.

Why Is Anyone Going to Disney World Right Now?
This seems unreal to me. Why would you go to Disney during a pandemic?

The Hate-Fueled Rise of r/The_Donald—and Its Epic Takedown
Gee, it only took five years…

5 Steps to Becoming Insanely Successful…or Whatever
There really isn’t a pain-by-numbers solution which is exactly what Manson is satirizing here. 

College Football’s Great Facade Is Cracking—and the Fracture Could Reshape the Sport
This is a sobering read.

You’ll Be Working From Home Forever. May I Recommend a Nap?
I could use some better sleep for sure.

Can We Admit Some Things Are Better Now?
And some things are worse.

The Ending of ‘Sucker Punch’ and Its Laughable “Liberation”
I actually think Sucker Punch is Zach Snyder’s best original property… oh wait.

Club Zero
The Go-Go’s have a new song in 2020. I’ll take it.

‘Tron: Legacy’ Has a Cult Following for a Reason
I’ve always loved both Tron and Tron: Legacy. 

Sports Now Feel Meaningless — and More Valuable Than Ever
Interesting angle by Mr. Leitch.

Attack of the $30 Rental: Why Disney’s Mulan Strategy Just Might Work
For a family of four to watch a family film at the theater, $30 seems downright cheap. 

Here Goes Nothing
Robert Rosenthal on the Fighting Illini Football schedule and what it all means.

Guy Who Accurately Predicted Every Presidential Election Since 1984 Reveals Who He Thinks Will Win In 2020
Make a guess and then watch the video.


August 2, 2020

Lou Henson, winningest men’s basketball coach at Illinois, New Mexico State, dies
I’ve been lucky enough to talk to several Illini legends. No one was more warm and friendly than Coach Henson.

After Quitting Deadspin in Protest, They’re Starting a New Site
I think I’m going to get a subscription to Defector. $8 a month isn’t too bad.

The Hood Internet ‘79 – ‘89
Fifty songs from each calendar year, distilled into something new. 

The End of The Fictional Cop
I expect there will be fewer cop shows in the future. 

Fox Sports’ virtual baseball fans are just plain weird
They feel very video gamey and that seems bad.

Release the… Great Branding?
The Seattle Kraken have some decent marketing and design peeps working for them and it shows.

Next Stop: Marriage
This is the best, most heartwarming story out there right now. 

One company’s plan to build a search engine Google can’t beat
All you can really do here is wish them well.

Baseball on the radio as powerful as ever
This makes perfect sense to me.

Scientists Just Released a DIY Coronavirus Vaccine Under a Creative Commons License
I think I’ll wait a bit, thank you very much.

May I Introduce You to Facts Man?
This made me smile and feel terrible at the same time.

Why Guys Are Tricking Out Their Desk Chairs With Rollerblade Wheels
I may have to try this.

Trump Might Try to Postpone the Election. That’s Unconstitutional.
Look, he can’t do this so stop giving it another thought. 

Herman Cain Dies After Contracting COVID-19
I wish I could muster some sorrow or pity, but all I’ve got is a strong sigh.

Cardinals’ season forges ahead after four-day pause due to COVID-19 outbreak
This won’t end until someone dies.


July 26, 2020

Mars In 4K
Probably the closest I’d ever get to being on Mars.

The Great Okay
I haven’t watched enough Netflix originals to speak on this knowledgeably, but I’m sure Mr. Siegler has. 

It’s Insane We’re Even Discussing Sending Kids to School This Fall
Seems that way to me too.

In Defense of Our Teachers by Dave Grohl
As a high school dropout and self-proclaimed “terrible student,” Dave Grohl is the last person you’d expect to defend teachers caught up in the contentious debate of reopening schools amid the pandemic.  Of course, you don’t know about his mom.

Banking on superior fundamentals in a shortened season
Here we go, Cardinals fans.

Given up sugar? Great, now it’s time to cut the news from your diet
I’m really not good at this and probably won’t ever be.

Two Weeks with the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Public Betas
Really in-depth.

Stream Taylor Swift’s New Album, ‘Folklore’
Just a few hours notice and bam a new album with zero fanfare. Cool bit of non-marketing marketing.

John Scalzi pointed me to this wonderful short. It gave me all the Dad feels.


July 19, 2020

John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80
Simply one of the most important figures in America. We will likely never see his like again.

Hackers Tell the Story of the Twitter Attack From the Inside
Shocking. Bottom line: the hack exposed Twitter’s internal security and it’s going to change how high-profile celebrities, politicians and “blue checkmarks” use the platform.

Redskins to announce nickname will be changed
Long overdue. I prefer Redtails to Red Wolves or Warriors

Kelly Preston, actress and wife of John Travolta, has died following a two-year battle with breast cancer

Naya Rivera Was the Best Part of ‘Glee’

Grant Imahara, Host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ Dies at 49
I was never a big MythBusters watcher, but Grant seemed like a cool guy and so many people I respect called him a friend. 

Alex Winter Doesn’t Mind if You Only Know Him From ‘Bill & Ted’
Delightful interview by Tim Grierson. Really interested in his new doc about child actors.

A big upset and a bowl trip give Illinois tangible progress to build upon
Good story.


July 12, 2020

Hamilton on film is a very different experience than Hamilton on stage
A definitive review of the film. 

Ennio Morricone, The Sound Of The American West, Dies At 91
He scored hundreds of movies with music you know and love even if you didn’t know it was him. Listen to a few of his top tracks and then move on to the tribute to some of his best film scores.

Nick Cordero, Broadway Actor, Dies at 41 After Coronavirus Complications

The Walkman, Forty Years On
I remember getting one in high school. It was transcendent.

Modern English – I Melt With You (from Quarantine)
The smile this put on my face is a mile wide.

Stairway To Gilligan’s Island
Puddles Pity Party, the golden-throated sad clown, has an amusing mashup song using the lyrics from the Gilligan’s Island theme with the soundtrack of the Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven.” It’s magic.

Americans Are Living in an Alternate History
So many things could have been done differently.

How “Starship Troopers” Aligns with Our Moment of American Defeat
David Roth had a lot of fun with this one.

Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her Mind
This interview has been getting lots of play. 

Is Michael Trigg Hinting At A Double-Duty Illini Fans Haven’t Seen In 70 Years?
This would be something.

Why we’ll never stop arguing about Hamilton
This is a good timeline into the phenomenon

The Robots Microsoft Assigned to Do My Job Can’t Do It
The AI is coming! The AI is coming!

Cristin Milioti, Forever
I need to watch Palm Springs.

Big Ten will play only conference football games in fall 2020
Damn. I totally get it. This is all because of our failed national political leadership. I blame Trump.


July 5, 2020

RATT’s “Round and Round” Back on Billboard Charts as GEICO Commercial Airs 10,000 Times
I’m behind on this story, but it’s amazing. The commercial made me laugh the first time I saw it.

10 Tips on How to Bring Your Sport Back During a Pandemic
Will Leitch with some excellent ideas. Number ten is the most important.

‘Hamilton’ Comes Home, Just In Time For The Fourth Of July
Since it dropped on Friday, I’ve watched this definitely more than once…

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98
What a life.

Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health
“Each swipe through the timeline marks the end of a day of reckoning—for the state of the world at large and for the person attached to each appendage doing the scrolling.”

What Randomness Could a 60-Game MLB Season Bring?
Probably some team that shouldn’t be anywhere near a playoff berth getting one and then doing something crazy with it like winning the whole damn World Series. 

College athletes’ voices — such as Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler’s — should be a bigger part of the conversation about sports returning
Eifler has legitimate concerns and hopefully they will be 100% alleviated by the time there’s actual football. 

‘We Are the World’: Inside Pop Music’s Most Famous All-Nighter
So many little stories and tidbits I never knew…


June 28, 2020

”Everlong” cover by Rick Astley
This is pretty incredible. I never noticed how much his voice sounds a lot like Dave Grohl.

Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Films and ‘Lost Boys,’ Dies at 80
Hated his Batman films, loved St. Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys. RIP.

Don’t Wait
Today is never coming back

What We Know—and Really Don’t Know—About the Future of COVID-19 Vaccines
Good stuff here. Still… a lot of guesses in the dark.

Everything You Need to Know from Yesterday’s Apple Keynote Presentation
One of the best breakdowns. Super excited for iOS 14.

Michael Keaton In Early Talks To Reprise ‘Batman’ Role For DC Universe, Starting With ‘The Flash’
This is an interesting development. I’m really curious about what the ultimate plan is going to be.

‘Cobra Kai’ Moves to Netflix as YouTube Officially Out of Scripted
Completely expected. This should get a huge push. Both season 1 and 2 are pretty great.

Nile Rodgers Tells The Story of “Let’s Dance”
I love videos that show the progression of an idea and how it turns into something truly magical.

Half of US broadcast network dramas are about cops
I would not have pegged the number at half. 

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park
This is a reimagining of the Splash Mountain theme. The current one comes from the movie, Song of the South, which has been culturally problematic for decades. Disney should just make a new movie that has “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” in it and be done with the rest.

Remembering the Glam-Rock Bars of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s
If I had a time machine, I’d go back to the Strip in 1977 and watch Van Halen, then jump ahead to 1981 and stay there until Nirvana showed up in 1991.


June 21, 2020

Let Us Now Praise the Dad Stance
Happy Father’s Day!

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules
This is kind of a big deal.

If you think Major League Baseball is ugly now…
I keep saying there isn’t going to be any baseball played this summer. I hope I’m wrong…

How the ’60s TV Show Actually Saved BATMAN
I knew this story, but it’s nice to see a new take. The late, great Denny O’Neil then saved Batman from the trappings of the show.

Brands Pretend They Just Learned Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s Are Racist
Good headline.

Bob Gibson on race, baseball and what is next
Worthy of your time.

Juneteenth Has Always Been Worthy of Celebration
Time to make Emancipation Day a national holiday is overdue.

Doing the work that’s in front of you
Austin Kleon on getting things done

Just Because They’ve Turned Against Humanity Doesn’t Mean We Should Defund the Terminator Program
McSweeney’s has done it again.

Twilight of the Cop Consensus
David Roth is one of the best columnists working today

The Punisher’s Logo Can’t Be Turned Into a Symbol for Black Lives Matter or Real World Justice
I don’t even understand the thought process behind this. Conway seems well intentioned, but the gesture is meaningless

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Shuffles Into Season Two
I’m excited for this.

The Problems, The Privilege, and the Pain of Being Invisible
Patrick Rhone has a unique perspective on being black.

The Prophecies of Q
Scary and fascinating at the same time.

TikTok Teens Tank Trump Rally in Tulsa
Good week for a few headline writers.


June 15, 2020

Roger Goodell’s Black Lives Matter Moment Is a Sign of Trump’s Weakness
Will Leitch has some good points here. Not surprising.

Harper Acquires New Novel From New York’s Will Leitch
Speaking of Mr. Leitch, he’s got a new novel coming out. Whoo Hoo. Looking forward to reading it.

Why Is J.K. Rowling So Obsessed With Trans Men?
I should probably educate myself more on this, but I really don’t have the time. Jo seems off with her POV. 

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to J.K. Rowling’s Tweets on Gender Identity
“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

Generation X and Trans Lives
John Scalzi weighs in on the Rowling controversy with wit and wisdom

Defund the police? Here’s what that really means.
The article explains this concept really well.

MLB Still Isn’t Close to Returning—and It’s Running Out of Time
I would be seriously surprised if there’s a season this year.

Bill & Ted Face the Music [Official Trailer]

It’s Time to Change the Status Quo
Leo Babauta asking everyone to “become systems of positive change.”

Guys, I Think My Dad’s Antifa
Not doubt about it, Dave Pell’s Dad is so anti-fascist

Leave Nickleback Alone
This made me laugh out loud: “You could put a thousand rock songs from 2000 to 2010 into a computer and you’d receive an A.I.-generated simulacrum of a Nickelback song.”

Denny O’Neil, Legendary Batman Writer, Dies at 81
I definitely grew up reading his work. My Dad loved those comic runs. Nerdist also has a good breakdown of his work.

NASCAR Bans Confederate Flags At All Races and Events
Not at all something I could have ever foreseen to happen. Never in a million years.


June 7, 2020

How to Make Sense of the Chaos and Uncertainty
Excellent piece by Mark Manson

An Oral History of Clerks: The Animated Series
It can’t all be the world is on fire posts… Seriously, the best thing in this story is the TV pilot for the failed Clerks: The Sitcom which I have never seen and, boy, is it atrociously bad.

Walt Disney World Is Preparing to Reopen. It’s Gonna Be Weird.
I’m not sure I’d go to WDW during a pandemic. This is a bad idea and I’d bet it won’t end well.

Sports Have Never Felt More Meaningless Than Right Now
Will Leitch on the role of sports during this time and if “returning to normal” is even something we should be thinking about.

After 25 Years, DC Has Cut Ties With the Largest Distributor of Comics in America
This is kind of a big deal.

Layoffs hit 8% of The Athletic staff, with others taking pay cuts
I’m a big fan of The Athletic, but I’ve ruminated lately about cutting my subscription. 


May 31, 2020

SpaceX Pulled It Off
I’m of two minds about this. 1. I love me some space 2. Privatizing space seems bad.

Yes, I’m high on the 2020 Illini, and here’s why
Jeremy Werner justifying his belief in the orange and blue while still keeping his reporter’s cap on.

Virtual Queues, Empty Rides, and a “Social Distancing Skunk Ape”
Here are some interesting ideas amusement parks have to keep visitors safe as they reopen during a pandemic.

The Remaking of Steve Buscemi
GQ with another of their fantastic profile pieces

Michael J. Fox’s First Act Wasn’t as Important as His Second
A really great profile on Fox and his career.

5 Ways to Build Resilience and Conquer Adversity
I need to reread this a couple of times. I’m definitely not feeling resilient.

Former NASA Engineer Builds a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course to Stop Nut-Stealing Backyard Squirrels
This is the internet content you came here for and it delivers. It delivers mostly nuts, but you’ll see.

Randy Jackson rejoins Journey after band thwarts attempted coup
The whole coup attempt, firing, and subsequent reorganization of Journey is crazy. The drama is honestly a bit sad. I kind of don’t care, but your mileage may vary.

Priests now shooting (water) guns at babies and food
I roll my eyes in their general direction.

Fresh Content for Stale Days
Begin the streaming wars have.

Just This Breath


May 24, 2020

It’s Probably Not Safe for Sports to Come Back. That May Not Matter.
Will Leitch outlines the risks and the rewards of sports coming back. 

How & Why Lovie Smith Turned Illinois Into ‘Transfer Portal U’
The why is because it works and being a pro coach and treating transfers like free agents has been the best thing this staff has done.

You wanted the best, you got the best: How Kiss came Alive!
This is a really good look at the early days of KISS. 

Bill Simmons Just Wants to Win
Interesting insight into the guy who sold his sports and entertainment company right before the pandemic shut all the sports and entertainment (mostly) down.

‘It’s never too late’: Scott Spiezio opens up on addiction and moving forward
I was not aware of the Scott Spiezio story. I’m happy he’s on the straight and narrow. 

Cameron Crowe Is Finally Ready to Tell Us Vanilla Sky’s Secrets
Just a great interview regarding a movie that seems so prescient of our times now.

Chris Jericho on His New ’80s KISS Cover Band
This shit is hilarious to me, but I’m a big KISS geek. What I didn’t know was a member of Trixter was in KLASSIK 78…

The End of Podcasting’s Innocence
How interesting. I don’t listen to Rogan’s show so I don’t really care. However, the way Spotify is expanding is something to pay closer attention to as the years go on.

I’m pretty sure there’s no way a new version of Justice League, even with an additional $20M SFX budget, is going to be anything but a goddamn trainwreck. There’s no finding the diamond in the rough here. Maybe I’m wrong. I certainly hope to be pleasantly surprised and everything the peeps want will show up. I do hope they make it something else like a six episode mini-series instead of a movie. 

Dad, how do I?
A YouTube channel filled with practical advice. 

The Science Fiction Writer John Scalzi Readily Quits Reading
Oh, the headline writer had fun that day.

Sammy Hagar: ‘Van Halen Will Never Be Finished’
A true reunion with Sammy and Michael Anthony would make serious bank.


May 17, 2020

The Verdict: How Illinois fared in its crucial 10-month stretch
Excellent article outlining this most recent Illinois Basketball team, it’s progress, and it’s future.

Prince and the Revolution’s 1985 Live Film Soundtrack Officially Released
Just watch the video, but do it soon.

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
I hope this story becomes a movie.

Inside the DEATHSTROKE Movie That Never Happened
It might have been something really great.

The Day the Live Concert Returns
Dave Grohl reminds us that “…together, we are instruments in a sonic cathedral.”

The Big Questions Sports Leagues Have to Answer Before They Reopen
Will Leitch asks all the right questions with unsatisfactory answers.

Why financial battle over 2020 MLB season is about to get really, really ugly
There ain’t gonna be any baseball… I don’t see why anyone thinks otherwise. Wishful thinking I guess. 

Robert Pattinson: A Dispatch From Isolation
GQ with another of their featured interviews. I think Pattinson is playing coy throughout the entire thing. With the interviewer. With the reader. Tenet and The Batman are going to be so good.

Spotify is really the new radio
I have often thought this myself. Especially after spending far too much time in Spotify looking specifically for some new music.

The Law & Order: SVU theme
This Tic Toc video is an accurate representation of how it came to be

Good Things
Melanie Richards made a personal compilation of good sensory things in life. Nice to be reminded of a few things as we live in the darkest timeline.


May 10, 2020

A Supremely Heartfeld, 120-Year Cultural History of Athletes Thanking Their Mom
Happy Mother’s Day

Wealth, shown to scale
Jeff Bezos’s wealth gave me carpal tunnel syndrome.

Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi to Direct and Co-write New Star Wars Feature Film for Theatrical Release, Oscar Nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns to Co-write Screenplay with Waititi
Okay, aside from being a stupid long headline… we need the details. The information here is not nearly enough. I know you don’t want to give anything away just yet, but at the very least when will this movie take place?

A COVID-19 Admonition
The theme song for 2020.

Amanda Palmer announces separation from Neil Gaiman on Patreon
And I didn’t even know they were together on Patreon. Ha! Seriously, this was an odd pairing and I think Mr. Gaiman will likely rebound much faster than Ms. Palmer who always seems not quite right. Mostly I feel for their son, Ash, who has a hell of a lot to unpack in the years of therapy I fear that are in his future.

Adele on Instagram
Adele posted an Instagram for the first time this year to thank first responders and essential workers. Isn’t that nice… WAIT! WHAT?! HOW MUCH WEIGHT HAS SHE LOST!

Chapter One: ‘The Boy Who Lived’
Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. This is pretty great.

Georgia Police Arrest and Charge Two Men For the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
About time.

Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87
The architect of rock and roll

Sure, the Velociraptors Are Still On the Loose, But That’s No Reason Not to Reopen Jurassic Park
This is so perfect.


May 3, 2020

Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate
I think I’ve finally rid myself of the two-space habit.

What Do Famous People’s Bookshelves Reveal?
This is fascinating to me. Your mileage may vary.

The Scientists Who Won’t Give Up on the Warp Drive
Exotic material seems unlikely to be found, but stranger things have happened.

What if … Albert Pujols had stayed in St. Louis?
A fun little thought exercise.

Hear 25 Unreleased Van Halen Songs: A Hidden History
I’m as big a fan of Van Halen as the next average guy, but I had heard none of these.

Inside the Final Duel: Maul vs. Ahsoka
By far, the best lightsaber duel ever.

Nobody Knows What is Going On
Mark Manson with some nuggets of truth. There is no certainty in an uncertain time.

The Cancer in the Camera Lens
David Roth is one of the best writers working today.


April 26, 2020

I Don’t Know How to Tell This Story
Cecily Strong from Saturday Night Live has written a powerful story about grief, love and family. It’s awesome.

The Doctors’ inspiring message to all frontline workers
I do wish Christopher Eccleston would have taken part in this, but alas.

The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead
This eye-opening NYT piece by Donald G. McNeil Jr. outlines how this is going to go. It’s mostly about the long miserable slog it’s going to be, with one bright spot. “In the movies, viruses become more deadly. In reality, they usually become less so, because asymptomatic strains reach more hosts. Even the 1918 Spanish flu virus eventually faded into the seasonal H1N1 flu.”

The iPad Magic Keyboard
John Gruber has an exhaustive look at the new keyboard case for the iPad. He doesn’t mess around. 

Shiny, Happy, People in Quarantine
Dave Pell tells us his family’s shelter-at-home story. There’s a couple of things that feel like he might’ve stretched the truth, but I’ll let it slide.

Four-star SG Adam Miller signs with Illinois
Illinois basketball is now recruiting at a level not seen since the early 2000s,

Every COVID-19 Commercial is Exactly the Same
Free marketing advice for CEOs and companies: Create a :30 ad saying, “Instead of paying millions of dollars for an ad during this unprecedented time, we gave the money to our employees to keep them employed.” The positive public perception would be better than any ad campaign.

Tom Hanks replies to Queensland boy bullied over name Corona
He gave him a Corona typewriter because he’s Tom Hanks.

Miley Cyrus: Wish You Were Here (At Home) – SNL
This performance blew me away.


April 18, 2020

San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Is Canceled
Unsurprising. Still, pretty late in the game to make the announcement. 

What Makes This Song Great?™ – “Ramble On”
Rick Beato is the internet’s coolest music teacher.

Calling Me a Hero Only Makes You Feel Better
The ads are becoming nauseating.

Why Walt Disney World would be the ideal spot for the NBA to salvage its season
I’m not sure I love this idea to resume the NBA season and playoffs. Interesting theory.

Journey-Separate Ways (Heller Quarantine Edition) Side by Side
The Heller family made a shot-by-shot recreation of Journey’s “Separate Ways.” So much fun.

Behold Dune: An Exclusive Look at Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and More
You may have already seen this, but if not… here you go.

I Went to Hogwarts for Seven Years and Did Not Learn Math or Spelling, and Now I Can’t Get a Job
How did this McSweeney’s post end up in The New Yorker?

A Trackpad and a Mouse Walk Into an iPad…
I’m so close to pulling the trigger on this. I keep going back and forth with the iPad and the new Air.


April 12, 2020

John Krasinski’s Some Good News Episode 2
His first episode had Steve Carrell. This second one is even better. Just you wait.

Lady Antebellum Performs “Islands in the Stream”
This is perfectly uplifting.

John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73.
Here’s the most apt video: When I Get To Heaven.

Jesus Christ Do I Miss Sports
Me too.


April 5, 2020

Ted Chiang Explains the Disaster Novel We All Suddenly Live In
Never going back to normal and that might be a good thing.

Adam Schlesinger, Emmy Winner and Fountains of Wayne Cofounder, Dies of Coronavirus Complications
So many perfect pop songs were written by him. Sure, you know “Stacy’s Mom,” but that isn’t even the best song on that album (Hint: It’s Little Red Light).

The Worm is Back!
NASA logo introduced it in 1976, it was retired in 1992, now it’s back and it just feels right.

Grover reads The Monster at the End of This Book
Well, sort of Grover.


March 29, 2020

Incoming Transmission
Jodie Whitaker as the Doctor is the best.

Here’s the YouTube playlist for online listening.

The Power of Solitude
“A lack of gratitude and a lack of curiosity are two of the most dangerous gaps in life.”

Stewie and Brian made a podcast
This made me laugh.

Sexy Man Falls
This video made me laugh so hard I think my family might have been a tad worried about me.


March 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Great video on this whole pandemic.

Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus?
I bought one of these as soon as I could.

How to deal with uncertainty
I really like Matt’s videos. Here he entertainingly addresses the current news and feelings without actually mentioning any specifics and makes it smart and interesting all the while providing useful tips on how to control what we can control.

Playboy Magazine Is Closing Down, Probably for Good 
It is going digital for the rest of 2020. It’s possible there will be limited print runs in 2021. Personally, I doubt it.

A Chinese Scholar Dreamed of Coming to America. And Then She Vanished.
This happened in my backyard.

Calm also has a coefficient
“Being up-to-date on the news is a trap and a scam. Five minutes a day is all you need.”

Some People
Some people would like to thank Jason Kottke for writing this.

Washing Your Hands Is Important Because Soap “Absolutely Annihilates” Coronavirus
Wash ya damn hands.

Deadspin* Is a Bad Website
The stupidity… it reeks.


March 15, 2020

Seeing clearly: John Groce finds wisdom, success after Illinois
I always liked Coach Groce.

Pete Davidson is Going to Break Our Hearts
Tim Grierson on Pete Davidson.

Pictures of Earth by Planetary Spacecraft
This, as you have perhaps already surmised, is a collection of photos of our homeworld not taken by human beings.

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
More than enough.

Isaac Asimov, the candy store kid who dreamed up robots
The first science fiction author I read growing up was Isaac Asimov. My Dad had plenty of Foundation and Robot collections and I devoured them.

One Big Idea 
Dave Perell is a must read. He believes everyone has a unique view of the world and the world is full of opportunities. He’s not wrong.


March 8, 2020

Bond Movie ‘No Time to Die’ Delayed Due to Coronavirus
I was really looking forward to this. Everything looks great. Case in point: this poster. Easily the best one since Casino Royale.

Steve Layman points to an exciting concept called “Off.”

Imagine a World Without YouTube
What if NBC killed YouTube in 2006 over “Lazy Sunday?” Imagining an internet where no one pivoted to video.

Neil Postman’s Advice on How to Live the Rest of Your Life
Some interesting ideas.


March 1, 2020

Where Is My Mind?
Ben Gordon’s battle with anxiety and mental illness is something I never knew before reading this essay. When you read it, it just flows out. He was obviously just stream of conscience outputting it all onto the page and it reads heavy. It reads like someone telling the story of his mental illness and nobody was understanding, let alone himself for the longest time.

Rian Johnson says Apple won’t let “bad guys” have iPhones on camera
Knives Out director Rian Johnson just gave a huge leg up to those of us who are terrible at solving mysteries in real time.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Transitioning a Friendship into Romance
The stakes are higher when you want to turn a friend into a lover. Here’s how to do it without destroying your relationship.

How Can I Stop Looking at My Phone When I Wake Up
Sure, I could meditate or exercise or journal… but I don’t want to.

How to deactivate your Twitter account
Hot tip: You don’t actually have to use Twitter.


February 23, 2020

Ben Affleck Tried to Drink Away the Pain. Now He’s Trying Honesty.
There is so much to unpack in this profile. The headline is not misleading, Affleck really does lay it all out there.

Legacy moment for Dosunmu in win over No. 9 Nittany Lions
He’s easily the best player Illinois has had since the days of Dee and Deron.

The Astros Cheating Scandal Has Only Gotten Nuttier
Just ban them all from baseball.

Apple considers allowing apps like Chrome and Gmail to be set as iOS defaults
This is a move that would make a lot of people extremely happy.

The Quest for the Best Amusement Park Is Ever-Changing and Never-Ending
I love amusement parks, but I haven’t been to one in ages.

Welcome to the Streaming Wars
Yes, all everyone wants is the ability to choose whatever show they want through a single service and at a price point that makes sense.


February 16, 2020

Macaulay Culkin Is Not Like You
I’m impressed with the fact that he’s just this guy. Yeah, he was in that movie you watch every Christmas, but he’s not one of those former child stars.

Pete Rose’s Plea to Be Unbanned From Baseball Is Right Out of the Trump Playbook
I don’t think there is a snowball’s chance in hell Pete Rose gets reinstated. However, I firmly believe he will enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame just as soon as he passes away. That’s probably cynical of me.

How to Do Disney Parks Solo
I’d never actually considered doing this, but I guess it could actually work.

The Batman – Camera Test 
Either the bat symbol is Joe Chill’s gun or it’s a batarang. The gun idea is from the comics. What stood out to me most was the music, which has an “Imperial March” vibe going on. Also, a kick bass drum! Wow.


February 9, 2020

How to Let Go of Your Regrets
This is the kind of essay that I really love. Mark Manson has incredible insight into things I simply have never examined.

The Girl in the Huddle
Elinor Kaine Penna was a pioneer.

The Story of Huey Lewis Is Not a Tragedy
What a strange turn of events. I read this story twice before realizing Dave Holmes wrote it.

He Was ‘Star Wars’ ‘ Secret Weapon, So Why Was He Forgotten?
I’ve literally never heard of Ashley Boone Jr. before reading this story. What a fascinating and interesting life. It’s safe to say that without him, Star Wars might not have become the cultural touchstone it is today.

‘That play in our back pocket’: How Patrick Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win
Just a great write-up on the most important play of the game outside of the second to last touchdown.

Everything to Know About McMillion$ and the McDonald’s Monopoly Game Scam
Among all the things I want to watch, I’ve now added this doc.

La Gatarra Cat Lounge & Boutique Is A Completely Cat-Themed Catopia Of A Cafe In Arizona
It really is the cat’s meow.

Meet the woman who made Netflix get rid of its most annoying feature
Well, she did ask nicely.

The DC Comics Universe Is Ready for a Rebound
Only if it continues to have the right people in charge.


February 2, 2020

Ayo Dosunmu is here, and his time is now
Easily one of the best Illinois basketball players in a couple of decades, this kid is fun to watch, especially over this stretch of games. I hope he turns head when the NBA scouts come calling.

The Quarter-Devouring Economics of Arcades
I’ve often said the perfect business is a bar/arcade/indy record store/comic book shop. It seems I’m never actually going to see something like that in my lifetime. Still, the bar/arcade combo is finally seeing it’s day in the sun.

Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show
Personally, I think this 12-minutes might be one of the all-time greatest musical performances. That scream when he’s doing “Best of You” makes me tear up. And then the solo.

9 things Americans need to learn from the rest of the world’s health care systems
Best thing I’ve read about universal health care.

Does electronic sign stealing work? The Astros’ numbers are eye-popping
This story is infuriating. The entire organization should be banned for life.

Burn through the witches and the calories with this ’80s aerobic video set to Rob Zombie
This made me laugh so hard.


January 26, 2020

Dead and spun: a story in three meetings
The inside story of the demise of Deadspin.

Why You Should Quit The News
Mark Manson at his best. This is a long one.

3 Strategies for Giving Up Bad Habits
The obstacle idea is a good one.

Illinois walks into Mackey Arena and out-toughs Purdue
This team has figured it out. I’m waiting patiently when The Athletic adds Illinois to it’s list of dedicated schools.


January 19, 2020

A Baseball Expert’s Guide to the Nutty MLB Cheating Scandal
”I am shocked to find gambling in this establishment!”

The College Football Championship Was All About the Crowd — and Trump
”In the end, as with everything else in 2020, it was all noise.”

Cooler on the Other Side: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Stuart Scott
I miss Stuart Scott.

‘The Mandalorian’ Is Bad and the Whole World Has Gone Mad
To quote Luke Skywalker, “Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Not Impressed
What a great interview. If he could run, he’d absolutely win the Presidency.

This clever R/C car leans and drifts like it weighs tons, not pounds
I’ve never seen anything like this and I work in the radio control industry.

My Personal Instagram “Lifehack”
Warren Ellis has a neat idea.

This Artist Uses Her Thighs to Paint Beautiful Ink Drawings
Well, that’s one way to get attention.


January 12, 2020

Illini Basketball | Closing Time at Wisconsin
What a comeback win. Illinois beat Wisconsin in football and basketball by one point each game.

How the CIA, FBI and Secret Service come up with their code names
This stuff fascinates me.

John Mulaney is Not So Square
I really like these Q&A profiles in The New Yorker.

What Happens When You Don’t Own the Name That Made You Famous?
I do wish he’d just go by “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes. Pretty sure he can.

Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67
I’m sad beyond compare. Simply one of the greatest drummers of all time. I should finish Ghost Rider.

Sleeping Beauty Proposal
Filmmaker Lee Loechler decided the best way to pop the question to his girlfriend, Sthuthi David, was to insert both of them into her favorite movie, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. This is what the internet is made for.


January 5, 2020

Brandon Peters’ dive is an all-time great Illini play
This play… you have to love the heart, the toughness, the grit. I knew the spot wasn’t going to be good enough, but there’s no better play that showcases the fight in Fighting Illini

I Never Knew How Much I Needed a Star Wars TV Series Before The Mandalorian
Jon Favreau will be directing Star Wars movies soon.

Alone In A Crowded Milky Way
The Earth as “galactic archipelago.”

Who Really Killed Jimmy Hoffa?
I think it was the salmon.