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Friday, December 23, 2022

Black-and-white image of an older gentleman standing before some sort of contraption for organizing literal typefaces.
Me, putting the finishing touches on this very newsletter.

Hello again and happy Friday. You may be wondering whether I saw Avatar: The Way of Water. The answer is: yes, I did. It's an enormous technical achievement and a reminder that there are some cinematic experiences you can't really replicate at home. I liked it! I would have put it at #11 on last week's list. Sorry, Incendies.

In completely unrelated news, Twitter continues to be a runaway train careering towards a dumpster fire, which is pretty fun to observe from the sidelines. I feel bad for our country. But this is tremendous content.

From Microsoft Word to Google Docs, the blinking cursor is a companion that compels us throughout text documents and text messages and naughty Google searches.
When we falter in our prose, the blinking cursor is there to patiently ask “What’s next?”
The blinking cursor is not just some 1970s invention of yesteryear — it oriented millions of people in the digital world. It's why and how the words you're reading right now were created.

I'm literally staring at one of these right now.

Item 2: a list

Top 15 TV shows that aired at least one episode in 2022, ranked

  1. The Rehearsal
  2. Station Eleven
  3. Reservation Dogs
  4. Pachinko
  5. Andor
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. The Bear
  8. We Own This City
  9. Severance
  10. What We Do in the Shadows
  11. Hacks
  12. Irma Vep
  13. Slow Horses
  14. For All Mankind
  15. Reacher

Honorable mentions: Black Bird, Beforeigners, the dragon show, MacGruber, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, Under the Banner of Heaven, The White Lotus, Winning Time

Item 3: a media recommendation

Behind the scenes of an udon restaurant in Osaka. They seem to work very hard.

Item 4: word of the week


Item 5: a photograph

Thanksgiving menu at the Plaza Hotel for Thursday, November 30, 1899
Gobbledy good prices

See ya!

Thanks for reading, it's a pleasure and a privilege to distract you for upwards of 17 seconds every Friday. See you again next week for the Wolmania 2022 year-end extravaganza.