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Friday, November 4, 2022

Wolmania: the choice of a new generation
Friday, November 4, 2022

Good morning and happy pre-midterms. Twitter is in shambles, as the prophets foretold, but everything seems to be going fine over here on the seventh-most-popular newsletter platform I'm aware of. Let's see what the newsletter fairy dropped off for us this week.

SMS Multifactor Authentication in Antarctica

This is from a blog written by a person who is spending the summer working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Some posts are about cool stuff like assaying cracks in sea ice. And some posts are about the zillions of quotidian problems you have to deal with when you’re spending half the year on the bottom of the planet, thousands of miles away from anything we’d generally think of as civilization. For example, how do you deal with all those two-factor codes everyone texts you, if you don’t have cell service? Not easily, is how! Here’s another fun one about credit card fraud alerts.

(Loyal readers will remember that this isn't Wolmania's first rodeo, Antarctica-wise.)

Item 2: a list

Bold (née Bold and Zesty) Chex Mix components, ranked:

  1. Corn Chex
  2. Rye chips
  3. Wheat Chex
  4. Pretzels
  5. Mini breadsticks

Item 3: a media recommendation

Ex Hex - Tough Enough

Item 4: word of the week


Item 5: a photograph

Batstars encompass a lifeless sea lion at the bottom of Monterey Bay. While this scene appears melancholic, rest assured the sea lion is giving back to the community with which it once swam. When the batstars have had their fill, any number of creatures big and small will be able to derive energy and shelter from what’s left behind for years to come. Photo by David Slater - winner, Big Picture Competition 2022, Aquatic Life category.

Here's some more information about this photo and batstars and nature, red in tooth and claw.

See ya!

Always good to end on a (seemingly!) melancholic note.

Bye for now and thanks for reading. Please don't forget to vote, especially if you happen to be a quarter million people in Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, etc. See you next week.