Summer Hiatus

Hello internet friends,

as you can tell – it is Thursday and not Monday and the subject of this email might have told you everything you need to know.

I’m not really feeling the whole reading the internet spirit lately which leads to me not having anything properly interesting for you folks when writing my email. So I figured that it might be a good idea to take a little summer break for a couple of weeks.

I hope to see you on the other side,


Feed Me

Hello internet friends,

good news! Laziness Does Not Exist!

The only reason I’m still on social media is to get free stuff. Apparently I’m not the only one: Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy

People all around the globe believe Earth is flat. But why? Looking for Life on a Flat Earth

Beep Beep Beep My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future
Including, but not mentioned: the nostalgia for a childhood toy.

Okay, sorry, this is a short one, but I need to go to bed soon. Why? Eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist
Now that is science I can get behind.

Good night, my friends.

Heart-Shaped Box

Hello internet friends,

I just deleted about two paragraphs about how nothing really matters anymore on this planet and how I’m about to walk around town with only a loincloth and a “The End is Nigh” sign, but I decided that you probably don’t need that image in your head right now, so let’s get to our regular (hah!) newslettering business, okay?

Here, now this is a nice safe topic, right? Emoji! Perfecting the language of emojis

The Greek salad emoji includes a hard boiled egg. I’d like to suggest that this should be replaced with a cucumber slice, or other items.

Oh. Okay.

I do sometimes link to Vice and its sub-sites, being especially fond of Motherboard. (In fact, there’s going to be a link to an article on Vice in the next section.) And yet, this is pretty amazing: A Company Built on a Bluff – which is not a nice way to talk about a “360°, Multi-Platform, Vertically Integrated, Global Media Brand”

So here we go. An article that is very good and very sad in a not really sad if compared to what else goes on in the world but you know, sad-kind of way: I Went to the Happiness Museum and Now I’m Sad

“Would you like to jump into a giant pile of happiness?” an employee asked me. “Oh, Christ, I don’t think I’m emotionally capable of that,” I replied.

And now let’s learn something! Did you know that All Spicy Food Is From Latin America? (And bell peppers are called bell peppers because people are dumb. “This new thing is spicy. Like pepper, which we already know. But it looks like a bell. So let’s call it bell pepper.”) The more you know!

You know what’s still kinda nice? Podcasts! And you know what I really hope stays kinda nice? Podcasts! (I mean, there are people trying to futz with it and I sure hope they get itchy spots in hard to reach places.) And well, I’m not the only one who sees it that way: (which is always a nice feeling, isn’t it?) The podcast business is still teeny tiny. Which is great news for podcasts.

Oh well. That’s it for today. I’m off to do blow[1] on naked models[2] and I’m so tired of it. (360°, Multi-Platform, Vertically Integrated, Global)


Oh, by the way, this feels a bit icky, but: maybe you know someone whose weird taste might enjoy an email like this? Why not let them know? I admit, it is really only for my ego. Ugh. Sorry.

  1. eat instant ramen  ↩

  2. out of a bowl  ↩

Just a steel town girl on a Saturday night

Hello internet friends,

it is Monday evening again and even though I had what by all means might have been a lovely day I’m in a mood. But hey, let’s have some fun!

There are many things that could be described by the original meaning of the word awesome. Huge mountain ranges. Deserts. The ocean. Seeing the stars without light pollution. Dinosaurs. Add two of them together and you’re getting close to something that is more modern-day-awesome: A Brief History of Dinosaurs in Space

Ah, this happened last week just after my last email but it is a story too strange not to link to – and maybe one or two of you didn’t read it yet. If you’re one of them, take some time, do it: How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People (And for a while Twitter was fun when people were trying to figure out who the futurist boyfriend was.)
If you can’t get enough of the story, here’s the side of her friend-for-pay: “As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything”: My Bright-Lights Misadventure with a Magician of Manhattan

This is pretty neat and very nerdy: UTC is enough for everyone …right?

Programming time, dates, timezones, recurring events, leap seconds… everything is pretty terrible.

At this point I’ll just let the libraries do their thing – this is what they’re good for, after all – and hope that whatever thing to develop comes my way is not overly concerned with time issues.

These are actually 100 fun songs: The 100 Best One-Hit Wonder Songs (And I’m sorry if you click this and the first song you see is FInal Countdown and you can’t get the song fanfare out of your head.)

Thanks, America: Mediterranean children stopped eating the Mediterranean diet, and they now have the highest obesity rates in Europe

Be kind, won’t ya? Toodles!