22 February 2024

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If you read foofaraw, and more importantly, the weekened edition, what kind of stuff are you interested in reading? I’m looking at opening up submissions again and expanding the Friday offering. I’m thinking short fiction, essays/columns on media, culture, and art, or maybe photos..?

22 February 2024

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🌬️ The Weather is Perfectly Interesting, Actually — Atlantic

If you’re not going to talk about the weather, what are you going to talk about? Your kids? Your dog? Are you sure that’s the gripping material you think it is?

22 February 2024

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📰 Say We Do — Paul Czege

This is a killer little one page broadsheet zine that you can print yourself for $1. I think this is the model that I’m going to switch my little letter of nonsense to as well rather than mailing it out

21 February 2024

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🇺🇦 Two Years of War in Ukraine — Atlantic

21 February 2024

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🏀 NBA debuts NB-AI to enhance the live game watching experience — Fast Company

Just plain ol’ dumb. Nobody wants this.

21 February 2024

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🛌 How Long Is Too Long to Stay in Bed? — NY Times

The last couple weeks have been rough at work for both me and my wife so this was a welcome read.

21 February 2024

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📺 The CNN, MTV, and Disney of the future — Garbage Day

And eventually it won’t feel strange to not own a TV and only own a wearable of some kind because eventually there won’t be any communal content left to watch with other people.

I just don’t think this is true. Storytelling will always be communal. Households, families, couples, etc. What shows people are watching is still something I hear people talking about everywhere.

21 February 2024

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🏟️ Apple Sports — App Store

As someone always looking for something to replace ESPNs app, I think this is actually pretty nice. Still missing some important features—consolidated view of My Teams and My Leagues to start, but widgets and live activities would be welcome too.

21 February 2024

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🏹 Iran sends Russia hundreds of ballistic missiles — Reuters

Duckers. Pardon my French…

21 February 2024

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⌨️ Mini Manifesto — Robin Rendle

Killer stuff, as always from Robin.

20 February 2024

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[+] 20 Feb 2024 — foofaraw[+]

I’ve been riffing on this foofaraw[+]” idea for a little bit now and I think I’ve nailed the format with this issue.

19 February 2024

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👻 The Ghost in the Vending Machine — Flaming Hydra

The intellectual-property industry has labored tirelessly to convince the public, which loves storytelling and painting and film as much as it ever has, that art is never individual, and that artists are not real, or no longer real. The reconfiguration of art—just generating a clause about art—is now to be reckoned the same as the entire creative process. Anything people really like, in this construction, was just the collective work of semi-skilled craftspeople interpreting the audience’s own brilliant whims, those whims having been carefully winnowed by a wise and benevolent overclass of creative executives.

Too good not to quote that much.

17 February 2024

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🧃 Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre bring hit Gin & Juice’ to the beverage space — Food Dive

Surprised it took this long for this to happen. While I’m tired of celebrity brands, I’ll definitely be trying it.

17 February 2024

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🇷🇸 How Nikola Jokić Became the World’s Best Basketball Player — New Yorker

I always appreciate Thomas’ writing. She’s able to simplify for the audience (can’t imagine too many die hard NYer readers are die hard sports fans), while providing insight and going deep. And who better to go deep on than Jokić.

17 February 2024

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🦇 Batman Comic Writer James Tynion IV Launches Multimedia Production Company Tiny Onion — Variety

Tynion is pretty prolific as a writer, but this announcement is just so vague. It’s more of a proclamation of ambition than anything else.

17 February 2024

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🕷️ Life with Spider” — New Yorker

This was a fun, odd, and sometimes a little creepy short story.

16 February 2024

🎙️ Introducing: Consumption Gumption

15 February 2024

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🦖 Tech was something that would free us — Dinosaur Comics

Speaking of tech’s promise”

15 February 2024

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🚕 The high cost of Uber’s small profit — Disconnect

The profit it’s reporting is purely due to exploitative business practices where the worker and consumer are squeezed to serve investors — and technology is the tool to do it.

Its only real innovation is finding new ways to exploit labor.

This is a really terrific piece. The quotes above come before Paris even gets to algorithmic wage discrimination.

15 February 2024

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⚾ Nike And Fanatics Have Truly Fucked Up MLBs New Uniforms — Defector

I’m not a big baseball or jersey person, but I could care less if they look cheap” and are lighter. Lighter actually sounds better. I do, however, understand the complaints about fit.

15 February 2024

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🧌 Sasquatch Sunset — Trailer

This looks terrificly delightful. I’m not familiar with the work of the Zellner’s, but this feels like it could’ve come from The Daniels. It’s Swiss Army Man meets the rock scene from Everything Everywhere All at Once. What more could you want?!?!

14 February 2024

🐆 Leftover Lynx

14 February 2024

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🔍 The FBI is seeking documents on some of Napa’s most famous wineries. The question is why — SF Chronicle

I haven’t lived in Napa long enough to know anything about the local politics, but there definitely seems to be a lot of smoke around this Pedroza guy.

14 February 2024

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👺 A Second Trump Term Would Be Hell for LGBTQ People — TPA

They are showing us who they are, and every American should believe they are serious. This is a nightmare scenario that can’t be enacted if everyone who cares about their freedom and future turns out to vote.

I’d like to think that the conservatives in my life would be horrified by this stuff, but no one actually pays attention anymore—it’s just pick a side and stick with it.

14 February 2024

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🦸 Fantastic Four’ Cast Revealed for Marvel Movie — THR

Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Joseph Quinn. I can dig it. Still, Marvel should probably just take a couple years off as a little sabbatical.


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