Warm Woolen Mittens: Return of The Favorites

A tradition I’ve had since back in the before times is a yearly roundup of my (current) favorite things. As a refresher, here are the past installments:

Raindrops on Roses: Some of My Favorite Things (2018)
Whiskers on Kittens: More Favorites (2019)
‘Rona Recs (2020, apparently the emergence of the pandemic sucked the joy out of the song lyric theme)
Bright Copper Kettles: More Favorites (2021, sweet, the theme came back)

Here are the latest additions:

TCL 4K Roku TV: I forget which exact model/size, but this is all-in-one screen is my jam these days

Bombas Men’s Sunday Slipper: These have already changed my life

‘This is Fine’ Dog Vinyl Figure: For quick reference during these troubled times

Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe: Love this thing, and love the minimizing that it forces

Echo Buttons: I slam one of these at night to turn off all of our bedroom lights, clearly impressing my wife each and every time (sadly I think they’ve been discontinued)

Analogue Pocket: A dream device

Some Random Cheap Ring Light: Works better than I expected, and keeps me from looking like I’m Zooming in from the underworld

Melatonin: Seems to help with the pandemic of it all

Logitech C920x HD Pro Webcam: My lifeline to the world

Knockoff ‘Purple’ Seat Cushion: Works decently for these old bones

Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals: These have generally replaced my beloved Crocs, which makes me…cooler?

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: If the humidifier won’t bring in the ladies…

Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil: …then the beard oil will!

Can’t get enough of this top-shelf content? I feel you. Subscribe for free!

MLK Quote Upgrades

Every year on MLK Day, like clockwork, we see a tidal wave of social media posts from people and institutions willing to check the “acknowledge a sanitized version of Dr. King” box without actually understanding and grappling with his radical and (to many, sadly) still uncomfortable policies. In other words, you’ll see black and white images overlayed with this old chestnut:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Obviously this is a fine sentiment, but in 2022, this “safe for all audiences” cherry-picked example has become the “I don’t see color” of quotes. If you’re going to say something, you can (and should) do better.

This year (and I’m looking quite strongly at you, conservative white Christians with “Thin Blue Line” stickers on your SUVs), take the time to share a different quote. Don’t worry, I’ve made it easy by creating some options for you to grab and post:

Media Diary (December 2021)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Licorice Pizza (Movie): Really enjoyed this

Yellowjackets (TV): Unexpectedly gripping

Please Scream Inside Your Heart (Book): A year in review for what was quite a year

The Power of The Dog (Movie): Great sinister vibe

Landscapers (TV): Excellent lead performances from both

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Movie): Nailed it

The Line (TV): Compelling and disturbing

Don’t Look Up (Movie): Way too close to home, but definitely enjoyed it

Station Eleven (TV): Who doesn’t want to watch a show about a pandemic right now?

The United States of Insanity (Movie): Don’t mess with the Juggalos

Beanie Mania (Movie): These people weren’t messing around

The Book of Boba Fett (TV): Up in that Sarlacc!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV): “Dee in a bog” alone justified the season

tick, tick…BOOM! (Movie): Andrew Garfield was fantastic in this

My Beautiful Broken Brain (Movie): David Lynch alert!

Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story (TV): I can’t believe they pumped out another series, but I was of course there for it

Listening To Kenny G (Movie): Watching the jazz critics try to be polite was solid gold

Voir (TV): Cool little visual essays

The Real Charlie Chaplin (Movie): A complicated guy, to say the least

Candyman (Movie): Enjoyed it, though now I need to re-watch the original

Power On: The Story of Xbox (TV): Had just enough corporate shenanigans to keep me interested

The Matrix Resurrections (Movie): Felt like a swing and a miss

Slugfest (TV): Love how weird they went with Dr. Strange in the ’70s

Being The Ricardos (Movie): Generally entertaining, though not mindblowing

Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon (Movie): Definitely had its moments

👉 Want more recommendations? Subscribe for free to my weekly newsletter.