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!
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When not relentlessly hawking my own, I read a lot of email newsletters, both for content inspiration and because I really enjoy the format. If you’re in the market to expand your newsletter game, here are some recommended favorites:
NextDraft: All hail the king
Today in Tabs: Each new issue is like finding your favorite shirt back in rotation
Watching: Great media recommendations, though it’s now NYT subscribers-only
Garbage Day: So weird, so great
Techmeme: A fantastic daily tech news summary
Noticing: I’m a massive Kottke fan, and these roundups are solid
Laura Olin: Fascinating stuff
Evening Briefing: A quick hitlist that’s especially helpful on busy days
The Happy Hour: A great way to head into the weekend
Platformer: On the longer side, but great coverage
One other note: while you can obviously just have newsletters delivered to your main email account, I’m personally a fan of Stoop to help keep things organized.
All jokes aside, the truth is that while Quibi failed in spectacular fashion last year, there were actually a few diamonds in the rough within their catalog. Now that Roku has made much of the content available, I thought I’d re-share some picks from my time with the service. Enjoy!
Big Rad Wolf : Good night “sweet” prince, this was one of your best
Reno 911!: Glad to have the gang back
You Ain’t Got These: A really interesting look at sneaker culture
Flipped: Can’t beat the cast
Blackballed: I was vaguely aware of the story when it unfolded, but this mini-documentary is fascinating
Last Looks: Great format and interesting stories
Dummy: Just like it says on the tin