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!

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Up In That Inbox

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.

Quibi Unearthed

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