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    Listening to podcast – The Talk Show With John Gruber: 347: ‘After Steve’, With Tripp Mickle

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    It’s this time of the year… and again I am conflicted by Eurovision song selection.

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    Watching “The Essex Serpent” on Apple TV+ – Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston star in the thrilling new Apple Original series.

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    Started reading the classic: “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin

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    Finished reading: “After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul” by Tripp Mickle. Fascinating book with some interesting inside stories.

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    Listening to a new audiobook on Audible which was released today: “After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul” by Tripp Mickle

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    Binge-watching all 4 seasons of “Killing Eve” on BBC iPlayer for the past few days… so good.

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    My desire to be well-informed is currently
    at odds with my desire to remain sane. So effective immediately I am taking a week off from the Internet…

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    Reading: “Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004-2021” by Margaret Atwood

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    “Deltacron” has been officially identified as a COVID-19 variant, with confirmed cases in France and the US.

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    COVID ups risks of dementia, cognitive impairment, and decline in older survivors – Ars Technica

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    Those who consume even a few alcoholic drinks a week have smaller brains, research finds at the University of Pennsylvania. The study of more than 36,000 adults associated reduced grey and white matter in the brain to drinking even a few beers or glasses of wine a week.

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    BBC and Bloomberg News were among the media outlets that instructed Russia-based reporters to cease news gathering after a new law cracked down on news and free speech. (via NYT)

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    COVID -19 Infects Penis, Testicles and Prostate – Causes Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Reduced Sperm Count reports SciTechDaily.

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    Listening 🎧 to: “I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir” by Harvey Fierstein read by the author! The book was just released today…

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    iPhone 14 Pro schematics of the front display assembly that show the dual-camera cutout that matches up with the latest rumors of one circular cutout and another pill-shaped one. Other changes expected for the iPhone 14 are a faster chip, more RAM, and upgraded cameras.

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    Listening 🎧 to The Ezra Klein Show: A Philosophy of Games That Is Really a Philosophy of Life

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    If you are in a part of the world that presents dates in the day-month-year format, today is a palindrome, it reads the same forwards and backwards, and an ambigram—when flipped it also reads the same.

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    Listening 🎧 to an audiobook: “The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1” by Timothy Ferriss

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    Our new Amazon Echo 15 arrived this morning so I spent time installing it on the wall in the kitchen and setting it up. The screen is gorgeous, everything works as it should, I can access home automation, security cameras, shopping list, family calendar and even watch Netflix on it. The main reason we got it is to use it as a digital photo frame to showcase our photographs from Japan. And they look awesome on it… a 15.6-inch photo frame rotating over 5,000 photos.

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    Listening to an audiobook called: “A Brief History of Japan” by Jonathan Clements.

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    “Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case” – Nature.com It would explain why China still has a zero-Covid policy in place. They know the long term effects of the virus…

  • Parker Solar Probe Captures its First Images of Venus’ Surface in Visible Light

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has taken its first visible-light images of the surface of Venus from space.

    In the time since Parker Solar Probe captured its first visible-light images of Venus’ surface from orbit in July 2020, a subsequent flyby has allowed the spacecraft to gather more images, creating a video of Venus’ entire nightside. A full analysis of the images and video, published on Feb. 9, 2022, in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is adding to scientists’ understanding of the planet likened as Earth’s twin.
    https://youtu.be/rk0PZ1qnLXw
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    Reading 📖 “The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic” by Mike Duncan. The Republic faced issues like rising economic inequality, increasing political
    polarization, the privatization of the military, endemic social and ethnic prejudice, rampant corruption, ongoing military quagmires, and the ruthless ambition and unwillingness of elites to do anything to reform the system in time to save it — a situation that draws many parallels to present-day America. These issues are among the reasons why the Roman Republic would fall. And as we all know, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

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    Covid-19 patients face greater chance of heart attack and stroke, US study finds. Research involving 150,000 people highlights devastating long-term effects of coronavirus.

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    Watching Medici.TV: Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts Vivaldi, Telemann, and Bach — With Ana Maria Labin live concert from Gstaad; Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland.

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    Watching: “Suspicion” · A new thriller show on Apple TV+

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    I have been binge-watching “All of Us Are Dead” on Netflix. It’s like a “Train to Busan” but 12 hours long… awesomeness!

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    Watching first 3 episodes of “Pam & Tommy” on Disney+

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    Thanks to my Peloton bike, I have cycled 4,680KM in the last 18 months, getting down from 85kg to 70kg in weight which is slim since I am 190cm in height. Feels good… to be so fit again!

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    Listening 🎧 to: “Termination Shock” by Neal Stephenson audiobook.

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    Packing for the weekend, we are going skiing tomorrow. Love winters when there is so much fresh snow to have fun with.

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    Listening 🎧 to Do By Friday podcast: The Bonus Pile – This week’s challenge: identify repeating tasks.

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    Watching Medici.TV: Mao Fujita performs Mozart’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 8, and 16. It’s a delightful concert to my ears.

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    Squarespace is taking on Patreon, YouTube and the safe-for-work segment of OnlyFans with the launch of its new video offering. The web host is enabling its users to upload video directly to their Squarespace site and sell access on a one-off or recurring subscription basis. These clips will be hosted natively on the platform itself although users can route in videos from YouTube and Vimeo where necessary. The company added that it has built a new native video player with “slick playback” and “deep integration into the Squarespace platform.”

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    New BA.2 variant has been dubbed as “stealth omicron,” it‘s difficult to detect with a PCR test. BA.2 have been detected in 40 countries and is more contagious than the original omicron variant. It has ability to evade preexisting immunity, whether from the virus or from vaccinations.

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    WordPress 5.9 Josephine is out and it’s awesome. Love it as much as my Squarespace for another website – both perfect all-in-one content management systems for my needs.

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    Watching awesome show called “Midnight Asia: Eat · Dance · Dream” on Netflix. Tokyo episode was very cool.

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    COVID-19 can wreak havoc on the human body long-term. Its ability to spread throughout the body is primarily tied to the spike proteins on its surface, which bind to ACE2 — a protein on the surface of various types of human cells. The virus can reach far beyond the respiratory tract, causing inflammation wherever it spreads. We may see many chronic diseases due to COVID in the years to come. 
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    Awesome, relaxing Saturday. Just the way I like it…

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    Watching ‘Servant’ season 3 on AppleTV+ despite being sick and tired of baby Jericho by now.

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    I’m listening 🎧 to “To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Catherine Ho, BD Wong, Feodor Chin, Kurt Kanazawa on my Audible app. It’s 28 hours long but so good…

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    Listening 🎧 to: Do By Friday podcast – Moist, Succulent, Craveable. This week’s challenge: make an Apple Watch face.

  • Book: “How High We Go in the Dark” by Sequoia Nagamatsu

    For fans of Cloud Atlas and Station Eleven, a spellbinding
    and profoundly prescient debut that follows a cast of
    intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as
    humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a
    climate plague-a daring and deeply heartfelt work of
    mind-bending imagination from a singular new voice. In
    2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to
    continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the
    Batagaika Crater, where researchers are studying long-
    buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost,
    including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who
    appears to have died of an ancient virus. Once unleashed,
    the Arctic plague will reshape life on Earth for generations
    to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to
    devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace
    possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed
    for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love
    with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A
    heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second
    chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects-a pig
    -develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed
    painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a
    cosmic quest to locate a new home planet. From funerary
    skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships,
    Sequoia Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and
    compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries,
    and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resilience
    of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the
    connective threads that tie us all together in the universe.

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    Watching Medici.TV: Jakub Hrůša conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 – Live from Philharmonie de Paris

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    Listening 🎧 to The Book Review podcast: Robert Gottlieb on ‘Garbo’ and ‘Babbitt’

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    Watching Bobba Fett ep. 3 on Disney+

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    Watching Medici.TV: Sir Simon Rattle conducts Tippett and Mahler

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    Updated daily Apple Fitness+ routine now includes meditation class, core class, yoga and spin class. Great way to start your day!

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    Listening to a new audiobook: “To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara

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    Word of the day is ‘Deltacron’ – Scientists from Cyprus say they found COVID-19 variant combining Omicron and Delta.

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    Reading: “The Last Emperox” by John Scalzi

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    Listening 🎧 to The Daily Stoic podcasts: Alex Lieberman on Defining Values, Restraining Opinion, and Curating Wisdom

    Ryan talks to Morning Brew founder Alex Lieberman about his journey with Stoicism, the false belief that money can change your level of happiness, the higher standard that leaders should hold themselves to, the power of restraining opinion, and more. Alex Lieberman is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Morning Brew. Alex started Morning Brew as a college student in 2015 and has grown it to over 3 million subscribers. Alex is also the host of the podcast Founder’s Journal, which offers a backstage pass into building Morning Brew.

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    🎧 Listening to The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast: A New Civil War in America?

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    Watching LIVE CONCERT! Sir Simon Rattle conducts Chin, Sibelius, and Bartók — With Leonidas Kavakos

    The world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto No. 2 finds a worthy interpreter in the virtuosic Kavakos! He joins Sir Rattle and the impeccable LSO, who also perform Sibelius’s sub­lime 7th Symphony and Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin.

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    Watching “Book of Boba Fett” episode 2 on Disney+ which has a black wookiee and other familiar faces…

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    🎧 Listening to Back to Work podcast number 561: Flip the Telescope Around. Taskapalooza begins. Rock me, Joseph Alberto Santiago.

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    Watching: La Sylphide by Erik Bruhn after Bournonville, music by Herman Løvenskiold – performance recorded at the Sydney Opera House

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    Listening 🎧 The Daily Stoic: Thomas Ricks on the Wisdom of the Classics and Balancing Power | This Is What It Means To Be “Well-Read”

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    Watching “Dalgliesh” (TV Series 2021- ) on AcornTV. First two episodes contain a murder mistery in a nurse school where poisoning and the past emerge as a war secret.

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    Omicron is so last year. B.1.640.2 – New variant from Cameroon detected spreading in France. With 42 mutations and 37 deletions.

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    🎧 Listening to The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos: Emotions Are Data…So Listen to Them. Uncomfortable emotions such as anger, guilt or loneliness are like the guiding beam of a lighthouse – they warn you of dangers ahead and help you navigate a meaningful life more effectively. Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David tells Dr Laurie Santos why many of us choose to ignore negative feelings or suppress them – when we should be engaging with them in a way that helps us understand what is going wrong in our lives and what we need to do to fix things and find greater happiness.

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    Reading: “Train Dreams” by Denis Johnson

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    Schopenhauer’s favourite line — “Intellect is a magnitude of intensity, not a magnitude of extensity.”

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    The word of the day is FLURONA. What is ‘flurona’? Israel reports first case of rare double infection of Covid and influenza…

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    First Classical Sunday of 2022 – I am watching a legendary vintage recording of an absolutely iconic masterpiece: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Herbert von Karajan!

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    Going skiing today, we got a good amount of snow last night. Very excited about it…

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    An annual tradition on January 1st is watching New Year’s Concert at Vienna Philharmonic. New Year’s Concert 2022 with Daniel Barenboim to present a repertoire of the family of Johann Strauß and its contemporaries. The concerts delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna and through the worldwide television broadcast, which now reaches over 90 countries.

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    New Year means it’s time to renew my favourites: VSCO membership, DayOne Premium and Lightroom 1TB Photography Plan for another year.

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    Sad news: Betty White, a TV Fixture for Seven Decades, Is Dead at 99… Among the many highlights of a career that began in 1949 were star turns on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s and “Saturday Night Live” in 2010.

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    Listening to The Talk Show With John Gruber 333: ‘Schrödinger’s Feature’, With Rene Ritchie. Apple’s 2021 year in review, with special guest Rene Ritchie.

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    Quitting apps is more than just a New Year’s trend. It can be a great way to change your lifestyle as long as you’re mindful about what you’re moving away from and why. 

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    One good thing about 2021: More than 500 new species, including colorful beetles and a ‘hell heron,’ discovered this year.

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    Watching how a young clone became the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter… Boba Fett remains one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe. The Book of Boba Fett streaming on Disney+ now.

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    The age of Canon DSLRs is rapidly coming to an end. Canon has officially confirmed that the Canon 1D X Mark III will be its last flagship DSLR camera as it turns its attention toward a future of mirrorless cameras.

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    I have been watching on BBC The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2021 which has moved to September this year because of pandemic. It’s delightful…

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    1 in 50 Manhattan Residents Infected With COVID in the Last Week – NBC New York

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    COVID-19 virus can spread to almost every organ in the body, including the brain, and persist there for months – US study finds.

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    Reading: “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty

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    Listening to The Book Review (NYT) podcast: David Sedaris’s Diaries and Paul McCartney’s Songs – Sedaris talks about “A Carnival of Snackery,” and Paul Muldoon talks about working with McCartney on “The Lyrics.”

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    Solar storm may amp up northern lights before Christmas – Livescience.com

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    If you have a sore throat, runny nose and a headache there is a good chance it will be Covid, warn UK researchers.

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    Using dictation on the Mac used to require an internet connection. Now you don’t need that—all of the processing can happen on the Mac itself, as long as it’s an M1 Mac with Monterey.

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    Watching on Paramount+ Queen of the Universe: With Graham Norton, Leona Lewis, Trixie Mattel, Michelle Visage. Features drag queen contestants from 10 different countries, singing for the crown.

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    Listening to Back to Work podcast 559: Grade on the Curve of Time. Talking Spider-Man and phones for kids.

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    Watching “Taste the Nation” – award winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today.

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    Watching “The Shrink Next Door” finale… on Apple TV+

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    Reading New Yorker article: MARISA TOMEI GETS MORBID – The movie star, who appears in the recently released “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” visits the Morbid Anatomy Library and discusses arachnoid folklore, death doulas, and why she’s trying to make a TV show about at-home funerals.

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    Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting at Furious Rate, New Study Shows – The Wall Street Journal

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    Listening to The Book Review podcast: “The Life of a Jazz Age Madam”

    Debby Applegate discusses her new biography of Polly Adler, and Matthew Pearl talks about “The Taking of Jemima Boone.”

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    Reading “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson on my Kindle Oasis

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    There we go again: “New York Reports a Record Number of Coronavirus Cases for One Day” – The New York Times

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    Watching “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes” on Disney+

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    Listening 🎧 to audiobook: “The Last Emperox” by John Scalzi on my Audible app. It’s the third book in the series… the first two were awesome.

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    Listening to Back to Work podcast: 558: Pseudism – Merlin’s Best of 2021™ kicks off with the return of “Cool Things I Learned This Week.”

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    Listening to The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast: Millennial Writers Reflect on a Generation’s Despair

    The eldest millennials turned forty this year, and the producer Ngofeen Mputubwele comments on a sense of despair he finds in his generation, having to do with the state of the planet, the nation, the Internet, intolerance, and more. He set out to explore why millennials feel hopeless and how they can live with that feeling, in conversations with five writers: Kaveh Akbar, the author of “Pilgrim Bell”; Carlos Maza, the creator of the video essay “How to Be Hopeless”; Shauna McGarry, a writer on “BoJack Horseman”; Patrick Nathan, the author of “Image Control: Art, Facism, and the Right to Resist”; and the climate activist Daniel Sherrell, whose recent memoir is “Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World.”

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    Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’.

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    Vault by 500px – An NFT marketplace built by creators for creators. Dropping soon. Not your average NFT platform. Vault is launching soon. Just joined the waiting list.

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    Happy Anniversary to Apple Fitness+ I can’t believe it’s already been one year since Apple Fitness+ launched! I’m grateful for valuable yoga classes, spin classes, rowing classes, running classes, meditation sessions and so many great trainers on Fitness+. Thank you for keeping me in shape and providing awesome workouts in our home gym for the whole family.

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    Getting ready for next summer! I am excited that our new, gigantic Body Glove Tandem Paddleboard is out for delivery today. It’s 4.57 m long (15 ft.) 2-person Stand Up Paddleboard which is lightweight and incredibly versatile since you can also turn it into a 2-person kayak.

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