When I last wrote to you — checks notes — two months ago, I wrote about “A Sense of Spring”. The good news is that we do indeed appear to be on the doorstep of a new season. The bad news is that we had to go through a hell of a Winter to get here. And many of us are still going through it, in many ways. The vaccines are here, the numbers are finally starting to fall, but the pandemic rages on.
These past two months have felt like two years. Just the past few weeks have felt like months. Americans stormed their own Capitol Building. A President impeached — for a second time in one term. I’m not sure what tomorrow brings, but my sincere hope is a simple one: peace and quiet. We need to continue to beat back this virus, of course. But I’ll be happy to have the other bullshit removed as background noise. Focus. Back to work. Back to life.
[While such a long hiatus here wasn’t planned, I do have some general writing plans for 2021. I’m still not entirely certain what I want to do here, though another 500-plus of you signed up for this just in the past two months, so… I’m thinking about it.]
“‘Alright, alright, alright.’ — those three words were the first three words I ever said on film.” Matthew McConaughey reflects back on the chance meeting and saying that launched his career. 🤠
G.E. may have found a path to a comeback in the form of wind power, thanks in part to a deal they did with Enron — yes, Enron — years ago, no less. 🌬
If you’re anything like me, you had no idea how much of a hidden hand malaria had in shaping the world as we know it. 🦠
This was a great read on the current state of the Mormon religion, and his place in it, by McKay Coppins. 🙏
Good, albeit frustrating read by David Sacks on the disaster that is Chesa Boudin, the current DA of San Francisco. 🚨
This is probably the most succinct and cogent piece I’ve read about how best to think about and to try to understand the insanity that is QAnon. 𝐐
Meanwhile, over on Mars… 🔴
The way Susan Orlean wrangles her life via her calendar resonates… 📆
The times they are a chargin’ 🎸
Farewell, Periscope. 👁
(Yeah, there are a lot of these…)
And certainly most VCs don’t either — myself included…
The Disney+ show manages to out-Star Wars the movies…
Tempted by the Max and Mini, I went with the “just right” Regular
Unsolicited feedback on Twitter’s new ‘Fleets’ feature
The dark design of Reels replacing the creation button
A quick rebuttal on the Slackforce Slacklash
The HBO Max maneuver seems cruel, though not exactly unusual
Betteridge’s Law aside, it’s time to ask the question again…
If it’s not there, it’s very, very close…
The Cleveland Indians need a new name; the choice is obvious
An Apple TV User’s Thoughts on the Chromecast with Google TV
Title says it all
HBO Max is Great with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Being Okay
Always in the future and lacking proof…
Some thoughts on the AirPods Max…
The Widget and WFH Shuffle…
In ways big and small…
Donald Trump ends not with a bang… actually, with a bang
Twitter v. Trump actually isn’t all that complicated…
Can an old school CEO restore the company as a certain “lifestyle” company once did?
Farewell, TouchBar — Welcome back MagSafe?
An idea to get Apple back into the living room game…
Five years ago, a lot of people seemed certain we were in a bubble, now most of these companies look downright cheap (though yes, a few have blown up in spectacular fashion).