Hi friends! Well, Halloween might be over for you but it is always Halloween in my heart and also in our apartment. This year we carved pumpkins and honestly, I don’t think I had carved a pumpkin in adulthood. It was incredibly fun and I already can’t wait for next year. The one on the right is mine, based off of the character Enoch from Over the Garden Wall, which is a Netflix cartoon based on a comic. The completely fucking unhinged one on the left is my lovely wife’s creation:
On Halloween proper we took the day off as always. May I present, Velma Dinkley and Coco Diablo from the newest Scooby-Doo movie:
Let’s get to resources!
“Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.” 12ft.io helps you bypass paywalls by showing you cached versions of sites. It doesn’t work for every site but I also mentioned some helpful tips about a year ago in Volume 2, Resources 21. It came to my attention from this Tweet by @AWizardIsYou that says, “Everytime I hit a paywall on some respected journalism site and then simply don't read the article rather than subscribing, I think about how Fox, Breitbart, The Daily Mail, et al. never ever ever paywall their content. I think about this constantly.”
Disinformation abounds and Reuters Fact Check is here to help. They also have a Twitter account but for how long? Really, how long are any of us going to be on Twitter any longer? I think it’s a testament to my good curation that I have scrolled through some of the things that Reuters has fact-checked and thought, “I have never seen this in my life.”
It’s a podcast episode but it’s also an article, depending on how you would rather get your information. Almost every day on Twitter I post a daily check-in, often encouraging people to hydrate or drink some water. In all honesty, what I post is usually a reflection of my own needs in that moment but it seems to ring true for many people. This ~19 minute episode (or article) talks about common myths around how much water we should actually be drinking (it’s not necessarily 8 cups). The unveiling of the myth around caffeine making a person dehydrated made me laugh out loud when I learned what that is based on. It’s a good listen/read and worth your time.
Plug in your start point and end point in this site and it’ll give you a bunch of quirky and silly and neat things to do or see on your journey. I foresee a lot of little local adventures for Nicole and I in 2023. This site is a delight.
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