Happy weekend! Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, we hope you're relaxing and enjoying some well deserved R&R.
Everybody get hyped up! Why? Because it's INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK!! Let's go!!!
Welcome to our septuaprimusennial issue. We're pretty sure that's not actually the Latin for what we want to say, but you know what we mean. And this way some of y’all might squint real hard and think we're gentlemen of culture and learning.
This issue is a draft and is due 3 months ago
At lunch today with a couple buddies one mentioned to me that he was sorry we had stopped with the newslettering. "You must be new here" was my reply. The OG Mark As Reader's have survived worse than this (I think that's true, it might not be, anyway I'm going to pretend it is true... that's what we do now in 2021 with facts we don't like apparently). -Brian
At any rate welcome to issue 70. Let's act like nothing happened and move forward shall we? As some sort of recompense this is a Special Super Beefy™ issue!
Welcome to the 69ⁿᶦᶜᵉ issue of Mark as Read. If we play our cards right, we could publish our 100th issue in 2021. If we maintain our current pace we might get to 75. What's your over/under on the amount of newsletters we can churn out over the next 300ish days?
A radio DJ talk show type person we used to listen to but whose name escapes us used to harp on about the "Triple U's". In no particular order, these are unfunny, unoriginal, and another u-starting word that we've never been able to remember but is somewhere in the direction of unfunny and unoriginal.
The Triple U is when you ask the acquaintance named Michael Bolton if he likes the musician Michael Bolton. It is the joke that person has been hearing their entire life and the fact that you just thought of it and said it to him is an extraction of value from his soul to yours. "Oh hi Tim Cruise, are you any relation to Tom?" "Oh you work at the pharmacy, you must do a lot of drugs!".
It is saying "What?" really loud when someone tells you they can't hear.
It can also be the meme we as a society have collectively surfaced all in unison at a particular time. Our favorite at the moment is "the one year anniversary of 14 days to slow the spread". Which actually we should all keep saying because it perfectly captures the absurdist, morbid, monotonously terrifying eternal twilight of the last year. Sometimes the triple-U (or double-U if you can't remember the third U) serves to connect us to each other. And I think after a year of isolation we could use whatever we can get of that, even if it is unoriginal and unfunny (and un-something else).
We'd love to hear more examples of "triple-u's". Reply to this email with the ones you can think of and we'll give a shoutout to the best ones in a future iteration of this space.
It's cold. Places like Houston are shut down with multiple inches of snow. We hope you're staying warm out there. As is our wont, we bring this variable/periodic content provision service directly to your eyeballs via the magic of a series of tubes. Enjoy and please stay safe and warm.
...and virus stuff just to clear the queue a bit. And Christmas music because SANTA IS COMING!?
Also we're including more of the good stuff than usual because you're probably not working as much or at all and need some sweet sweet content to fight back the tyranny of the moment. Consider this a semi-trash-fire issue, if you're into considering these sorts of arbitrary and unimportant distinctions (like we are).
Last issue had a link to a website which worked the day before we published but has not worked since for unknown reasons. Please find attached a replacement link (to Wikipedia this time which seems to work fairly consistently) as well as an actual painting if you feel too aggrieved by our previous errors to ever so trustingly just click another Caspar David Friedrich link ever again in your life. -C&B