Intro / Preface / Extra Words
Well hello. It's been twenty days since our last communiqué. We hope you've missed us and/or had time to read all the links from the previous issue.
We have a truly appalling amount of links in the queue, so be on the lookout for a Trash Fire event coming to an inbox near you.
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music
Do you believe in life after love? -Brian
Which Drink Trends Should Disappear in 2019?
I was mercifully unaware that many of these drink trends existed, but after a little Googling about a few of them I think I'm in agreement with most of these takes. - Calvin
52 Places to Go in 2019
The NYT annual list is out and just like last year's it is incredible. I've got roughly 20 covered, which leaves 32 to fit into my calendar for 2019. -Brian
You Fancy, Huh
“He Actually Believes He Is Khalid”: The Amazing 30-Year Odyssey of a Counterfeit Saudi Prince
True crime? Stolen identity? Our hero has been scamming banks, hotels, and businesses by pretending to be Saudi royalty for decades. Dude's got chutzpah. -Brian
Party Bird Island
We had a few not-awful days this week weather-wise, which has me thinking about summer. So here's a giant floating island thing to start saving your pennies for. - Calvin
Sports (Disc Golf)
Hilaree Nelson, Jim Morrison Make First Ski Descent of Lhoste
Amanda recently went to Vail "for work" and that trip plus this article makes me wonder, "Why do people go outside when it's cold?" I just don't get it. - Calvin
I love technology (and science)
Lego Hidden Side is like a tiny AR Ghostbusters escape room
There's a good chance I'm buying myself one of these new kits when they're released in August. - Calvin
Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain
I know, I know: everyone is writing about spending less time using phones and how decreased social media usage leads to increased happiness. So here's another article to toss on the pile, and I fully appreciate the irony of asking you to read this on your phone (because that's probably how you read these newsletters). I like this particular post because this dude is reporting on his experience versus listing out a bunch of do's and don'ts. Click the link, print the article, and go read it outside.
Damien Hirst's Shipwreck Fantasy Sinks in Venice
So recently Katie and I watched this documentary about this incredible shipwreck recovered off the east coast of Africa. All these incredible treasures recovered were believed to have been the lost collection of a famous ancient Italian art collector. After finishing it, we had this weird emotional mix of fascination and skepticism–it just seemed too perfect. There were these epic sculptures that seemed like scenes from movies or video games brought to life. Everything recovered was in great shape and seemed too crisply made to have been from ancient Greece or Rome or wherever. After a little googling we realized we'd been had...the whole documentary is actually a "mockumentary" as part of the promotion for this gigantic art exhibition in Venice. I'm not even mad...that's just brilliant marketing, although a bit devious. -Brian