…I’m not required to attend an ugly sweater party.

Or any similar jokey bullshit.

Gotta say, I’m not liking the gradual creep of memetic internet culture into annual tradition. By the time people want to take that shit offline, you know the joke is well past it’s prime.

Fortunately, despite the prevalence of ugly sweater party references in popular media, none of my friends, coworkers, or family have time for it, either. So I’m safe from the ever-growing irony-or-not identity crisis. For now.


…Climate Town made a new video.

His series is exceptionally well done, finding the right balance of comedy and miserably upsetting information. He also find great topics to communicate how complex and widespread the reality of climate change is, like his latest about gas stoves.

I guess technically you could watch this without leaving bed, so it’s not exactly a reason to bother getting dressed today. But fuck, it’s Sunday. I’ll count it.


…Nick Lutsko is reliably making great music.

If you somehow found this dumb blog instead of hearing about him first, go check out his Youtube channel and/or buy some albums on his Bandcamp page. Dude is consistently funny and has never failed to make a catchy song.

I’m not sure if he’s ever planning to release a serious album again. Swords has rapidly entered my desert island collection and has been a great backdrop when writing. But it doesn’t matter. He’s one of those people with such unrestrained talent that I’m sure he’ll knock it out of the park, whatever he decides to do next.


…they’re making new episodes of Awesome Video Games.

After a ten year break, they’re coming back for another season. And some episodes are already available to watch if you chip in a few bucks.

Awesome Video Games is one of the very few Internet shows from the aughties that still holds up. It’s still just as funny now as it was then. Probably because it actually had jokes and characters instead of all that other dumb bullshit people thought was funny at the time.

Like, it’s okay to revisit this one, guys, there aren’t any surprise episodes where the guys “ironically” drop racial slurs. You can watch with your kids if you have any.


…there’s a new episode of We Hate Movies.

Podcasts have been a massive part of my life for the last decade. And I mean that in the literal sense. Look at my Pocket Casts stats since I started using their app in 2017:

I’ve got plenty of favorites, but the time-tested champ is We Hate Movies. They’ve been consistently funny without overly relying on running jokes, they always bring a great depth of insight to their criticism (as opposed to just screaming over each other like 99% of all other movie podcasts), the conversations are grounded in actual film knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, they have never missed a single day in their schedule.

I have no idea how they manage that last one. The premise of this blog is just that I have to say one barely-passable-as-happy thing a day for one year, and after only a week I’m already looking for excuses to skip a day.

WHM was in my ears through all my ups and downs since I started listening back in 2012, somewhere around the time they covered The Glass House. I had their back catalog on when I was trying to fix up my house in Baltimore, when I was running back and forth to the NICU when my first daughter was born, when we celebrated birthdays and holidays in peace, when we couldn’t celebrate because there was a hole in the ceiling or a pipe burst, when I got promoted at work, when we moved, when my wife had surgery, when I self-published my books – all of it.

It’s the strongest para-social relationship I have to any form of media. Which I’m sure would make the guys cringe as much as it would make them smile.

Today they released an episode, as they always have on every Tuesday since 2010. Every week is worth it.