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1. A lot of people are knitting book scarfs this year but what about thistrain delay scarf from Germany?
2. Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek spin off is officially in development!
3. Do yourself a favour and watch Katelyn Ohashi's amazing floor routine and then read about why she chose collegiate gymnastics over the Olympics.
4. Lists of Anne and Ben's holidays with Leslie from Parks and Rec.
5. A helpful list of whether you should Lick the Science or not.
6. How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation provided a useful reminder of a lot of things about how capitalism and corporate culture get in your head.
7. I've also seen two really great threads critiquing this essay and expanding the conversation about burnout. UntoNuggan talks about the article 'through the lens of disability and chronic illness'. TianaClarkPoet talks about Black Burnout.
8. Finally, interesting article about how some US book sales were derailed over Christmas this year.
9. "The Art of the Pan is a good essay about the history and purpose of negative reviews. I would have liked a little more introspective about the difference between a legit critical review, trashing something popular for the sake of being "edgy", and punching down, but overall I found it thoughtful and interesting read.
10. This article holds up Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as one of the greatest superhero films of all times (I find it difficult to disagree!) and asks whether we've lost something in the rush to move superhero films into the live action medium.
11. In the wake of so many people coming to Dreamwidth as Tumblr collapses, muccamukk compares the DW of today to Livejournal 15 years ago. Interesting discussion in comments.
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12. Dina reviews The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, one of my favorite novels about carnivorous horses.
13. books_pieces talks about Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy.
14. bibliotropic reviews How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin.
15. And coolcurrybooks reviews How Long 'til Black Future Month? as well, plus Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.
16. fantasycafe reviews Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, a book I am very excited for!
17. Shades_Orange talks about her recent SF reading, which includes Descender, a comic I'm excited to try.
18. Some recent anticipated reads from The Book Smugglers: Radar One and Radar Two.
19. Book Haul from books_pieces.
20. New episodes of some pods!
- Our Opinions Are Correct Episode #23: Sex, Lies, and Science Fiction
- Be the Serpent #26: Alien Fucking, or Where There’s a Will, There’s A Way
21. The Rec Center did a "Slow Burn" issue. :D
22. Paper Cat Press Weekly Roundups: January 11 and January 18.
23. There doesn't seem to be a Goodreads page for it yet, but G. Willow Wilson is doing another comic, Invisible Kingdom, with artist Christian Ward.
24. I'm not sure what this film is about exactly, but it looks pretty creepy: High Life.
25. For a very long time I have attempted to be a Knowledgeable Film Person, but I also realize I just don't care about most films. I deleted so many off my Netflix queue the other day and it felt amazing. I save the movies I'm excited about and the internet is great about keeping me informed, like this list of 65 films out in 2019.
26. This trailer for gen:LOCK looks awesome!
27. The Expanse will have three seasons available on Amazon on February 8, according to Variety, and if you've been sleeping on this show it's a great time to get in the know. It's got so many awesome WOC.
28. Dreamwidth is for shitposting, which seems like it's an actual project that people may take up in February, to my utter delight.
29. Let's Make Tomatoes Spicy With Genetic Engineering, Scientists Proclaim — BUT WHY??????
30. I think this is how Lost in Space (the movie) started.
31. When I asked friends to send me links about cool robots, I'm not quite sure this is what I had in mind.
32. Facebook launches a petition feature, and I'm the downer coming in to say that nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing replaces direct action like visiting rep offices, calling rep offices, leaving voicemails, sending emails, getting involved with local activism, doing voter contact work, and staying on the ass of your state legislators. Petitions online are a bunch of noise. SORRY.
33. If you heard excited screaming last week, that was me finding out that Six of Crows has been licensed by Netflix! They're going to mess it up so badly and I don't even care because my beautiful trash family are getting a show!
34. There's a follow-up piece to that burnout article I linked to last time talking about other people's experience of burnout (as people who are not white/college-educated/middle-class/cis/
35. Friend of the Business, clairerousseau, has done a helpful video explaining the book blanket project that you might have seen pass across your feeds! (I'm going to be posting pictures of mine in Adventures Elsewhere, so I hope you're ready for colours that CLASH.) I especially love the point that she makes that we are all basically encoding our reading into our blankets and scarves through the colours and stitches that we choose, because yes! That's exactly what we're doing! And it's exciting!