Oh Christmas Tree Edition
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Will Leitch believes, Almost Everyone’s Going to Have a Normal Christmas. I think his observations are absolutely correct. Did it all work out for everyone? [Medium]
It's not the holiday season for me until I've heard The Monkees harmonizing to Ríu Chíu, a traditional Spanish “villancico.” The harmonies are amazing. In my opinion, it's one of the best Christmas songs, and it always makes me smile. [YouTube]
Stephen Bardo might be a little bias. However, he isn’t known for hot takes or letting his University of Illinois degree cloud his judgment. So you take notice when Bardo said Illinois basketball “is probably the best team in the Big Ten” after calling the Illini’s 88-63 rout of Missouri in Wednesday’s Braggin’ Rights Game at Enterprise Center. [Illini Inquirer]
The kids on the playground were ecstatic after Ms. Fitz from Holy Trinity School, in Washington DC, made a spectacular basketball shot and promised them all a cup of hot chocolate. This teacher played D1 basketball at Rutgers. [Twitter]
Omicron now accounts for 73% of all new US Covid cases, and has surpassed Delta as the most prominent variant in the country. Estimates suggest the mutation accounted for more than 650,000 infections over the past week. [Associated Press]
US health regulators authorized yesterday Pfizer's COVID-19 pill, the first antiviral drug to fight infections to gain such approval in the US. [The Verge]
No matter the severity of the variant, the appetite for shutdowns or other large-scale social interventions simply isn’t there. Omicron Is the Beginning of the End. [The Atlantic]
“The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.” Watch the official teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. [YouTube]
The nation's top high school football prospect made a stunning choice, spurning major programs for Jackson State, a historically Black school whose program is led by former NFL superstar Deion Sanders. The news flipped college sports on its head. [The Ringer]
For the last decade, eager film critics and cinephiles clamoring for the end of superhero films have all developed one seemingly bulletproof comment, preloaded on the tip of their tongue, that both dismisses and nullifies the unstoppable reign of the genre. “Superheroes are just the new Western.” YouTube channel Eyebrow Cinema gives a thirty-minute breakdown of why the comparison between the western and superhero genre isn't as apt as some film fans would like you to believe. [YouTube]
The blockbuster adaptations of two beloved fantasy epics created a blueprint for commodifying fandom that remains the film industry’s primary method of business. The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were released in the early 2000s and changed Hollywood. [The Ringer]
“The nation’s most disobeyed law is dysfunctional from top to bottom.” Why American drivers can’t stop speeding. [Slate]
Take a long way around. One Step Media was invited to the Akademie St.Gallen in Switzerland to capture what everyday life was like inside the school using a single shot as seen through the eyes of an FPV drone. This one-shot, one-take film is considered to be one of the longest in the world. [YouTube]
Recently, a giant reservoir of “hidden water” has been discovered on Mars. That’s pretty cool. [LiveScience]
Spider-Man: No Way Home opens to $253 million at the box office, defying expectations. Not Kevin Feige’s expectations. [NBC News]
A federal judge has overturned the settlement that shielded the Sackler family from future lawsuits. Someone, please sue them into oblivion. [Reuters]
Genetic analysis suggests a wide range of bacteria is evolving to consume plastics. A study found more than 30,000 different enzymes capable of breaking down ten common types of plastics. [National Observer]
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films come together to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Here’s the trailer for the reunion special. [YouTube]
How the poinsettia became the official flower of Christmas. [The Hustle]
The 50 best photographs from 2021. [My Modern Met]
RELATED: Sports Photos of the Year. One of the photos shows cardboard cutouts filling the stands at a college basketball game, a scenario I really hope doesn’t return. (But it sure feels like it could.) [ESPN]
Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis is well-regarded in the field. My favorite superheroes are DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes. Bendis had a run on the Legion that I never got into. However, now it looks like the super-teens from the 31st century could be getting animated adventures on HBO Max with Bendis at the helm. I like the animated approach, but I don’t know if this is going to fly. [io9]
This guy's got a bunch of videos like this, but he recently did “If Blink-182 wrote Wonderwall’ and it's simultaneously wonderful and terrible, but mostly wonderful. [YouTube]
A college professor hides a clue to a cash prize in his class syllabus. All the students had to do was read the syllabus, but of course, they did not. [CNN]
It's getting difficult to like anything. Or rather, it's getting difficult to be a vocal fan of anything. In recent years, every aspect of entertainment has become as polarized as our political discourse. With warring encampments of fans waging flame wars on Reddit and Twitter, declaring yourself an admirer of something—usually science fiction—is tantamount to enlisting for active service. Star Trek YouTuber Trekspertise provides his assessment of the issue. [YouTube]
In a post that went viral, Redditor u/Cochrane01 asked the r/AskReddit community about the things they wished weren't so expensive and received more than 39,000 responses. For some people, some of the basic amenities of daily living proved to be prohibitively expensive. [Reddit]
A good list from Ted Gioia: The Best Articles and Essays of 2021 (heavy on music & culture). [tedgioia.substack.com]
Up, up, and then pay. Superman #1 fetches $2.6M at auction. [Associated Press]
TikTok and Instagram Reels dominate the short video space. I get a few good laughs when I peruse the top vids. However, this one, for some strange reason, really made me laugh. It’s good to laugh. [Instagram]
2021 was a wild year, this Google Doc by Paige Skinner says it all. [Google Docs]
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