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Joy To The World
Technology - Alexa is spying on you. Here’s how to stop your electronic devices from recording you.
TV - Stephen King’s The Stand is being adapted as a limited-series event. That’s the good news. The bad news? I have my doubts as to whether or not CBS All-Access is the network to do it justice.
Books - Speaking of The Master of Horror, Stephen King announced his new novel and offered a sneak preview of The Institute on EW. The Institute drops September 10, 2019.
Streaming - Here's a rundown of what's coming to Netflix in February.
Music Tip - Maybe everyone already knows this, but you can ask Siri on your phone to identify music playing in the background. No need to load an app; similar function is built in to Android, too. Also awesome, if you go into the iPhone’s iTunes Store app, tap Menu upper left, then tap Siri, you get a list of all your queries so if you want to buy the music, there it is.
Podcasts - The best podcast search engine that actually works: Listen Notes
Fake Reviews - Sad. We live in a world where even reviews are fake. Fortunately, there’s Fakespot, a search tool that determines the trustworthiness of reviews using artificial intelligence
Science - Cool Vox video detailing how your body is a result of evolution:
It’s A Small World After All
Syria - "I spent every summer as a kid at the chocolate factory. I'd bring back boxes of the chocolates to my classmates at school. They called me the Willy Wonka of the Middle East."
Norway - Some lazy engineers in Norway may have a new design which will make changing a bike tire obsolete: reTyre, the bike tire with zippers
Australia - The most shocking word in the following headline is “again”: Spider bites Australian man on penis again
Europe - ATMs are cheating tourists all over Europe:
Dad Joke of the Week
It turns out that Mr. Spock has 3 ears: the left ear, the right ear, and the final front ear.
Closeness Lines Over Time
Snaps & Buckles & Things
Years ago, I was working in a dive shop when this little old lady with a British accent came into the store and asked if I could direct her to the craft store located in the same shopping center. I told her where it was and after a brief back and forth, she thanked me and in her thickest Hogwart’s sounding accent said this very line: “Well, I’m off for some snaps & buckles & things”. I’ve been quoting it ever since.
Douchecanoes, Fuckbonnets & Shit Whistles: The Rise of the Swear Nerds
Relationshits #1 - 13 Signs You're In A Toxic Friendship—And How To GTFO
Relationshits #2 - How to work with someone you hate
Complimentary - 5 Compliments That Are Actually Meaningful
Plastic Patrol - Past Auntie Anne’s, past Johnny Rockets. At Lotus Express, a Chinese food joint, Rybarczyk peeled the wrapper from a red straw and bent the end — the telltale giveaway. Plastic.
Peloton Humor - I’ve no idea why this makes me laugh so hard, but it does: Clue Heywood on where he likes to put his Peloton
Good Humor Man - Comedian Patton Oswalt Raises Money for Man Who Trolled Him on Twitter After Learning of Health Crisis
SNL…Why the Cue Cards?
Strangest Reader Submission of the Week :: Thanks Reader Doug Chaziel for submitting The Rectal Toolkit.
Yep. You read that correctly.
This Spotify Ad:
Kraft WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook
Love the simplicity of this grid paper notebook which fits perfectly in front of the keyboard from Kikkerland.
Readers ask me all the time where I find content. Whelp, if you like most of the quotes I post on Venti, you’ll love Tina Roth Eisenberg’s site Swiss-Miss. It’s a constant source of inspiration I’ve linked to many times over the years. Please, check it out if you’re seeking more sites like Ventipop.
Mental Yoga :: A Couple Enjoyable Longer Reads
Tom Justice was once a cyclist chasing Olympic gold. Then he began using his bike for a much different purpose: robbing banks. The Bicycle Thief
Check out more Long Reads in our Mental Yoga Archive
Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Craig Finn, Billie Eilish, Iron & Wine, Lucy Dacus, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, The Faint & More