🍿 Watched Airplane!.

Super fun. I can’t begin to imagine how delightful it must have been for the people who saw it when it was first released.

πŸ”–πŸ’» Read The Indie Web Manifesto.

Before the IndieWeb, there was the Indie Web. This was published in 1997.

πŸ”–πŸ’» Read The Hacker Manifesto.

the beauty of the baud

I love this turn of phrase.

We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons…

This was published in 1986.

πŸ”– Read True/useful by Seth Godin.

Seth shares a handy matrix for helping us stay resilient and cultivate belief, shaking off cynicism and avoiding traps.

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched The Naughty Nine.

This is a heist movie about kids on the naughty list breaking into Santa’s workshop. It honors all the heist tropes and is super fun. Watch with a kid if you can.

A list of lists: in his book Keep Going, Austin Kleon writes about a variety of types of lists you might keep and I made a list of them:

  • to-do
  • to-make (he says to-draw)
  • to-learn
  • Someday/Maybe
  • to-not-do
  • pro/con
  • thanks for/help me
  • end-of-year
  • commandments
A notebook page that says MAKE LISTS:&10;* to-do&10;* to-make (he says to-draw)&10;* to-learn&10;* Someday/Maybe&10;* to-not-do&10;* pro/con&10;* thanks for/help me&10;* end-of-year&10;* commandments

New bio on most of my profiles: Mom & PhD with a librarian’s heart and an academic’s mind. I manage multiple chronic illnesses and I love books and games. πŸŒˆβ™Ώ

πŸ““ I know Twitter is all the things we all know it is now but I still love that some scholars wrote a journal article about the relationship between emojis and identity in Twitter bios.

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched Reporting for Christmas.

I really like this one. A hard-hitting Chicago reporter heads to a small town in Iowa to cover the 40th anniversary of the local toy company’s most popular product. Life changes ensue.

Super cute, winning cast.

Me: I’ll put this little tumbled sodalite crystal on my bedside table, it will make me happy.

The Kitten: Ooh a new toy!


“Recover yourself. That’s where your creativity is.”

Kate McKean in today’s Agents & Books Q&A issue.

I was thinking about Austin Kleon’s urging to show your work and I thought, “But Austin, what do I do when I don’t even feel up to making things to show my work on?” and then I thought, “Well he already told me: Keep going.”

πŸ”–Read Twenty Rules for the New Escribitionist.

23 and a half-year-old blogging advice that is still pretty solid.

I’ve had kimberlyhirsh.com for fifteen years today. I had other domains before that. I’m really glad I claimed this one. It’s been great for me both personally and professionally.

πŸ”– Read You Can’t Unsubscribe from Grief by Jenessa Abrams (Electric Literature).

This is a gorgeous essay. I really needed it right now.

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched A Biltmore Christmas.

Mostly for Jonathan Frakes & Robert Picardo πŸ––πŸ» but I ended up really liking it. There’s a lot of 40s Hollywood glamor. Also, I love Biltmore. I’ve been there only twice but I still love it.

Well, it’s taken more than 7 years, but it’s finally happened: my child’s taste has completely eclipsed mine in my Spotify Wrapped.

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ In the movie A Timeless Christmas, I can suspend my disbelief enough to accept that a man time-traveled from 1903 to 2020, but asking me to accept that his love interest is a shoe-in for a history faculty job simply by virtue of having a PhD is a bridge too far.

πŸΏπŸ“ΊπŸŽ„ Watched A Christmas Frequency. A radio producer sets her show’s host up on on-air blind dates to save the show from the slump it’s in because the host is no fun after separating from her husband. It’s not a solid movie but I liked it because the cast is adorable.

Darth Vader and I are finishing off the Thanksgiving babka with some cherry Coke.

Chocolate babka on a plate in front of a glass with a picture of Darth Vader on it.

πŸ’» Recently my less-than-alma mater asked, “Remember the 90s at Carolina?

I didn’t get there until 1999 so I had different things in my metaphorical Carolina Jeep.

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ By the way, time travel is a whole subgenre of holiday made-for-TV movie. See:

πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ I was watching Hulu’s A Christmas Frequency and everything was going great but then it shattered my suspension of disbelief by having one guy give another guy an expense report, printed on paper.

🍿 Saw Wish. A story full of good ideas. Music nice but not as memorable as, say, Encanto. Chris Pine is, of course, a delight. Full of beautifully casual representation.

πŸ“ Jami Attenberg in today’s Craft Talk newsletter:

it’s important to write the things you can write.