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Etcetera #37: Phreakers, Hats, Scrabble

Matthew Culnane
Matthew Culnane
Hello. Welcome to Season 2 of Etcetera (or perhaps season 3? Definitely season 4 if you count the previous iteration of this newsletter in the mid-2010s).
During my hiatus I started a new podcast which, due to its niche subject matter, will be of interest to precisely zero of you. But that’s ok. The first issue of this newsletter season rounds up a few of the more interesting things that I spotted over the past couple of months—hopefully some will be new to you too.
I’ll be returning to the normal weekly-ish frequency soon. See you next time.

She was a notorious hacker in the ’80s — then she disappeared
The Only Hat You’ll Ever Need
The All: In Praise of Generalism
'Bizarro World'
Learning to Love Really Long Books
Hidetaka Miyazaki Sees Death as a Feature, Not a Bug
Language matters: What learners need to know about Ukrainian
Eating as resisting: preserving my family’s history through Chinese food
On the Insanity of Being a Scrabble Enthusiast
OK Computer in its entirety, but with every sound formed from shonkywonkydonkey’s voice:
OK Computer but everything is my voice
OK Computer but everything is my voice
Saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington’s The Epic is one of my favourite jazz albums of the past 20 years or so. Just remarkable stuff. Here he is doing his first 2022 single, ‘The Garden Path’, on Fallon, and it absolutely slays:
Kamasi Washington: The Garden Path | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Kamasi Washington: The Garden Path | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
This is like Groundhog Day by way of Final Destination:
A man in a time-loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire. | Exit Strategy
A man in a time-loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire. | Exit Strategy
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