1. A short review of the TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 headphones. I needed some new headphones to wear when I ran in the mornings at home on the treadmill. I had some headphones that were not waterproof and there was a cord and I sort of hated them. I still ran with them for over a year, but I received a $50 gift certificate and wanted some new headphones, all but certain that I’d have to spend $100+. Well, I can safely say that for $40, these are incredibly solid headphones, I’ve probably put a hundred or so miles on them and they don’t slip or fall out of my ears. They last for an hour-plus, as that’s about how long I run. I don’t know how much longer they last with each charge because I just haven’t tested past a shade over an hour. There is a newer version out that is $50 but obviously haven’t tested these. If they’re anything like the prior version, they’re probably pretty good. Anyway, I fully endorse these $40 wireless headphones.
2. Via BitterSoutherner, the boy, who is now a man, in the photo from 60 years ago at the Woolworth’s lunch counter from the Greensboro sit ins.
3. Via Slate, the trilogy of John Cusack movies Say Anything, High Fidelity, and Grosse Pointe Blank:
High Fidelity, which was released in 2000, doesn’t just reflect back on Cusack’s breakthrough movie. It functions as the close of an unofficial trilogy that begins in 1989 with Say Anything and continues through 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank. In all three, Cusack plays a man who’s trying to figure out his life, not just who he is but what he stands for, and the later in life the story catches up with him, the more dire his situation becomes. Say Anything’s Lloyd Dobler is a high school senior struggling to figure out his next steps. Grosse Pointe Blank’s Martin Blank is a professional hit man thrown into a crisis of conscience by his imminent 10-year high school reunion. Rob Gordon is an aging hipster who realizes that leading the life of a “professional appreciator” has left him with few achievements of his own. It’s too much to say that he’s playing the same character in all three (although Martin Blank is definitely a Sliding Doors version of Lloyd Dobler), but there’s enough connecting them to make them feel like overlapping parts of a whole, a Venn diagram that verges on a single circle.
4. Bastards of Soul, The Waiting Time.
5. Via AtlasObscura, “When Squirrels Were One of America’s Most Popular Pets.”