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What's making me happy 2016-12-27

By Nat Welch

I’ve been slacking on the #happy posts. So I figure, let’s close out the year with one last post.

Twenty Sixteen by @PA_Megacorp was funny. I know think the “2016 was horrible” joke is overdone, because 2017 is definitely going to be worse, but hey, laughs.

I really like the thoughts behind Better Things in Smaller Packages. I’ve been talking to @alexbaldwin about this for a while. He pointed me to Draft, a prolific email newsletter that @nickd runs. Dude makes money by showing that he’s an expert on a topic, and funnels that into design work for his consultancy.

Solitary Socialite was sent to me by @niket. I agree that introvert and extrovert are overly simplistic descriptions, and I liked this post, but he just sounds like a classic introvert…

List of 2016 box office number-one films in the United States was a fun read when trying to remember what films I saw this year.

Canada declaring internet essential for quality of life is super exciting. That being said, most first world countries are sitting around the same level of internet penetration. The quality of that internet is questionable still, and I doubt we’ll see that much improvement.

Looking for work by @alex_gaynor was nice. I really liked how he framed his employment history.

Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree is probably one of the scarier plants I’ve ever heard of. The funny thing? A conversation about this led to a want to go to DisneyWorld.

DNA Lounge will be closed soon, without your help is a plea from @jwz. It’s a great place if you live in SF. Also, I like how this post goes through DNA Lounge’s history.

I loved the work in Droneports Could Be the Train Stations of the 21st Century.

The Top 10 New York Dishes of 2016 by the New York Times was great. Ten places I want to eat in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 trailer is out. Blade Runner is one of my all time favorite movies, so super excited.

My Priorities for the Next Four Years by Bruce Schneier is a nice read of how to frame your goals for the Trump presidency.

I also read the first nine books of the Taltos series, which were all pretty good.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holidays. I’ll be getting my year in review out soon.

Cheers,

/Nat