Winslet, Phair, Mehrotra, Panzarino, Venice, Saraceno, Eno

  1. Kate Winslet’s performance in Mare of Easttown. I spent a few formative teenage years living outside of Philadelphia in Delaware County, so the moment just a few minutes in where she says the word “homeowner” I had to pause the stream and put my head between my knees. This Maureen Dowd interview with Winslet is worth reading: “I loved her marks and her scars and her faults and her flaws and the fact that she has no off switch, no stop button. She just knows ‘Go.’”


The Bob Ross virtual art gallery is amazing.

Jared Wilber has collected data on the 403 paintings that Bob Ross painted during his Joy of Painting series, and I’ve presented them for you here in a virtual art gallery.

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It took Netflix more than a decade to demonstrate that a personalized experience improved retention. But consistent growth in this proxy metric convinced the company to keep doubling down on personalization until many years later, Netflix proved that personalization improved retention in a large-scale retention test.

Gibson Biddle has an amazing retrospective of 20 years of personalization at Netflix, and its role in the company’s product strategy. The screenshots alone are worth the trip down memory lane.

This is an interesting proposition…

Here’s the long-term personalization vision: twenty years from now, Netflix will eliminate both the “Play Something” button and…


“Why did I do this? It seemed like a weird gimmick and a fun challenge. Like with many of my weird creative projects, for most of the time I assumed that this will fail — after all, I have heard of anyone doing something like this, and I had no idea if the tech was even available — but at least I will learn something.”

Marcin Wichary on The Making of Four Laps. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. I won’t spoil it for you.


wolves do the work all year long at their own expense

Following a raindrop down the Mississippi.
  1. The Number Ones: Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. Stereogum’s Tom Breihan has been every #1 hit in the Billboard Hot 100, chronologically. “For years, Slash claimed to hate Sweet Child O’ Mine. The song, he thought, went against the sound that the band had established for themselves. He’s right, and that’s part of what makes Sweet Child so magical.”


  1. Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR. This is gonna be in heavy rotation all weekend, and probably all summer. I loved Julius Bridgeforth’s review.


This post from Cory Doctorow is one of the best pieces on blogging I’ve ever read. Twenty years of a sustained practice of thinking in public; Cory’s ongoing work at Boing Boing and on his personal sites is inspiring. I loved his notion of writing to build an audience, instead of writing to serve an audience.


Keep a domain around long enough, and unsolicited spam hilarity ensues. From a recent email:

Hi Michael! I’m [[redacted]]. Your site, theobvious.com, has sparked my interest to contribute articles and resources in the various topics that you cover. I especially enjoyed one of your latest posts, and therefore decided to reach out to you.

My latest post on theobvious.com? September 2003.


Matt Levine, how does he do it? Seriously, there must be a team of people that are “Matt Levine.” There’s no way it’s just him, right? Every day with things like this, a graf from today’s newsletter about Dogecoin.

Just imagine traveling 10 years back in time and trying to explain this to someone; just imagine what an idiot you’d feel like. “There’s going to be this online currency that people think is a form of digital gold, and then there’s going to be a different online currency that is a parody of the first one based on a meme…


I love this story from Betty Ray so much: How I Met My Foul-Mouthed Celebrity Spirit Guide: A True Story. Keywords: pilgimage, Robert Downey Jr., Mary Magdalene, projection, gnostic gospels, communion, Italy, wonder. Just go with it.

Michael Sippey

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