July 05, 2023

🤖 The only robots I want help from...


Happy Mechanical Pencil Day! This may seem like a fairly inconsequential thing to celebrate, but did you know that many — most, even — Boredwalk designs begin with me sketching things out using a mechanical pencil on actual paper? True story! 

Some of my friends think I'm stupid for not using AI to save time in the creation of our designs, but the way I see it I'm already saving time AND trees by not sharpening wooden pencils like a medieval peasant. 

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AI can't even hold a pencil, and I'm supposed to be impressed?!

Today is also National Workaholics Day, which is fitting! I had to leave a very fun Independence Day celebration early last night so I could research July 5th for your entertainment while I am technically on vacation. The things I do for you!


Speaking of July 5th research, here are some more of my findings:
• On this day in 1687 Isaac Newton published Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which expounded his laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation. What a nerd!
• In 1948 the National Health Service Acts created the national public health system in the UK. So glad we escaped the tyranny of lower health care costs!
• In 1954 Elvis Presley recorded his first single, "That's All Right," at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee
• On this day in 1971 the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, was formally certified by President Richard Nixon
• In 1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title
• In 1996 Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal cloned from an adult cell
Birthday cake all around for: Photorealist artist Chuck Close (1940), The Band co-founder, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson (1943), singer-songwriter Huey Lewis (1950), Calvin & Hobbes creator/cartoonist Bill Watterson (1958), actress Edie Falco (1963), Wu-Tang Clan co-founder, rapper, producer, actor, and director RZA (1969), soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe (1985), and two-way baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani (1994)
Pour one out for: Baseball legend Ted Williams (d. 2002). Technically his remains were cryogenically frozen, so there's still a chance he could make a comeback! I bet he still hits a cool .325 after he thaws out.
Bonus shoutout to my uncle Alexis, who just passed away yesterday. I like to imagine he and his dogs Scooby & Rascal are rocking out in the astral plane with Eddie Van Halen, John Lennon, Charlie Watts, and Prince right about now.
Now on to the amusing links!
Tess, Josh, and Grace seem to really enjoy reading and responding to dumb comments from the internet ignorati, since this is now the third installment of this (apparently) recurring segment. Good! Screw those jerks!
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Comedian Leah Rudick details her nighttime ritual. Nothing like a feast of the innocent to promote glowing skin!
3. 🎤 Spittin' Sylvia
Friend of the newsletter (and very talented musician) Reina del Cid drops hot rhymes about Sylvia Plath!
Comedian Landon Bullock shows us what ordering at the drive-thru would be like if fast food restaurants were honest.
Artist Hannah Lemon creates a miniature koi pond that is both soothing AND adorable!
OK! We'll be back here in your inbox on Friday — possibly with more nonsense holidays to dissect, more notable birthdays (and maybe even some notable deathdays!) to celebrate, and more witty content in general. Until then...

Peace, love, and workaholism,