This Month – December


Read – Online

British Museum confirms talks over Parthenon Marbles It’s about time;

Putin signs law expanding Russia’s rules against ‘LGBT propaganda’;

2ManyDJs on 20 accidental years of mashups and mayhem: ‘It’s more fun when it’s a little bit naughty’;

Jonathan, the world’s oldest tortoise, marks his 190th with fanfare and salad cake;

Creative people: A note on the creative class by Bucket Siler;

Runaway Teenager Killed in Long Beach Identified After 44 Years Quote: “Kenny, as his family called him, ran away a lot, according to his sister. However, he always came back. When he didn’t return that last time, they looked for him, and hired a private investigator. But eventually they assumed he’d started a new life somewhere. They never reported him missing”. A kid that “runs away a lot”, hiring a private detective but never reporting him missing, assuming he started “a new life somewhere” at 15: all completely normal behavior of course;

Chateau Marmont Staff Wins Union Contract in Bruising Years-Long Battle;

Point Reyes Lighthouse’s rebirth: Mystery solved, $5 million renovation done Are they looking for a live in care taker?

In the Natural Hair Community, Inclusivity Is a Moving Target;

Faithless lead singer Maxi Jazz dies aged 65;

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Former ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ and ‘SYTYCD’ All-Star, Dead at 40;

How Rui Da Silva’s progressive house hit ‘Touch Me ft. Cassandra’ broke the pop mould;

Andrew Tate: Romanian police to hold influencer for 30 days Let this please be the beginning of the end of his “influencer” status;

Dame Vivienne Westwood: fashion designer dies aged 81;

Today in “Unsurprising”: Study Shows L.A. ‘Street Sweeps’ Are Not Helping the Homeless;

Spielberg tells of guilt over harm hit film Jaws may have done to sharks And rightfully so!

December was P-22’s month:

Mountain Lion Stalking Hollywood Hills Will Be Captured;

P-22, L.A.’s Favorite Free-Roaming Cougar, is Caught: Could Be Killed;

P-22, L.A.’s Beloved Hometown Cougar, Has Been Euthanized;

P-22, Hollywood’s celebrity mountain lion, ends his reign;

P-22, L.A. celebrity mountain lion, euthanized due to severe injuries;

SoCal Native Americans Urge Tribal Burial for P-22 Cougar in Griffith Park;

A Eulogy for P-22, A Mountain Lion Who Changed the World;

Stunning photos of L.A.’s celebrity mountain lion P-22.

Listened to – Music

Francis and the Lights – See Her Out

TEEMID – Electric Feel

Rui Da Silva – Touch Me ft. Cassandra

Listened to – Podcasts

Heavyweight – Another Roadside Attraction “When Stephanie was in high school, a bookstore seemingly dropped out of the sky into her small Texas town. Then, just as quickly, it was gone”. This one is HEAVY. You have been warned.

Watched – Films and Documentaries

Everything – The Real Thing Story

Homemade – Phyllida Barlow

Art in the Twenty-First Century: Chris Ware in “Chicago”

Candy The Candy Dulfer documentary.

Watched – TV and Youtube

The Commodification of Fall | Internet Analysis

Her TINY HOUSE is the size of a garage, & it’s really cute!

Daddy Issues Onscreen – Why Our Culture Mocks Abandonment

The Absurd Logistics of Concert Tours Not that absurd if you ask me, but interesting nonetheless

First on SoundCloud ’22: A spotlight on EKKSTACY

Miscellaneous awesomeness

(re)Discoveries An art fair for artists who either started making art later in life, or got recognition later in life;

On the wall: Museum Beleving – Noses;

*BRB moving* The Futuro House by Matti Suuronen;

There is one where you can stay the night Futuro House at Marston Park;

Science Inspired Jewelry;

The Gävle Goat stayed up this year!




First, I would like to wish everybody a better 2023! Completely regardless of how your 2022 was, by the way. The Holidays are a strange period for me, as I don’t celebrate Christmas. I also don’t really feel the “We’re starting anew!”-vibe of the new year, especially not since I’m living on an academic timeline again. What do you mean, the end of the year? I’m not even half way through! For me 2022 was part of the 2021/2022 academic year, which went GREAT. 2022 was also part of the current academic year, which isn’t going so well.

Since the summer, when I was shortly admitted to urgent care because I was physically not doing well, after which they changed up my medications, things have been… not ok. I don’t know if it’s the medication changes, or if it’s the backlash of The Pandemic, but things have been extremely mediocre on all fronts. Between September and December, I twice caught a serious cold that stuck around for more than two weeks each. This resulted in me falling behind with my studies to the extend that I’ll have to repeat the class next year.

Back in the day, I would have literally almost killed myself to try and pass the class anyway, but I’m doing this thing called “Learning from your Experiences”. While I am proud of myself for this progress (and progress it is), it is of course highly demotivating to have to drop out of your first class of the year. I have seriously considered throwing in the towel, especially considering the hell that was my BA degree. Despite dealing with an infection in my jaw (for which – fear not! – I’m being treated), I am going to try and do the full time class in January. If I don’t manage to pass that one either, I’ll reconsider my life plans. For the 8 millionth time in my life. No wonder I’m exhausted.

Writing didn’t happen in 2022. Despite not believing in writer’s block, I’m clearly dealing with writer’s block. Everybody and their grandma knows that I have a difficult relationship with writing. This goes from thinking “Why bother?” to actively wanting to burn everything that has any relation to (my) writing, including my laptop. This is not a new phenomenon, I’ve had this intermittently since my high school newspaper days in 1863, but it resurfaces with a vengeance when I’m not feeling my best. As you’re not supposed to make drastic decisions during a crisis, I will post the December 2022 round up this Friday. Reasonably on time for a change.