Today HBO confirmed that the eighth season of Game of Thrones, which will be six episodes long, will be out in 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)
This story is so petty: Matt Lauer has been sending notes to the Today show producers, making suggestions about the music they’re using on various segments. Matty, you need to Elsa up. (Lainey Gossip)
We need to pool all our holiday gift monies to purchase this stunning Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix. (T&C)
How do we feel about Meghan Markle being a Bond Girl? Apparently, she was in the running for the next Bond movie. (Celebitchy)
Overlord Seth shared this with our Slack group today. It’s an article about research Netflix used to figure out exactly which photos to use for their show’s thumbnails, that get us a clickin’. For example, a picture shouldn’t show more than three people. Or a complicated expression is better than a benign one. It’s a truly fascinating read. (Fast Company)
Taco Bell has fries! They’re coated in Mexican seasoning and served with a side of nacho cheese sauce. OMG. (Eater)
Atlas Obscura investigates if sugar comas are real. I speak from personal experience, particularly the last two weeks when I say: yes, they most certainly are. (Atlas Obscura)
Do you live in the path of the bomb cyclone? It’s cold in Chicago (fun fact: today I’m wearing the exact same ski outfit I wore in Colorado last week sans goggles!) but this east coast winter storm looks crazy. Stay warm, Pajibans. Maybe call your grandparents to check if they’re prepared. And don’t forget your pets! (Earther)
An ex-NSA analyst is working on a program that detects white nationalist symbols on Twitter. Yes and please and thank you. (Motherboard)
Speaking of, this list of bad Twitter bios is astoundingly spot-on. (GQ)
You know that book that everyone is quoting, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House? The White House is trying to prevent its release. Must have struck a nerve or ten.
Speaking of that book, this account from it, while not surprising, is nevertheless astounding. Just wow.
From Fire and Fury, here's Trump on his friends' wives —> pic.twitter.com/9imNBaSqm1— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 3, 2018
I adore Gal Gadot and think she’s beautiful beyond reason, yet these palazzo pants she chose to wear are a crime against humanity and not even a goddess like her can pull them off. (GFY)
This is Petre18’s first Cannonball Read, and he starts off with an examination of the nature of joy. Douglas Carlton Abrams sat down with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to have a five-day conversation about the subject. "[T]hey say that we are responsible for most of our suffering, and given that suffering is an obstacle to joy, they also conclude that we are responsible for most of our joy." How do you find your joy? (Cannonball Read 10)
Pop quiz, hotshot: Of all the right-wing commentators, which one do you think defended Trump’s penis size on their show? (The Cut)
I’m sorry for asking you that. Here, have some puppies and kittens:
This mama dog was keeping her puppies warm inside a doghouse when someone else decided to join her 💞 pic.twitter.com/GTMy8o0aZz— The Dodo (@dodo) January 3, 2018
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