Italian hospital employee accused of skipping work for 15 years – BBC News →

A hospital employee in Italy has been accused of skipping work on full pay for 15 years, local media report. The man is alleged to have stopped turning up to work at the Ciaccio hospital in the southern city of Catanzaro in 2005. He is now being investigated for fraud, extortion and abuse of office, Italian news agency Ansa reports. He was reportedly paid €538,000 (£464,000) in total over the years he is thought not to have been working.

If you’re employed and don’t report to work in 15 years and don’t get caught, there should be a rule that you get to keep all of the wages that you technically didn’t work for. Goodness gracious!

Yamauchi No.10 Family Office →

This website has been making the rounds this week and for good reason–it’s so refreshing, delightful, and fun! It hearkens back to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when websites used to be more creative, whimsical, and interesting.

SEARCH RECORD →

This was fun to play around with. It appears that I only use Google search to look up random information–nothing too personal. If Google is building a profile of me based on my search history…good luck!

google search history

The Definitive Ranking of the Players From the ‘Mighty Ducks’ – The Ringer →

Fun list. I recently re-watched the Mighty Ducks films with my kids (it was the first viewing for them). After watching all three, back-to-back, I would have put Adam Banks at the top of this list–he is clearly the best hockey player among the Ducks and probably should be playing on a more competitive team. But the case for Guy Germaine is legit. I had ranked him at four behind Banks, Reed, and Gaffney.

Merck/J&J deal may help US get enough vaccine for all adults by end of May →

I don’t usually get too excited about the news these days, but this is the most promising and exciting news I’ve read in months. Sure there are going to be challenges related to getting the vaccine in arms, but the end of worrying, restrictions, etc. is months away. Do you remember what you did for Thanksgiving in November? That long away.

The Democratic Party Has a Fatal Misunderstanding of the QAnon Phenomenon | The New Republic →

Democrats should try campaigning on the truth: The Republican Party is controlled by intelligent, college-educated, and affluent elites who concoct dangerous nonsense to paper over a bigoted, plutocratic agenda and to justify attacks on the democratic process.

Democrats should present voters with a material choice between a party that has nothing to offer the majority of Americans but abuse and conspiratorial flimflam and a party committed to building a democracy and an economy that work for all.

Amanda Gorman – The Hill We Climb

I know this has been shared a lot in the last 24 hours, but The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman really is worth sharing and watching again. The whole poem is beautiful and the message and her performance were perfect.

Some of my favorite excerpts from the poem that should resonate with every American:

“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished”

“And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all”

“It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it”

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated”

“But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright”

“We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it”

A new President, our first female Vice-President who is also African and Asian American, an administration that will listen to scientists, widespread distribution of the vaccine, Top Gun: Maverick–there’s a lot to be hopeful for in 2021.

Trump Leaves As a Broken President →

At noon on January 20, Trump will be in desperate shape. His business is floundering, his partners are fleeing, his loans are delinquent, prosecutors will be coming after him, and the legal impunity he enjoyed through his office will be gone. He will be walking naked into a cold and friendless world. What appeared to be a brilliant strategy for escaping consequences was merely a tactic for putting them off. The bill is coming due.

Good fucking riddance.

2020 Pocket Year in Review

I typically save all of my longform articles to Pocket, although in reviewing the list of articles I read in 2020, many of the articles were only between 5 and 15 minute articles–not necessarily long. I know for certain that reading was way up this year. With my desire to stay informed and know exactly what was going on locally, in the country, and around the world with COVID-19, I probably read more articles in the moment rather than saving them to Pocket to read later.

In reviewing my list of read articles this year, there were no surprises that much of what I read this year was related to COVID-19. I also read a lot about racial, social, and health inequity in the U.S. But surprisingly, there were a lot of articles on other topics not related to COVID, inequities, justice, etc. Here are some of my favorite articles from 2020 (in chronological order):

How Koenigsegg’s 2.0-liter no-camshaft engine makes 600 horsepower
What I learned when my husband got sick with coronavirus – New York Times
The man feeding a remote Alaska town with a Costco card and a ship
COVID Underdogs: Mongolia
The Incredible Story of the US Army’s Earth-Shaking, Off-Road Land Trains
She Protested in Seattle, Then Spent 2 Terrifying Days in Jail
A White Woman, Racism and a Poodle
Tulsa Race Massacre: This is what happened in Tulsa in 1921
My Eulogy for Congressman John Lewis
Unfit for Office – The Atlantic
I worked for Alex Jones. I regret it. – New York Times
The Cold War Bunker That Became Home to a Dark-Web Empire – New Yorker
At 88, he is a historical rarity – the living son of a slave – Washington Post
How the Pandemic Defeated America – The Atlantic
The harrowing story of the Nagasaki bombing mission
The Case of the Top Secret iPod
The desperate fight to save his family ends in tragedy
We view Nikola’s response as a tacit admission of securities fraud
How big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled – NPR
The Store That Called the Cops on George Floyd – Slate
What it’s like to get locked out of Google indefinitely – Business Insider
America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent – The Atlantic
JFK in Trauma Room One
The Mandalorian: Rosario Dawson Tells All About Ahsoka Tano – Vanity Fair
We had the vaccine the whole time – New York Magazine
Here’s why 2021 is going to be a great year – Business Insider

See also: 2017 Pocket Year in Review

2020 Spotify Year in Review

COVID-19 had a big impact on my Spotify listening in 2020. During pre-COVID times, I’d listen to Spotify, or music on my phone, while working out at the gym, commuting, completing menial work tasks, working around the house, etc. But when gyms closed in early March and when we were ordered to work from home, my Spotify and music intake nearly stopped. At the same time, my podcast queue was beginning to backup since I wasn’t commuting or leaving the house, so I started listening to podcasts during my home workouts, on my walks and bike rides, while completing chores around the house, etc. If there was a year to pause my Spotify subscription, this would have been it.

Compared to 2019, I listened to half the music (7,354 vs. 14,422 minutes).

No surprises with the genres I listened to. The “show tunes” was the Hamilton soundtrack–probably listened to after July 3 when “Hamilton” was released on Disney+.

In January and February, I was really hot on Ben Kenney’s new album, “Must Be Nice,” released on Christmas Day 2019.

I did manage to listen to 478 different artists this year?!?

But here are my top artists:

If I didn’t listen to “Stamped From the Beginning,” I’d guess that Run the Jewels or Night Flight were in my top five artists.

See also: 2019 and 2018 Spotify Year in Review