TIME TO GET YOUR READ ON!
Happy National Cheesecake Day! After the lackluster lesser holidays we suffered through on Wednesday, this is a welcome — and delicious — change of pace!
Not much is known about the precise origins of cheesecake, but we do know that it was served to Greek athletes during the Olympics of 776 BCE. Pretty sure that makes cheesecake a breakfast of champions. Take that, Wheaties!
Chuck Schumer: patron saint of Medicare expansion AND diabetes, apparently.
Today is also: National Support Public Education Day, National Whistleblower Day, and Paperback Book Day (because the joy of reading knows no borders)! Celebrate these however you see fit.
No new art this week, though I have been working to remedy that situation. Unfortunately my attention lately has been focused on the marketing side of things — hence this email in your inbox! — and it's resulted in a bit of creative block. It's always very difficult to pivot back and forth between the technical and creative parts of my job. Don't worry; I'll keep grinding away at it until something shakes loose. Until then please amuse yourself with the latest podcast episode (linked below) or one of the many existing Boredwalk products you don't own (yet) but have presumably had your eye on.
The long term fix for this problem is really hiring more team members to help with marketing, so if you or someone you know has digital marketing work experience and an interest in joining the Boredwalk team, drop us a line! We are working on finalizing job descriptions for some of the roles we're trying to fill, but in the interim you're welcome to reach out if you happen to be a marketer reading this.
Before we get to the podcast, though, let's eat some birthday cheesecake! Since there are so many today I have grouped them thusly:
• Stars of Stage & Screen: Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), Laurence Fishburne (1961), Alton Brown (1962), Lisa Kudrow (1963), Vivica A. Fox (1964), Terry Crews (1968), and director Christopher Nolan (1970)
• Star of the Printed Page: Emily Brontë (1818)
• Star of the Recorded Song: Kate Bush (1958)
*Fun fact: Kate Bush's 1978 debut single was a song called 'Wuthering Heights', which was inspired by the 1847 novel of same name written by...Emily Brontë. How's THAT for some cosmic synchronicity?
• Star of the Assembly Line: Problematic American industrialist Henry Ford (1863)
• Star of Entitlements: Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on this day in 1965!
Alright! Podcast time! This week we rant about:
• Irritating interactive ad "experiences" on streaming platforms that make me want to throw my TV out the window.
• The absurdity of insurance for insurance, and other hallmarks of our dystopian modern age.
• Clouds (OK, Meredith didn't really join on this one — this was all me).
• The litany of rules co-founder Meredith and I adhere to as part of our design process. It's...very similar to how Goldilocks makes dining and sleeping decisions.
We also delve into fan responses to recent Questions of the Day "what is something you had to do as a kid that was annoying at the time, but you're glad you had to do now that you're an adult?" and "where is the creepiest place you've every been?"
Alright! We'll be back here in your inbox next week with a fresh Boredwalk Community Q&A with a fan just like you! We'll also have another new podcast episode to share, and maybe a new design! Until then...
Peace, love, and cheesecake,