Around the water cooler 📰
Here are three headlines that had our Slack channel abuzz this month:
Adobe is acquiring Figma for $20B: Once touted as the "Adobe-killer," Figma and Adobe announced the acquisition earlier this month in the shot heard 'round the design world. Reactions have been strong but this could be generational-wealth-building amounts of money for Figma employees with stock options. It certainly begs the question, what wouldn't you do for $20 billion? "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight (2008)
Don't Worry Darling finally hit theaters with $19M on opening weekend. Early reviews give the impression that the film's tumultuous press tour may be more compelling than anything happening on screen.
Nothing says Fall football like Brett Favre and then-Mississippi governor embezzling $20 million of state welfare funds for sports facilities at his daughter's university 🙃
Welcome to Wrexham: A surprisingly compelling sports docuseries following a struggling football club when it's bought up by movie star Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and his notably less-famous famous friend, Rob McElhenny (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Hard Knocks with the Detroit Lions: A surprisingly compelling sports docuseries following a struggling football team as it rebuilds from the ground up.
Bee and Puppycat: Lazy in Space: Netflix's reboot of a beloved web series about a meandering 20-something that takes on odd, intergalactic temp jobs to make ends meet.
Matt Shearer's reporting in Boston that borders on satire, like this piece on Stow, MA losing its last remaining Dunkin' Donuts.
Over the Garden Wall: get into the Fall spirit with Cartoon Network's cult-classic miniseries about two brothers lost in a dark and mysterious forest.
Andor: Disney+'s newest Star Wars series that serves as a prequel to 2016'sRogue One, already being lauded as the best live-action Star Wars series to date.
Rings of Power: Amazon Prime's very expensive, beautifully shot, LOTR series that takes place in the Middle Earth's Second Age.
Cyberpunk: Edge Runners: Netflix's dizzying new anime series based on the hit video game.
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness: a 2022 LA Times Book Prize finalist that one Goodreads reviewer describes as "Emotionally wrenching. Limitless narrative pleasure."
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands: Kate Beaton's masterful graphic memoir about the harsh realities of life in an oil town.
This thread on the history of Huy Fong's Sriracha.
Adnan Is Out:Serial, the podcast that brought podcasts into the mainstream, releases a new episode as Adnan Syed is released from prison. Sarah Koenig, of course, is on the scene.
This catchy song of only made-up English lyrics, by Italian composer Adriano Celentano.
Shameless Acquisition Target: Laura Mayer has seen many of her peers in the podcast industry make gobs of money getting acquired. Now, she's making a podcast whose sole purpose is just that.
UNDERWATER BOI by Turnstile, from their new album GLOW ON. "Very good for walks." - Kim.