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6. Walnuts

These nuts are trash, lacking the juiciness of a cashew, the sweet flavoring of a pecan, or the roasted deliciousness of a chestnut. Walnuts are impossible to crack and aren’t worth all the trouble. In fact, the only good walnut ever was Paulie.

5. “The Nutcracker”

The 1892 ballet is still super popular…

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There was a kind of boredom that happened during the pandemic shutdown in 2020 that we may never feel again…

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6. “Why did you leave your previous employment?”

They couldn’t pay me enough to avoid having a nervous breakdown due to incompetent middle management, scheming co-workers, sexually harassing executives, all while making an unlivable wage that made treating said breakdown impossible. Also, just looking to explore new opportunities!

5. “What’s your worst quality?”

Not so much a question seeking actual worst qualities as…

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It must have been around July 2020 when I decided I was officially done with virtual conferences.

They were a…

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6. “Toy Story That Time Forgot”, “Toy Story Toons”, and other shorts/specials

They’re always great, but the various Pixar shorts and half-hour TV specials from the Toy Story franchise are largely interchangeable and never quite as satisfying as the movies. These are good for occasional play but ultimately remain at the bottom of the toy box.

5. “Toy Story 4”

The fourth movie in a franchise…

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My kids, who are 11 and 13, are too young to buy things online, so when it comes time to…

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9. ‘Be Right Back’ (Season 2, Episode 1)

Creating A.I. out of someone’s social media posts and writings is possible. Putting that A.I. into a convincingly humanlike body that isn’t just an uncanny valley disaster? Much less likely.

8. ‘Hang the DJ’ (S4, E4)

This surprisingly optimistic take on online dating depicts would-be lovers put through seemingly infinite sets of circumstances to determine their…

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“You’re too low. Pull up.”

“Okay.”

My dad replies, “Up. Pull up.”

“I’m trying. It’s not pulling up,” I answer. I really am trying.

“Pull the yoke and increase the throttle. You don’t have enough power.”

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Tech culture writer and podcaster, now freelancing in Texas. Bylines: Washington Post, WSJ, CNN, NPR, Texas Monthly. Here for all your wordy needs.

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