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monday memo 112: burgers, ghost ships, and thanksgiving

Welcome to the Monday Memo — your pop culture snapshot from Manifesto.

Hey, friends. Mondays can be tough. Here are 7 things to make November 21, 2022 a bit better.

1. Artist of the Week: Yuni Yoshida

Yuni Yoshida is a Japanese art and creative director. “People tend to think my works are full of random elements, but I actually prefer working within limits,” she says. “I like seeing how much I can get away with when the boundaries are set." We thought her pixelated meals were the perfect feature for Thanksgiving week!


Yes, we know the Christmas season doesn't TECHNICALLY start until Friday, but when Phoebe Bridgers drops her annual holiday tracks, we can help but get in the Christmas spirit. The EP features six incredible covers that will fill your silent nights.


3. What we're watching: 1889 - Netflix

Dark creators Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese are back with an even more ambitious mystery thriller, 1899. A 19th-century European ship bound for America encounters an abandoned sea vessel in the middle of the Atlantic, and it turns out that each of the ship’s passengers has a connection to the mysterious ghost boat.


4. Trend & Advertising Highlight: Our Eulogy for Twitter We have A LOT to say about Twitter. But, as Elon Musk is a polarizing figure, it is a holiday week, and this information is changing hourly, we thought we would have some fun. We are gathered here today to honor one of the greatest social media sites and comedy spaces, Twitter. Our little blue friend was taken from us by a billionaire who had literally know idea what he was doing. In his quest for free speech, he compromised verification by allowing anyone to buy it, and then got mad because people were pretending to be him, pre-hair plugs. Whether it was live-tweeting the Suez Canal, the Don't Worry Darling Drama, or that one time there was a press conference at a landscaping company, Twitter was the great global town hall. It was truly amazing what clever and concise storytelling could be done in 120 characters. Fly high sweet friend.


5. Cognitive Bias of the Week: Cashless Effect

The cashless effect describes our tendency to be more willing to pay when there is no physical money involved in a transaction. In short, we are more likely to spend money on a credit card than we are with cash. When we spend cash, we can physically see our money go down, where when we use a card it feels out of sight, out of mind. When not kept under control, it can lead to massive credit card debt. While cards have been around since the 1960s, wireless tapping payments have made it even more easier to spend money. Where in the past you would at least have to insert a card or swipe it, now you can simply hold up your card. Before you go crazy on Black Friday, maybe consider this bias.


Peer into the future of solar panels. Grätzel cells installed at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. - Copyright Alain Herzog & EPFL.

6. Good News of the Week:

  • Swiss scientists design more efficient transparent solar panels (Euro News)

  • Once rare on school lunch trays, more states are making fresh, local food more available in school cafeterias (GGG)

  • Building a Black birding community in Detroit (GGG)

  • Machine Recycles Plastic Bottles into 3D Printer Filament–And the Design was Released, Instead of Patented (GNN)


7. Bonus: Happy Thanksgiving from Manifesto!

We want to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and let you know how grateful we are for your continued support and partnership.


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