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December 6, 2022 // Web version //

TimeMachiner. Tech, culture, nostalgia. By Aaron Crocco
Inside Today's Issue:
The Smartest Dog
Eufy’s Promise of Secure Video Was A Lie
Finally, Apple Competes With Spotify Wrapped

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Editor's Note: Last issue's link to the Post of the Week was incorrect. If you wish to see the original post, you can click here.

Being late is frowned upon in all etiquette circles however, there is one aspect of being late to something that has a benefit: entertainment. While some TV shows and movies are big hits and the subject of buzz, coming into something late gives a lot more perspective.

Being a decade late to Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated show has been a wonderful thing. For starters, I already know characters such as Ahsoka Tano that people originally weren't sure about are now fan favorites. I also don't have to wait any time between seasons, even the multi-year gap between the show ending on Cartoon Network and getting a final Disney+ season. My experience was seamless.

It is also wonderful to see the evolution of a show's storytelling without the speculation and fandom noise that happens with many shows. The time I spent with Clone Wars was one in my own bubble free from outside influence.

As for the show itself, I am amazed at how it went from a "Kiddie" program at the outset and delved into multi-episode story arcs with dark stories to tell. It's like the training wheels came off and the writers said "This is a war, let's show it." And they did. I am quite impressed at how some topics were handled and the deep, character-building stories added so much to a universe we all thought we knew.

With the final 4 episodes genius move taking place during Episode III, I re-watched that film after finishing the series. And I must say the show does a lot of heavy lifting where the movie needed it. The bonds we never got to see truly form between Anakin and Obi-Wan are now firmly in our minds. The tech, clone troopers, and messiness of the war are all familiar and help us get into the movie even more. And of course, Anakin turning to the dark side had even more of an impact when we knew what was going on within the final episodes of the show.

I slept on Clone Wars and I'm happy I did. It let me blow through 7 seasons in only a couple of months and it enhanced what I consider to be the strongest of the prequel movies.

Now, it's onto the Obi-Wan Kenobi show that I've slept on. Because it's evident that going into this directly after an Episode III re-watch is a perfect setup.


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Last Week's Results:

Waffles or pancakes?

The 🥞 pancakes have it! With a nearly doubling-up on the waffles, it seems that the "🧇 leggo my eggo" group has nothing on the Short Stack Guild. 🙌🏻 Thanks to everyone who voted!

Today's Poll

Laundry or Dishes?

🧺 Laundry
🍽️ Dishes

The results will be revealed in the next newsletter.

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The Smartest Dog
We all know dogs get excited when they see us, but is that because they miss us or know we're going to feed them? It's been speculated that dogs are pretty damn smart, but we need the science to back that up. So leave it to 60 Minutes' 2014 story about Chaser: the smartest…
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Eufy’s Promise of Secure Video Was A Lie
Anker, whose sub-brand Eufy, has built a ton of goodwill in the decade-plus it's been in business. They've created many sub-brands with Eufy being one for the home and consisting of cameras. They've promised zero-subscription, zero-cloud, encrypted video since Day 1. Imagine my surprise when news broke that data is going to the cloud.…
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Finally, Apple Competes With Spotify Wrapped
You know we're firmly in December when you begin seeing the plethora of people sharing their year-end Spotify Wrapped. This compilation of listening stats has been awesome to see but has always made me, an Apple Music subscriber, a bit sad that I haven't had anything similar. Apple has finally fixed this egregious error…
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