Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22, but that hasn’t stopped the Trader Joe’s Powers That Be from releasing a bevy of fall products that are bound to delight customers. The seasonal slew of items includes dozens of pumpkin-flavored treats, as well as several maple-flavored foods, cinnamon items, and more. Some of the new and returning finds were featured in the latest episode of the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast, hosted by Matt Sloan, vice president of marketing, and Tara Miller, marketing director at Trader Joe’s.
While TJ’s does its best to have a little something for everyone, there’s a clear focus on pumpkin items in the fall. In addition to returning stars like Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur and Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps, Trader Joe’s shoppers can expect to find exciting newbies such as Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce, and Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Cakes. According to Miller, many of the products mentioned below will be arriving in stores in the first week or two of September, though some will be debuting a bit later in the season. Curious to know what to stock up on? Keep reading for details on 21 new and returning Trader Joe’s fall items!
Brian, Kayla, Matt, and the co-host of TrekMovie’s All Access Star Trek podcast, Laurie Ulster, talk about the life of Captain James T. Kirk and try to separate myth from reality. Was he an arrogant, rule-breaking womanizer who never looked before he leaped as pop culture says? The answers we came up with may surprise you. We also look at the newest iteration of the character, played by Paul Wesley on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and our hopes for how Kirk will be portrayed in the show’s upcoming second season.
Also recommended: Star Trek DC Comics Annual #2 from 1991 shows the young “deadly serious” cadet Kirk at the academy. Click here to preview a page from the comic. This comic is an example of how Kirk wasn’t yet considered the “frat boy” he would slowly become in the zeitgeist over the next couple of decades.
Give thanks to the people who resolved to make pictures stand for sounds
By Johnson, columnist, Economist, June 30, 2022
If you are reading this column, a combination of 26 squiggles on a page or screen is putting the sounds and meaning of this sentence into your head almost without effort on your part, though you have almost certainly never met the writer.
If you are listening to this on The Economist’s audio edition, a reader who has also never met the author has turned a copy of those squiggles into intelligible sound waves for you.
Writing is such an everyday miracle that it is easy to take for granted. People who can read cannot stop themselves, as studies have shown in which subjects are told to ignore a word flashing on the screen while attending to another task, but are unable to do so. Reading is the prime goal of education everywhere. Writing seems so fundamental that it is hard to believe just how recent, and contingent, it really is.
Estimates differ widely on when language was developed, from 50,000 years ago to as many as 1.9m years. On even the most recent hypothesis, humans spent 45,000 years talking before it occurred to a few to make their words into durable visual signs. Writing was then independently invented just four (proven) times, in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Mesoamerica. Most people lived without it for a few more millennia.
Only in the 1940s did humankind pass a literacy rate of 50%.
Michael E. Karpeles, Program Lead on OpenLibrary.org at the Internet Archive, spotted an interesting blog post by Michael Kozlowski, the editor-in-chief of Good e-Reader. It concerns Amazon and its audiobook division, Audible:
Amazon owned Audible ceased selling individual audiobooks through their Android app from Google Play a couple of weeks ago. This will prevent anyone from buying audio titles individually. However, Audible still sells subscriptions through the app (…)
Karpeles points out that this is yet another straw in the wind indicating that the ownership of digital goods is being replaced with a rental model. He wrote a post last year exploring the broader implications, using Netflix as an example:
What content landlords like Netflix are trying to do now is eliminate our “purchase” option entirely. Without it, renting become the only option and they are thus free to arbitrarily hike up rental fees, which we have to pay over and over again without us getting any of these aforementioned rights and freedoms. It’s a classic example of getting less for more.