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EP285 - 22021 Full Year and Holiday Data Deep Dive The US Dept of Commerce December Advanced Retail Sales Data is out, which gives us a full look at 2021 and the 2021 holiday season. So Episode 285 is a data deepdive into 2021. If you want to follow along, we've made a deck with all the data available at https://retailgeek.com/2021-commerce-recap Data Sources US Retail & E-Com Sales Data: US Dept of Commerce E-Commerce Estimates: eMarketer Retail Foot Traffic Data: Placer.ai Web Traffic Data: Similar Web Holiday Estimates: Adobe, Salesforce, Mastercard Episode 285 of the Jason & Scot show was recorded on Thursday Jan 20th, 2022. http://jasonandscot.com Join your hosts Jason "Retailgeek" Goldberg, Chief Commerce Strategy Officer at Publicis, and Scot Wingo, CEO of GetSpiffy and Co-Founder of ChannelAdvisor as they discuss the latest news and trends in the world of e-commerce and digital shopper marketing. Transcript Jason: [0:23] Welcome to the Jason and Scot show this is episode 285 being recorded on Thursday January 20th 2022 that's a heck of a lot of 2012's. I'm your host Jason retailgeek Goldberg and as usual I'm here with your Cohoes Sky Wingo. Scot: [0:41] Hey Jason and welcome back Jason Scott chaussures Jason is kind of a shame we neither of us were able to make it in our F but, one of the things I don't miss is every year that I've gone to in our f for the last three times I've went I've had trouble getting there or been stuck there so I think then our F should use this opportunity to move that show out of January and maybe look at something like March or something if they're going to be in New York. Jason: [1:09] Or to the like Bahamas or something. Scot: [1:12] Yeah even better yeah let's make it a destination of it. Jason: [1:17] You know you have my vote I'm not sure you have a majority of votes see you if you have mine that would be awesome. Scot: [1:24] Yeah just watching and it seemed like some folks went and then they had a lot of cancellations so seemed like it was in kind of one of those weird. Hybrid states were if you went and then, person you are going to go see present canceled you sat there in a room with people watching a zoom so that's number Super satisfying but I do think it seemed like some folks you and I know got together and had some dinners and had fund so hopefully that was that was good for everyone. Jason: [1:50] Yeah I had a little bit of foam oh I think you know some people I would have liked to see you know I saw you know social media of them getting together and whatnot and. It's just super bad luck I have a feeling if this show was a month later it would be a lot less controversial that traveled to. Scot: [2:09] Yeah and what did you want to talk about this week. Jason: [2:14] Well you know if we had gone to NRF one of the things that I always like to do it in our f is kind of check in with a lot of our co-workers in the industry and kind of you know get a consensus, about how the year ended up for everyone and what they thought the big issues were going to be for 20 21. So since we didn't get to do that at shop at NRF I thought maybe we could do it on this podcast for our listeners. Scot: [2:42] Yeah that sounds good and then I know you always put together a little for your clients kind of the summary deck and I know that's hard for our podcast listeners so do you have a way to solve that. Jason: [2:55] Yeah so what I thought I would do I put together like a 36 slide deck completely full of numbers and what I thought I would do is describe all of the graphs on the podcast. Scot: [3:09] Sounds good that sounds good and it's going to be a we'll go through it and intricate detail data point by day. Jason: [3:14] Yeah because the one complaint I get about the show is that it's not hard enough to listen to. Scot: [3:18] That's that's from your mom. Jason: [3:22] So that probably isn't going to work but here so here's what I did think I do like instead of, just charging the fortune that we charge clients to go through this presentation I thought I would make a version of the whole deck available to all our listeners so in the event you do want to follow along with the visuals and see the actual data, we will put a link in the show notes you can hit pause for a second, you can open up the deck and I will tell you what slides were talking about in case you want to follow along but but Scott keep me honest here we'll try to make sure we're talking about in a way that you can kind of just, just listen along on the podcast and then look at the deck later if that's the way you prefer to do it. Scot: [4:03] Yeah this is a good time if you like receiving awesome decks for your subscription here which is essentially free this is a good time to hit the five star review we always appreciate that and yeah because we because this is a audio medium we are going to paint pictures with our words and you will see the slides form before your very eyes almost like augmented virtual reality we're going to take you to the metaverse on this thing. Jason: [4:31] Exactly it's a meta verse deep dive into a retail in 2021 and let's jump right into it so. [4:42] Super quick recap last week the US Department of Commerce publishes published their December Advanced Data so that gives us the last month of data we need to see the whole year so it's super exciting for all of us get data Geeks because we now have a complete set of data the one thing to remember is. It's an advanced look and so it doesn't have the granularity of categories that we would like and one of the categories it doesn't have is e-commerce which is highly unfortunate so, the the Deep dive for the whole year with e-commerce broken out will actually be available in mid-February and that's also when they published their quarterly. They're q4u Commerce data which is a separate report so so we have most of the interesting facts there maybe a couple things that filter in last, next month but the top line if we add up all retail sales for 2021 we sold just over six point six trillion dollars of stuff last year which is eighteen percent growth over 20. [5:53] And it's 22 percent growth over 2019 and so, if you do have the deck and you were looking at slide for I show you the last 30 years of growth and the thing that will stand out at you is that this year's growth. Is is almost double the average growth we've had in any of the last 30 years so unprecedentedly good year. Scot: [6:20] This is all retail or not talking e-commerce has. Jason: [6:22] Yeah this is this is pure retail will we will double click into e-commerce a little bit later and you know reminder there's a lot of controversy about what the definition of retail is and so you'll see millions of different numbers out there and it's because. 11 data set has automobiles in it and one has doesn't one has gas in it and one doesn't you know they're all these different things I'm using. The unadulterated numbers from the US Department of Commerce so it does include automobiles it does include gas it does not include restaurants it's what we call, in a ICS code 44,000. Scot: [7:03] Cool good old code it 44,000. Jason: [7:07] If anyone wants to catch me offline and ask for like a different spin I'm happy to talk about how the numbers change when you change your definition but I think that's too complicated for for the podcast but so before I go any further. Like is that does that surprise you at all it has is that has that been your perception that these are Monster year that 2020 and 2021 more Monster years for retail because I feel like that's not necessarily the narrative we've been getting in some of the Commerce media. Scot: [7:37] Yeah no it feels that is a surprise it makes sense and I'm looking at the slide but it makes sense that we were effectively spring-loaded right because you had the shutdown people really, you know couldn't or didn't buy things from March 20 through and so there's put up demand but what's interesting is you really don't see, unlike the Great Recession about it no nine you don't see a retraction before this the splurge and this is way way bigger than that period of time so it is it is surprising. Jason: [8:08] Yeah so so, in aggregate retail did awesome and then on slide 5 I give you this fun way of looking at the data that you and I helped help kind of evolved together but the idea is that we give you a separate line chart for 2019 2020 and 2021 and so you can kind of see. You know how the year stack up against each other and you know. [8:35] 20:19 was the unaffected by the pandemic than 20/20 happen and of course there was this huge dip in April when the pandemic first got real for everyone because the NBA cancelled games and it recovered super quick and then you know the rest of 20/20 was actually above 2019 so retail grew. From 2019 and 2020 even though we were like right in the thick of the pandemic and then in 2021 retail really shot up and the. The hypothesis here is there are two things that really caused this number one there was a bunch of. Economic stimulus that was poured into the economy right like there's a lot of extra money available and consumers were in, like generally really good Financial shape so there was a lot of potential to spend and then a lot of the things that might have gotten some of that money experiences like travel in restaurants and vacations, we're not available in the most consumers so instead of paying money for a gym you bought a Peloton instead of going to a restaurant you bought groceries and instead of going on vacation you you got new patio furniture right and so you know the combination of, more money and less things to spend and on ended up being super favorable to retail overall. Scot: [9:59] Yeah that makes it so that it's really a factor of the stimulus is what you're saying. Jason: [10:06] Yeah and we'll talk about the downside of that if they end of this podcast but so that's the industry average and I would remind everyone to be cautious. In thinking about averages because, very few retailers experience the average right like in general there were big winners and losers based on categories and I'm for the purposes of the podcast we're not going to talk about category growth or foot traffic. From 2022 2021 because 2020 was such a weird year because of the pandemic I actually am going to jump ahead in the deck to slide 9 which is where we start talking about, comparing. Last year to 2019 so like what the cumulative changes were over the from before the pandemic to you know at the end of the second year of the pandemic so. Over that two-year growth we grew 22% as I mentioned earlier and so I actually. [11:09] Put together look at what the average to your growth was every year for the last 30 years and in general the average two-year growth is around 10 to 12 percent so 22% is, unprecedentedly High. Two year growth and remember like you know there was in 2008 there was this recession and there was negative growth so you'd think the the year-over-year from that recession would be super high but but this. 2020 and 2021 year is basically the the best years of retail in our lifetime. And so then I go to slide 10 where I show you how fast each category grew and remember if the industry grew 22%. You really want to be growing faster than that 22% so the categories that one the grew faster than 22% we're your new favorite category automobiles. So they grew at 24 percent which was mildly surprising to me because you, you know early on you would assume Car Sales slowed down significantly and then of course there have been all these chip shortages that's made it slightly hard to buy cars, and yet cars were still one of the bright spots does that surprise you at all or were you totally dialed into that. Scot: [12:30] Yeah the counter is the used markets on fire and they're marking the cars up so there's kind of like an inflation of car prices in there that I think. One of the reasons so if there is a car dealers are taking these pretty exorbitant markups on those, which is kind of short-sighted but that's what they're doing and yeah so so it doesn't surprise me too much when you know what surprises me is where did it all go so we had this like tsunami you know anything about retail it's you know it hasn't been over. You know like what, 10% for a long time and then you've got in the two year ago comparison you get up to maybe like 15% so it's like a surge year where did it show up like I can't think. You know amongst the public companies the Walmarts the targets and that kind of stuff I don't really see it I don't see them just like, blowing up expectations and saying oh my God so much money flooded into our coffers. I kind of wonder where it went or maybe it's going to show up and you know in when you when you chart it out it looks like a lot of it came at the end of 21 so maybe we haven't seen it come out and the public markets but it's going to be you know I kind of wonder where it went. Jason: [13:42] Yeah so I would argue that we are seeing it like in the big companies in the Amazon Walmart Target Kroger and certainly Home Depot and dicks we are seeing it. And so I think the car one is a harder one to see because the car you know the actual car dealers are so fragmented because they're all franchisees. Scot: [14:05] Carvanha has seen it carvanha. Jason: [14:06] The Used Car Guys for sure saw it so let's come back to that in one second let's talk about the other two categories that were above the industry average building materials and garden supplies right so that's Home Depot and Lowe's and you know they're there to your growth Stacks were like significantly up from previous years and again. Part of the reason they would be up as people spend a lot more money on their homes when they were traveling last and then and so that category group thirty percent over two years and then Sporting Goods grew 38 percent over two years so that's you know dicks and sporting goods and and those folks and they were seeing like like I want to say the two year growth stack on dicks would be is like 94% or something so. Scot: [14:56] Yeah. Jason: [14:59] So and then the categories that still like had, by historic standards great growth but did not grow as fast as the industry average grocery stores so only grew 16 percent I have to say that surprised me a little bit because I would have. Expected you know with the hit that restaurants took that the grocery would have outperformed the industry average but you know it doesn't seem like it. It did and then, furnishings and furniture and Home Furnishings grew at 21 percent so about the industry average and again because of all the money people spend on their homes I kind of would have expected that to be higher so those two things. Surprise me a little bit. And then the the categories that were you know more significantly hurt by the pandemic like gas and clothing, you know clothing was still up 13% gas was up 15%. And that's what hurt looks like right like so you know up 13 percent against the industry average of 22 percent like that's. You know kind of the the low end and you know I think if you talk to apparel people during the pandemic they would have said like oh we're you know we're experiencing Armageddon if you compare this 13% growth too you know any of the last five or six years for apparel this would have been a great year. [16:23] And then the most inexplicable to me of all and I think it just has to do with the mix in this category is Electronics and appliances are only up 6%. And I I'm totally open if you have a hypothesis cop but like I think everybody bought a lot of extra Home Tech. So especially the beginning of the pandemic everyone's buying extra computers for their kids for homeschooling and everybody's updating their work from home stuff, and you know over the two-year course of the pandemic you know everybody remodeled their kitchen about new appliances so I'm a little befuddled. Why that you know that category is literally the bottom of the Barrel in this the US Department of Commerce data and it's only six percent of growth. Scot: [17:13] Yeah let me look at the year. Jason: [17:18] I have a so while you're looking I'll just I'll tell you I my. My unfortunate hypothesis so there's an enormous flaw in the US Department of Commerce data and that flaw is that they call e-commerce or non stores. A category. So you're either a Peril sale if you sell the clothes through a store or your Anon store sale if you sell the clothes online, and so if you sell a TV out of Best Buy you're in electronic sale but if you sell the TV online for curbside pickup. You're a. Non-store sale and so I didn't mention this earlier but the category that actually grew the most by far during the pandemic is non store sales which are 38% and we, have any good way to know how that breaks down by category so my hypothesis is the electronics category actually probably did better but the it over index to sales going online and therefore it gets office gated in this US Department of Commerce data. Scot: [18:32] Yeah and then accentuating this is the supply chain problems hashtag Supply pain where you know a lot of that stuff you would go into the store for especially big appliances where you kind of want to see it and touch it and feel it before you order it, I know on the order of 10 people that cannot get washers and dryers. So you know that that was all like this big appliances are in and they've been waiting since you know, Q3 last year to get these things it's insane so that could have you know so you have this kind of double edged double whammy of a lot of stuff moving online or non-store from the store in the store or struggling because they can't get inventory for the shelves and you know every electronics item has a chip. Jason: [19:20] Yeah so I do like that I will say it from the data it looks like more of the group The Slowdown was in, 20/20 than 2021 which like kind of argues it like. Scot: [19:35] Yeah attribution. Jason: [19:37] Yeah so but I don't I don't know and so then so that so far everything we've talked about is US Department of Commerce data so I'm also super interested in how many people walked into a store so I asked our friends at Placer AI which is a, a company that has access to a huge panel of consumers that have software on their phones and it tracks where they go anonymously and they use that data to forecast. Retail foot traffic across the country and so I put together a data set so on Slide. [20:21] 11 of the deck you can see how the 20 21 foot traffic every month compared to 2019 and so for the first half of 2021, um foot traffic in retail was still down between 10% and 0%, versus 2019 so fewer people are going to stores in 2021 then we're going to stores before the pandemic. And then by July we had our first kind of Positive Growth since the pandemic so July and August we're kind of up for and six percent over 20 19 respectively, then we had another slight dip in September and then we had a pretty prominent dip in December of 2021 which was probably the Omicron variant kicking in. [21:12] But so in aggregate. There are still fewer people walking in a brick-and-mortar stores in the United States of America in 2021 than walked in a brick-and-mortar stores in 2019. Scot: [21:24] There are some it almost like it seems to be correlated an inverse correlation with case count right so in the summer cases were kind of low everything was feeling pretty good and then we had kind of the surge the Omicron surged kind of come back and here at the very tail end of 21 we saw a really plummet. Jason: [21:42] Yeah no for sure and there are lots of people that I have been correlating these statistics to case counts or hospitalizations or. Or mortality or any of those things in there are strong correlations so you're certainly right. [21:56] Um so then I I said all right well let's double-click on some of the categories that might be interesting and one category that I mainly double clicked on for you was Automotive so for folks that don't know Automotive is the biggest. Category of retail spending and which kind of makes sense because it's the. The highest ticket item so 1.5 trillion dollars in in car sales in 2021 which is 23 percent of all retail spending so we said 6.6%. Six point six trillion in retail 1.5 trillion of it was cars and that's up as we said earlier 24% from 2019 and then I give you kind of the, the shape of that Demand right and and you know so again, the best month in the history of car sales was April of 2021 and then it's been, tapering off a little bit since then but still up significantly from 2020 and 2021 is up nominally from from 2019 so a very vibrant year even though per your point you know it's actually hard to get vehicles right so a lot of this this. Increase in sales is an increase in price points and inflation versus unit sold but I think it is a little bit of both. Scot: [23:20] Yeah the other changes there's a pull forward because what dealers have started doing is pre sailing Vehicles so it's almost like an auction where they'll say Jason I know you want this IMA Mustang and we got three coming in and August but if you want one of those I'm going to need you to, pay me to there now I don't know how that correlates to these numbers but we're seeing this big pull forward of the consumer dollars into the auto category because of this pre-sale thing where, historically it was you would go test-drive negotiate and then buy the car and it was sitting on the lot the inventory model is kind of flipped right now which is interesting. Jason: [23:59] Yeah yeah and I know not not related to sales velocity necessarily but another interesting thing is. The amount of test drives per sale is way down like it used to be like three test drives per sale and now it might be less than one test drive per sale. Scot: [24:17] Yeah it's kind of it's fun being in the auto category because some in some ways I feel like I've seen the movie before right so for example remember when Zappos came out and they disrupted the shoe category by saying free 365 returns, well then everyone would just buy would say well sometimes I'm an 11 sometimes in 11 half and 10 half I'll just order all three in return to. So then everyone had to adapt that new model because consumers flocked to it and the car industry carvanha has had a seven day return for a vehicle and that's how they got around the test drive and everyone laughed at him and was like why would you do that that's ridiculous and then the pandemic it and everyone had to kind of adopt that model so that's that's gotten rid of the test drive most dealers now have had to adapt to that that more customer friendly model and effectively have like a seven day return window. Jason: [25:06] Yeah and you know you've heard me say this before but I've been following the ottoman of category relatively closely and the grocery category for two big reasons they're they're the two biggest pieces of consumer spending but also before the Pandemic those were the two categories that were released digitally disrupted like a small percentage of cars were sold online a small percentage of groceries sold online and so those two categories were the most disrupted by digital they they got the most digital fastest as a result of the pandemic so I've been super interesting because per your point a lot of the learnings that we've had over the last 20 years in the apparel industry in the consumer electronics Industry and the home industry like are now you know playing out in an accelerated basis in the automobile industry and in the grocery industry. Scot: [25:57] Yeah 11 cool example and I know you know these guys so yeah I tell folks a lot about how Walmart budget and it was kind of like this this analog kind of old-school company building bringing deep digital DNA and we would see a lot of that not emotive category and sure enough Discount Tire which is a brick-and-mortar tire shop family-owned what are they like 100 years old or something like that and they just bought Tire Rec which is kind of the you know the online incumbent and they're merging those two companies together so it's funny because everyone thinks I'm kind of a Nostradamus of this stuff because but it's really just, the exact same thing we saw happen in e-commerce with other categories as happening in the automotive category. Jason: [26:42] Groundhog Day yeah sometimes when I'm impatient I really have to avoid telling clients so I know you need to figure this out for yourself but I know how it is. Scot: [26:52] Yeah. Jason: [26:54] But so I mentioned the grocery category that's the next category that I want to talk about briefly so now we're on slide 14 of the deck, and groceries the second biggest category of consumer spending it's fourteen percent of all retail spending so it's, 901 billion dollars in 2021 and and I mentioned grocery was up pretty significantly up 16 percent but but that you know that is a little less than the industry average and I give folks that that same kind of three-year year-over-year graph if they want to see it but then a bonus data breakdown I always like to do for the grocery industry is on slide 16 and this is a, a line graph with two data points grocery store sales and restaurant sales, and what's interesting about that is for like a pretty significant period of time about a 10-year period. Sales were split almost 50/50 between restaurants and grocery stores so all the the American calories were kind of divided 50/50 between McDonald's on Applebee's and Walmart and Kroger and in the pandemic exactly what you would expect to happen grocery sales shot up and restaurant sales you know took a nosedive. [28:13] Over the course of the pandemic they've moved back closer and kind of come summer of 2021 they actually came back to where they used to be so they were kind of level again and we were like I wonder if that, if if that Gap is over but then Omicron appears to have open that Gap backup so at the moment there is still about a ten billion dollar a month discrepancy between spending on on groceries and spending on restaurant so potentially bad news for the restaurants. Scot: [28:48] Yeah well you wouldn't know it at my restaurants or so they're they're they're super busy. Jason: [28:53] Nice. Scot: [28:55] Could be you know we you know it's interesting traveling around the country a little bit now it's like living in 50 different. Countries the way they're covid policies are so you go to you go to Florida and Texas and everything's just open and normal and then you go to the north east or the west coast and things are very much shut down, and here in our kind of a kind of in the middle but we're still struggling our restaurants part of it could be that they're just closing all the time so we have several restaurants that just can't keep their doors open due to this kind of constant struggle between in team members employees and supply chain so you'll you'll go and they'll have to close early because they didn't have anyone to work that shift and then you'll go and they'll be like we're out of you know it'll be a salad place in they'll be out of lettuce you're like yeah guess may not have needed open but they'll be in there with nothing to do so so it's really. The economy is having a really hard time it's really kind of sputtering right now across those things which which could fall into restaurants and bars you know this, looking into this year into 22. There's a lot of grocery stores are have bare shelves and I don't I was going to actually because you're the grocery guy I don't know what's broken in the supply chain there because obviously we don't rely on China for you know, a lot of that stuff so it's not the that specific thing but that seems to have really become discombobulated as well. Jason: [30:21] Yeah so yeah for sure there it turns out like there is for a, a fair segment of the grocery products there is an international component right like so there are weird ingredients that we do depend a lot on on Imports for right so you know even if the Mondelez cookies are made in the US the sugar for the Mondelez cookies is not and so it it is possible for the shipping to to have an impact on Oreo availability it just it tends to be delayed because it's it's more the ingredient than the finished goods that that is getting in. Scot: [31:01] Catching you know maybe the package. Jason: [31:03] The cpg guys even more so right so a lot of the chemicals that get used in cpg products and a lot of the the, the packaging like blue ink for a while was one of the the the constraining factors and so you know, Brands did have a hard decision to make do we like change the color of our packaging so we keep stay on the shelf or do we you know try to stay true to our brand and wait for morning. Which are not decisions you imagine ever have having to make. Um and then you know grocery is have its groceries a very fragile ecosystem margins are really thin and so. More so than other categories of retail the wage inflation has a Major Impact in it it actually. There's a low-wage workers all the way along that supply chain and so you know a big thing that takes out. Domestic food is you know there's a round of covid at the meat processing plant. And that that can you know be a big Regional hit I walked into a breakfast place last weekend and they were out of eggs, and I'm like wait a minute I haven't heard about an egg shortage or like are we having an egg shortage and the guys I know are our manager just screwed up the hole. [32:27] Yeah but I was I was with you I guess yeah what it's questionable why you open if you're a breakfast, restaurant and you don't have any eggs or you should at least put a vegan sign up or something I don't know. So I always like to talk about a parallel because for a long time apparel is like one of the crown jewels of the retail category and people are super excited about that and you know there was an ERA when those were the best jobs so up, Peril is much more it's about five percent of retail sales it was 303 billion despite the fact that we all have been living in sweatpants for the last two years apparel sales were still up 13%, that definitely was a mostly due to a 2022 2021 recovery 2020 was a really bad year for apparel and it started to come back so apparel is one of the few categories on Slide, 18 where I give you the three-year graph of the the category it's one of the few categories where the 2020 sales were consistently below the 2019 sales and then 2021 they, they came back up to the top and you know one interesting fact about a parallel that I give you a data breakdown on 19 is. [33:41] Apparel has just been getting cheaper over time that in the 1990s apparel was seven percent of retail spending and now it's about four and a half percent of retail spending and that's a largely because good clothes are just less expensive and and you know the same closet that an American would have had in 1990 Hassel asks in 2022 and so if you're growing in the apparel industry you're you're growing in a shrinking Market which is you know always a challenge to do. Scot: [34:15] The entire Farm it's kind of shocking to see April 2020 you know touching effectively zero sales and monthly apparel that's crazy that I feel for those guys that must have been a scary. Jason: [34:28] For most of these graphs I change edit the scale to make the graph as high resolution as possible so the bottom of the graph isn't zero but in a Peril it absolutely is. Scot: [34:38] Yeah might as well be easier yeah. Jason: [34:40] Um and so, so that's enough of the categories I know a lot of listeners on our show were particularly interested in e-commerce I wanted to talk about e-commerce for a minute I mentioned the official. Breakdown of e-commerce you know we won't get for December until the middle of February we do get a, a kind of proxy for e-commerce which is called non store sales it is a it is a bigger bucket and it has more other stuff in it than just e-commerce but if I look at, the 11 months of internet data and then the the one month of non store sales data. It's pretty clear that we're going to come in around a trillion dollars in e-commerce sales so if the official numbers work out the way I think this will be the first year the e-commerce in the u.s. is over a trillion dollars. Um that would represent 16 percent of retail sales so 16 doesn't sound like a huge number, but again it just depends on what your denominator is that 16 percent is you know overall of retail which includes, cars which are getting more digital but still aren't very digital it includes gas which is you know only digital in a couple neighborhoods in San Francisco, um and so I you know you start pulling out some of those traditionally non-digital categories and you know. [36:02] That one trillion dollars represents about you know between 20 and 25% of all the categories that that you know people are willing to buy online and so it's become a very meaningful mix and obviously. It was the fastest growing because of the pandemic but inside 21 I show you the the. The three-year breakdown and the thing that's unique about e-commerce versus some of these other categories. [36:32] E-commerce head its monster growth in 2020. So the two-year growth numbers are still amazing but the one year growth numbers from 2021 to 2020 are not so great because we're comping against. [36:46] A monster year and it's been interesting because like Shopify stock is down because their comps aren't very good right but really there you know. They're comping against these monster numbers. You know lots of retailers are calling me right now and they're in a panic because they're not they didn't hit their goals and their their you know numbers are wrong and I'm like. I mean they're you know their numbers are soft and I'm like well but let's look at what really happened like you had unprecedented growth over the last two years and you're you know you potentially are. Thinking about it in the right way so on slide 22 I give you my, entire story of the world going digital in one slide and it's a little hard, hard to follow but basically what I show you is I show you the brick-and-mortar sales every year or every quarter and then on top of that I show you the e-commerce sales so you can see the e-commerce growing you can see kind of, as a portion of retail what it is and then I show you the rate of growth for for retail and e-commerce and until the pandemic we had a pretty consistent story, e-commerce was growing at like between 15 and 20% a year and brick-and-mortar was growing at three to four percent a year and that was pretty reliable, so then the pandemic happens and brick-and-mortar shrinks for a quarter and e-commerce explodes by you know over 40%. [38:10] And since that time they've been coming back and so for the first time in my life time in Q2 of 2021. Brick-and-mortar actually grew faster than e-commerce for the first time ever. Largely because of the you know they're comping against these these you know huge huge March of 2020 and you know I will see you when the data comes out next month but I have a feeling we're regressing pretty quickly now back to the kind of the the pre-pandemic rates of growth like we absorbed all this big e-commerce growth for two years and I can you know I kind of think we're gonna see e-commerce level back down at that 10 to 15 percent growth every quarter and and Retail drop back down to the 45 percent growth of quarter. Scot: [39:06] Well I think it's you know I think the silver lining for me is and I'm the e-commerce guy here is we had the Surge and then we actually did kind of even better than the surgeon you know you could have painted a story that said this will kind of flip – for your to as it kind of the subsides and then then we get back to normal so so the rising tide kind of stuck and created a new high and then we have continued to grow from there how does I know this this agitates you which is why I bring it up but you know this does not support you know that Theory out there that we pulled forward like five years of e-commerce. Jason: [39:43] Yeah no we we didn't and most of the evidence now is that. We're we're not even way ahead of where we would have been that like like we we got the sales early but that. The future growth is. Slightly slower as a result so that like five or 10 years from now you know will see this this blip on the graph but we'll kind of you know end up at the same same place we would have end up without the the pandemic is most people's projections that's less to true in some of these, digitally immature categories like grocery or automobiles where we really did probably pull in you know kind of accelerate two to three years into the future. And so I did on slide 23 I give you the our estimates of the 2021 e-commerce sales for a bunch of retailers because I'm often surprised people. Don't necessarily have. [40:52] The the best perception about how the relative size of all these retailers so these estimates come from emarketer there there gmv us estimate for Amazon is on the high side of all the estimates I. I look at but they have 20 21 gmv for Amazon and about three hundred seventy six billion. Walmart's the second largest e-commerce site by a lot at 60 billion so quite a bit smarter than Amazon. Until recently eBay would have been the second biggest site and Walmart's approaching twice as big as eBay now so they have shot past eBay. To get to 60 billion eBay's at 38 billion apple is at 37 billion and then like people people forget how big a player apple is alone I saw a funny stat that like. If the air buds alone the air pods alone were a company like it would be the 10th largest company. Scot: [41:50] Yeah that's crazy. Jason: [41:52] And so then you get like a Home Depot is almost 20 billion targets 8 almost 19 billion Best Buys on you know over 16 billion, Costco who's the bane of my existence Costco like pays the least attention to digital they you know always talk about how unimportant digital is and how they don't like it, and I tell everyone what a horrible mistake that is and then Costco continues to Excel and despite not trying they sell 14 billion dollars a year on line. [42:24] So then you can see the rest of the the top 15 on that slide on slide 23 if you're interested but it's interesting to understand the. The relative size of some of these companies. And so then you know one of the things that people always ask about is what did holiday look like particularly so the next section of this deck is, a double click on on holiday 2021 and so. I'm defining holiday as November and December sales that somewhat controversial because there's a lot of different ways to think about it. If we just look at November and December sales this holiday period was the the largest retail holiday ever. And it drew about 16.1%, which is vastly faster growth than any other holiday like the next biggest holiday was 10% so so kind of the same story for the whole year we get in Holiday it was a monster holiday, um You know again that depends a little bit on how you Define retail in RF likes to pull gas out of their number so they're there they would say holiday was 14 percent growth which is still. A monster number. So then I went back to our friends and place Rai and said hey what is foot traffic look like every week of holiday. [43:49] And that to me was kind of interesting so. You know December foot traffic was down overall I'll remind you because of Omicron but if we kind of look at the the weekly data for Holiday foot traffic was actually up versus 2019. Leading into the Thanksgiving weekend and so then the weekend that was way down was Thanksgiving weekend way less people went to stores on Black Friday, then went to stores in 2019 about six percent less, and then you know the rest of holiday was slightly above so if it weren't for the decline in Black Friday traffic I would say foot traffic and Retail was up about 2%, over 2019 but that Black Friday dip pulled the whole thing down to where we still aren't back to 2019 levels does that kind of make sense. [44:44] And so one of the things that is a common narrative about holiday and I've even contributed to this narrative is, man retailers are really trying to pull sales in and holiday starting earlier in October and you know holidays flattening it's less about these big, spikes on on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and so now that we have real data I'm like oh well let's see how, how that really held up in the first thing to know is. The early sales in October was kind of a myth like there was not an unusual spike in sales in October and so you know. [45:20] There was not a huge success in pulling sales into October and so then what I did is I went to similarweb which similar web has a data set of e-commerce site visits and what I like about that is, we can get much more accurate granular data than we can on like foot traffic or you know foot traffic or lucky to get weekly data but for e-commerce we can get daily number of sessions or unique visitors or things like that so I said hey let's take the hundred biggest e-commerce sites in the US and let's see total visits and let's compare, 2019 with 2021 and the first thing to remember is. You know Thanksgiving doesn't fall on the same day every year and so what I did is I normalize those I said let's not do November 1st through December 31st, let's do the 25 days before Black Friday in the 32 days after Black Friday so that we could kind of. Match up the the flow and what you'll see is there was a lot more traffic on e-commerce sites every day of holiday in 2021 than 20 then 20, except for two days Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 with still above. 2019 but they were nearly the same and so. The I guess what this would say is this partially Bears out our hypothesis. [46:48] E-commerce visits did level out like the traffic did get spread out to the whole 60 days more than ever before but those those two tent poles are still tent poles and they still are by far the busiest days, so I you know I definitely you know think that the narrative that like those Temple days don't matter anymore is kind of a misnomer and they you know they got nearly twice as many visits as a normal holiday day. Did that surprise you at all. Scot: [47:20] The surgeon the chart 21 is interesting at the end I think that's my procrastinator people. Jason: [47:28] So so yeah so. Scot: [47:29] It's where I shop. Jason: [47:29] It's God's talking about is the gap between 2019 and 2020 is pretty consistent but then opens up the most ever has, um the very end of the holiday and my hypothesis for that is again this is e-commerce it's Omicron again so I. There was pent-up demand to go to stores people were going the store store traffic was going up and then store traffic fell off a cliff the last half of December as people started getting nervous and so I think that you know drove more people to e-commerce again as my least is my hypothesis. [48:03] And so so that I think is a super interesting data set I definitely am grateful to have access to the similarweb stuff and wow I was diving into their data Isles one of the cool things there's we can see traffic on individual website so I said, well let's see who the winners and losers are in terms of traffic and the story here is. The the traffic is disproportionately going to the the big high-performing sites so you know not surprisingly, Amazon gets the most traffic but they also got the biggest chunk of traffic growth so sometimes you'd say hey the biggest most established players should be the hardest to grow. Amazon Druids traffic faster than any other top 10 retailer which is pretty impressive, and then the next biggest grower was Walmart so this is kind of the story of the rich getting richer and you know traffic and sales consolidating on the, those those very big a sites which is kind of the story you see on slide 29 if you're following along on the deck. Scot: [49:12] The thing that fascinates me about this data is you have like Etsy with the fourth most traffic but then they're like one of the smaller e-commerce sites right so does that, yeah it does that mean no well that's apples and oranges I guess that's all of retail in the previous comparison. Jason: [49:30] No that was at Seas. These e-commerce sales are about little less than 8 billion in the u.s. versus like Walmart at 60 billion but then Ed C does have like like nearly as much traffic as Walmart right like. I want to say they did 600 million, visits over the holiday period versus Walmart did like 1.1 billion so, so you know despite Walmart being 10 times as large they only had twice as much traffic and I think part of the reason for that is the the. Kind of thin long tail nature of Ed c means that their overall conversion rate and the amount of you know pay visits you have to do to find what you want is. Is higher than then it is on Walmart where you're more likely to go to Walmart with with high purchase intent for a particular item and these days it's pretty easy to find that item and get out. Um and that kind of is born out Ebay is still the second large just traffic site even though they're they're shrinking and again eBay's almost half the size of Walmart but eBay is traffic is still higher than Walmart's. Scot: [50:52] Yeah it's a huge it's kind of sad in one way but it's a huge opportunity Bay could get their act together and convert that traffic the way Walmart is they. Jason: [51:00] Yeah if I could redo our. Our predictions episode so you know I talked about in a number of times on this that one of the big trends is retail media networks and you know people selling ads what this data set uncovers more than anything else is the untapped opportunities Ed C needs to get a retail media Network up as soon as possible because I, as far as I know they don't have one. So they should be monetizing that traffic because that that that that's a valuable asset they're not they're not leaning into yet for all our Etsy listeners so then I will just say in this is you know the Chrome Legend in me, during holiday we talk a lot about these estimates from companies right so Adobe you know you know we have on the show and they give us their real time estimates based on on all the customers they see we have sales force on the show every year and they give us real time estimates and then you know when we talk about that I don't think we've had on the show is Mastercard has this product called spending pulse which is, kind of an anonymous aggregated view of all the people that buy stuff with MasterCard and. [52:08] Just just for interest Adobe MasterCard in Salesforce all agree, um that the e-commerce grew about 10% in in Holiday 9 or 10% and holiday of 2021 and that passes the smell test again we don't have the e-commerce data for for December yet so I don't really know but that. That feels like the right order magnitude so I think you know these guys all credibly predicted, the shape of holiday e-commerce but the only one of these guys that predicts brick and mortar is Mastercard right Adobe and Salesforce are pure online retailers and every year I always get weird data from MasterCard and I say this because the whole. The whole world and especially the media like publish this MasterCard data far and wide and and treat it as fax MasterCard like on December 26th said that, retail sales were going to be up 8.5% and that meant they were going to be up 10.7% versus 2019. And so we now know from the US Department of Commerce data that that they were off by 50%. So just call out to my friends at MasterCard that I'd be curious to understand what's going on there from my. Scot: [53:31] Your category thing. Jason: [53:32] Yeah from my seat Well they argue it's not but from my seat there consistently off on the brick-and-mortar number so I'm I'm curious and so then. [53:42] Every time I have this conversation with a colleague or a client the especially someone that maybe doesn't live and breathe e-commerce every day is soon as you start talking about this monster growth number, what everyone asks is yeah Jason but how much of that is inflation right because the thing we hear about in the media the most. Is is inflation inflation inflation and so you know it stands to reason if. [54:09] You know if something grew by 10% and people are paying more you know ten percent more for everything then that explains it and this you know this is an inflation story not a growth in consumer demand story and so I like to put in. Just a little kind of inflation picture at the end. The so I give I give folks a graph of the government, inflation numbers for for for these three years and and what you can see is that like for most of the pandemic inflation. Kind of stayed in the normal range and then we started this, this huge climb not until January of 2021 so if you remember like all a lot of this growth were talking about was 2020 growth, inflation doesn't explain that growth at all there is significant inflation in all of 2021 and it's historically High it's you know depending on how you want to count it could be a 40-year high and so it finished in December. [55:14] At seven percent and so if you figure normal inflation, is a about 11 and a half percent inflation was already high before the pandemic at 2.3 percent. You know if you say alright it should have been at 2.3 percent and it's at seven percent then you could. Say that the kind of back half of 2021 sales that you know. That three or four percent of it can be explained by inflation but definitely not this 22% were talking about. [55:48] And I don't know if you been thinking about her talking about the inflation a lot it's kind of. It's it's kind of funny because I always like to remind people the long-term picture we're all paying way less for goods than we ever did before so I kind of pull this. This 20-year inflation number to remind people that like we're paying fifty percent for a pair of what we paid 20 years ago we're paying, 30% last for personal products and beauty products were paying 17 percent last four cars we're paying 12% less for food all the tangible stuff we buy is getting cheaper because we're getting better at making, and where the American family's budget is going is to Services right so you know the American families having to pay way less for hard goods and food and way more for housing education and Healthcare and that's the big macro picture, but then we've had like the we talked about a lot of the growth in retail coming from all this economic stimulus, the the downside of that economic stimulus is. [56:47] It actually is one of the contributing factors to inflation right like the people have more money to spend, um they buy more the supply chain wasn't prepared for that buy more and so we have, supply chain disruption and so now you have Supply going down and demand going up and what do people do in a rational Market when they they have high demand and low Supply they they charge more, um and so then you know people say hey everything I buy is more expensive I need to get paid more and we have this unprecedented leverage that workers have right now because the labor shortage so they're all negotiating better prices and guess what that means they can afford. Pay more again and and manufacturers are you know having more costs of labor for making stuff so they're charging more and what's been super interesting and all this is, you know it's kind of an excuse for manufacturers to charge you more like most of these manufacturers that are raising their prices are also setting record profits so it's not like. True that like. All of this information is manufacturers passing costs on to Consumers it's a little bit of the the you know opportunity of the moment of you. Scot: [58:01] Yep it's complicated to the inflation a lot of its gas and then to your point a lot of it's stuff that doesn't have this inherent deflationary element to it like healthcare and we're paying more and more for healthcare education anything that has a service component is shooting way up. But even even in the short term though like yeah everything at the grocery store is insane right now it's crazy. Jason: [58:27] Yeah and food and gas are historically more volatile so inflation goes up and down more like side note you have to take all these numbers with a grain of salt because the way they measure it is, they measure the cost of a basket of goods that an average American bought but they built the basket of goods in like 1945. And so it's not the right past it's for today there's no iPhone in that basket. Scot: [58:50] Yeah. Jason: [58:52] So yeah so it's interesting fun it's fun for me because I'll actually be on Good Morning America this weekend talking about inflation. Yeah always fun but yeah I. I'm with you if you take what's called core inflation where you pull gas and food out inflation's like 4.5% so for most of these retail categories, it's part of the story but it definitely would be a mistake to Discount all this growth and say oh it's just. And that's my scoop that's your 36 slide deck that you're all welcome to grab and use my thanks to all the the data providers that contributed to all of it so I have a, a bibliography at the end so if you're interested in starting to track any of this data on your own I tried to make that easy for you. Scot: [59:41] Yeah when we do when we post the show will also try to get on our socials because I've had some people say they can't find the show notes and so we'll make sure that we disseminate this wide and so everyone has it. Jason: [59:55] Well Scott not surprisingly we were able to perfectly fill up an hour with this one topic. So hopefully you found value in this is Scott mentioned the top of the show if you did we sure would appreciate that five-star review, but thanks everyone for kind of following Along on this like pretty dry difficult data dump episode I hope I hope it was useful please, give us feedback if you liked it or if it was not the right format. Scot: [1:00:23] People of data in retailgeek delivers and until next time. Jason: [1:00:28] Happy commercing!
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Welcome to Episode 60 of the SGPN Fantasy Football Podcast! This week, Rod Villagomez goes solo on the show. Rod delivers an audiobook version of the article Top 10 DFS Stacks for Super Wild Card Weekend by Scott Simpson. Will the new version of the old rivalry between Dallas and San Francisco live up to the past but more importantly, will it help you cash? Can the Rams powerhouses continue to put up the big numbers they have been? No one has been able to slow down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, is this the week to bank on them again? Rod reads you Scott's takes on these matters in this week's episode. If you're new to the show, you're in for a treat. Our show flows a little differently than most. We cover ten separate categories of a larger overall theme. The panel puts three minutes on the clock to discuss each. It's the fast-paced, hard-hitting fantasy football conversation you need to win your league. As always, make sure to subscribe to the SGPN Fantasy Podcast on Apple and Spotify. Find Rod (@rjvillagomez), and Scott (@NimblewNumbers) on Twitter. Check Out the SGPN fantasy football rankings and fantasy football projections. Support for this episode - WynnBet | PropSwap.com code “SGP” | PrizePicks.com code “SGP” | Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
JANUARY 12, 2022 UNDERDOG PLAYOFF BEST BALL - OUR HOSTS DISCUSS STRATEGY, ADP AND GENERAL DRAFTING TIPS FOR UNDERDOG'S PLAYOFF BEST BALL TOURNAMENTS. Playoff Best Ball strategy and picks.#NFLBESTBALL #UNDERDOG #FANTASYFOOTBALLCheck out all our NFL Content:Playbook - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-playbook/Core Plays - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-template/Stacks - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-stacks/and much more at www.runpuresports.comRunPureSports.com is a Daily Fantasy Sports content site featuring advice from the top DFS experts in the industry including BigT, JSURab, Hoop2410, Andrew Peterson (AP) and more. Our experts are some of the most successful GPP tournament players and can help you build more successful lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for Showdown and regular contests.
NFL WILDCARD ROUND PICKING WINNERS - EXPERT ADVISE FOR YOUR NFL WILDCARD ROUND DRAFTKINGS AND FANDUEL LINEUPS! #NFLWILDCARD #DRAFTKINGS #DFSCheck out all our NFL Content:Playbook - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-playbook/Core Plays - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-template/Stacks - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-stacks/and much more at www.runpuresports.comRunPureSports.com is a Daily Fantasy Sports content site featuring advice from the top DFS experts in the industry including BigT, JSURab, Hoop2410, Andrew Peterson (AP) and more. Our experts are some of the most successful GPP tournament players and can help you build more successful lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for Showdown and regular contests.
Welcome to The Joe Holka Show. It's Wild Card Weekend! Today Rich Hribar stops by to give us his top DFS stacks & best bets. Today we are talking through our LOCKS of the week with Jake Ciely and the top leverage plays/pivots for DFS tournaments with TJ Hernadez. LIVE Mondays & Thursdays from 2-6pm EST + Sundays from 9-noon EST Join the Wild Card Main Slate Listener Leagues before it fills! ➡️ https://fanduel.com/holka Use the same link BEFORE you deposit for the MAX BONUS ⬆️ Week 17 Main Slate Pristine Auction GIVEAWAY!!! ► https://forms.gle/sLXNgEzJkd3cz7eB6 Takes less than 30 seconds to enter ⤴️ Register once and you will be entered for the rest of the season! ►Become a member of our Holkamaniacs community: ➝ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkz9wOHIZR62kbQ1600htZQ/join
Compete against Sia, Mike, and Frank on DraftKings for $5 on the Wild Card weekend Sunday slate- https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/122508498 On to Sunday's NFL DFS slate! Speaking of which, how do you handle a slate where the games are spread out this much (1:30)? PHI at TB (4:33): how to stack Tom Brady? Play Leonard Fournette off injury? ... SF at DAL (14:28): how to stack the Cowboys? Don't sleep on Brandon Aiyuk. ... PIT at KC (24:20): can you stack both sides of this game? How worried should you be about Najee Harris' injury? ... We wrap up with our Wild Card weekend cheat sheet (33:40). Vote to help FFT win best social media award- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8JGJJY8 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Follow our FFT DFS team on Twitter: @FFToday, @Roto_Frank @Mike5754 @SiaNejad Watch FFT DFS on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/fantasyfootballtoday Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyFootballToday/ Sign up for the FFT newsletter https://www.cbssports.com/newsletter You can listen to Fantasy Football Today DFS on your smart speakers! Simply say "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast" or "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast." To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Compete against Sia, Mike, and Frank on DraftKings for $5 on the Wild Card weekend Sunday slate- https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/122508498 The NFL Playoffs are here! But first, how was Week 18 (0:40)? ... Let's start with the Raiders at Bengals (3:30). How are we looking to stack this game? Are both running backs in play? Should you play two tight ends on this slate? ... Next up, Patriots at Bills (17:42)! Fade Josh Allen? Are we playing anybody in this game? Vote to help FFT win best social media award- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8JGJJY8 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Follow our FFT DFS team on Twitter: @FFToday, @Roto_Frank @Mike5754 @SiaNejad Watch FFT DFS on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/fantasyfootballtoday Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyFootballToday/ Sign up for the FFT newsletter https://www.cbssports.com/newsletter You can listen to Fantasy Football Today DFS on your smart speakers! Simply say "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast" or "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast." To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book, Ain't Burned all the Bright, a collaboration with his friend, artist, Jason Griffin. We talk today about creativity in 2020, working with collaborators, and our understandings and experiences around grief. You can hear Jason's first appearances on The Stacks here and here.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/12/ep-198-jason-reynoldsThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Jason: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonMagic Spoon - get $5 off your next delicious bowl of guilt-free cereal at magicspoon.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS.Uncommon Goods -get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/thestacks.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Friends of the show join to answer burning questions about music, education, and technology in 2021 (and beyond). Patreon subscribers get some extra discussion about Dune and Foundation. Thanks to this month's new Patreon supporters, Emmanuel and Kristin! Thanks to this month's sponsor, Light the Music! Subscribe to the Blog… RSS | Email Newsletter Subscribe to the Podcast in… Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Castro | Spotify | RSS Support Music Ed Tech Talk Become a Patron! Buy me a coffee Show Notes: David MacDonald, composer Scoring Notes - Will Kuhn Will Book 1 - Electronic Music School Will Book 2 - Interactive Composition The Class Nerd Podcast Jon's new song - Another Night Obsidian - a second brain for you, forever. Craft - Taking notes to the next level Craft episode of Music Ed Tech Talk –> (1)(http://www.robbyburns.com/blog/47-craft-for-music-educators-with-dr-david-macdonald) OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software) OBS Cam app How to set up and use a Focus on iPhone and iPad DJI Pocket 2 camera Slack - a new way to communicate with your team. Todoist Trello Muse meditation headband Kirk Franklin Robby's book - Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers Hazel - Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. How to Organize Your Mac's Desktop with Stacks in macOS Mojave Add your Desktop and Documents files to iCloud Drive File Not Found, a generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans | The Verge I Gave My Mom a Crypto Wallet: A Simple Guide to NFTs, Blockchain and More | The Wall Street Journal Dyson cordless vacuum Pen Chalet iRobot Brava How Machines Learn - CPG Grey The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive Google is trying to make its image processing more inclusive iPad Mini Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone Elago Ring Light Ableton Push 2 APC 40 Instapaper - Save Anything. Read Anywhere. AirPods Max Tom Bihn Bags Tom Bihn Synik 30 Tom Bihn Road Buddy Duffel 36 Tom Bihn Parental Unit - Robby's bag for baby stuff Peloton Digital Headspace for Educators Will's car - Fiat Dino Spider (1967) Soda Stream Fizzy One Touch Matter - smart home alliance Teenage Engineering Playdate Apple VR AR Rumors - Bloomberg Soothe2 vocal processer Band in a Box iReal Pro Robby's play along tracks Pianoteq 7 Loopback - cable-free audio routing for Mac OP1 OPZ The Dirty Loops and Cory Wong - TURBO The Wheels on the Bus - Cocomelon Julius Eastman: Stay On It Sound Painting Animal Collective - My Girls One of a Kind | Vivo POWRIG 6" Elastic Cable Ties Bungee Cords Adjustable Cable Management Reusable - Red (10-pack) DEVONthink - Get Organized – Unleash Your Creativity OmniFocus - Accomplish more every day The Verge - EMAILS shirt Loki Foundation Only Murders in the Building Doom Patrol Chillin Island The Expanse Animal Crossing The Breath of the Wild Overcooked 2 Star Wars Squadrons Dark Souls Fortnight League of Legends Google Stadia The Plot Thickens by Turner Classic Movies Hit Parade Sound Expertise William Robin | musicologist Robot or Not Do By Friday Election Profit Makers The 4-Hour Chef - The best steak recipe I have is in this book Recent episodes of Music Ed Tech Talk that the guests have been on: (2)(http://www.robbyburns.com/blog/20-electronic-music-school-with-will-kuhn) (3)(http://www.robbyburns.com/robbyburnsandfriends/bmw9wc09qe3qk7xfyh5l2rrctn6qnw) (4)(http://www.robbyburns.com/blog/47-craft-for-music-educators-with-dr-david-macdonald) (5)(http://www.robbyburns.com/robbyburnsandfriends/34-new-software-coming-from-apple-and-what-you-can-do-with-it-with-craig-mcclellan) Album of the Year - Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2 | Stevie Wonder: Talking Book | Magdalena Bay: Murcurial World | John Mayer: Sob Rock | Cory Wong and Dirty Loops: Turbo App of the Year - Obsidian | Fin Timer | OP-Z App | Pixelmator Photo | Molskine Actions Tech Tip of the Year - Focus Modes (some discussion about how I am using these on episode 44 of this show) | camelcamelcamel.com | Use OBS for everything | Feedbin | Press and hold the spacebar on iOS to move your cursor around Please don't forget to rate the show and share it with others! 47 - Craft for Music Educators, with Dr. David MacDonald ↩ 20 - Electronic Music School, with Will Kuhn ↩ 1 - The Inner Game of Everything, with Jon Tippens ↩ 47 - Craft for Music Educators, with Dr. David MacDonald ↩ 34 - New SOftware Coming from Apple (And What You Can Do With It), with Craig McClellan ↩
Jordan Cooper returns to host the Advanced Sports Analytics show alongside Stewart Gibson of ASA to run through analytics and strategy they are looking to employ when building DraftKings and FanDuel DFS lineups for NFL Week 18!#nfl #dfs #advancedsportsanalytics3:15 - Overview11:00 - SEA/ARI16:50 - NO/ATL20:10 - TB/CAR24:20 - NYJ/BUF28:05 - BAL/PIT32:05 - CHI/MIN37:05 - GB/DET39:15 - LAR/SF42:55 - IND/JAXNEW YORK RESIDENTS: Sports betting is coming on Saturday January 8th, and you can get all the information you need on sports books and offers that are on their way here: https://rotogrinders.com/sports-betting/new-york-online-sports-bettingStop throwing your money away, it's time to check out Jock Market, the app where daily fantasy becomes a stock exchange. Buy and sell shares of players in real time, for real money. Download now for a 100% deposit match up to $50 using promo code "GRINDERS". And get this, if you don't turn a profit this week, Jock MKT will cover your losses in your very first event. Download Jock Market in the App or Play Stores, or check out Jockmkt.com and use code "GRINDERS" for a 100% deposit match up to $50 on your first deposit!https://rotogrinders.com/premium - RotoGrinders Premium offers Single Sport or Combo options so you can get the Premium package you need to set you apart from the competition! Get $10 off your first month of RG Premium DFS subscriptions by following this link: rotogrinders.com/media/grinderslivehttps://rotogrinders.com/live - Check out RotoGrinders.com for daily strategy shows that will help you with your FanDuel & DraftKings games. All shows will give you FREE daily fantasy sports advice, expert picks, live chat and more!https://grinde.rs/RGNFLpodcasts - Subscribe to the RG Daily Fantasy Football Pod feed to get all the latest episodes to our content as they're published throughout the NFL season!
Awesemo's team of NFL daily fantasy football experts have everything you need to prepare you to make the most out of your NFL DFS lineups. Today, Matt Gajewski and Matt Savoca will host the Week 18 NFL Daily Fantasy Strategy Show, identifying the top stacks of the week. The guys will break down the daily fantasy slates on DraftKings and FanDuel, analyze pricing and find the best picks for your daily fantasy football lineups.25% Off Your First Week of Awesemo+ Platinum Here: http://awese.moe/NFLSTRATEGYSHOWWith New York betting going live, check out Alex Baker's KEY Strategy to Unlock MAX New York Sports Book Betting Bonus Offers: https://www.awesemo.com/odds/make-money-sports-betting-onilne-mobile-bonus-promos-in-new-york-ny-2022/Get 22 Days of Awesemo+ Platinum for $20 with promo code 2022: https://awese.moe/2022Save 20% Off a year of Awesemo+ Platinum with promo code HAPPY22: https://awese.moe/HAPPY22JockMKT will match your first deposit up to $50 when you sign-up with promo code ‘AWESEMO' http://awese.moe/JockMKT50Follow @AwesemoNFL on Twitter here: http://awese.moe/AwesemoNFL Find Your Best Bet In 30 Seconds: https://www.oddsshopper.com/ Subscribe to our Fantasy Football channel http://awese.moe/FFSub Subscribe to our Sports Betting channel http://awese.moe/OddsSub Get access to exclusive Awesemo promos, giveaways, and featured content for FREE by joining our daily newsletter: https://www.awesemo.com/email/Awesemo's NFL DFS Strategy, Picks, & ToolsNFL Home Page: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/NFL DFS Podcasts: https://www.awesemo.com/podcast/NFL DFS Projections: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/nfl-dfs-p...NFL DFS Rankings: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/dfs-ranki...NFL DFS Ownership Projections: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/nfl-owner...NFL DFS Top Stacks: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/dfs-top-s...NFL Data Central: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/nfl-data-...NFL DFS Showdown Top Plays: https://www.awesemo.com/nfl/awesemos-...NFL Betting Picks: https://www.awesemo.com/odds/nfl-bett...#NFLDFS #NFLDFSLineups #NFLDFSStacks #FanDuel #DraftKingsNFL #FanDuelNFL #Week18 #NFLPicks #NFLWeek18More Awesemo PlatformsYouTube | http://awese.moe/youtubeTwitter | @Awesemo_Com | http://awese.moe/TwitterInstagram | @Awesemo_Com | http://awese.moe/IGFacebook | @AwesemoCom | http://awese.moe/FBFacebook Group | http://awese.moe/FBgroupApple Podcasts | http://awese.moe/podSpotify | http://awese.moe/SpotifyTwitch | http://awese.moe/TwitchTikTok | http://awese.moe/TikTok
Compete against Sia, Mike, and Frank on DraftKings for $5 in Week 18- https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/121936444 Welcome to the wonky world of Week 18 (1:00)! GB at DET (2:45): play any Packers backups? ... CHI at MIN (8:10): any Justin Jefferson or David Montgomery love? ... IND at JAX (12:42): Jonathan. Taylor. ... TEN at HOU (16:17): stack Davis Mills?? ... PIT at BAL (22:19): who gets elevated with Diontae Johnson out? ... CIN at CLE (28:50): yuck. ... WFT at NYG (31:37): John Bates or bust. ... SEA at ARI (35:33): fire up Kyler Murray? ... SF at LAR (39:57): how to handle Sony Michel with Cam Akers back. ... CAR at TB (46:46): stack Brady? ... NYJ at BUF (52:08): will the Bills rest their players? ... NO at ATL (56:40): fade Alvin Kamara? ... NE at MIA (59:55): will the Pats rest their players? ... We wrap up with The Don's sneaky picks and our Week 18 Cheat Sheet (1:02:07). 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Follow our FFT DFS team on Twitter: @FFToday, @Roto_Frank @Mike5754 @SiaNejad Watch FFT DFS on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/fantasyfootballtoday Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyFootballToday/ Sign up for the FFT newsletter https://www.cbssports.com/newsletter You can listen to Fantasy Football Today DFS on your smart speakers! Simply say "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast" or "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast." To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
NFL WEEK 18 PICKING WINNERS - EXPERT ADVISE FOR YOUR NFL WEEK 18 DRAFTKINGS AND FANDUEL LINEUPS! #NFLWEEK18 #DRAFTKINGS #DFSCheck out all our NFL Content:Playbook - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-playbook/Core Plays - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-template/Stacks - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-stacks/and much more at www.runpuresports.comRunPureSports.com is a Daily Fantasy Sports content site featuring advice from the top DFS experts in the industry including BigT, JSURab, Hoop2410, Andrew Peterson (AP) and more. Our experts are some of the most successful GPP tournament players and can help you build more successful lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for Showdown and regular contests.
NFL Week 18 DFS ADVISE FOR YOUR DRAFTKINGS AND FANDUEL LINEUPS! Mike Petta (Hoop2410), Travis Mangone Zach Trivett (Titletown) are some of the top DFS players in the industry give you their expert advise for building your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups! Find out the best players to target for your NFL Week 18 DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. #DFS #NFLWEEK18 #DRAFTKINGS Check out all our NFL Content: Playbook - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-playbook/ Core Plays - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-template/ Stacks - https://runpuresports.com/nfl/nfl-stacks/ and much more at www.runpuresports.comRunPureSports.com is a Daily Fantasy Sports content site featuring advice from the top DFS experts in the industry including BigT, JSURab, Hoop2410, Andrew Peterson (AP) and more. Our experts are some of the most successful GPP tournament players and can help you build more successful lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for Showdown and regular contests.
On Episode 194 of The DFS Dose Podcast: Ben Hauver and Joey Carrion examine the Week 18 main slate on DraftKings. They discuss what the Vegas lines are telling us, as well as team motivations (6:58). They discuss their cash game (12:00) and give their thoughts on GPPs with Leverage, Stacks, & Longshots (31:32). ALSO: Ben wins a tournament. New Episodes of the podcast drop every Monday and Thursday. You can support the podcast for free by following us on any of our social media platforms! Twitter: twitter.com/thedfsdose YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCypbk1e0-3keK2iSRgeh7MA Tik Tok: www.tiktok.com/@thedfsdose?lang=en Ben: twitter.com/BenHauver Joey: twitter.com/JoeyCarrionDFS Join The DFS DOSE Discord channel for FREE: discord.gg/m3XRdjzjfB
Welcome back to TFL Talkin' Trucks! In this podcast, Andre and Nathan cover the brand new, all-electric Chevy Silverado from A to Z, and also discuss how Chevrolet's new EV pickup stacks up against the competition, including the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T and more!
Vanderbilt has now scored two significant wins in its last two games, both away from home and the latest coming in a 75-74 win at Arkansas that snapped the Razorbacks' 16-game home winning streak. Vanderbilt play-by-play man Kevin Ingram breaks down what happened, including the Commodores surviving an eventful final two minutes that included Scotty Pippen Jr. and Jordan Wright both fouling out.
Today we're joined by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random Houses' All Ways Black, a platform that is focused on uplifting and centering the work of Black authors. We talk today about the competitive drive that keeps us motivated, balancing personal identity and reading choices, and the vibe we expect to find in heaven.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/05/ep-197-cree-mylesThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passingby Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Cree: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonCare/Of - head to takecareof.com and use code STACKS50 to get 50% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Checkout Episode 225 of Cool, Calm, & Chaotic and The First Pod of 2022! In This Episode We Cover A Christmas & New Years Recap and Then Get Into Questions And Topics Ranging From Plans For The Year, Best Christmas Movies, Getting Big & Strong, Highlights of Last Year, Supplements, How To Make Better Resolutions, Portion Control, Compression Gear, Burger Time, and Much More! Stick Around For The Fun, You Are Going To Love It! Topics Include… ✔️ A Christmas Break & New Years Recap ✔️ Little Snackies Are Better Than Fine Dining ✔️ What Happened To College Bowl Season ✔️ Old School Nintendo & Football = The Perfect NYE ✔️ Traveling This Upcoming Year Is An Absolute Must ✔️ The Best Christmas Movies of All Time… Undisputed ✔️ Tactics To Get Big & Strong This Year ✔️ A Highlight of 2021, One Among Many ✔️ What's The Deal With Supplement Stacks ✔️ Why I Take The Supplements/Vitamins That I Do ✔️ Yes It's Worth Setting New Year's Resolutions ✔️ Portion Control vs. Counting Calories ✔️ My Opinion On Compression Gear and Why I Love Them ✔️ Oatmeal Cream Pies, Contra, American Underdogs, & Much More! Follow Zarate Fitness Related Content At The Following Places: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook YouTube Also...Are You Interested In Weekly FREE Email Full of Good Reads, Schedules, and A Ton Of Tips, Ideas, and Ways To Increase Health, Fitness, and Happiness Delivered Right To Your Email Instead Of Checking All Over The Place? Me Too!! Sign Up Below And Sit Back and Keep Living The Good Life! http://zaratefitness.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd5db6ad085f2ab63066ec43d&id=6af1b1391a
Bringing in the new year with some laid-back jazz flavors from a bunch of records I've picked up in the last month or two. Tune in! Tracklist: Luther Lane, Frank Strazzeri, Dale Jacobs Group, Gary Bartz, Masabumi Sextet, Isoo Fukui Quartet
Steve chats with William Ottens, author of Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks, about his path to librarianship, starting Librarian Problems on Tumblr way back when, and fun / maddening librarian stereotypes. Read the transcript! William Ottens is a librarian and the creator of the library-centric Librarian Problems Tumblr. Described by Library Journal‘s Tumblr-in-Chief, … Continue reading 215: William Ottens
"Find who inspired the person who inspired you." - Andrea We got together to share our book stacks for 2022 with each other and both our lists got longer in the process! Alison dived in depth with a few titles and Andrea brought a longer list with shorter descriptions. New published books as well as old vintage materials sit side by side in our to-be-read stacks, audiobooks and e-books as well, and we both stole titles from each other as we usually do. We hope you will share your book stack with us and tag us or use the hashtag #ancestralkitchenbookstack so we can see it and share! Love what we're doing? Our podcast is sponsored by our patrons and listeners! We'd love you to be part of our http://patreon.com/ancestralkitchenpodcast (Patreon community!) For $9 a month (or equivalent in your currency) you'll be helping us with the costs of recording, editing and putting this work into the world. And you'll get to be part of our world on a deeper level - we've got a monthly intimate patron-exclusive podcast called Kitchen Table Chats where we also share cooking classes, extra interviews and much more. Check out http://patreon.com/ancestralkitchenpodcast (www.patreon.com/ancestralkitchenpodcast) for all the details! Do you know what got me interested in flying? It wasn't reading Bernoulli's principle - it was getting on a plane and flying from Seattle to Moscow. - Andrea Time Stamps Note: Further resources that we discussed in addition to our book stacks, as well as links to the books themselves, can be found in the Resources section below Skip the intro and go straight to meals! 00:42 Thank you Patrons! 10:11 Introducing a sneak peak to .... https://ancestralkitchen.com/2021/12/30/ancestral-kitchen-challenge-2022/ (The 2022 Ancestral Kitchen Challenge!) (Check back for a BONUS episode all about this on Tuesday January 11!) 10:57 https://ancestralkitchen.com/2021/12/30/ancestral-kitchen-challenge-2022/ (Link to the 2022 Ancestral Kitchen Challenge details) Diving into the book stacks 13:10 Eating to Extinction: The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Preserve Them 13:25 Quote from Eating to Extinction 16:21 Review on Eating to Extinction from another reader 17:34 Andrea lists a few books from her stack and why fiction reading supports her understanding of ancestral eating 19:00 Letters to a Young Farmer 22:13 The Hidden Art of Homemaking 22:50 Lark Rise to Candleford 23:27 Annie Dillard 24:00 Defending Beef 24:29 Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom 24:53 Alison speaks about Defending Beef 27:35 Andrea lists a few more books 33:16 Hungry Planet 33:30 Material World 36:00 It's so much bigger than "am I eating the right amount of protein..." This is so much more than that. - Andrea Farm-Related Stack 42:19 Speak to the Earth: Pages from a Farmwife's Journal 42:24 Bee-Keeping for Beginners 43:00 Pastured Poultry Profits 43:30 Animals Make Us Human 44:02 I really appreciate someone giving a recommendation. Everyone listening, if you want to recommend some books to us - please do come and let us know. Recommendations really are a thing with books, you know. - Alison Titles listeners on Instagram told us they are reading 46:00 Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialists World 47:24 Alison works through her stack again 50:11 This year has been a year when I've delved - diven - doved into beer. I'm not sure which past participle to use. - Alison How to Brew 51:09 I tend to do this with things - I dive in at some weird deep end. - Alison Wild Brews 52:30 Working books for the kitchen 56:12 Carla Emery's Old-Fashioned Recipe Book 56:40 Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods 57:19 The Art of Natural Cheesemaking 59:00 Sacred and Healing Herbal Beers 59:59 Yes! Because you're feeding your mind! You have to feed your mind. Andrea The Foxfire Book 1:00:20 Keeping Food Fresh: Old...
Wren visits the town of their dreams. A man finds a doll that looks just like him. Featuring Jess Syratt of Nowhere, On Air as Liz. (CWs, some spoilers: alcohol, possible murder, body horror, derealization, dysphoria?, blood, insects) (ACTUAL TRANSCRIPT COMING) CONWAY: Sometimes a drop of water is all it takes for rust to form. A single grain of sand to gum up the gears. One thought to plant to the seed of doubt. Sometimes we don't want to think that thought, so it festers, mold in our minds. We wear masks, build whole cities–empires–just to obscure that thought. It can drive some people to madness, others to enlightenment. What that thought is I'll leave up to you. I'm not here to give you answers. I'm here to tell you what happened. The facts, as I see them. Despite my power and wealth, something stung me. Ants crawling on my skin, salt in my wound. Defection among the ranks. And something else, too. A feeling that something wasn't right. That I wasn't right. That something had gone wrong somewhere along the line, but I couldn't remember what. You can't usually go back and fix the past, so what you've got left is thought, grains of sand, drops of water. Masks. What happens if the mask takes over, starts to be more real than the face underneath? And if you're a mask, who's wearing you? Was it too late for me to take it off? Was I really…me? Or was I just what I thought I should be? Was I in the cave, or in the tower? Wren, can you see my face? Or do you see the mask? *** The first thing I noticed was the fog. Wisps of light gray curling and drifting above the tall grass that framed the narrow road. It wasn't the fog itself that gave me pause, it was the movement. I hadn't seen anything outside of my control move these past 3 or so days. The yellow cones of the car's headlights illuminated a sign, bent and scored by weather and age: “WELCOME TO AISLING, THE TOWN OF YOUR DREAMS. POPULATION–” I couldn't read the rest: rust and time had swallowed the populace of this place. Though there was movement here, it was nearly silent and empty. No crickets, no birds, no rumbling engines or hushed voices. I suddenly felt very exposed in my car, the only source of light and sound. I pulled off into the dewy grass and got out. I took the flashlight and jacket out of my emergency kit in the trunk and ventured into the haze. As I drew nearer, a cluster of short buildings emerged from the mist, and I could smell the lake on the air. Its gentle lapping barely pierced the foggy aura surrounding the town. The steady beam from my flashlight guided me as best it could, given the conditions. The second thing I noticed was the cold. The temperature dropped precipitously as I crept through the barren streets. I focused the flashlight between my heavy puffs of breath onto the nearby houses. Every home along this road was encased in hanging ice, sheets of gray vacuum sealed to the facades, dripping at the edges in a thousand angry fangs. The frozen tendrils hanging from every surface mimicked alien architecture: these were no longer houses, they were noneuclidean sculptures hauled from the deep itself, symbols of tentacled things unseen and unspoken dwelling miles below the surface. Spiraling, bubbling cathedrals dedicated to the worship of beings our species had forgotten, or chose not to remember. There is a difference. One in particular near the shore stood elevated on a dock, now smothered in sharp icicles. There it sat hunched before the lake like a withered king on a throne, now too thin for his hanging robes. All he can do is watch as his kingdom melts away. The third thing I noticed was whistling. As I explored the town further, I could make out a faint ethereal tune floating on the air. I followed it, and it grew in volume as I neared the lake. Out on the frozen piers stood a man in an orange vest, human alone amongst the jaws of ice, casting his line into what had to be frozen lake water. I shone my flashlight his direction, which made him pause. His shoulders tensed and the line went slack. He slowly turned to face me from across the sculpted pier. I couldn't see his face. Or maybe he didn't have a face. He waved at me, then pointed to my left. There in the frigid alien landscape was a warm glow. Incandescent light poured through windows thick with condensation. I heard voices carry across the dense atmosphere, quiet conversations, glasses clinking, laughing. I turned to thank this kind fisherman, but he was gone. Shivering and nose running, I hopped along toward the bar. Even if this was somehow a trap, at least I'd die warm. I could feel the heat and light radiating from the building. It stood out so sharply from the rest of the town. I pushed the door with my shoulder and it swung open. Instead of being greeted by central heating and stale beer, I was met with more ice. The door to this place must have been left open during whatever had affected the rest of the town. Ice hung from the ceiling, the bar, the rough stools. The walls were coated with translucent spears. The sole artifact spared from the ice was a black rotary phone, sitting in the center of the bar's counter. A sharp bell rang out from bar, through the town. I jumped, I'll admit it. I was startled. It rang again, and I turned the phone around to see how they managed to wire it up in this place. Of course, there were no wires. No phone line. Simply a disconnected phone ringing in a frozen town that shouldn't exist. Given the circumstances, I presumed the call was for me. I reached out with a shaking hand. *** WREN: “H-hello?” LF: “Weeelll, now you've stepped in it, huh?” WREN: “What do you mean? Who is this?” LF: “Just a fisherman angling for a bite. And what I mean is you've crossed over. Welcome to the unwaking world. I'm sure you've got questions, but I can only answer three, and it looks like you've used two. So I'd watch my words, if I were you.” WREN: “I see. Well, instead of asking questions, I'll request that you tell me about this place.” LF: “Clever work. Now this used to be a big lumber town. Imports and shipping. Real nice little place across the lake from canada. Town was run by an old robber baron's kid, scion of the Van Leer family. Had this funny notion there was something special about this lake and boy, was he right in all the wrong ways. WREN: “Maybe if you weren't arbitrarily governed by genie rules, I'd ask you more about this town's history and this Van Leer person.” LF: “As well you might. Then sometime round 1918 was when it all went to hell. This Van Leer fella put together a team to dredge the lake. Lookin for a shipwreck from years back he said had some kind of vast wealth in it. The Oneiros. He even went in himself in his diving dress. I'll spare you the guessing as to whether he found that shipwreck. He did. And more. The crew dragged this massive crate from its grave in the muck and pulled it into the center of town. Took 4 men stout and true to get it open. Inside was a mass of iron, smooth in some parts and sharp in others, pipes and wheels gone wrong, like a steam engine built by a madman. Van Leer had found his treasure. It's said that the next night, he went out and tried to start this wicked machine. Wouldn't burn coal or wood, though. Needed something with more…vitality. So he fed its dark cravings with blood. The engine roared and huffed black smoke. This activity must have stirred something in the water, because soon a white maiden flanked by hideous beasts visited the town. Nobody's quite sure what came of Van Leer or the rest of the people here. Place has been frozen since. Or so the story goes. Now I'm not sure how much of that is true, but I have seen the drag marks. You can follow them if that sick engine is what you're looking for. WREN: “Oh, my.” LF: “‘Oh my' puts it mildly. Oh and Wren, I've got a warning: you're in danger. WREN: “Danger?” LF: “I'll pretend there wasn't a question mark at the end of that sentence. You're real, Wren, the only real thing here, and that puts you in a pickle. The last real person here was a man named Kenji, and I assume you heard what happened to him. WREN: “Oh, my…” LF: So that's why I had to call you. To let you know that he knows you're here, and his dark messengers are coming for you the second you step out of this bar. The frozen horrors of this town have started to thaw. Hope you can run, kid.” WREN: “Oh…fuck.” LF: “Now you're getting it. Well, I best be lettin ya go…” WREN: “Wait! I still have a question left. Where's Conway?” LF: “Which one?” WREN: “huh?” LF: “That Van Leer kid, name was Conway, too.” WREN: “Two Conways.” LF: “Sort of. Before you brave the cold again, let me tell you a story…” **** STORY: Joe had always been a bit of an odd guy. A nice guy, but a little hard to live with. Real picky about certain stuff–liked to have stuffjust so–had a hard time letting go of grudges, and usually felt that the people around him didn't really care for him. He had a small group of friends he'd known since college that he figured were accustomed to his predilections. They sure all had their own, as everyone does. But this didn't stop the thoughts from creeping in. The thought that maybe he didn't belong, that they'd rather he disappear. After living with friends for years, he decided it would be easier to live alone. Now moving is stressful, even under normal circumstances. For Joe, it was a nightmare. How to box everything so that it doesn't mix rooms, split functions, lose pieces. Trying to find someone to help lift furniture that won't resent you. Picking an apartment in the first place. Joe moved in most of his belongings, but found this apartment a bit smaller than his last. This meant some boxes had to go in the basement. Joe carried a stack of books in a laundry basket down the stairs, and nearly dropped it on his foot when he came across something he hadn't expected. Below his kitchen was a large crate, nearly as tall as the basement ceiling, with a scribbled note that read “do not open.” Joe lasted about 3 weeks before he opened the crate. The best tool he had for the job was a screwdriver and he was too stubborn to get a crowbar, so it took him a while to pry the planks up, but eventually they splintered. The tiny bit of light leaking in from upstairs illuminated the interior, and made visible the shape of a man. Joe recoiled and dropped the screwdriver bouncing across the cement floor. He reeled backward and slammed into the stairs behind him. He sat with his hand over his mouth for a good minute, breath caught in his chest, staring at the body inside the box. There was no movement. Surely dead, after all this time in a sealed container, he thought. Should he call the cops? The FBI? The president? He leaned a bit closer and finally took a breath. No, can't be a corpse: he could only smell the freshly torn pine of the box and the usual basement mildew. Not a whiff of rot. He fished his phone out of his pocket and switched on the flashlight. Sitting inside the box was a life sized doll. A mannequin of sorts. Joe stalked over to the box and hesitantly turned the head toward him. Staring back at him in the stark light was a startlingly familiar face. Joe's face. His own damn face, in molded and painted plastic and silicone and whatever the hell else. He instinctively pushed the doll away. It landed naked and cold in the sawdust and packing. Not only did it have his face; it was his height, his build, his hair. This couldn't have been a coincidence. It was supposed to be him. He felt sick to his stomach, dizzy with questions flooding his mind. The most pressing of which wasn't who or how, but why. Why would someone make this? Why would someone leave this effigy here? His landlord had no idea what he was talking about, and didn't want to make the drive up from Cinci to look at a box. He sat with this doll for a time, both leaning against their respective walls, both silent. Then Joe piled the splintered planks up, trying to seal the doll–mannequin, whatever it was–back in its container. He at least managed to cover enough of it that he didn't have to see it from the stairs. Joe could hardly sleep that night, and his dreams were fitful and strange. He'd be sitting in a small, dark room, unable to escape. Then came a light, and the man who stole his face. Then he'd wake up. Day after day, the events in Joe's life only grew stranger. Joe felt a connection to this doll, a kinship, and an equal and opposite revulsion. He'd go down to check on it late at night when he couldn't sleep. There he'd find pieces of wood stacked in places he'd swear he hadn't left them. He'd hear footsteps in the dazed half-waking hours of the early morning. He'd find bags of chips that were lighter than he remembered. But he never saw it move. It was just a doll, after all. Joe's acquaintances found out about it (how long can you keep something this strange to yourself) and they were powerfully curious. Joe took them down, a few of his closest friends, to “meet” the doll, which he'd been calling Joseph. They were stunned at the similarity. Uncanny. So similar to Joe but not quite. And in his own house. They said it could easily be his twin if they didn't know better. Lots of playful joking and laughing. He laughed along too, for a time. The laughing stopped when he came home from work to find the doll standing in the corner of his kitchen, wearing one of his shirts. He called his friends in a flurry, asking around to see which of his them had pulled this awful prank. Not a soul would confess. A cruel trick, I'd say, to make someone think they're losing their mind. He returned the shirt to his closet. He was determined to keep this thing under cover, so this time covered the box with a tarp. He figured his friends probably didn't actually like him, were humoring him at events. That they were messing with him. It didn't occur to him that none of his friends had a spare key to get inside his place. Joe tried to carry on with his life, even put an ad online to get rid of the doll: FREE, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY. But there were no bites. By now, Joe's lack of sleep was getting to him, and he was getting irritable, antisocial. When his friends texted him, he was snippy. He avoided calls and meetups. He was trying to make dinner on a steamy midsummer night when he heard a thud downstairs. He hadn't checked on the doll in some time, and for a moment wondered if he had an intruder. He grabbed a shovel from the porch and crept down to the basement. In the cascading luminance from the open doorway, he saw the legs of the mannequin laying on the bare floor, covered in denim. A pair of his jeans. Joe was instantly furious, then that anger cooled to desperation. He begged his friends to stop whatever game they were playing. Said he didn't care who was doing it, didn't want a confession anymore, he only wanted it to stop. He'd leave them alone if they stopped. Still they claimed innocence. Summer had come and gone, and Joe's 30th birthday was fast approaching on the back of a biting winter, and while he wasn't looking forward to getting older, he did find himself excited to see friends for the first time in months. Derek had set up a whole party at his place. Drinks, music, cake, the works. Joe wanted everything to go right. He put on a nice shirt and pants, but when he reached for his favorite tie, he found the hanger empty. Ah, well, Joe thought, I'll skip the tie. Maybe a bit formal for a birthday party anyway. Surreal. That's what it was. Uncanny. Joe knocked on Derek's door, who gave him an apprehensive look as he opened it. Surreal. “Oh, hey Joe, uhh come on in,” Derek warily led Joe into the living room. Mid-2000s indie music scored the scene of friends and couples drinking, talking, laughing. And on the couch among his friends, wearing his favorite tie and nothing else, was the doll. They were chatting as if nothing was out of place. The mannequin even had a little controller in its hand for playing kart racing games. Sitting next to it was a girl Joe had been talking to for a few weeks. He thought this issue had been settled. “What the hell is that thing doing here? I told you it wasn't funny anymore.” Joe strained to keep his anger under control. “Whoa watch it, man” Joe stormed out of his own party. Derek looked around the room and issued an awkward shrug. Joe sped home, gunning it down highway lanes dotted with circles of orange vapor glow. He crunched up the frosty grass slope to his door, and locked himself inside. Derek tried to reach out, but Joe wasn't ready yet. This was a massive breach of trust. A few days passed and Joe realized that he'd probably overreacted. His friends were probably trying to get a rise out of him. And even if they did genuinely hate him, they were the only friends he had. He texted Derek. They planned to meet at the coffee shop down the block so he could apologize and catch up. Joe strolled down the crisp downtown streets toward the cafe. He stood on the corner across from the shop and took in thin air through his nose. Behind the cafe's foggy window, he saw Derek, sitting at a table already. He smiled and took a step forward.. That's when he saw that sitting across from Derek, in a striped shirt and slacks, was the doll. On the table in front of it was a full cup of coffee. It still wasn't moving, it was just a doll after all, but Joe could see Derek's lips moving. This was too much. This wasn't a joke anymore, this was hostile action. He could only be kicked so many times before he'd kick back. What were they thinking? Did they like the doll more than him? Why, because it wouldn't make snide remarks, wouldn't feel down, wouldn't drink your beer and forget to replace it? Joe needed rest badly. He had gotten some sleeping pills from his doctor at some point he couldn't remember, but hesitated to take them before. Not so this time. Joe swallowed the pill and went into the kitchen. He descended the basement stairs, holding the shovel from the porch. The tarp over the box was flipped up, and inside was the mannequin. Joe licked his dry lips and stepped lightly into the crate. He tapped the doll with the handle of the shovel. Nothing. He shouted at it. Nothing. It was just a doll, after all. Then his phone rang. It was Derek. DEREK: “Oh, uhh hey dude, I was wondering if…is Joe there?” Joe's face grew red. Embarrassment, anger, jealousy, fear, who can say which feeling specifically caused the break. He hung up and threw his phone across the concrete floor. Joe twisted the shovel's handle around in his sweaty palms, then lifted the shovel high. He brought the sharp edge down directly on the doll's head. At this point, the drug took hold, and as the doll fell to the side, Joe collapsed against the wall and plunged into a deep, woozy sleep. He hoisted the limp doll over his shoulder and dragged the heavy object upstairs. He wrapped it in an old area rug and stuffed it into his trunk. He drove on in the frosty moonless night, down country roads outside the city, heading to the pine forest nearby. He was quivering, quiet. He kept checking the rearview mirror to see if he was being followed. He passed a sheriff near the woods and a cold chill ran down his back. What if the sheriff pulled him over and checked the trunk? He was speeding a bit. But then again, he hadn't actually done anything wrong, right? It was just a doll, after all. He found a suitable spot and pulled off the road. Dripping rug and shovel in tow, he finally stepped into the woods. The ground was hard, digging even harder. He was sweating and coughing as he dug a hole for the doll. His twin. His reflection. He dug until he physically couldn't anymore, arms sore and lungs ablaze. By now the sun was starting to cast its pink rays through the snowy branches. High conifers bowed in the breeze, shaking loose a dust of fine white into the air, which caught the milky morning light and shimmered in sapphire. The hole was barely deep enough for a body now, and the ground was too hard to dig further. He rolled the thing into the cold grave, then slowly covered it with dark soil. It would be gone, finally, and he could live his life. His friends would be happy to see him again. No more jealousy, no more fear, no more worry. No longer burdened by the weight of his imposter. Everything was in its right place. He was free. Even if that sheriff spotted the tire tracks in the fresh snow, followed the footprints down into the frozen woods. If he uncovered the freshly churned earth, and what was decomposing within. If sirens blared, a line of cruisers shining in the neon sunrise. If they checked his car and found the stained rug, brought him in and asked him a thousand questions, about his past, his friends, the bandaged gash on his head, he would still be free. It was just a doll, after all. CLICK *** WREN: uhh, is someone still on the line? LIZ, apprehensive: “Hey, uh, Wren? What does Conway look like?” WREN, on the phone: “You know, I'm not sure I've ever heard him described. Hmm, dark hair, normal height I suppose, 28-36 years old?” LIZ: “Sooo…not a towering column of flesh?” WREN: “....no?” LIZ: “Got it. Well, that's what's here in the boardroom.” WREN: “Board room??” LIZ: “It's like this…bureaucratic nightmare cave. Probably 10 stories high, walls lined with filing cabinets floor to ceiling. Stacks of papers and folders everywhere, with more of those shadow things flipping through them and stamping pages.” WREN: “Oh…that sounds bad.” LIZ: “And in the middle, surrounded by a bunch of empty chairs and desks, is this tower of skin and paperwork fused together. There are eyes and mouths all over it, just twisting, pulsing…like it's breathing. Like this thing is a person, or a tumor imitating a person. What should I do?” WREN: “It's always been a game of facades, hasn't it. Gather what shadows you can–you seem good at that–then leave. Whatever that is, it's not Conway anymore, if it ever was. On your way out, burn whatever remains.” CLICK *** WREN: Immediately upon hanging up the phone, the town outside started to shift. I could hear water pooling under the gap under the bar's door. Sloshing and groaning, crunching, far-off wailing carrying on the wind outside. “None of this is real, I'm what's real,” I whispered to myself a few times, standing right beside the door. Of course, merely because something isn't real doesn't mean it can't kill. It's happened before. I stretched my left leg, then the right, and hopped up and down a few times to get the blood flowing. I hoped I could run, too. The door flung open with more force than I'd intended. The slamming door reverberated throughout the town, once empty but not so anymore. The rows of anomalous buildings shook and rose. Unholy behemoths descended from their perches, writhing and dripping as they freed themselves from their stupor. The sound of the door alerted them to my presence. They slinked along the roads toward me, some still half encased in ice, dragging massive blocks of frozen terror in their wake. I couldn't go home now I planted my feet and took off full speed toward the dock. Only three steps in, I slipped and faceplanted into the stone below. My nose crunched and shards of ice dug into my skin, painting trails of red across my face and palms. I scrambled and clawed until I was on my feet. Hunched, bloodied, and soaking now, I came face to face with one of the awakened giants. Icicles still hung from its head, a wilted crown, its body bulky and strong. From the hole where it's mouth should be, a long whiplike tongue unfurled. It darted toward the drops of blood running down my cheek. I wiped away the flowing blood and snot with my sleeve and skittered to the side. I saw an alleyway behind the beast. Narrow, empty, just wide enough I might sneak through it. The creature turned as I moved around its horrible frame, and from its spine sprouted many more tongues. They lashed at me, a hundred tiny blades. The tongues tore at my shirt and left slashes across my arm. They sliced and curled, but the beast couldn't grab hold of me; the slush I was covered in kept me slippery. I darted down the alley. A look over my shoulder revealed the creature leaning on its back, now carried by dozens of pink slavering tongues. It tried to follow where I had gone, but the alley was too narrow. Stuck between the two buildings, It let out a gurgling howl, like a psalm for drowned god. I briefly smirked. Then it began tearing at the wood and brick around it, and the fleeting moment of triumph vanished. I kept moving, on and on the melting streets went, each rounded corner possibly harboring another death. The sky overhead was a crumpled sheet of tin, and the remaining houses seemed to lean inward around me, casting their spiky shadows over me as I ran. I managed to escape the center of town and found myself at the lakeshore, dread mariners following in my wake. There, through my panting sweat and blood and dried tears I saw the tracks in the ground. My eyes followed the deep lines in the earth to what I had been looking for. There, floating in the misty air, impossibly suspended upside down, was the Lighthouse. The tower issued a distorted bellow and the shore was shrouded with fog. I could hear wet tendrils slapping close behind me. I ran for the lighthouse. Its tip stood about 5 feet off the ground, the rotating lens nearly at my eye level. The beacon spun toward me as I approached, its dazzling light shining on me. I was instantly overcome with nausea. It was clear that whatever entity resided here didn't want me any closer. The light was a nameless god here, and these were its charnel angels. I dropped to my knees under its watch, as the intense gaze of this tower soaked into me. I felt the skin on my bloodied hands and face burn and peel away from the bone like an orange rind. Static filled my head, and my body disintegrated. But this was not my first rodeo, as they say. Unlike Conway, I've dealt with this static, with this withering glare, before. I took a deep breath and focused my thoughts. I imagined a radio, and on that projected radio was a dial. My spectral fingers reached out and turned the dial. I felt the astral station change and the static dissipate, replaced by the gentle plinking of piano keys. The fire on my flesh turned to tingling, and I realized my body had not actually been damaged, despite the pain. This was enough to get me standing upright again, but forward progress was still slow; the full focus of the burning lens was still on me. The light had a physical presence that continually repelled me with every step. I was losing energy, and the blasphemous vermin behind me were slithering ever closer. A long, mucous tentacle skated over the ice and reached for my ankle. The last thing I saw there in Aisling was a flash of brown fur. A blur of claws and hair leapt out of the haze and slammed into the malicious angel that had tried to grab at me. Talons ripped into a monstrous carapice. A pink light from the furry creature's forehead sent the horrid bug flying ino the frigid water. The furry creature turned its long neck my way, its face covered in synthetic brown hair, and I locked eyes with my one-time-nemesis, my friend, my deskmate, my savior. Its yellow beak parted and it spoke. “U-nye-way-loh-nee-way” My eyelids grew heavy, my head spun, and I fell to the ground, unconscious. “SLEEP.”
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Welcome to The Joe Holka Show. It's Week 17 Main Slate! Today we are talking through four trending wide receivers with Matt Harmon and Rich Hribar stops by to give us his top DFS stacks & best bets. Today we are talking through our LOCKS of the week with Jake Ciely and the top leverage plays/pivots for DFS tournaments with TJ Hernadez. LIVE Mondays & Thursdays from 2-6pm EST + Sundays from 9-noon EST Join the Week 17 Main Slate Listener League before it fills! ➡️ https://fanduel.com/holka Use the same link BEFORE you deposit for the MAX BONUS ⬆️ Week 17 Main Slate Pristine Auction GIVEAWAY!!! ► https://forms.gle/sLXNgEzJkd3cz7eB6 Takes less than 30 seconds to enter ⤴️ Register once and you will be entered for the rest of the season! ►Become a member of our Holkamaniacs community: ➝ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkz9wOHIZR62kbQ1600htZQ/join
Compete against Sia, Mike, and Frank on DraftKings for $5 in Week 17- https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/121521916 We've got a 14-game main slate in Week 17 (2:58)! ... KC at CIN (4:00): what is our favorite way to stack this game? ... LAR at BAL (9:33): fade Cooper Kupp at your own risk. ... TB at NYJ (16:48): Play Bucs onslaught stacks? ... PHI at WFT (21:18): avoid this game? ... LV at IND (24:58): how are we handling Jonathan Taylor and the Carson Wentz situation? ... ATL at BUF (30:50): play a Bills onslaught stack? ... JAX at NE (36:00): anything in this game? ... MIA at TEN (40:16): play the alpha wide receivers? ... NYG at CHI (43:54): David Montgomery or bust? ... ARI at DAL (46:50): how are we stacking this game? ... DEN at LAC (53:12): avoid this game with Mike Williams back? ... HOU at SF (56:56): Trey Lance time? ... DET at SEA (1:00:31): Rashaad Penny and anything else? ... CAR at NO (1:03:36): yuck! ... We wrap up with The Don's sneaky picks and our Week 17 Cheat Sheet (1:05:36)! 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Follow our FFT DFS team on Twitter: @FFToday, @Roto_Frank @Mike5754 @SiaNejad Watch FFT DFS on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/fantasyfootballtoday Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyFootballToday/ Sign up for the FFT newsletter https://www.cbssports.com/newsletter You can listen to Fantasy Football Today DFS on your smart speakers! Simply say "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast" or "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast." To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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On Episode 192 of The DFS Dose Podcast: Ben Hauver and Joey Carrion examine the Week 17 main slate on DraftKings. They discuss what the Vegas lines are telling us (6:03), and the projected chalk on the slate at each position (7:12). They also give their thoughts on GPPs with Leverage, Stacks, & Longshots (22:14). New Episodes of the podcast drop every Monday and Thursday. You can support the podcast for free by following us on any of our social media platforms! Twitter: twitter.com/thedfsdose YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCypbk1e0-3keK2iSRgeh7MA Tik Tok: www.tiktok.com/@thedfsdose?lang=en Ben: twitter.com/BenHauver Joey: twitter.com/JoeyCarrionDFS Join The DFS DOSE Discord channel for FREE: discord.gg/m3XRdjzjfB
It's time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we're taking on a favorite book of the year, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. We are joined again by podcaster and TV writer Andrew Ti for this conversation which touches on cancel culture, Black cultural stereotypes, the skillful writing of the book, and so much more.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/29/ep-196-a-little-devil-in-americaStay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our January 2022 Book Club pick will be.Connect with Andrew: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Since its inception, Bitcoin has grown and evolved tremendously, along with the rest of the crypto industry. But where does Bitcoin fit in within the growing world of Web 3 technologies and smart contract platforms? And what else can we do with Bitcoin? Justin and Katherine sit down with Stacks co-founder Muneeb Ali, who's dedicated to building smart contracts on Bitcoin, to discuss the OG cryptocurrency's present and future.Today's conversation is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or investment advice. Actual results may vary materially from any forward-looking statements made and are subject to risks and uncertainties.
In this episode, the hosts review the TBRs they created for 2021 and reflect on how well they did sticking to their goals. This episode is completely spoiler-free. Tune in to see which books they read, which ones they're looking forward to getting to in 2022, and which books have been dropped from their TBRs completely.
Compete against Sia, Mike, and Frank on DraftKings for $5 in Week 16- https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/121132995 How are we feeling about Week 16 (0:42)? ... LAR at MIN (3:30): Is Alexander Mattison a must-play? How should you stack this game? ... LAC at HOU (9:38): do we like Justin Jackson if Austin Ekeler is out? ... BAL at CIN (16:07): this is a fun game to stack both sides, but how? ... BUF at NE (21:49): stack Josh Allen? ... TB at CAR (29:50): are we playing both Ronald Jones and Antonio Brown? ... DET at ATL (36:29): fade Lions if Goff is out? ... JAX at NYJ (40:28): James Robinson smash? ... NYG at PHI (45:08): is Jordan Howard in play if Miles Sanders can't go? ... CHI at SEA (48:06): any interest in David Montgomery? ... PIT at KC (52:45): how do we handle this game with all of the COVID news? ... DEN at LV (59:05): mostly a fade. ... Let's wrap up with the Don's sneaky picks and our Week 16 Cheat Sheet (1:01:28). 'Fantasy Football Today DFS' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Follow our FFT DFS team on Twitter: @FFToday, @Roto_Frank @Mike5754 @SiaNejad Watch FFT DFS on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/fantasyfootballtoday Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyFootballToday/ Sign up for the FFT newsletter https://www.cbssports.com/newsletter You can listen to Fantasy Football Today DFS on your smart speakers! Simply say "Alexa, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast" or "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast." To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for The Stacks' annual Best Books of 2021 episode. To help put together this list, we're joined by professional readers Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads) and Morgan Hoit (@nycbookgirl). In addition to sharing our top 10 books of the year, we also discuss the trends we saw in 2021, reading for work, and the books we're excited about in 2022.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/22/ep-195-best-books-of-2021The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.Connect with Lupita: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Morgan: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonLibro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code THESTACKS at checkout, and you can gift audiobook memberships to someone in your life easily right here!Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.