Biden’s Inauguration “Solves” Nothing, But It’s OK To Be Relieved By It For A Second.

Remember in Star Wars IV: A New Hope when Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, & Chewbacca get stuck in Garbage Compactor 3263827 on the Death Star after escaping from a bunch of storm troopers? It’s a bad situation. They’re being still being pursued by the Imperial goons, they’re stuck in a noxious dead-end trap filled with waist-deep bilge water, there’s a largely unseen tentacled monster swimming in there with them that’s trying to kill them, and to top it off the garbage compactor…


On Getting Your Mind Right For November

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Excerpt from WesRecs Vol. 44

OK, we’re all having a monster of a year here.

WesRecs, as the name suggests exists, as a way for me to share the articles, videos, books, movies, memes, ideas, etc. that I’m personally excited about or invested in on a given week. No one asks for any of this of course, but I enjoy putting it out there and if a few people happen to find it worthwhile then I really do get a kick out of that. If you’ve been subscribed since the beginning you know…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #25 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 4/24/20

Happy Friday? Is it Friday? Frankly, putting this newsletter out each week is my main reason to continue measuring time. I consider that a worthy reason. 25 of these so far. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy compiling it. I am using the bountiful free time afforded to me by losing 3.5 of my 4 jobs in the global pandemic to teach myself front end web development and brush up on my photo editing skills (among many…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #24 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 4/17/20

Since the last one of these newsletters I’ve completed my 36th orbit around the Sun on this rock. All things considered it was a happy and fulling birthday. I have, professionally, accomplished nowhere near what I thought I would have when I was say, 24. BUT I have a much greater appreciation for the things that are closer to the ground and the relationships that I’ve built and the things that I’ve learned in the meantime. Additionally, in way thought would have…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #23 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 4/10/20.

Hey Hey Hey

I saw and felt some beautiful sunshine today, so I’ll note that in the Wins column. And I’m not sick or in the ER, so that’s good too. It’s important to keep my privilege and my luck and the love of my friends and family in perspective as we close another week of…all of this.

At this point I only keep track of what day it is because I know I need to send this out by…


For obvious reasons thoughts of illness, medicine, & bodily vulnerability have been running wild in my mind for a while now. I also have considerably more free time these days. Additionally, I really love digital archives and archaic vocabulary. So here we are. Here’s a small collage series I’ve made pairing rare/archaic medical terms I’ve found in my excavations of the Oxford English Dictionary and images culled from old public domain medical textbooks, newspapers, & literary works. All designs by me, paired with helpful sample sentences to get you started with incorporating these into your daily vocabulary. They also make…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #22 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 4/3/20.

Another week of adapting to a new world, checking in on loved ones, living in sweatpants, and making rare but necessary and terrifying trips to the grocery store. I spent a lot of time this week making visual art (see below) and watching professional Starcraft 2 matches (also see below), but as has been the case since this all started I’ve also been engrossed in pandemic news and policy and emergent lockdown culture. Thoughts and recommendations related to that are in COVID…


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2010 UFC 117: Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (widely regarded as the greatest MMA fighter of all time) after being pinned to his back and taking a vicious beating for 4 rounds manages, just 2 minutes away from losing his title, to secure a triangle choke on the upstart Chael Sonnen forcing him to tap out thus retaining his belt.

2016 Super Bowl LI: The New England Patriots after falling to a deficit of 28–3 against The Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd quarter are led by the legendary Tom Brady (may he Rest In Peace) to an absolutely *stunning* overtime…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #21 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 3/27/20.

What day is it even? Hard to tell anymore. As we continue to prepare, adapt, cope, freak out, & resign ourselves to the total disruption of life as we know it, and an unfolding national tragedy, all I can do is urge you to do whatever you can to protect yourselves and your people and to treat others with an extra dose of patience and understanding. It’s pretty clear that things are going to get significantly more difficult and deadly than they…


This is the Medium version of Vol. #20 of the WesRecs Newsletter which was originally published on 3/20/20.

So it’s been another week of adapting, improvising, learning, worrying, and connecting (at a safe distance). I’ve spent so much time this week reading the news, hustling for $$$ as a performer with no performances (I’m OK), and learning new skills or brushing up on old ones that I know I’m missing info in this newsletter that I’ve meant to add. Nonetheless here it is and I’m starting on next week’s tomorrow. Once again this edition of WesRecs is packed to the…

Wes Hazard

Brooklyn based comic & storyteller. Social Justice & Oddball History. 3x Jeopardy! Champion. TV Host. Wishing you the best. www.WesHazard.com

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