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5. 1 fun thing: "10 things to toss"
The WashPost Outlook section has an annual "Spring Cleaning" feature, in which a variety of writers nominate something we'd be better off without. The highlights of tomorrow's edition:
- Countdown clocks, by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): "Just 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes to go until The Washington Post publishes its 2018 Spring Cleaning issue. ... [I]t seems like news channels are always counting down to something. But I can't quite agree with the networks about what's considered a clock-worthy 'event.' New Year's? Sure. A presidential address? Possibly. Rachel Maddow's Trump tax return 'exposé'? Hardly."
- No reservations, by Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema: Customers of hot D.C. restaurants "are increasingly asked to stand in line for the opportunity to taste the handiwork of top chefs. ... [A]s someone whose first priority is diners, I'd like to point out that 'restaurant' is derived from the French word for 'restore,' and restaurants that don't let you plan in advance are anything but fortifying."
- "Unconscious bias," by Kara Swisher, Recode co-founder and executive editor: "You can't throw a hammer in Silicon Valley these days and not hit a gender or race bias controversy. ... The worst excuse is what is widely called 'unconscious bias' — bias that kicks in automatically, with our supposedly unthinking brains making often-inaccurate snap judgments. ... Here's a suggestion for tech execs: Pick up your head and look."
Other entries ... "Healthy substitutes" by Nina Teicholz ... "Cropped pants" by Tim Gunn ... "Playoffs" by Dan Sternberg ... "Self-care" by Amanda Ericsson ... "Tweet storms" by Jeff MacGregor ... "Wedding registries" by Caitlin Flanagan ... "College football" by Patrick Hruby.