In these difficult days, I've developed a new appreciation for Bubble Wrap. Bubble Wrap has helped all my pandemic purchases make it to my home safely, followed by the mindless popping for stress relief once I open those packages.
So of course we have to acknowledge Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, even if Kickstart is a day late.
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day has been around for a few years, and embracing the "pop" culture elements of the protective film always seem to point me to something new, such as a podcast featuring Howard Fielding, the son of a co-creator of Bubble Wrap.
"I think I was probably the first kid to pop the bubbles in a roll of Bubble Wrap," Fielding said.
And for this year's cool Bubble Wrap find, we have the artist Bradley West, who creates art using Bubble Wrap by injecting paint into the individual bubbles, creating an image similar to the pixels on a screen or pointillist art of the late impressionist era.
"It's just this quintessential dumb material that I love to use so much," West said in a video from Insider magazine about his work.