The Best of Youtube, December 2020-January 2021

Youtube is a bad place, but every now and then a good video appears. Because I can’t seem to stop going there, I can at least make it easier for you (and future me) to see what was worth it.

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Letterboxd Year in Review 2020

If we’re going to give all this data to companies, the least they can do is give us a nice web page with statistics that seem kind of neat for five minutes.

If I’d have guessed, I would have said I’d watched 500 movies this year.

This one shows that some of Letterboxd’s metadata may not be perfect. These count up based on tags, and On The Rocks” probably shouldn’t be counted as Russian. To Live and Die in LA probably shouldn’t count as Spanish just because William Peterson inappropriately uses amigo.”

Unfortunately Letterboxd doesn’t know if I’m rewatching a movie but just hasn’t reviewed it on the site before. So…there? I sure did like a lot of the movies I watched this year.

What do you mean, they’re still making new movies? I haven’t heard of this.

Letterboxd definitely thinks I should have watched more 2020 films. But what can you do?

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December 2020 in photos

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Fitness Blog, November-December 2020

In 2019-2020, I tracked my Peloton workouts every three months. I found it useful to to see a quarterly grade on how I was doing. This fall, I changed up a few things in my workout tracking. First, I began to use Notion to track workouts every day. I duplicated Red Gregory’s Home Workout Tracker and modified it with the workouts I do. Second, I tried out Apple Fitness+ in December, which let me try out a different type.

I simplified my stat tracking by not using Peloton’s spreadsheet at all. Every time I finished a workout, I’d add it to the spreadsheet in notion and use the active calories burned as the results number. The workout would already be in the calendar, because I’ve been setting them up a week in advance. That’s why some aren’t checked: I thought maybe I’d do it on Sunday.

Here’s the calendar view of my workouts in notion:

I’ve simplified my stats to just three categories: Cardio (all HIIT, elliptical, etc), Strength, and Wellness (Yoga, meditation, etc). Here’s the data:

Workout Plan vs Results

Fitness Type Planned Completed Percent
Cardio 49 38 78
Strength 27 15 46
Wellness 28 13 46

Time Spent / Calories Burned

Fitness Type Time Spent (minutes) Time Average Cals Burned
Cardio 1019 27 7374
Strength 352 22 2381
Wellness 289 20 1560

The main note for this entry is that it took 10% the time it took to make the last entries. Because I’ve changed how I’m tracking workouts, I’m not going to compare these entries to the last run (though my cardio is way up, because I began using an elliptical instead of outdoor cycling).

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2020 Mixtape

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

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Good Movies, December 2020

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Link Blog, December 2020

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Fran’s Not Here S02E10 - Stupid Famous

I can’t even cook or whatever.

Show notes:

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. The show is hosted at Anchor, where you can subscribe however you want.

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K Sawyer Paul’s Favourite Media of 2020

I’ve been keeping better track of the things I consume this year. I couldn’t have done it without Notion and this blog. Here’s my top lists for every category. If I remember to, I’ll expand each section with reasons for each. If I don’t, assume each one of things gave me some joy and got me through some of this year.

Note: I definitely consumed more media than this in 2020, but I tried to keep it to things that were released this year.

Favourite Movies

Favourite Albums

Favourite Live-action TV Shows

  • Lovecraft Country - It’s very good and a bit sloppy but so much fun and fast it doesn’t matter. Just a goddamn blast from beginning to end.
  • Perry Mason - I don’t care at all about Perry Mason but I will follow Matthew Rhys into oblivion. I wonder if this had been made in the 2000s it would have just been a 150 minute feature and forgotten by awards season.
  • Fargo - Fargo season 5 is the only TV show this year that should actually be required viewing.
  • Avenue 5 - This show seemed stupid in January but then super smart by March.
  • What We Do In the Shadows - This show is delight medicine. I hope it gets the Sunny contract and runs until the end of time.

Favourite Anime

  • Dorohedoro - Lightning in a bottle creativity. I want the backgrounds of this show as art on my walls. Having said that, it’s very, very niche and might not appeal to, uh, anyone but me?
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken - A celebration of the creative process, animation, and that period of your life where nobody’s really paying attention to you and you can get away with the thing.
  • Somali and the Forest Spirit - Hey, you wanna good cry? Here you go.

Favourite Articles

Favourite Video Games

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Don’t listen to anyone who says this isn’t the game of 2020. There are no other games.
  • Hades - Don’t listen to anyone who says this isn’t the game of 2020. There are no other games.

Favourite Podcasts

Favourite Wrestling Matches

Favourite Youtube Videos

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Fran’s Not Here S02E09 - The end of all jokes

Show Notes:

Self isolating as James Spader or whatever.

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. The show is hosted at Anchor, where you can subscribe however you want.

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