What makes you feel less bored soon makes you into an addict. What makes you feel less vulnerable can easily turn you into a dick. And the things that are meant to make you feel more connected today often turn out to be insubstantial time sinks — empty, programmatic encouragements to groom and refine your personality while sitting alone at a screen.
Don’t get me wrong. Gumming the edges of popular culture and occasionally rolling the results into a wicked spitball has a noble tradition that includes the best work of of Voltaire, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and a handful of people I count as good friends and brilliant editors. There’s nothing wrong with fucking shit up every single day. But you have to bring some art to it. Not just typing.
Every year or so, I stumble back upon this little blog post and it always seems to be talking about exactly what I was just doing ten minutes ago.
Bike lane separators flattened by cars less than two weeks after installation in Toronto
It’s been less than two weeks since the city installed protective barriers shaped like ocean waves along the temporary Bloor Street bike lane, and it seems the separators have already been damaged and flattened in numerous spots thanks to Toronto motorists.
I just rode these. It was really nice. I really hope nobody was hurt.
Can We Admit Some Things Are Better Now?
There’s a guilt attached to this, of course: People are struggling, unemployed, behind on bills and in some cases sick or dying. How dare I appreciate the benefits of such a catastrophe? Are we allowed to talk about the upside if not everyone is experiencing it?
Boy do I feel that. I feel like I’m in a pod around the planet. Of course, I’m not. And I should maybe spend a little bit more time on earth.
But things will go back to “normal” eventually. It’d be nice to take some of what we learned.
Fran’s Not Here 49 - Sad Johnny Cash Remix
The Log Driver’s Waltz just isn’t the hit I thought it was or whatever
Video Game Time, June-July 2020
Dragon Quest XI
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Animal Crossing New Leaf
The World Ends with You
Crash Bandicoot 2.
Cycling with just an Apple Watch
I came across a nice bridge surrounded by tall, full trees. It would have been a great photo, but I left my phone at home because my Apple Watch syncs podcasts, so I didn’t capture it. What can you do?