Cura, March 1, 2021

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my weekly-ish mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. If you like to listen to music with ads, Youtube is your friend. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist on Spotify so you don’t have to miss a thing.

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

Here’s this playlist’s lyric poem:

I’m glad that we broke up, And I’m glad that you’re back. And up where I’d climbed, it felt so pretty. Save your worries for another place and time. Don’t forget what you’ve learned. All you give is returned. What can’t be decided. In the morning it will bring itself to you. But I just wanna party all the time (And I just wanna get stuff done) I revel in the hands of love I bite I scratch I destroy. Horror in the face of love I fought I love I enjoy.This is the up and down. This is the in and out. This is the quiet and loud. This is the way. Was there anything I missed. As far as you know?. When all our bones and muscles hurt, what’s so funny about that? When you remember a saying you can’t relearn, what’s so funny about that?

March 1, 2021 Mixtapes music

Good Movies, February 2021

February 28, 2021 Logbook movies

Link Blog, February 2021

I’m wrestling with the concepts of open and accessible documents, and it’s comforting to know that the New York Times has to figure out the same stuff: A More Accessible Web Some of the web technologies that The New York Times has leveraged to enhance the user experience of our website and apps for all.

I’ll be writing a review of Apple Fitness+ for my blog after I’ve gathered three months of data, but I mostly agree with the Verge’s take: Apple Fitness Plus review: two months in, still on easy mode

I really loved Santeri Liukkonen’s article, Age of distractions or how to calmly enjoy what you are doing in 2021. I still struggle with the myth of multitasking, and get distracted far too easily. This quote, If we can’t manage to control our whims, we won’t be able to work effectively towards our long-term goals. I guess it’s just that simple.” hits hard.

Tristin Hopper wrote a scathing indictment of the Canadian government in the National Post: From vaccines to pipelines to clean water on reserves, why Canada can’t seem to get anything done. From clean water to housing to soft power abroad, it seems we’re just fumbling lately.

I love figure skating/ice dancing. Rebecca Jennings wrote a tremendous piece over at Vox about why the sport is in decline: Figure skating lessons are declining. Can the 2022 Olympics save the sport?. I have one hot take it’s this: nobody watching actually considers figure skating to be a sport. It should lean into itself as a performing art.

I’ve been shopping for a desktop computer as a birthday gift for myself. This article is what pushed me to finally give up on having a laptop as a main machine: Laptops vs. desktops: 5 reasons why I still prefer a desktop.

I normally just link to articles, but this reddit post got me: Feels like I’m living basically the same day over and over again

The iconic watches that inspired Apple Watch faces. Neat.

For valentine’s, I bought my wife a paid of Bose’s Sleepbuds. Cody DeBos wrote one of the reviews that make it seem like the right decision: Bose’s Sleepbuds II are vastly improved and perfect for sleep

February 27, 2021 Logbook links

My Favourite Quotes from Several Short Sentences About Writing

Page 45:

A cliché is dead matter.

It causes gangrene in the prose around it, and sooner or later it eats your brain.

Page 57:

Many people assume there’s an inherent conflict between creativity and a critical, analytic awareness of the medium you work in.

They assume that the creative artist works unconsciously and that knowing too much about matters like grammar and syntax diminishes or blunts creativity.

This is nonsense. You don’t need to be an expert in grammar and style to write well.

Page 68:

The difficulty of writing isn’t a sign of failure.

It’s simply the nature of the work itself.

For the writer, flow” is a trap.

So is any word that suggests that writing is a spontaneous emission.

Writing doesn’t flow, unless you’re plagiarizing or collecting clichés or enlisting volunteer sentences.

Page 80:

One of the few sad parts about writing is that it’s almost impossible to surrender to the manipulation of your own prose.

Page 89:

A belief that the writer’s real work is making newness out of nothing.

As if creativity only takes place where the ink stops and the blank page begins.

Where the cursor starts blinking.

As if newness couldn’t originate between sentences or within a sentence.

As if revision were essentially secondary and uncreative.

Page 100:

Resist the temptation to start organizing and structuring your thoughts too soon,

Boxing them in, forcing them into genre-based containers.

Postpone the search for order, for the single line through the piece.

Let your thoughts overlap and collide and see what they dislodge.

Page 100:

How do you begin to write?

Look for a sentence that interests you.

A sentence that might begin the piece.

Don’t look too hard.

Page 103:

The piece is now two sentences long.

Not two sentences plus the missing pages that haunt you.

Page 117:

Writing doesn’t prove anything,

And it only rarely persuades.

It does something much better.

It attests.

It witnesses.

It shares your interest in what you’ve noticed.

It reports on the nature of your attention.

Page 121:

Novels contain far less chronological narrative than you think.

Take a page from almost any novelist.

Look carefully at each sentence.

How many propel the story forward in time?

And how many are devoted to enriching our sense of place and character?

Page 134:

Discipline is nothing more than interest and expectation, a looking forward.

It’s never hard to work when you’re interested in what you’re working on.

February 23, 2021 books reading quotes

International Object Podcast 127 - Peacock McMahon

Jason Mann joins me to discuss the WWE Network move to Peacock, and what that could mean to non-wrestling fans finally being able to just casually watch WCW twenty years after its demise.

February 22, 2021 podcasts internationalobject

The Best of Youtube, February 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.

I bought the new Chromecast in January. It replaced my Roku Stick from 2017, which had begun glitching and slowing down. I like the Roku and thought of just replacing with another, but the Chromecast looked interesting enough to try. I like the dingus. It’s fast. I like the pink remote. The voice commands are better than anything I’ve used. And AppleTV+ just showed up today. I watched an episode of the new snoopy show. It’s cute.

I almost never watch YouTube on a computer. It’s always on TV. Sometimes I’ll watch a video as a palette cleanser between movies. Sometimes I don’t have the concentration ability to watch something real,” so I’ll go on YouTube and watch 40 minutes of trailers.

I don’t usually stop a TV show halfway through, but I abandon YouTube videos all the time. Scrolling back on the month’s history to find the few I’d like to remember, I was surprised how many were in there.

Video of the month: J.K. Rowling by Contrapoints.

Winter Anime 2021 in a Nutshell was informative as always. A History of CLAMP (and The Future of Netflix) by Beyond The Bot also gave me a lot of titles for my que.

I liked learning about fighting games that are way, way simpler than Street Fighter.

I finished The World Ends with You this month, just in time to watch a Polygon tribute video. Speaking of the 3DS, finishing TWEWY made me spend some more time with it, and I realized my backlog was big enough I could actually avoid buying the 11 Great 3DS Games Overshadowed by Switch.

Johnny Harris helped me understand the Gamestop drama.

In terms of wrestling, the best thing was probably this paid” ad from Tony Khan.

It’s good to have a guy.

I watched way too many videos about desktop PCs. This video is a pretty good example of the type of thing I watched too much of.

Definitely fell down a rabbithole of DankPods videos. I Bought a Zune in 2020 was my favourite for obvious Zune reasons.

BlogTo did an interview with Helen from TheCoffeeMonsterzCO and that led to its own rabbit hole. How I Daily Journal was a highlight.

February 21, 2021 Logbook youtube

Link Blog, January 2021

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Fran’s Not Here S02E11 - Dry January

Start a podcast with me 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.

January 29, 2021 podcasts fransnothere

Good Movies, January 2021

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Favourite Games I played in 2020

Animal Crossing New Horizons

It’s not the best game of 2020, but it’s the only video game of 2020. It felt like medicine, dropped right at the exact moment it was needed. We played it for a combined 400 hours. We had friends over. We built a cozy place. We watched fireworks together in yukatas. It was comforting and easy and nice.

Hades

This week, I’m posting my 5 favourite games of 2020. Everyone put Hades on their best of 2020 list. It’s probably game of the year for people who play a lot of video games. If you don’t, maybe it’s too difficult and too button-heavy and fast. But if you grew up on beat-em-ups and your thumbs are still calloused, this is probably the best game you could possibly play.

Link’s Awakening is everybody’s favourite game from their childhood and this remake is painfully adorable and twee. It’s very strong nostalgia drugs. It’s probably the best short Zelda (there’s a lot of bests in the Zelda world). I loved all of the seconds of it.

Manifold Garden

If you liked Portal and can stomach peering into infinity, Manifold Garden is a pretty great treat. Puzzly and maddening and mildly headache-inducing.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

I adore short games. I played this twice, first on iOS, then later on Switch (which did come out in 2020). It’s better with a controller, and perfect on a TV, where the gorgeous art style can really suck you in. Sayonara Wild Hearts has such focus, such a strong sense of taste. Best soundtrack. Best longboard girl. So much love.

January 25, 2021 videogames animal crossing hades sayonara wild hearts manifold garden zelda