Good Movies, December 2021-January 2022

Link Blog, January 2021

The Best of Youtube, 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. Here are my favourite videos of this year.

Link Blog, 2021

My favourite articles of the year:

Good TV, 2021

My favourite new TV shows from 2021

My favourite continuing shows that aired in 2021

My favourite TV shows I watched from the before time

Good Movies, 2021

My favourite movies released in 2021

Ten older movies I watched and loved in 2021

Video Game Time, 2021

Games finished

Games I played, did not finish, but will likely try again

  • Super Metroid, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo Switch Online, 60%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, played on Nintendo DS, 50%.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 5
  • Coffee Talk, Nintendo Switch, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Nier Automata, Playstation 4, played on Xbox Game Pass, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077, played on Good Old Games, 20%. Rating: TBD
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call, played on Nintendo 3DS, 20%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 4
  • New Super Mario Bros., Nintendo DS, played on rom, 70%
  • Cozy Grove, played on Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 3
  • Undertale, Steam, played on Nintendo Switch, 5%. Rating: TBD
  • Final Fantasy IV, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo DS, 0%. Rating: TBD

Games I played, did not finish, and likely won’t try again

  • Panzer Dragoon Remake, Sega Saturn, played on Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Wario Land II, Nintendo Game Boy Color, played on rom, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Fantasian, Apple Arcade, played on Apple Arcade, 10%. Rating: 2
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Playstation 3, played on Xbox Game Pass, 5%. Rating: 2
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Decap Attack, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Flicky, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Gain Ground, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Galaxy Force II, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Kid Chameleon, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Shining in the Darkness, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic 3D Blast, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic Spinball, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2

Games I played too much of but are they ever really done?

Notes & thoughts

  • The ratings are out of 5. My rating system for games is the same as my rating system for wrestling matches.
  • I recorded and edited a video for almost every game I beat. I did not mean to do this!
  • Most of the games I tried but won’t return to are from the Sega Genesis Collections bundle. I think this says more about the nature of bundled game collections than anything specifically about the Genesis. I purposefully put aside a few games in that collection to enjoy later, but that doesn’t show up in the data.
  • 2021 was a year I subscribed to Xbox Game Pass for a few months, Apple Arcade, and the Nintendo Online service (I’m a sucker who upgraded to the expansion pak as well). I can’t help but think that subscriptions to game collections are only going to become more of a thing as time goes on. For the purposes of my own organization, I categorize games from these collections as if its a separate system entirely. That’s why there’s Nintendo Switch” and Nintendo Switch Online.”
  • I played roms mainly to try out mods and hacks and cheats, because I spent a few months this year being very interested in how they work in terms of enjoying games using fresh perspectives. I still might make a video about that sometime.
  • I beat” Project-X-Zone 2 this year, but I played 99% of it back in 2016. I had just left the game at the final boss without having finished the thing. You ever just stop watching a TV show before the last episode? It’s like that. You’ll come back to it when you’re ready for it to be over, not when the creators are.
  • My video game spreadsheet lives on Airtable, which is pretty perfect for things like this.

Link Blog, November-December 2021

  • People Aren’t Meant to Talk This Much

    The capacity to reach an audience some of the time became contorted into the right to reach every audience all of the time. The rhetoric about social media started to assume an absolute liberty always to be heard; any effort to constrain or limit users’ ability to spread ideas devolved into nothing less than censorship. But there is no reason to believe that everyone should have immediate and constant access to everyone else in the world at all times.

  • Cool people dress like angsty teens

    The revolving door of ​’90s nostalgia is now targeting twenty-something existential dread, the not quite midpoint of life when we kiss goodbye to carefree youth and begrudgingly say hello to the impending doom of tax returns and dying alone. The ​’90s have come and gone over and over again for the past decade.

  • Spotify Has Made All Music Into Background Music

    listening to popular music ceases to be a way to construct identity and becomes merely a pastime, like watching movies,” or a pursuit (like video games) that plenty of people simply choose not to engage in. I wonder if we’re already there. Consider how many of Spotify’s most popular playlists are structured not around genres but rather around activities.

  • The metaverse, the multiverse, and the end of your free time

    Sure, standalone blockbuster movies still come out from time to time, and single-player video games haven’t completely disappeared. But they’re becoming increasingly rare. Everything competes with everything…

  • The Unofficial Rules of Posting

    No matter what you post, or how you word it, or how many asterisks and caveats you attach to it, you will suffer the worst-faith readings you have ever experienced.

  • Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?”

    Your job is to learn how to love the work of writing, and the work of aging, and the work of being alive. It’s all work, but it’s sublime. There are no shortcuts. That’s what’s great about it, in fact. You have to show up for it completely. You have to surrender yourself to the project of slowing down, focusing, meditating almost, until you manage to make something that leaps off the page, straight into the arms of a stranger.

  • Influencers Have Secret Engagement Farms’. I Joined One.

    I’ve had my social accounts on private for a really long time, and it’s been a real push to make them public for the purposes of this, and I do not wish to be perceived! I found it very difficult to look at my face. I was surprised about how hard I fell for the facial dysmorphia trap, and obsessing over what I looked like and how I was coming across, and being hyper-aware of movements and facial expressions.

  • To Be Happy, Hide From the Spotlight

  • For the Modern Man, A New Friend Is Just a Podcast Away

    There are decades of sitcoms and beer commercials that portray male friendships as effortlessly simple, or at least much more simple than the complex emotional diagnostics of femininity. This is, without a doubt, total bullshit. Men possess all the orthodox heuristics to interact with superiors, colleagues and romantic partners — but they are absolutely lost when they attempt to navigate the murky waters of a loose bar appointment with someone they only kinda, sorta know.

  • No One Cares!

  • Meet the cozy streamers’ of Twitch combating hate on the platform

So then, once again: At their core, what’s a cozy stream? It’s about settling down with a blanket and a warm drink, and curling up to the soothing sounds and visuals of a chilled-out stream. It’s hanging out with a community of like-minded people who enjoy the same activities as you. It’s that feeling of coming back to where you belong, and leaving toxic culture at the door.

That hokey unfashionable techniques like practicing gratitude turn out to have strong scientific evidence behind them, and several countries happen to have a preexisting holiday that’s already, at least in theory, dedicated to this practice.

If the answers to these questions lead you to the conclusion that seeking fame or prestige is not in your best interest, then now is the time to stand up to your caveman impulses. Don’t boast or seek attention; delete the post and take a social-media break.

Assuming you take our main thesis seriously — that obesity is the result of environmental contaminants — what should you do about it? Our suggestions are very prosaic: Be nice to yourself. Eat mostly what you want. Trust your instincts.

Good Movies, October-November 2021

The Best of Youtube, October 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.

Link Blog, October 2021

The Best of Youtube, September 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.

Good Movies, September 2021

The Best of Youtube, August 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.

Good Movies, August 2021

Link Blog, August 2021

The Best of Youtube, July 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.

The Best of Youtube, June 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.

Link Blog, June 2021

Good Movies, June 2021

Link Blog, May 2021

The Best of Youtube, May 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.

Good Movies, May 2021

The Best of Youtube, April 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.

Good Movies, April 2021

The Best of Youtube, March 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.

3DS Turns 10 Years Old - Our Memories and Experiences is long, but treat it like a podcast. It’s a good rundown of my favourite video game console.’

Hi-Bit Era - The Future of Pixel Art Games. I loved this. Video games don’t have to look like they were made in 1993 anymore, but sometimes we like it when they do. Or when they look like a good version of it, anyway.

DEEP DISCOG DIVE: MF DOOM. Lots of gold in here.

Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan 97. Just go in cold.

Why WarioWare Works I bought my first WarioWare game because of this.

【VTUBER DEBUT】MissFushi the Catgirl 【ふしさん】 - YouTube This video made me understand Vtubers. I followed her last year for Animal Crossing videos, and thankfully I never unfollowed her. This month, she cropped up after a few months off Youtube, but with a new aesthetic.

Instagram Models Be Like. Giggle.

What I REALLY Think of the iPhone! It’s an hour-long review of a six month phone.

ACTION BUTTON REVIEWS Tokimeki Memorial This video dropped in January but I re-watched it this month. Just a six-hour re-watch. No big deal.

Everything I know about instagram stories.. Helpful stuff about a weird photography medium.

Nihilism & Howl’s Moving Castle - Movies with Mikey. We are all burning away slowly, and everything is fine.

Link Blog, March 2021

I’m looking into Twine lately and this article by Adi Robertson helped me begin: Text Adventures: how Twine remade gaming

Colin Broadmoor wrote this awesome piece about how we’ve been stuck in a nostalgia time loop: The Future Died in 1999 - Blood Knife

From the same blog, RS Benedict talks about Marvel’s chastity with sexuality: Everyone Is Beautiful and No One Is Horny - Blood Knife

Right on the opposite end, Nathan Grayson wrote a huge introduction to CodeMiko, this Vtuber or sorts: CodeMiko Is The Future Of Streaming, Unless Twitch Bans Her First

I quit Twitter this month (3rd official quitting since originally joining in 2008). Soo Youn has a survey of people who also quit, and now feel better. I get better sleep’: the people who quit social media

Masha Zhdanova wrote about Webtoon. It made me smile, and also re-download webtoon. It now lives on my phone where Twitter used to.

Most writing advice is just slack porn. Chuck Wendig has good writing advice. Why Gentle Writing Advice,” Exactly?

David Davis has my favourite article of the whole month, a chronicle of Geoff Winningham’s photography: Pro Wrestling’s Finest Down-And-Dirty Chronicle Is Getting Even Better

Good Movies, March 2021

Microblog Thoughts, October 2020-March 2021

I quit twitter, so this is probably the last one of these for a while.

  • That weird vertigo you feel when half your timeline is worried about democracy and the other half is like my new phone has flat sides tho.”

  • Gonna spend the next month or two catching up on Stardom

  • Can’t help but think Animal Crossing and Hades are two sides of the same cursed 2020 game.

    • Both games have an ending” after about 20 hours or so, but that’s really just the point where the game says okay, you’ve done the loop. Now you can decide the loop for yourself.”
    • AC:NH becomes a game about making your heaven” yours, however you see fit. Grinding, or chilling. Hades lets you set difficulties, making Hell your own. Grinding, or chilling.
    • I’d turn this into one of those sweet fifteen minute youtube videos if I had the time or sweet radio voice.
  • While on hold with Leon’s, I just heard find your perfect technology for all your man caves and she-sheds.”

  • Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists are the spiritual successor to a little known but beloved app called Nokia Mix Radio. It’s arguably better (it is 2020, not 2012), but it feels about the same in use.

  • Pro tip: save your daily mixes to offline.

  • Going through my want to go” google map for toronto restos and now I’m really sad.

  • Imagine if Spotify had half the cool metadata stuff that @letterboxd pro has. I’d pay for this! It’s cool as hell.

  • Watched Daughters of Darkness and Theatre of Blood for the second time this month, figured I’d give the two best flicks in the @criterionchannl’s 70s horror fest the crowning time they deserve 🍹🍹🎃🎃

  • The most Democrat Party thing they could do is win the election in a landslide but still let Trump be president because he just won’t leave the room.

  • In my short trip into @we_are_stardom so far, my favourite gimmick match by a mile are the three vs Stardom” matches, where one wrestler has to fight the entire roster in one-minute timed exhibitions.

  • Thinking about taking my twitter friends and goin

  • It’s November 11, 2020 and I beat Toxic Tower from DKC2 for the first time in my life.

  • After seeing a few other people making lists for noir movies to watch in november (noirvember!) I made my own. This’ll be a thread. Here’s the list to follow along: https://t.co/huOv7irfMU

    • First up: Brute Force (1947) (https://t.co/hWVg8i2zA5). It’s super bleak ACAB prison propaganda (the message is to definitely not try to break out of prison, person who’s watching this movie while maybe in prison?)

    • Highlights from Brute Force include Burt Lancaster using Ultimate Warrior’s powerslam on a brutal cop. It’s very satisfying. https://t.co/HHrrGh0QoX

    • However, it’s a bit on the slow and dull side. It takes a long time to get cooking, and while the advertising suggests Burt will be shirtless a lot, he in fact is mostly shirted. https://t.co/FBoh6GSAmP

    • Up next, Secret Beyond the Door, from 1947. Fritz Lane continues his hatred of standard room and door sizes. https://t.co/yXGP5eeGT6

    • No modern director would ever have the gall to put a wagon full of chickens in this scene https://t.co/KcSVUnutmX

    • Thanks, it has ✨pockets✨ https://t.co/vRQj8j9MAF

    • It’s against movie law to find a brick wall where one shouldn’t be and not touch the bricks. https://t.co/YqZEI4ysfy

    • All right, next up for #noirvember, 1985’s To Live and Die in LA. It’s one of the great movies that’s both so Reagen-Era appropriate while also reading like an ACAB 101 display https://t.co/oF3HFLc4Mr

    • Two major observations:

      • I hate every typeface in the film but greatly respect the choice to switch them up every ten minutes.
      • Wang Chung should have scored one hundred more films.
    • I feel like Shipwreck Joey’s Topless Cabaret” is Good Place-quality naming of a totally unnecessary set piece. https://t.co/Kfp54BQmqh

    • There’s not much better for a hangover than a good Eddie G face turn, so I’ve put on 1944’s The Woman in the Window and ordered a pizza. https://t.co/DPostc13Vl

    • For my money, Robinson is about the perfect noir protagonist. Because of his career playing gangsters, it’s easy to believe he’s got villainous potential just under his skin. So when he plays a sap like this, you never know exactly where he stands.

    • Even though he plays just” a college professor, you get the sense he knows how to outsmart every cop (and there are a lot of cops in this movie, around every corner). https://t.co/40d2re2MTX

    • Edward G Robinson walked so Walter White could run. #noirvember https://t.co/ICcEBqamKr

    • The ending is a disappointment (76 year old spoiler, it was all a dream) but hey, hindsight. I’m sure lots of people were happy with it at the time. Moving on! #noirvember

    • Next on #Noirvember Farley Granger is like if you took a normal person but made him too handsome and that’s what made him evil. https://t.co/msTNFGlWwa

    • Next on #Noirvember Farley Granger is like if you took a normal person but made him too handsome and that’s what turns him evil.

    • Granger’s looks only come into it in this flick (which gets dark real fast) in that he’s the only person in the movie who’s ever once seen the inside of a house.

    • Yes yes Cathy O’Donnell is very pretty but her character has clearly never used electricity. I’m surprised she even knew what a watch was when Granger gave her one.

    • Up next on my #noirvember list, Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950). It dares to ask the question: what if a cop isn’t nice?

    • It’s directed by Otto Preminger, who made Anatomy of a Murder, Laura, and The Man with the Golden Arm. Where the Sidewalk Ends is excellent and it’s his eighth-highest rated film on @letterboxd.

    • It is very good but I have nothing to say other than it’s appointment viewing and I drop everything to watch it. https://t.co/Rxel1GNKRb

    • Where the Sidewalk Ends also has some incredible line reads. So he rolls his alcoholic eyes at you and you set yourself up for another left hook.” Wordplay!

    • Tonight, I’m watching Detour from 1945 for #noirvember. It’s 67 minutes long, which technically makes it just a single episode of 2020 television https://t.co/cI781IJBfc

    • Detour is real flashback-heavy and winding, almost like the title is also its narrative style.

    • Detour’s best line belongs to Ann Savage (when is that not true?) : I spend two hours preparing bait and all you can say is lets go’.” 😂 #Noirvember

    • Second #noirvember flick tonight, 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt. I’ve got high hopes for this one. https://t.co/J2NyZMv0Nq

    • Shadow of a Doubt is a swell time between pals, as the kids would say. https://t.co/MzDO6dSAsA

    • Saturday afternoon is the perfect time for a #noir, so I’m watching Night and the City and eating more candy https://t.co/xeNefJIoWv

    • Totally poached Odd Man Out from another #Noirvember list and I’m glad I did. My list was sorely lacking in James Mason.

    • Odd Man Out is about James Mason getting shot in the first ten minutes after a botched robbery. The whole town wrestles with Dickensian morality on whether to help him or turn him into the cops. It’s real good.

  • This is my monthly reminder that Uncut Gems should win the Oscar for Best Picture this year despite coming out over a year ago.

  • The greatest thing the New World Order wrestling faction ever did was call itself that. Now whenever nutbars talk about the conspiracy theory the trending section is immediately drowned out with gifs of Scott Norton.

  • We watched Shutter Island last night with friends for #noirvember and it’s still just a goddamn perfect film. No notes.

  • Just finished @fodderfigure’s memoir and it made me cry like three times. It also confirmed my suspicions that she’s very cool.

  • You know we could all still just be updating our MSN status but noooooooo

  • After a four day break, back at it for #Noirvember with The Long Goodbye, which is one of those movies Tom Waits isn’t in but could easily play every part if needed

    • He lights a match on PLEXIGLASS
    • If you’re gonna modernize a Bogey line, might as well make it crackly.
  • I basically just want to see cool suplexes.

    • This is a wrestling tweet but it also applies everywhere. More suplexes, please.
  • Saturday night’s #Noirvember joint is Pickup on South Street.

    • I think it’s pretty fitting that in order to watch this movie, you pretty much have to steal it.
    • This one’s fantastic. If you can find it. Which you can’t.
  • I’m not really paying attention to wwe, but it seems right that The Miz is holding the MITB briefcase. In my mind, and my heart, he’s always holding it. He should just have unlimited briefcases, and be the only person to ever have the opportunity to cash in.

  • Friday night silly time for #noirvember: 1991’s Cast a Deadly Spell. It’s campy and garbage and I love it. https://t.co/GzQaA4ysao

    • Yes I found it while searching for Lovecraft Country on Crave and that’s how you’ll find it too.
  • Protip: if you’re going to make a Notion database for groceries, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t just add cocktails as a recipe type. https://t.co/pfp2SyhOwX

  • Just watched On The Rocks. It mostly made me want to watch better movies with older charismatic characters. Maybe that’s my December movie theme thing.

  • Lovecraft Country the book feels like a rough draft for the show. I actually love it when the more recent version of a story builds upon and riffs on the previous version of a story.

  • Anybody else having weird COVID dreams? I was on a cruise ship in mine (never been on a cruise ship) surrounded by too many people. Not a mask in sight. Felt like a paranoid person. Very They Live.

  • I love it here https://t.co/8b9VnaP02O

  • Oh good, I was wondering how I was going to get through the week. https://t.co/0LZuypDQpI

  • Good sunset tonight #toronto https://t.co/OZ1EzsXIqj

  • Now that Apple is putting the digital crown on other things, why not the iPhone? It would really work there?

  • So now we just need an iPhone Pro and a MacBook Max.

  • Had the mall dream again

  • I love lucha libre but I don’t know that I’ll ever fully get used to all the ads all over the arena. #TriplemaniaXXVIII

  • Watching a Spider-Man wrestling match in 2020 actually was on my bingo card so thanks #TriplemaniaXXVIII

  • Laredo Kid vs Kenny Omega is the easiest layup of obvious 4-star great stuff.

  • Also, trident gum is the chewiest gum.

  • Every layout app on iOS does 1% of what InDesign does, and I often forget how much faster and more customizable a design can be if I just use my big old Raspberry Pink/Dark Puce friend

  • Watching #TriplemaniaXXVIII last night reminded me how little I care for commentary. If you can switch audio to a language you don’t understand, highly recommended.

  • Stardom has no commentary at all, so the audience is just the wrestlers and the audience. It’s absolutely lovely except for the screaming.

  • remember when you were off the internet sometimes

  • Heard this on a podcast and now I can’t get it out of my head: the Peloton girl looked so panicked, exhausted, and afraid because she was recording that video throughout 2020.

  • Just did my first Apple Fitness+ workout, and it’s kind of as I figured: Apple hired a bunch of very nice personal trainers with absolutely no personality.

    • When Apple Fitness+ trainers say left leg, they’re mirroring. They use their right leg, and you’re supposed to use your left, so it matches”. Peloton trainers say left, they use their left leg, and so do you. It looks flipped, but it’s real. Little details, but I’m guessing one feels wrong no matter what to half the people.
  • Hearts are useless on music services. Give me I guess I thought this was okay in 2006” and I’ve heard this before? Really?”

  • Protip: if you’re a gamer or just sad all the time, put your Animal Crossing New Horizions screenshots in a folder and make it your desktop background.

  • Sure Kenny Omega’s okay but have you heard The Mess Inside by the Mountain Goats?

  • in 2020 you really hunkered down and got serious about hitting that A button

  • I’m gonna go back to tweeting like it’s 2007.

  • Video Game Top 10s: Hey, Animal Crossing was there for us all Music Top 10s: This grassroots hiphop virtual DJ from Holland you’ve never heard of put out something transcendent.

  • Merry Christmas you janky-ass website full of democracy-nerfing jerkbeans

  • I’ve also seen fewer Instagram stories. Maybe the trend is veering off from the temporary post?

  • Sometimes I need to remind myself that Twitter is just a belligerent comment section and the article itself might not even exist.

  • Play Manifold Garden for half an hour and then read something. Tell me you don’t fall through the text a bit.

  • Jay White is such a good heel that I literally get stressed out thinking about him winning anything.

  • I want to enjoy Twitter again so I’m unfollowing you.

  • Today I learned MF DOOM used to wear a @reymysterio mask

  • The 3DS is super dead but I still have so many games to play on it.

  • So I think I’m done my scouting of @we_are_stardom for a little while. I like them a lot but their schedule is relentless and I need a break. I always try to remind people: when there’s no offseason, you have to create your own.

    • I watched 122 @we_are_stardom matches last year. 4 were 5-point matches in my scoring system: Arisa Hoshiki vs Utami Hayashishita (1-19), Saya Kamitani vs Tam Nakano (9-12), Tam Nakano vs Giulia (9-13), and Giulia vs. Syuri (12-20).
    • There were way more 4-star matches, though. @we_are_stardom is stacked with clean technical wrestlers. AZM, Starlight Kid, Momo Watanabe, Konami, and, of course, Mayu Iwatani are all just so fun to watch.
    • It’s incredibly easy to sign up to Stardom World to just check it out for a month at a time. It’s the same $10 you’d be giving to WWE or FITE or whoever over here.
  • Weezer just entering their fourth decade of recording like there’s still a rock music industry you have to love it

  • It’s 2021 and Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo are wrestling one another. Nature is healing.

    • I haven’t really been paying attention to WWE but it’s nice to see the Miz with the MITB briefcase he spent in 2010 and probably hasn’t won back legitimately since.
    • My favourite part of this show is the WWE2K20 cam for the entrance ramp. They should do the whole show like that, just give everyone car sickness.
    • I mean, Christian and Edge hugging in the same ring is not a thing they ever had to give us but maybe they love us and want us to be happy.
    • I added pretty much all of WCW into my wrestling database. I can’t believe that regular people will just be able to binge Nitro along with Frasier on the same app in two months.
  • Where is the door in the Apple Fitness+ room

  • Kids these days bemoaning going 530 days between Nintendo Directs sure weren’t around for the N64 huh

  • The Lady and the Dale probably dropped at the wrong time. Few people look to January for TV show of the year.

  • Oh I don’t like downtown Toronto anymore

    • I absolutely can’t wait to love it again
  • Oh why am I buying 3DS games. Girl.

  • You’re either on clubhouse, or you’ve been told about it by white guys on podcasts.

    • I’ve heard like twelve white guys in their 40s talk about it now.

Good Movies, February 2021

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

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.

Link Blog, January 2021

Good Movies, January 2021

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.

Good Movies, December 2020

Link Blog, December 2020

Link Blog, November 2020

Good Movies, November 2020

I tweeted about a bunch of these movies in a #noirvember thread.

The Best of Youtube, October-November 2020

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.

This one’s really video-game-essay heavy. I wonder what I was distracting myself from?

Link Blog, October 2020

Good Movies, October 2020

Holy crap did I watch a lot of movies this month. This was mostly brought on by Criterion’s horror lineup, but, still. Wow.

Microblog Thoughts, September 25-October 25 2020

  • Just typing /feed after a newsletter url and subscribing via rss feels like the laziest possible form of dorkery but I do it…all the time?
  • Why is there no Boom Blox 3 for the Switch?
  • Especially if you use Pocket and or the public library, Kobo’s rule.
  • Can we keep this G1 production style where it’s 5 singles matches then everybody gets to go home and sleep that’d be swell actually. #njpw
  • is it just me or did @criterionchannl drop more movies this month than all summer? It’s just a bevy, Jerry. a bevy!
  • Are there podcasts about people just spending time watching old movies? That would be nice.
  • Well, works over. Time to watch some Neanderthal gymnastics.
  • Notion does this one really cool thing I wished OneNote would do. Tries to do it in OneNote, and it works just like in Notion, probably has forever, even though I’ve used this app for ten years.
  • I am at please don’t delete my data, please don’t delete my data, oh my God please don’t delete my data“ stave off being in love with @NotionHQ
  • Maybe the new iPhone will fix everything
  • She Plays Bass is on every single Spotify playlist
  • About three years to the day, my Kobo Aura HD kicked the bucket last night. I loved that thing. What’s the ebook reader market look like now?
  • I’ve been killing ebook readers since before it was cool. The first one that died was a Sony from 2008. Sony’s early ereaders were rad: made with aluminum and lots of buttons and features. Who knows how people would use this thing, they thought.
  • My favourite ereader design wasn’t the original (pictured) but look at this thing. See those two page flip buttons on the side? That’s the innovation” of the newest kobos and kindles. https://t.co/b4labX9TV9
  • This one was my favourite. The Sony Reader 300 was small and extremely comfortable. No reader has felt as premium or friendly since, actually. https://t.co/qggYzlXf35
  • I’ve been a Kobo user since Sony exited the market. They’ve really come into their own the last few years, and the Aura HD really fought for attention. Pocket and Overdrive support is 🤗
  • I’ll miss the little guy. My first thought was, I need to replace it. It wasn’t I wonder if I can get by with just my phone”. Anyone who’s had a decent reader already knows the answer to that.
  • It died while reading the new Nick Hornby. I had five hours to go. https://t.co/Ub3qj1xsu5
  • Do you like Ted Lasso or are you just a white guy in your 40s
  • I can’t help but notice the disparity in skin colour between the models and the senior leadership at Apple. #AppleEvent
  • I’m at the stage of the #G1CILMAX30 where I’m three days behind so I might as well just wait until the Colosseum Home Video 60 minute highlight reel.
  • I wonder how many tech bros are performing the act of buying the new iPhone so they can keep that sweet tech bro cred –evergreen tweet from 2007
  • Widgets have me rethinking how I use my phone, and how I can use it to make my life and time online a little easier. I’m sort of cooking up an organization system based on pages that would indicate health. Like, device health, my health, friends health, world health.
  • Maybe I don’t like wrestling, maybe I just like vaudeville https://t.co/zIBeBJJ3PY

Good Movies, September 2020

Link Blog, September 2020

Microblog Thoughts, August 27-September 25 2020

  • I love that Twitter’s algorithm places Charles Manson in entertainment and Satan in politics.
  • Someone remake Lovecraft Country episode 2 as a six episode mini series please and thanks
  • Please, I’m begging you all. Stop posting screenshots of text nobody can read. Just, like, publish a blog post. It’s very easy.
  • So there’s just no cure for snoring huh
  • So for the Oscars this year, uncut gems right?
  • Microsoft could move its two big Duo features - App Pairs and opening a new app while keeping your last app active on the left screen - over to Windows 10 proper and everything would be pretty good.
  • I can’t wait to see what phones and laptops look like in two years after engineers have spent all that time at home.
  • Oh no I like Notion
  • What makes Peloton leaps and bounds above any other video workout thing is, they don’t stop. There’s a new video almost every hour. You never ever feel like you’re stuck watching a repeat. not that Apple won’t try. But that’s the challenge. it’s like the difference between Netflix and Disney+. Netflix is just relentless.
  • Just give me the ability to sync an Apple Watch to an iPad. Isn’t that like, maybe the perfect combination of devices?
  • What’s the right number of Apple Watch pals? I’ve got two. I feel I could handle two more before all the exercise notification send me into a loathing spiral
  • I’ve owned two 3DS models: the original in purple, and the XL. The XL is so good I might just keep it charged forever, and I’ve still got a dozen or so games downloaded I want to finish.
  • The emoji search bar is the sleeper best feature of iOS14 🤩🥂🎉

The Best of Youtube, July-September 2020

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.

Good Movies, August 2020

Link Blog, July-August 2020

Microblog Thoughts, July 26-August 26, 2020

  • I’m on @mikeyllorin’s new show! We were a bit all over the place which means You Chose Poorly season 2 must happen.

  • Every now and then a tiktok video plays that tells me to get off the app and go do something else. It’s nice I don’t know

  • I have absolutely no idea how Adult Swim hasn’t commissioned another season of Space Ghost during the pandemic. Every talk show is just video calls and nonsense now anyway.
  • I had to hit the not interested” button and TikTok about 400 times to end up with a perfect algorithm of just cats. I don’t know if I have the emotional investment to do that again on Instagram reels.
  • Spotify Podcasts are bad, part a million: Discover Weekly is generally excellent, but Your Daily Podcasts” is trash. None of these are clickable, discoverable. Even if I wanted more of these dreadful picks, there’s no way to look into it.
  • I love the rewind feature that’s built into all Switch SNES and NES games. It turns every frustrating platformer into a Braid-style reflection on the form. You start to tweak your approach not to survive but explore. Also I apparently can beat Donkey Kong Country in my sleep.

  • Good Sudoku is a gift. Just a pure nice thing.
  • I have no idea what to do with this information but in the hit Nintendo Switch console video game there’s way more nWo custom designs than Bullet Club.
  • Medical service in Canada: That’ll be $250. Oh, but you’re employed? $130. Oh, but you have an employed spouse? $20.
  • Big companies are evil but my Spotify Release Radar let me know about new songs by the Mountain Goats, Eels, Tilly & the Wall, Cults, and Heartless Bastards. 2012 me is very happy right now.

  • We’re two cities now: those who see this and say sure,” and those who see this and say nooooooope”
  • Lovecraft Country e1 was like the best version of a mid-season X-File. So I’m here for that.
  • Tinfoil-hat thought: Apple leaked the new iPhone so people would talk about that instead of the Fortnite stuff.
  • I don’t care how expensive the new Xbox is. If it turns on and runs the games without hours of fiddling with settings, it’ll be worth every penny.
  • The conservative party leader is way more afraid of you than you are of it.

Good Movies, July 2020

Microblog Thoughts, June 24-July 26 2020

  • Fran’s Not Here has 213 subscribers. I hope they’re all cats.
  • That feeling when you read and listened to people who were abusing others for years. Yes, of course, you stop listening. You block. You take them out of the rotation. You course correct. You fill those spots with a broader range of voices. You try to listen a little better.

  • I’m not seeing as many backpack reviews

  • I’ll buy the SwitchU in three years and be like yeah finally time alone
  • It’s pretty Canadian to say Look, on Canada Day, think about people maybe you hurt without realizing, and also help out, and don’t think highly of yourself or your country, because you and it stink but hey, we’re all gonna try harder.” And then only kinda mean it.

  • So, I tried @NotionHQ . Seems dope. I think I’d use Notion if eight years of my life wasn’t in OneNote. I’m too ingrained.

  • Having said that, OneNote, if you could launch in the same place I left you just once ever, that’d be nice.
  • Reading the @Monocle24 paper supplement and catching up on #njpw. I’m a weirdo.
  • There’s a car alarm going on outside, and my fire alarm is doing tests throughout the day.
  • Alexa when will it be cold again

  • I joined @Pinboard in December 2010 and it was the best decision. Happy 11th, you wonderful simple backbone-of-my-internet buddy.
  • I think I’m done with this hell site, he says, making new lists and refollowing the same 600 strangers.
  • I’m out of my depth with stove shopping. What do people look for? Who are the trusted reviewers in this area? What stove does @siracusa have?
  • I listen to podcasts why isn’t there a @Casper stove that comes in a small box that puffs out when I open it
  • Give me a Twitter app where I get to see like 8 tweets then charge for more.
  • Friendly reminder you can just watch Nakamura vs Tanahashi just anytime you want.
  • Moved back to Tweetbot from the official app. It’s such a breath of fresh adult air.
  • Spent the morning updating LinkedIn and Behance for freelance work. How does spending two hours on those platforms drain four days worth of energy?

Video Game Time, May-June 2020

Games Played

Uh, Animal Crossing. So much Animal Crossing.

Games Finished

Eisee and I played Florence on Switch. It took two hours and it was just as cute there was it was on iPhone. I love two-hour games.

Games Bought

  • Pocket Card Jockey. Hey man. Check your My Nintendo page sometimes. There’s good discounts there.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on GBA on ebay.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Firewatch
  • River City Girls
  • Firewatch

Good Movies, June 2020

Microblog Thoughts, May 24-June 24 2020

  • Final fantasy 13 is the best starter” ff: extra long tutorial section, focus on the battle system. Extremely streamlined and linear (a plus for beginners!), gorgeous, cheap and on every non-Nintendo system, and all final fantasies will be more fun afterward. Obvious minus is the story is inscrutable but so are most of them? Sort of the same logic as giving Skyward Sword out as a first Zelda.
  • Double or Nothing was lots of fun. A show where most of the good guys win sounds like the kind of nice thing wrestling companies can do right now.
  • Sometimes it takes a few days off work to actually get you to reinstall Scrivener and begin hacking away at the novel again.
  • Here’s a reminder, idiot. You like writing.
  • Was typing Solid Snake and it autocorrected to Solid Snack and how’s that not a drag queen who’s won All Stars already?
  • For those of you who have to work from home and maybe in a bedroom with no air conditioning and only have one fan, may I suggest: two fans.
  • It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” https://t.co/FdW8E2GW1Q
  • Uncut Gems should win the next three Oscars
  • ten minutes into a writing session: lets check facebook to see if that one friend I haven’t talked to in ten years is still friends with that other guy. Also then tweeting about it oh no
  • I do my best facebooking while on the book clock
  • New video game consoles, in this economy?
  • My partner has hit over 100 hours of Animal Crossing, and I’m so proud and happy. Every time Nintendo releases one of these, they make new gamers.
  • Wrestling fans talk about @AEWrestling AEW being an easy show to watch, but have you tried an entire show of wholesome @njpwglobal tag matches?
  • Singles matches are always like, high stakes and stressful. Tag matches are cozy. Tag team wrestling will heal us.
  • Alternating turning on and off the air conditioner every twenty minutes because we are a furnace and ice couple
  • Kids in the park last night shooting fireworks at one another from two metres apart. It takes time but people are figuring out the rules.
  • Twitter still makes me more anxious and sad and mad than connected and good.

The Best of Youtube, June 2020

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.

Good Movies, May 2020

  • Love Exposure, 2008 - ★★★½. So many crimes. So many kinds of crimes.

  • The Out-of-Towners, 1970 - ★★★★. Oh my god, now I have an ulcer too.

  • The Player, 1992 - ★★½. Cameo.com fucking wishes

  • Cowboy, 1958 - ★½. I refuse to believe Jack Lemmon has ever spent time in broad daylight.

  • Bay of Angels, 1963 - ★★★½. I think it’s weird to have a movie like this end happily?

Microblog Thoughts, Apri 26-May 24 2020

  • Currently well on my way to having my loyalties doubted by Lex Luger. #quarantinehair
  • Brb hate-watching a nice lady farming and cooking on YouTube
  • Mario Maker 2’s world mode” is amazing and I can’t wait to make one.
  • Let’s rename shower” to self care rain.”
  • What are your favourite Toronto websites and blogs?
  • Another weird right-handed thing I do even though I’m left handed: I always wear a watch on my left wrist. It never felt comfortable on the right.
  • First day with the Keychron K2 with red switches: I don’t like it. Different and weird, different and weird!
  • I’m sure it’ll be fine it’s my first new keyboard in like 12 years.
  • I’m like, 3 weeks behind on podcasts. Quarantine: where you have time to make podcasts, but not listen to them.
  • I watched Roger Rabbit tonight on Discord with a bunch of friends. That’s the good stuff.
  • So @RickRudeSells is inspiring for lots of reasons. It makes me think, what’s a wrestling move that makes you pop every time? For me, it’s stalled suplexes. Gets me every time.
  • How is there a Creative Cloud update I literally installed it today
  • Finding a tiktok you wanna show someone but you didn’t heart it is essentially impossible
  • Zoom needs a laugh track.
  • Advice I wish I could teach everyone: make an account on the site before you add stuff to the cart. Your blood pressure will thank you.
  • Ah hell, I’m in the I saw someone do it in a video so I’m going to try it” part of Animal Crossing and you’re all liars
  • By way of Do By Friday @hotdogsladies, I can say mr Purrkins is a great cat name. We’ve had Anthony Purrkins a few years and he’s a very civilized holy terror.

The Best of Youtube, May 2020

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.

Podcasts worth hearing, April-May 2020

Video Game Time, April 2020

Games Played

  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Undertale
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Getting Over It

Games Finished

  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. It’s still not a game I’d recommend anyone buy who wasn’t 15 in 1999. But if you were, this is still hit you well.

Games Bought

  • Bayonetta
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

One of these months, I’ll go a month without buying a video game on steam.

Animal Crossing is the heavy hitter. We bought it three weeks ago and it’s been on for at least half an hour every day. If we were out of work right now, it would have been way more than that.

Good Movies, April 2020

  • The Deadly Affair, 1966 - ★★★½. I’m not sure what surprised and delighted me the most: James Mason’s amazing domestic troubles or Harry Andrews’ incessant narcolepsy.

  • Tampopo, 1985 - ★★★★½. This movie is equal parts innocent, charming, disgusting, confusing, and endearing. It made me go aww” and oh, oh my god why oh interesting” every five minutes.

  • Miami Connection, 1987 - ½. FRIEND!?!?!?

  • Cover Girl, 1944 - ★★. Good dancing, bad singing, good lines (“Sure, I’ll marry you. Who is this?”), meh plot.

  • Cinematic Titanic: Danger on Tiki Island, 2010 - ★★. My new business card is definitely going to say Carla, to my friends and enemies.”

  • The Anderson Tapes, 1971 - ★★★½ Now that’s how you fuck up a heist, kids.

  • Hardcore, 1979 - ★★★ Really wanted George to invite Season back home to help rehab his daughter, but that would be a whole different movie. Ah well. If you liked Taken but wanted the dad to have a much lousier set of skills.

  • Bitter Moon, 1992 - ★★★★. Being an adult means being the kind of hypocrite you can live with — an old piece of advice that definitely ran through my head as I watched a Polanski film in 2020 while self-isolating.

  • The Big Heat, 1953 - ★★★★. The crib on the porch is for the outside baby we don’t talk about.

  • Shadow, 2018 - ★★★★. It’d be cool to just hang out in those robes doing calligraphy though.

  • Pain and Glory, 2019 - ★★★★. Intimate and touching. Very well done.

  • Experiment in Terror, 1962 - ★★★★. So good. One of those great ones that’s just to the left of ten other movies you love, but takes this long to bubble up to the surface.

  • Beauty and the Beast, 1946 - ★★½. Disney’s 90s version is probably the best, but this came out fifty years before and still puts up a fight.

  • Dead Reckoning, 1947 - ★★½.

  • The Skeleton Twins, 2014 - ★★★.

  • You’ll Never Get Rich, 1941 - ★★. Ugh, the army.

  • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, 2019 - ★★. Some episodes of Violet Evergarden are so crushing you feel your heart wrench itself apart. Other episodes are just sort of sweet and slow, but it’s okay because this is a pretty and winning world for a hang. This movie is more of the second. I was hoping for more of the first.

  • High and Low, 1963 - ★★★★★.

Link Blog, April 2020

Last Month on KSawyerPaul.Blog, March 8-April 27, 2020

Microblog Thoughts, March 24-April 26, 2020

  • I’m still happy I bought the NES Classic Switch controllers. They often come in handy, and they’re great for older games. That massive D-Pad is so nice.
  • Watching The Lighthouse is probably not advised anymore.
  • Anyone else notice their commute media becoming a way bigger pile? I have like 50 podcasts in the que now.
  • I bought Wheel of Fortune for the Switch because it has a 3 player mode. We played one game and all three of us were like oh, right, wheel of fortune is a bad game.”
  • Man we don’t deserve @BasiaBulat
  • Okay, I gotta stop comparing my sketches to people who’ve been doing this as a craft for like, their whole life. Who else started sketching last month?
  • I’m still doing sketch a day stuff, but I’m not posting them all because it’s bad guys. I hit that spot where I care about the quality of the result but haven’t grown the quality muscles to get there yet. I post them when I’m not 100% embarrassed.
  • Now however is a great time for Picard and his motivating speeches about how it’s probably a bad idea to kill each other with robot space tentacles.
  • Catching up with AEW. Chris Jericho pulling out a Harvey Birdman reference Shake hand, kiss baby, shake hand, kiss baby, shake baby, kiss hand” watered my singular, weird crops.
  • One of the weird shame things about being left handed is doing things right” because that’s how they taught you. For me: I mouse with my right hand. I’m slowly learning to mouse left though, and it’s like, finally?
  • Another advantage of having a pro @letterboxd account: a friend asks you for movie recs. You ask what subscriptions they have. You filter your history by those services and cross-reference it with your ratings. Boom.
  • Couples who are playing Animal Crossing together: how’s that working out?
  • Oh no I’m bad at drawing dog eyes
  • I think 37 is a good age to get into Discord.

The Best of Youtube, April 2020

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.

The Best of Youtube, March 2020

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.

Microblog Thoughts, March 9-24 2020

  • #TTC Based on my regular commutes (2 fares a day), I have to not use the TTC 10 days a month in order to make single-fare worth it vs a monthly pass. In 9 days, I’ve avoided the TTC for 5 of them. Doing pretty good so far.
  • Privacy issues aside because Facebook, Threads is good actually
  • Maybe #AEWDynamite should just be Being the Elite for a few weeks. Loosely-produced intimate segments of wrestlers with their families and friends just being people. That’s be nice, actually.
  • Good timing: Animal Crossing. Bad timing: Westworld
  • In the last week, I’ve downloaded Teams, Slack, Zoom, and WebEx. So far as I can tell these are all just one product. Can we kill three of them?
  • As a gamer, I can state officially that there’s absolutely no excuse to ever go near an EB Games.
  • Exactly like and because of WrestleMania, Frans Not Here will be an online affair this time. Join us for an instagram live show Saturday night at 9pm. You have to. It’s my birthday!
  • I literally just got a spam email from EB Games saying We hope to see you in-store soon!”
  • I don’t suppose there’s any way to turn off lock screen notifications for shortcuts? Asking for a bored shut-in
  • Here’s an @IFTTT I could use. When I add a movie to my watchlist in [criterion/amazon/netflix, etc], add the same movie to my @letterboxd watchlist. An absolute superpower would be to be able to do the opposite.

Logbook, March 2-8, 2020

Albums in Rotation

  • Moving Walls - Matthew Good
  • Always Tomorrow - Best Coast
  • Supervision - La Roux
  • I am easy to find - The national
  • Swimmer - Tennis
  • YHLQMDLG - Bad Bunny
  • Heavy Light - U.S. Girls
  • Color Theory - Soccer Mommy

Movies

  • Invention for Destruction, 1958 - ★★★★. This is a movie that does only one thing well, but that one thing had my jaw on the floor for two hours.

  • A Colt Is My Passport, 1967 - ★★★½. You know what? Patton Oswald as a 21 year old is right. This fucking rules, man. This movie kicks so much ass.

  • Drunken Angel, 1948 - ★★★½. There’s lots of characters in this movie, but it’s really about a doctor and his patient. It’s a tragic love story about obsessively trying to save someone else from who they are, and it hits hard.

TV Shows

Finished Mrs Fletcher. A good story with only 7 episodes? More shows like this please.

Video Games

Bought:

  • Shenmue I & II, on sale on Steam
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for my new GBA SP (what? I should have never gotten rid of my old one)

Played: Donut County (awesome 3-hour game that’s great for beginners), and finally began Astral Chain.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • once…a month. https://t.co/u81VnP3q3x
  • One genius appointment later, I think I’ve discovered an iOS13.4 beta bug. My phone refused to connect to the Apple display adapter on the latest beta. @mattcassinelli, this seems like something you’d be interested in knowing about.
  • Fuck everything we’re doing 5 folds https://t.co/iFDZ6vQgXx
  • Goodbye, $10 for a game on Steam that normally costs $40. I’m never going to play you.
  • Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos https://t.co/PUC1G6ohZ6

Logbook, February 24-March 1, 2020

Articles

Podcasts

TV Shows

The Outsider, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, and My Hero Academia. Finally finished Patriot. What a special show that is.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • We left our parents on the Facebook island to rot, didn’t we?
  • Dope. https://t.co/2WJyTfGgCe
  • Taken by @christsujiuchi ❤️ https://t.co/AHZDfirsyP https://t.co/LW71QnffRq
  • #askatp Say your iPhone is your primary/only computer. Which additional device would give you the most value in your life?
  • I’m honestly curious about this. Say you’ve got enough money to buy 1 of those devices. Subquestion, would a better iPad be more valuable than a better Apple Watch?
  • Y’all too young to remember WMIX huh https://t.co/db8qlDKaAp
  • That Fran’s Not Here feeling, folks. https://t.co/19aiQtmtUs
  • Is anyone else on the current public beta (17E5241d) for #iOS and own an official hdmi display adapter? Mine won’t connect (but does charge) all of a sudden.
  • I have a cold so obviously I’m being isolated and feared. https://t.co/YR492Kjisk
  • Trying to revert to iOS 13.3 because of a bug in the 13.4 beta, but this is fun. https://t.co/lZ8eQHgowK
  • I’m having the fun #itunes https://t.co/1TbBSIOjsf
  • #indesign folks. You ever just pink-text” it for a whole project because the client never gave you the fonts?

Logbook, February 10-16, 2020

My Stuff

Articles

Movies

  • House of Games, 1987 - ★. It’s nice to know Criterion has an it stinks!” section.

  • Something Wild, 1986 - ★★★½. Hi I’m Charlie. Never really had any concrete convictions one way or another.”

  • Knives Out, 2019 - ★★★. Pretty good, but I wish they’d leaned even more into cozycore murder mystery style.

  • The Big Knife, 1955 - ★½.
  • Two Weeks in Another Town, 1962 - ★★★½. Oh I could spend some time here.

TV Shows

Finished Carole and Tuesday (decent, but it never really hit another gear). The combo of Picard, The Outsider, and Avenue 5 continues to make for a really good winter season.

Video Games

I bought Resident Evil HD Remaster on Steam for like $5. Good to just have a copy of that.

I made a new Mario Maker Level: DCB-X7F-4JF.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • Watching the ISU Four Continents replay, and @PiperGilles and @PaulDPoirier are incredible. https://t.co/eoQjDMyIb4
  • Finally began playing this on DS, in 2020. The backlog is real. https://t.co/61sRn20mhp
  • Want me to listen to your podcast? Make the cover art blue apparently. https://t.co/X3Txs7OBCm
  • Based on @imyke talking about iCloud apps working better on mobile, I made an Edge app. It works really well on Windows. Now if only my Reminders lists actually sync’d to iCloud…
  • Getting big You Chose Poorly vibes from the new ⁦@_RelayFM⁩ show. https://t.co/bmHyXjgwP3
  • What a mild snow does to the TTC https://t.co/GflCTnn6rh

Logbook, January 27-February 9, 2020

My Stuff

Articles

Movies

  • The Breaking Point, 1950 - ★★★★. This is a great movie as is, but I want a full feature about Patricia Neal’s character. Whatever she’s up to, you know?
  • In the Mood for Love, 2000 - ★★½. Billy Porter wore it better.
  • A Kind of Loving, 1962 - ★★. This is an abstinence seminar.
  • Scarlet Street, 1945 - ★★★★. Edward G in a rare sympathetic babyface role (and kind of a doinky one at that). It could have easily been five or six different types of movie had certain decisions gone the other way. But that’s how it is with good noir.
  • Charade, 1963 - ★★★★★. You know, I’ve been meaning to watch Charade.

TV Shows

Picard, Avenue 5, and the end of the Good Place. It ended about as well as a show can.

Video Games

I worked on a secret little game project this week I’ll talk about later.

Good Tweets

  • Don’t show me these things. I live in Toronto. https://t.co/30Frgmmc4r
  • John @siracusa gets a Mac Pro
    • everyone is happy for him
    • long-running story resolved
    • world seems just Some 22-year-old on YouTube gets a Mac Pro
    • we must destroy capitalism
    • eat the rich
    • even Jony Ive is like, what
  • Give me a weekly Batman show where he just talks to a therapist about everything that happened in the previous issue of the comic.
  • Cold clear sunset #toronto https://t.co/KWiD26Rw4K https://t.co/O9YZrXRoSt
  • Hmm. https://t.co/hk1t3CvdyC

Logbook, January 20-26, 2020

Articles

TV Shows

Avenue 5, The Outsider, and finally watched a few episode of Season 2 of Patriot. Also, finally, Picard.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • Anyone else watch Patriot like, one episode every two months because the show is a rare treasure and you don’t want it to end?
  • Just wanna day I really appreciate how easy it’s been to ignore Picard spoilers. Good job everyone 👍 keep it up
  • This should be our defense against tech companies doing it without consent and it should hold up in court. https://t.co/TZkTWr2jPQ
  • Excited to be watching the Rumble out with friends tonight. I cannot state how much better our dumb soap opera is with other people. Share your dumb thing.
  • Here’s a stat question for @StarOfSavage. What are the times it takes for the announcer to explain the Rumble rules? Longest? Shortest? Most elaborate?
  • I hate it when I’m right. https://t.co/jde6ID0MlK
  • So the women’s rumble has been better than the men’s rumble three years running. Can we just cancel the men’s one?
  • Wrestling is magical. #EdgeReturns https://t.co/WRT8KVfJZm
  • Just listened to the @verge’s interview with Neil Young. I dunno, maybe I’m just an elder millennial, but High Quality Spotify sounds about the same to me as a FLAC file. It’s like, maybe a little different. I feel like his argument is from before 256kbps + became a thing.

Logbook, January 13-19, 2020

My Stuff

Sketches:

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, 2019 - ★★. It’s like a Tarantino yacht rock album.
  • The April Fools, 1969 - ★★. If I had a complaint it’s that neither of them seemed to actually like one another. Everyone else is really fun, though.

TV Shows

Medical Police (good!), The Outsider (good start!), and started the second part of Carole and Tuesday

Video Games

Bought Donut County on sale. I’m nearly halfway through Link’s Awakening on Switch. Such a charmer. And I made some Mario level (link above)

Youtube

Good Tweets

Logbook, January 6–12, 2020

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • Wicked City, 1987 - ★★.
  • The Lighthouse, 2019 - ★★★½. Tom Waits sitting just off screen going good, good.”

TV Shows

Progress made on Oresuki S1, Seinfeld S5, Year of the Rabbit S1, My Hero Academia S3.

Video Games

Made some Mario Maker levels. I’ll blog about that.

Good Tweets

  • Super simple here. Bulldoze it. Make the city itself car-free while you’re at it. Kill congestion and pollution in one shot. People will hate it but it’ll save the city. https://t.co/AxEsg3HBup
  • iTunes messing with Match playlist data a few years ago is what led me to ditch my digital collection. Finally got rid of it all last year. https://t.co/mcwKtc1l54
  • So if you do laundry and have warm sheets on a rainy Saturday you can just get back into bed right
  • Never stop being this weird, Nintendo. https://t.co/1dp5UhlPB3

Logbook, December 30, 2019–January 5, 2020

My Stuff

Articles

Movies

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 2019 - ★. All the Star Wars movies are bad now.
  • Dracula, 2020 - ★★★. Letterboxd needs to add some tv-based features so I can rate episode one-two 4 stars and episode three 2 stars. Some really great lines in the script, and overall a decent time on over-tread ground. But come for Van Helsing and stay for Van Helsing. She slaps.

TV Shows

Oresuki S1, My Hero Academia S2, Fleabag S2, and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019. Always a good time. Also, finally finished Hanna on Amazon Prime. Not bad!

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • All right y’all I give up. I’ve got three things to plug into a tv and only two hdmi ports. Make this work for me.
  • I’d be disappointed by Terry Gilliam being an old racist idiot now, but we just had like, a decade of reckonings and realizations and stuff and I’m just, over it? Like, maybe I should just be happy he went so long not being one?
    • Sort of like treating a breakup of a long relationship as a success rather than a failure. We made it eight years, holy shit! I was a fan of Terry Gilliam for 30 years! And then he ended it by being shit. Not a bad run!
  • I started it in December, but my theme is friends. I want to strengthen my friendships and feel more connected to the people I care about.

Logbook, February 17-23, 2020

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • Uncut Gems, 2019 - ★★★★★ Adam Sandler punched the fucking Weeknd and it wasn’t even in the top 20 moments of this goddamn masterpiece of a heart attack.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), 2020 - ★★★★. If we must keep on with these at least can we make them more like this?

Video Games

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • I missed iTunes/Zune’s mini player on Windows. I figured Spotify was never going to add that. And they didn’t, but Microsoft did. In the Xbox Game Bar, you can setup Spotify, and it’ll give you this little mini player. It’s nice! https://t.co/GU1xTUkNUI
  • Hey, so I just cancelled my 12-month TTC pass. I’ve been using it for years, because I take it all the time and the math always works out. I’m cancelling because with a little effort, I feel like I can use this awful system just a little less.
  • Every Day, Toronto gets less cool https://t.co/naYFKHCGzq
  • Riding my bike this morning, I rode alongside a dude on a fat-wheeled electric skateboard that looked exactly like Carole’s from Carole & Tuesday https://t.co/DudJe1YpL6

Logbook, December 23-29, 2019

My Stuff

Articles

Movies

  • Stella Dallas, 1937 - ★★★★
  • The Apartment, 1960 - ★★★★★
  • Scrooged, 1988 - ★★½.
  • Ninja Scroll, 1993 - ★★★★.Me: wow, they sure don’t make them like this anymore. Demon Slayer: am I a joke to you?
  • Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, 2019 - ★½. Maybe cult leaders are bad.
  • Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, 2019 - ★★½. Sweet editing and lots of enthusiasm. Netflix isn’t bad at these 101-style docs.

TV Shows

Finished up Mandalorian. Binged the entirety of Letterkenny Season 8.

Video Games

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Astral Chain
  • Baba is You
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (2019)

Began playing Zelda and Baba is You. Both are great date games.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • Merry Christmas to all my bird friends 🎄
  • Man, Rogers. You had to just be exactly that South Park about cable companies, didn’t you.
  • https://t.co/aMLgIl3mwn
  • TickTick’s competitive scene is buried pretty deep but it’s there. #forglory #smash https://t.co/syCMjdO90o
  • What’s the German word for I want to publish this thing to the internet but I do not want anyone to see it let alone comment”
  • #Bujo people. You back up that thing before the end of the year, or is that like a mid-January lazy day task?

Logbook, December 16-22, 2019

My Stuff

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 2018 - ★★½. Lonely, heartbroken, aimless, beautiful, but very long and in no way interested in explaining itself. I dig this sort of thing but nobody else I know seems to, and I think they’re getting annoyed I keep clicking on stuff like this on Kanopy.
  • WarGames, 1983 - ★★. I think I might not like the 80s.

TV Shows

Caught up on Letterkenny. I want to make a few videos about that one. Began watching Oresuki. Not sure about that one.

Video Games

Finished Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’ll definitely have a blog post later on that one. Going to take January and maybe February off of video games. I really overdid it with Game Finishing Season.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • I’m basically never more a Karen than when I just grab a bag of grapes and then later I’m like, oh, seeds.
  • The update is a few months old now but I love the subtle UI updates to Kobo. Bold headers and bigger buttons are ⭐️ https://t.co/3IP2D8S1Mb
  • I’m all over the place with music, but I always tend to come back to The Soft Bulletin. It’s like, my home album. It re-centers me, and reminds me what I love about music. https://t.co/9QT3VX2dkl
  • I want Fire Emblem Three Houses’ UI as an app. Tell me how much energy I have, what quests need to get done, my friend score with everyone I know and how best to level that shit up.
  • The good Twitter https://t.co/xTspbLXrWe
  • Choose, choose the form of the Destructor #unionstation #toronto https://t.co/0qZ4bBAPcH
  • There’s only the Star Wars I like that you don’t, and the Star Wars you like that I don’t.
  • One of these years Fran’s Not Here will get on @nowtoronto’s best podcast list 😩

Logbook, December 9-15, 2019

My Stuff

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • The Irishman, 2019 - ★★★★½. I’ll be curious to see if Netflix’s affinity for AB testing things will seduce them into turning it into an 8-episode miniseries. That’s what I thought we might do, you know? Watch 30-40 minutes of it, do something else, sleep, whatever. We’d get back to it. 240 minutes later I’m writing this wondering at what point, exactly, I could have cut it. This one made me think about my grandpa a lot. Good long stories. He’s in Florida right now. Escaping the Canadian cold. Probably causing trouble.
  • Gambit, 1966 - ★★★. I loved the setup but hated the ending. Still, an effortless application of charm keeps it glued together.
  • The Biggest Bundle of Them All, 1968 - ★. It’s a bad movie, but 2am TCM picks can’t all be winners.

TV Shows

Almost caught up on Letterkenny. I might write up some thoughts on the show since it seems not many people are actually doing that? Speaking of having to write about a show, I finished Watchmen along with everyone else Sunday night. Holy hell, TV, stop being so good.

Video Games

I went a week without buying a video game on sale. Clap for that! I’ve been playing Fire Emblem Three Houses. I’m past the time skip, and I think I’m maybe the baddies? There’s a skull guy in the party.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • #affinitydesigner https://t.co/ctMYw6Gep8
  • I’ll take a Clue remake every two years and a Spider-Man every twenty instead of the other way around please
  • It’s like my prof’s always told me: if you never ask for 12 million dollars for AI tools for journalism, you’ll never get 12 million dollars for AI tools for journalism https://t.co/KV10sbWKXQ
  • I’m so mad about the thing only I understand and love.
  • My new standard of cool: I have no idea how you feel about Star Wars.
  • I’m getting big windows phone 7 series phones” energy from the new Xbox name. #XboxSeriesX
  • I liked Marriage Story a lot more when it was just a silly western in space with laser swords and not this whole thing.
  • You guys ever have a cutting board just go uhhhhhhh missing?
  • There’s probably not a better hangover show than Nailed It
  • #Watchmen https://t.co/n1dpH98jT7

Logbook, December 2-8, 2019

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My Stuff

Articles

Podcasts

The watch, Plus: an unspecified amount of time at the farm with Mando and Baby Yoda in last week’s The Mandalorian’ (37:57).

Movies

  • Satan Met a Lady, 1936 - ★½.

    I hate that this movie basically proves that we should remake stuff whenever we feel like.

TV Shows

Letterkenny S5, Watchmen S1, My Hero Academia S2

Video Games

So I bought the Sega Genesis collection on sale this week, which included a nutso amount of games:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Light Crusader
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Shining Force
  • Vectorman
  • Shining Force II
  • Gain Ground
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • Streets of Rage
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Golden Axe
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • Decap Attack
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Space Harrier II
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Golden Axe II
  • Comix Zone
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Flicky
  • Alien Soldier
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Columns
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Golden Axe III
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • VectorMan 2
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Alien Storm
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Landstalker
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Ristar
  • Crack Down
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Bio-Hazard Battle

And then Nintendo decided to update the SNES and NES collections:

  • Star Fox 2
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Crystalis
  • Breath of Fire II
  • JOURNEY TO SILIUS
  • Super Punch-Out!!

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • Okay I got all three Affinity apps. Now I just need to unlock the dark world to get the rest of the dungeons.
  • Getting from my apartment to work today https://t.co/aRJkmvsphR
  • Baby Yoda being so cute is blinding us to the fact that The Mandalorian has a Xena vibe. That’s not a bad thing, but it really feels like a 90s fantasy serial.
  • Mario: jumps, delight. Zelda: puzzles and swords, epic. Fire Emblem: item management, horny.
  • I hope whoever built the Spotify end-of-year story gets a raise. That was a flex.
  • On the other hand, listens to Discover Weekly, oh, hey, this sounds like Wilco, oh hey, this is Wilco, oh, hey, there was a new Wilco album this year? Huh.
  • Gettin all my scared spouses peloton’s.
  • I pay for the Peloton workout app thing. I don’t have the bike or the treadmill or the stocks in the public square. It’s expensive for a home workout app but it’s way better at not being boring. Every other workout app is a quiet room with a lonely man or a JPEG of a sit-up
  • At least the grift of peloton is front-facing. They want lots of money. Giving them the money and your heart rate and they’ll maybe choose your name mid-ride. The cult part isn’t subtext. It’s right there the first time you even try it.
  • We constantly joke about the other people in the filmed workout room. How’d they get there? Are they employees? Interns? The chosen? My guess is it’s a reward for 5000 workouts. Twenty minutes in the chamber.
  • I just want my iPhone XR to last as long as some people’s iPhone 6’s. Five years is a noble life for a secret tiny hand computer.

Logbook, November 24-Dec 1, 2019

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My Stuff

Articles

Podcasts

Movies

  • Midnight Cowboy, 1969 - ★★★½. You guys are pretty bad at everything huh.

TV Shows

Watchmen, Would I Lie To You S10, Letterkenny S5, The Mandalorian, Mr Robot, Bob’s Burgers S10

Video Games

I’m playing Fire Emblem: Three Heroes. But I took advantage of an eShop sale and picked up Ape Out, the Sega Genesis collection, and Transistor.

Youtube

Good Tweets

  • Sometimes I just want my doc to prescribe two levels of Monument Valley and three chapters of Vanity Fair.
  • A twoonie to the person who can take their iPhone out of a case without accidentally taking a screenshot.
  • iPhone 11 silicone case review: it fits my XR fine. It’s smaller and lighter than my moment case. The white looks good and will look good forever. I really worry about the naked bottom lip.
  • Of course guys love this movie. It has the word actually” in the title. https://t.co/2aZeVgQD72
  • That’s the Nintendo I know and love. #blackfriday #dealsdealsdeals https://t.co/fCqQgyTYtq
  • Apple TV says I can watch Season 4 of the Good Place since I have Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime says I need to subscribe to Stack. So I can watch The Good Place on Apple TV through Amazon through Stack TV. Except it’s also not allowed. This is the Bad Place. https://t.co/k0EhEGyEIW
  • #CAVALCADEOFLIGHTS #panorama #toronto #ghosts #skating https://t.co/qNqDQ3KvuU https://t.co/QKRBe7M2pb

Logbook, November 18-24, 2019

Articles:

Podcasts:

  • Radiolab: Breaking News. Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our most deeply held beliefs and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world.”

My stuff:

Good Tweets

  • Toronto Skyline, November 18, 2019 #nofilter #toronto #skyline #pink https://t.co/Cjf3OYRKqb https://t.co/lV2wOEe3ec
  • Has anyone ever spec’d out a computer, added it to a cart to check the tax/shipping, and then left it there for weeks, only to accidentally buy it when you pick up a case?
  • This good internet https://t.co/E6HSgbCazQ
  • It’s really my thirteenth anniversary on this hell site but sure. One year since I came back for the jokes. #MyTwitterAnniversary https://t.co/K5PfXVbMzk
  • I feel attacked from many vectors. https://t.co/TRoiBXk1ao
  • That’s such a petty reason to not make millions of dollars and I love it. https://t.co/DXYLM41bsE
  • My Surface Pro should loop through these on startup like the Mandalorian intro bumper. https://t.co/mf0ZarAp1t
  • So just everyone grew up with a piano except me huh https://t.co/UrEDy1etRQ
  • the end of the decade is folding in on itself and in a month we’ll find ourselves right back at 2000. https://t.co/SBJ8dpQA1q
  • I know everyone’s moved on, but I finally picked up Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Quickest of takes: the teaching parts are stressful because they on purpose give you no real time or resources to help these kids. That’s accurate!
  • There’s no way this works out well for me. https://t.co/Bz3sd28HAr
  • Why you gotta hit this podcasting cyclist so hard 😂 https://t.co/0K6Uxt68Z0
  • Disney+: baby yoda and your childhood. Apple TV+: Dickinson and space commies. Netflix: hold my wig. https://t.co/0i1vOZLCJ7
  • Here’s a not exactly low hanging fruit thing I’d like Apple to add to the iPhone someday: contextual home screens for different activities.

Logbook, November 11-17, 2019

The Society Dude

Articles:

Podcasts:

  • Why Everybody Needs Therapy, Licensed therapist John Kim (aka The Angry Therapist, author of I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck) discusses the stigma stopping many PoC to join therapy, the challenges of being vulnerable as a therapist, and how long it takes to get over a breakup.

Games:

NABOKI is a fun fidget cube of a puzzle game. https://t.co/dCFM1k1FIz

My Stuff:

Logbook, November 4-10, 2019

November 4, 2019

I watched Masahiro Sakurai’s Bizarre Approach to Final Bosses | Boss Battle Breakdown.

Game Finishing Season: Final Fantasy IX https://t.co/hfVWmrWiUk

I’m so proud of this series @activeadultmale and I have been doing. Our next one is Wednesday! It’s the art on the bottom right. Listen at https://t.co/6aVY9hgASL.

I read Work Sucks.

November 5, 2019

XKCD: Software Updates.

I read The Golden Age of TV Is Over.

If I were to recommend a computer for my mom https://t.co/RyecAoZ256 https://t.co/CMpBZ0r7Ae

Game Finishing Season: Chrono Trigger https://t.co/7JfhMbv6vv

November 6, 2019

October 2019 in photos https://t.co/bKitPk9og5

I read My Maximalist Lifehacks, and My Minimalist Lifehacks.

November 7, 2019

Game Finishing Season: Bye Bye Box Boy https://t.co/sGftl4V0Zh

I read Here’s How To Use A Bullet Journal For Better Mental Health, and recommend you read Media Accounting 101: Books, Apps, & Attention.

I read Watchmen Recap: The Great Beyond.

November 8, 2019

I bought some games in an eShop sale: Ape Out, The King of Fighters 2000, and The King of Fighters 97

November 9, 2019

I watched Spider-Man: Far from Home, 2019 - ★½. There’s a good idea here. A bad guy takes advantage of a hero vacuum using CGI because people have seen so much fake shit they can’t tell the difference anymore. This is a good idea. I hope someone uses it again in a good movie.

November 10, 2019

Podcast recommendations:

At November 10, 2019 at 10:00AM I went to Old Book and Paper Show.

I read The Case for Piracy in the Age of Streaming Domination.

Logbook, October 28-November 3, 2019

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October 28, 2019

Fran’s Not Here 43 - Doug https://t.co/13BE5LGllw

October 29, 2019

Exorcist fog. #toronto #iphonexr #weather https://t.co/bAFKtfwHOf https://t.co/LDmlvmSdvS

I watched Your Best American Girl.

God I miss Awl. https://t.co/u2Ww3ABQKS

I went to Therapy.

Meditation is harder with a cold.

I read The Magic Keyboard.

October 30, 2019

Every pundit. https://t.co/1UIjQNcy9q

The Simpsons grown-up Halloween song remains a banger.

I watched Parasite, 2019 - ★★★★½. I saw things coming until I didn’t. And then I did. And then I didn’t.

October 31, 2019

I watched Horror is the Best Genre (and here’s why).

Hey I loved that one https://t.co/dcp5wzZgEr

Evergreen tweet: https://t.co/5SOrbPx9Q9

November 1, 2019

It’s just going to rain forever https://t.co/PPE91Uyh29

#Danforth https://t.co/Tq7kguZD8P https://t.co/lCKoIzzxWe

Do we have enough streaming services now where we could just subscribe to them for one month each in the year?

I love @letterboxd https://t.co/3hC7lD3pv7

Cura, November 1, 2019 https://t.co/QIEL9IytV3

How dare I see the new Microsoft Surface Pro X at a store before @MKBHD has had it for three months and is ready to tell us what he thinks.

Why is this always true https://t.co/XBoT8C7tb2

I watched The Art of Self-Defense, 2019 - ★★★½. Devon Banks from 30 Rock definitely goes to this dojo.

I read What’s happening at Deadspin is a travesty.

November 2, 2019

At November 2, 2019 at 10:00AM I went to Haircut with Paula.

I watched Stan & Ollie, 2018 - ★★. Genuinely nice. Dull, but nice.

I read Toronto’s very dumb smart city” project.

November 3, 2019

I recommend you read It’s so much more than cooking.

Total play time #NintendoSwitch https://t.co/N8r3sTHmXb

Logbook, October 21-27, 2019

October 21, 2019

I watched Ash Is Purest White, 2018 - ★★★. You can just call it after she meets the Ancient Aliens guy. They live happier ever after in their x files fantasy. I accept no other ending.

Y’all I need three new Pokémon GO friends. 9280 3997 2713 add me if you haven’t already.

I read How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared. Sports graphics are the strangest things. What is that spinning core they’re always cutting to in between games? Who lives there?

October 22, 2019

this is a good meme. https://t.co/1Xfxfd7c2F

Logbook, October 14-20, 2019 https://t.co/W7aVv9RWer

Cura, October 22, 2019 https://t.co/0LkriHogdS

October 24, 2019

It’s no Shane McMahon showing up on Nitro, but this is pretty weird. #appletv #roku https://t.co/dmPQzHhuvz

I think I’m actually getting worse at finding gifts. That or the mall only sells three things now.

Do you have a relative on Facebook? Help them start a website or, even better, a newsletter. Get them off that shit. https://t.co/1zw5yetAez

Very cool single-serving page: Toronto Public Library Dashboard. You can see what books are being taken out on loan in real time.

October 25, 2019

Good morning Twitter dot website https://t.co/Hk3NqWNYyN

Things 3 is having some #ios13problems for me. Going to switch to TickTick for a bit to try out a new thing. Current home screen. https://t.co/Q7W1C32t17

October 26, 2019

I recommend you read The 2010s Have Broken Our Sense Of Time.

Halloween, face unlock’s greatest enemy. Can confirm, giant fake mustache too obviously fake for iPhone.

October 27, 2019

I read Riding the Unicorn and The Mainstream Media Is Not Playing Games.

Logbook, October 14-20, 2019

October 14, 2019

Actually pretty nice of the advanced voting booths to be open on a holiday.

Fran’s Not Here 42 - Dingling with the Dinguses https://t.co/gucqpPmbfi

October 17, 2019

I went to Therapy.

Look Into This, October 17, 2019 https://t.co/OVwub10R7o

2020 is going to bankrupt me. https://t.co/QQBu5Au0W8

October 18, 2019

I read Rejection is the norm for authors. So why do we hide it?, and The Ultimate Game Boy Clone Perfectly Plays Every Classic Handheld Game You Ever Loved.

I recommend you read The Things We Do for a Little Self-Preservation, and Ten keys to happier living.

October 19, 2019

I read Whiteness on the Couch.

October 20, 2019

I watched Things to Come, 1936 - ★. Rated on a 2019 curve, because the good guys” celebrate their win over the barbarian hordes by doing a shit ton of fracking. On the minus side, this is misogynist futurism at its baldest. On the plus side, this movie has amazing typography.

I read Enough Leaning In. Let’s Tell Men to Lean Out..

I recommend you read Healthy Living.

October 21, 2019

I watched Ash Is Purest White, 2018 - ★★★. You can just call it after she meets the Ancient Aliens guy. They live happier ever after in their x files fantasy. I accept no other ending.

Y’all I need three new Pokémon GO friends. 9280 3997 2713 add me if you haven’t already.

I read How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared.

Logbook, October 7-13, 2019

October 7, 2019

This whole series will be useful for people who think the 2010s didn’t have music. https://t.co/tXYoslZq8g

#sunset #iphonexr https://t.co/dDEJB7Hxan https://t.co/oRbnvllmtg

October 8, 2019

What are the non-cineplex theatres in Toronto that plays first run films? I really don’t want to support that company.

Anyways come to Fran’s Not Here, the podcast about Toronto and maybe Dream Daddy who knows.

Unsubscribing from, like, 50 youtube channels feels really good.

September 2019 in Photos https://t.co/5Nzo7zJfvG

October 9, 2019

We recorded Fran’s Not Here live.

October 10, 2019

I recommend this podcast - A Guide to Genres: Part 1.

Nokia Lumia 1020 https://t.co/dkEI5RBFAp. Lumia 1020 Photos https://t.co/miwvEB1GFp

I read New Productivity — Benedict Evans.

I read We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites.

I read How To Talk About Games With Someone Who Doesn’t Play Them.

October 11, 2019

I read Mental Health Is for Rich People, A little poison never hurt anybody, and Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore.

October 13, 2019

I recommend you read I Microwave This Pillow Every Day, and Then Fall Asleep.

I read Writing is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence.

Logbook, September 30-October 6, 2019

September 30, 2019

I watched The Favourite, 2018 - ★★★★. I feel like there must be an alternate ending somewhere where they get to kill each other with Karate.

I read Things I’ve Learned: Jim Jarmusch, and The Creators of Untitled Goose Game Just Wanted to Make a Funny Game About a Goose.

October 1, 2019

I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion - Hope & Despair, and read Apple Arcade is a home for premium games that lost their place on mobile, and I Am The Horrible Goose That Lives In The Town.

October 2, 2019

Microsoft held an event. Here were my tweets:

  • totally unexpected and fantastic stuff. https://t.co/OYluMuH1uO
  • Microsoft is just tossing heavyweight stuff around. The earbuds seem silly (powerpoint slide gestures?) but everything else looks so solid.
  • Oh hey Adobe Fresco coming to windows. Figured it would at some point, but it’s been iPad-only so far
  • I don’t care what it’s actually called, that’s Courier
  • This is the computer I’ve been waiting for all decade https://t.co/EOMJF5GULw
  • So I’ll be getting a new computer in 12 months
  • Hello gorgeous. https://t.co/clz2OpQ30o
  • Shit, there’ more??
  • Oh fuck, Windows Phone lives. Someone check on Sawyer.
  • Am I going to buy a Windows Phone in the 2020s https://t.co/DhSuz9ZMH2
  • They’re literally feeding us a Windows Phone in 2019 fuck https://t.co/6Z2UevuTdh
  • I went from Do I need a computer” to What kind of new computer fits me specifically” very fast this morning. https://t.co/pti6ABn1yG
  • One more cool thing from today. The embargo on impressions articles and videos seemed to lift the second the event ended. So there’s all this press to go along with it. Slick.
  • I’m guessing there won’t be a Surface Go 2
  • This was the hardware keynote of the year.

October 3, 2019

I recommend this podcast - [Microsoft’s Panos Panay unfolds the Surface Duo](https://overcast.fm/+QN1ocr07g

Ezra Furman is my favorite singer https://t.co/xPfbRLxAQl

I went to Therapy .

October 4, 2019

My Wordperfect files from college agree with this. https://t.co/fXyWGDciRi

I added One-year plus magazine subscription | Monocle to my wishlist I read What Do Guys Keep in Their Backpacks?.

I read Grindstone’ Is a Perfect Puzzler to Showcase Apple Arcade’s Promise.

I went to The Rocky Horror Show with my friend Chris Tsujiuchi playing the lead :)

October 6, 2019

I read Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans.

Logbook, September 23-29, 2019

##September 23, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Ends of Evangelion.

People who own a Nintendo switch: have you ever broken off a joycon and handed it to another person in a public place?

At JFL42, I saw Ron Funches.

September 24, 2019

I can’t buy Links Awakening until I finish Chrono Trigger, he said in 1995 and 2019.

There’s a setting in the new iPhone software that makes it so calls outside your contact list simply don’t ring. It’s brilliant. It stopped robots from bothering me this many times in just the past few days. https://t.co/Fc3SWKaUPn

At JFL42, I saw Michelle Wolf and Byron Bowers.

September 25, 2019

I read Math Work, Do Some Guys Really Run Hot’?, The Triumph of the Walled Garden, You Don’t Drink Scotch”: An Appreciation of Scrubs’ and the Inimitable Dr. Cox, When Getting Tied in Knots Becomes Therapeutic, and The Cancel Culture” Con.

I watched Of Course You’ve Messed Up and loved it.

September 26, 2019

At JFL42, I saw Ricky Valez.

I went to Huy Lam’s solo exhibition, Confluence. Such great stuff.

September 27, 2019

Hey I’m feeling tired and cranky let’s spend time on the tweeting website.

I bought a video game: Theatrerythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call

The aquarium gave up on Octoberfest music and has just been playing Fatboy Slim A-sides for the last 30 minutes.

September 28, 2019

What a brave boy #linksawakening #amiibo #zelda https://t.co/K71uwBxiuq https://t.co/9uNDRuby57

I watched Parasite Eve The Cinematic RPG.

September 29, 2019

I read The Seething Stand-Up Underground That Gave Rise to Shane Gillis, The Good Place’ Season 4 Will Quietly Cure Your Political Fatigue, Lift Weight, Not Too Much, Most of the Days, Going Up, and We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.

Fran’s Not Here 41 - 10th Anniversary https://t.co/VVDXMkK3Kh

Logbook, September 16-22, 2019

September 16, 2019

Apple Arcade thoughts:

  • Huh. Apparently I can try Apple Arcade already.

  • First thought: why would you launch with this many games? This is too many games. Second thought: these games look like free iOS games.

  • I’m sure there’s something here that makes them better, but it sure isn’t in the descriptions and screenshots.

  • What’s worse, the screenshots and descriptions look like rip offs. This game looks like it’s trying to be the cards from Slay the Spire with the hair from The Witcher 3. https://t.co/hTIlzcUuAC

  • Like, we get it. You like Breath of the Wild. https://t.co/i9r8kFNbZf

  • I was going to knock this one for looking too much like Bravely Default but it’s actually by square so I guess that’s fine. https://t.co/C7nDhjBB4a tweet of the decade. https://t.co/3G9EeL2yu9

  • I am honestly surprised that Sonic 2 isn’t an Apple Arcade game.

  • I am less surprised that Square Enix’s game is taking 15 years to download.

  • I bought a video game: Assemble

    still got it. #SNES #NintendoSwitch https://t.co/CDFu2tct9w

September 17, 2019

Screams in Kenneth Parcel https://t.co/nROLHAnTkJ. I love Peacock as a name.

I went to Therapy.

September 18, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Randall Munroe, the genius behind XKCD,

Cura, September 16, 2019 https://t.co/2ztCJ7ArQJ

I read Double Dragon’s perpetual damsel isn’t taking any shit in the new River City game.

I read watchOS 6: The BirchTree Review.

September 19, 2019

JFL42 - I went to Todd Barry.

I read Travel Adventures Through Other People’s Instagram Stories.

September 20, 2019

The internet got ruined when we all started using our real names. The only people I still enjoy on social media are all queer nerds going by Pokemon handles. Legit my first email was Raichu” with a number and I should have just stuck with it.

I read Justin Trudeau Has Never Been The Progressive Darling You Thought He Was.

JFL42 - I went to Nicole Byer.

September 21, 2019

I read What Is the Right Amount of Time to Spend on Your Phone?.

JFL42 - I went to Esther Povitsky.

Mosley loves gifts https://t.co/jos5q9jjfy https://t.co/LCPJxh2e6V

I read Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free.

JFL42 - I went to John Mulaney & Pete Davidson.

I watched Japanese City Pop and the Rise of Future Funk.

September 22, 2019

I read Chris Tsujiuchi on redefining Frank N’ Furter as transcendent.

Logbook, September 9-15, 2019

September 9, 2019

I watched My Aftercare Routine & Essentials.

Logbook, September 2-8, 2019 https://t.co/sJFmOOzENz

I recommend this podcast - Ep.293 - Bruce McCulloch, CANADALAND

Thirty Helens agree that The Kids in the Hall was a watershed moment not just for Canadian comedy, but for comedy as we know it. Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC.

I read AI Is Coming for Your Favorite Menial Tasks.

I read Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 7, 2019).

I read Apparently No-One Wants to Live in Rural Lesbian Utopias Anymore :  What the Hell is Going on With Brexit?! : Vaping Is Causing Lung-Related Illnesses.

I read Kill Your Childhood Idols: Why Nostalgia Sucks.

I recommend you read A Good Place: Every Noise at Once does its darnedest to create order out of chaos.

I recommend you read furialog.

September 10, 2019

My tweets from the #AppleEvent:

  • When are these games coming to Switch though? #porteverythingtoswitch #AppleEvent
  • Lots of ladies on stage at the #appleevent today :)
  • I have a 1 Hz. Refresh rate after lunch. #AppleEvent
  • Is that Michael Cera doing the voiceover for the Apple Watch video? #AppleEvent
  • So many ways they could have gone with purple. I’m glad they went more lavender than joker. #appleevent
  • Seeing a game like this in the palm of your hand” means a tad less when the Switch has been out for 2 years #AppleEvent
  • This video of unprotected iPhones infinitely falling is seriously anxiety-inducing #AppleEvent
  • That’s a lot of computer for playing frogger #AppleEvent
  • It’s sorta fun when Apple hands their new toys to professionals, but it’d be way more fun if they contrasted it by giving it to someone who had literally never used a video camera before. #AppleEvent
  • They’re not going to close the show with Apple retail are they? #AppleEvent.
  • Is the iPhone 11 going to be the next Smash fighter?

September 11, 2019

Come to the Free Times Cafe in Toronto around 6pm tonight for a live performance of Fran’s Not Here! Who knows which ludicrously-famous celebrities may show up? #tiff #dontcomehere #toronto #tomhanks #guysitwontbetomhanks #butmaybe #nodontgivethemhope

Fran’s Not Here 40 - The Toronto Goodbye https://t.co/5aYqgdPwsF

September 13, 2019

I read [Blogroll keepers #2, (https://ift.tt/2Ne5ckN) Hustlers (2019),m and Lesser Known Love Languages.

September 13, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Regional Knife Law.

I read The Yorkville Swindler: How Albert Allan Rosenberg scammed his way into high society.

I read Sprawling out.

September 14, 2019

Do half a thing, open twitter tab, not knowing why, ever.

I watched REJECTED by DON HERTZFELDT (Blu-ray restoration).

I watched Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, 2018 - ★★★.

September 15, 2019

I wish I was better at audio editing. I’ve been making podcasts for 15 years. I’ve improved, but not at the rate I’d like.

I read John Mulaney Is More Than a Funny Guy in a Suit and Tie.

Logbook, September 2-8, 2019

September 2, 2019

I read What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet.

September 3, 2019

Four #podcasts , four very different title styles. ⁦ https://t.co/3xuUZICmxe

You’ve got to have freedom to Ape Out https://t.co/oFInfYG55E

Logbook, August 26-September 1, 2019 https://t.co/FFVCtGVj9j

I went to Therapy .

September 4, 2019

shhhhh, it’s okay. it’s okay. There’s a new Fran’s Not Here https://t.co/qC2mfMR2sx

Fran’s Not Here 39 - 2007 https://t.co/7XStuQCTN3

Peloton after 3 months https://t.co/LFAVU2hJrG

I watched The Valley of Gwangi, 1969 - ★. Let this be a lesson to you, ladies. Never tell Ken Doll about your tiny horse.

I read Journaling.

September 5, 2019

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! https://t.co/NDm2UssOZb

I recommend you read Magic Eraser Juice.

tfw when you see a listing in the print version of @nowtoronto for our upcoming show.

Come see us live! https://t.co/QUJlfDhoVl

September 6, 2019

I read FXs It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Takes an Unlikely Path to TV History.

Logbook, August 26-September 1, 2019

August 26, 2019

I added Canon EF 40/2.8 STM Standard Lens, Black: Canon: Amazon.ca: Camera & Photo to my wishlist.

I recommend you read Writing is Easy Work, but Nothing Lasts Forever.

New writing workflow https://t.co/fexkHhuAMw

I watched The Curse of Evangelion.

August 27, 2019

New fave XKCD: How to Send a File.

Writers: you ever just dictate into your headphones out in public like a crazy person?

Movies I’d show in the office if such an occasion arose https://t.co/mNLG7CMTAr

August 28, 2019

I went to Therapy.

August 29, 2019

I read When Your Boss Is Also Your Boyfriend, Neon Genesis Evangelion”—“Rebuild of Evangelion”: It’s Happening Again, Astral Chain: The Kotaku Review, Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986, and Peloton Is a Phenomenon. Can It Last?.

More accurate iPhone names, 2019 https://t.co/XYgLKWs0Rd

August 30, 2019

I added The classic and understated Caran d’Ache ballpoint pen, made from aluminium, exclusively features the Monocle and Caran d’Ache logos and will give you about 8,000 metres of gentle handwriting pleasure. Trust the Swiss to develop a pen of pinpoint accuracy and appeal that’s perfectly balanced, weighted and considered. Its hexagonal profile signifies its heritage, with the company name being a play on words based on the Russian term for pencil”. to my wishlist

August 31, 2019

I went to The Ex. I did not win at Ex Bingo.

September 1, 2019

Absolutely nothing.

Logbook, August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August 19

Logbook, August 12-18, 2019 https://t.co/pLXqkekVie

I recommend this episode of Kotaku Splitscreen: How To Avoid Internet Distractions.

Cura, August 15, 2019 https://t.co/UpXAXKXMyJ

Creating a Recommended podcast episodes” Airtable that updates with iOS Shortcuts https://t.co/cWzDUOp36y

August 20, 2019

I read Travel / Walking Gear. God, Craig Mod owns nice stuff.

Fran’s Not Here 38 - Three Hours https://t.co/2MDgpbUK3C

I read You’ve got to write… A 33 step guide on how to write..

I recommend this podcast - You are a computer Athlete,

I recommend you read You’ve got to write… A 33 step guide on how to write..

I read I Hate These Chairs.

August 21, 2019

So there’s lots of good tech podcasts that hover around Apple. Are there any good ones with different companies at its center? I feel a little bored with Apple punditry.

The video for Normani - Motivation is straight out of the mid-90s in terms of not only r&b but the three-dance structure of a pop video. Great throwback song.

I watched Where Zombies Come From.

I read Fun Economic Facts.

August 22, 2019

I added Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch to my wishlist

I rated When Tomorrow Comes, 1939 - ★½. There’s an off-screen Donald Duck cameo for no reason at all and It’s all I’ve thought about since.

I watched Miike Snow - Genghis Khan (Official Video).

I read Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap.

I recommend you read Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap.

I read Advice on writing, In defense of reading the same book over and over again, and The age of comfort TV: why people are secretly watching Friends and The Office on a loop.

August 23, 2019

Instead of making new Spiderman flicks, couldn’t we just release Into the Spiderverse every eight months until people actually watch it?

Some have told me I’m too controversial’ to have an athleisure line” is my new drag name. https://t.co/Xz6K6wYS3T

I recommend this podcast - http://dobyfriday.com/146,

Ever wish you could retweet two tweets at once? @infinite_scream @lmatsakis https://t.co/7OG1qqn0da

Real effective there, do not disturb. #iOS13 https://t.co/xxeqMME4zY

I recommend this podcast - The Secret Life of Alex Goldman.

I watched Broadway Melody of 1940, 1940 - ★★½. Maybe don’t put a juggler girl that good in your first act if you want us to pay attention to anything afterwards. The movie should have ended with the love triangle all getting fired and having Frank Morgan bring her back to juggle into the credits. It would have paid off the crazy antics and tied the whole thing in a bow.

August 24, 2019

I watched Myra Breckinridge, 1970 - ★★★★. The letterboxd average for this movie is crazy. An almost equal amount of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 star reviews.

I read Every productivity thought I’ve ever had, as concisely as possible.

August 25, 2019

Afternoon Tea at Old Mill Toronto for 3.

Logbook, August 12-18, 2019

Monday, August 12

I read Read Look Think 161. So glad to see this link blog back.

I recommend you read How a Parry Saved Street Fighter: 20 Years of 3rd Strike and It’s A Good Time For A Street Fighter III Revival.

I wrote a quick review of the Apple USB 3 to Lightning Camera Adapter https://t.co/Uw94w1k9Eh

I recommend you read On the Troubling Subtext of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Why can’t we just call things unkind?.

Tuesday, August 13

I went to Therapy.

Wednesday, August 14

I added Metal Gear Solid by Ashly and Anthony Burch — Boss Fight Books to my wishlist

Thursday, August 15

I read What Are You Secretly Good At?. I read What’s the Most Memorable Thing a Therapist Ever Told You?.

Friday, August 16

I read Mastery.

I had family in town so I became a bit of a Toronto tourist. I took them on a tour of the waterfront on the Kajama, a ship I used to work on in college as a DJ. Then we hit up the distillery district, followed by dinner at Superpoint.

I read What Fire Emblem: Three Houses Gets Right (And Wrong) About Teaching, and The best $20,000 I ever spent: Starbucks every day of my adult life, and Siri, Privacy, and Trust.

Saturday, August 17

More Toronto tourist stuff with fam. Frans for breakfast, then St Lawrence market, Chinatown, Sonic boom, Graffiti alley, and Kensington, with stops in Longboard Living, Ozzy’s burgers, and Ronnie’s.

We put on our third Glamdrunk movie night, this time showing off 1976’s The Ritz.

Sunday, August 18

We went to see Scott Pilgrim on the big screen at The Royal. Bryan Lee O Malley was there to introduce the movie!

Logbook, August 4-11, 2019

I’m changing up the logbook to weekly because daily is a lot. It’s not that it was hard to make, but it’s not great to have to read.

August 4, 2019

Never underestimate Toronto’s ability to underwhelm with a live event.

Played a round of Ping Pong King.

Went on a date.

August 5, 2019

I read Three Kinds of Writing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master in the shadow of the Intellectual Dark Web’, and Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 23–24: Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

I went to bed around 11:06 pm.

August 6, 2019

oookay getting off twitter until everyone’s had their 30-50 shots with this joke. exactly. https://t.co/wycI2rsuYd

if twitter were around in the 30s we’d be making jokes about silly things right wingers do instead of stopping them.

Like we are now. https://t.co/DB2pLBRIz8

I took the TTC.

I read For a Better Marriage, Act Like a Single Person, and How Can I Train Myself to Want Less Stuff?.

I wrote a blog about Animal Crossing New Leaf https://t.co/1fFhHuIc7V

According to https://t.co/pdCbw2KpBw, the past even one generation back is just the worst forever.

This episode of Call Her Daddy was a riot

Walked right by this for five years, only saw it today for the first time. Near twenty years in Toronto, still finding pretty stuff. https://t.co/mAfHxv3Y5c https://t.co/FSweSdK1NQ

August 9, 2019

Can I be in one of those Ancestry.ca ads? I thought there’d at least be something non-english in there. But nope. All white. Literally the whitest. Goddamn basic vanilla frap white.”

I made a mixtape: Cura, August 8, 2019 https://t.co/DMqYZSP6An

I watched In the Soup, 1992 - ★★.

August 10, 2019

I went to The Summit, an all-women’s wrestling show. Summerslam was this weekend and it attracted a number of indie shows. The last time I went to summerlam in Toronto I stopped watching WWE for nearly five years. So yeah. I went to a great women’s show this morning instead. Here’s the photos

I read Bye-Bye iPad.

August 11, 2019

I wrote up this thing, which does take a minute. I embedded all those wrestling photos into the Summit posts. Caught up on the G1. Sent some invoices, did some mic tests for the upcoming Fran’s Not Here live show on Wednesday. Computers are hard!

Logbook, August 1, 2019

I woke up around 6:51 am. I took the TTC.

While the rest of my G1 prediction bracket is totally shot, I did pick Okada and Moxley as finalists. Feel pretty good about that one. Guys I was 100% wrong about: I thought Takagi, ZSJ, Sanada, and Fale would do way better than they are. The one I was most off was Jay White. I had him getting 10 points. Didn’t realize it was CHAOS revenge-time. Taichi vs White. The immovable slime vs the unstoppable grease. I love bad guy fights.Night 12 might be the GOAT.

I watched Why Does Celeste Feel So Good to Play? | Game Maker’s Toolkit.

Played a round of Ping Pong King.

Hello Darkness My Old Friend https://t.co/h9XFoFdUS8

I took the TTC.

Trying to get off a subway while nobody moves out of the doorway. It’s like the city collectively forgot the lessons gifted to us by Ludacris.

Played a round of Ping Pong King.

Went on a date.

I went to bed around 10:31 pm.

I recommend you read Amazon Kindle Oasis Review: Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy an E-Reader. I agree with just about everything in this review. 1: You don’t need an expensive Kindle, or even a Kindle. Any recent eink device is great for the purpose of unplugging and reading stuff on the web, but away from eye-straining light.

Logbook, July 31, 2019

I woke up around 6:31 am.

YouTube videos where people are like can I go a whole week with this $1000 computer instead of a $2000 computer.” Like, yeah. You can. You can get by on a $2 notebook fellas. Your privilege is super showing. The iPad Challenge” makes me upset.

I went to Therapy.

I took the TTC. Played a round of Ping Pong King.

I recommend Back to Work 436: Better Than a Lipstick. It’s, as they say, one of the good ones. Choice advice: You’re not making errors. You’re adding information.”

I went to bed around 10:28 pm.

I read Dark mode isn’t as good for your eyes as you believe. Read it on my Kobo, not a computer. I use Pocket because it shoots articles on the web to my Kobo because eink is better on the eyes than even really good true tone dark mode. Besides, the real dark mode is the friends we made along the way.

Logbook, July 30, 2019

I woke up around 6:53 am.

I’m Ping Pong King is my favorite I’ve got one minute” iPhone game lately. https://t.co/VVSC2TNrVS

Only took 15 years but I finally lost a Nintendo DS stylus.

I took the TTC.

I watched Why do People Mix Lofi and Vaporwave?.

I watched What’s the Best Position to Sleep in? Do we even need a Pillow?.

I read Fire Emblem Is Slowly Improving Its Same-Sex Romance Options.

I read When hell isn’t other people.

Beat the second last dungeon in Link to the Past. Caught up on Demon Slayer.

I didn’t write. Tuesday’s usually my writing night.

I went to bed around 11:00 pm.

Logbook, July 29, 2019

I woke up at 5:42 am. I slept really well. Finally. It’s been weeks.

I read This Week in Sex: Pegging, the Orgasm Gap & Awkward Sex.

XKCD of the week: When I’m Back at a Keyboard.

Just in case you’re down today, remember that we live in a time when we can just watch the Steiners vs Muta/Sting whenever we want. https://t.co/T2w2ktiEev

I read The Pirates Strike Back.

I recommend you read How We Helped Our Reporters Learn to Love Spreadsheets.

I took the TTC.

I recommend this podcast

I love this. https://t.co/RDKEyRMNeO

Beat the ice palace in Link to the Past. Watched some Seinfeld.

I went to bed around 11:34 pm.

Logbook, July 25, 2019

I woke up at 8:08 am. I took the TTC.

I watched Replacing My iPhone With An Apple Watch. This is something I’ve thought about a lot, but I’m waiting for a version of the watch that’s actually built to replace my phone, as opposed to a proof of concept with lots of caveats. I recommend you read 20 Years of Blogging: What I’ve Learned. I read Fire Emblem: Three Houses: The Kotaku Review.

Grabbed coffee with Romy. She just moved close to where I work, so it’s easier to hang out.

Forgot my headphone dingus at work. Lame. Figured out some ftp stuff. Watched some more of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

I went to bed around 10:21 pm.

Logbook, July 24, 2019

I woke up at 5:47 am. Fiddled with the Apple podcasts app for video rss.

I recommend you read Use a Reverse To-Do List to Record Everything You’ve Done. This logbook is my attempt to do exactly this, largely by automating things I do on my phone and computers.

I read Breaking Down the Familiar Faces and New Reveals of the Powerful Star Trek: Picard Trailer. Lots of nerdiness here.

I recommend you read Fast Software, the Best Software.

I took the TTC.

Tried watching some recommended anime. Blue Exorcist (bad), and Fairy Tail (worse).

Felt crappy all night. Fell asleep early but had a terrible night’s sleep.

Logbook, July 23, 2019

I woke up at 6:55 am.

I took the TTC.

There aren’t enough Mitchell and Webb gifs. Might need to fix that for the world.

I recommend you read Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds and Humans aren’t designed to be happy — so stop trying.

I built a TV I’m currently watching” section in Airtable. You can find it in my About section.

So @annfriedman not only kills it with newsletters, her Spotify playlists slap.

Holy crap: The Shining LEGO - Trailer.

I went to Writing Night. I finished a short story.

I went to bed around 9:54 pm.

I recommend you read Everyone Is Miserable: Here’s What We Can Do About It. I read The Video Game Industry Can’t Go On Like This.

Logbook, July 22, 2019

I woke up around 5:40.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes.

Last year, I tried reading only authors that identified as femme. This year, I did it without even noticing. What is it about masculine writers I find so instinctively unappealing?

I added Study Girl’s Mug to my pinterest wishlist.

I took the TTC.

I did about 20 minutes of yoga. Watched Demon Slayer and How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?, which is pretty damned silly.

I recommend you read Snoopy taught me how to be a writer, and What If the Aliens Are Hot?.

I went to bed around 10:02 pm. I fell asleep around 1.

Logbook, July 21, 2019

Woke up around 10.

Chore day. Had to cancel a few things on account of the heat warning. Felt a little bad about that.

Worked on my Italy vacation Airtable. Started playing I’m Ping Pong King on iOS. Collected some more moons in Odyssey. Tried some new anime’s. None stuck.

I read Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing. I recommend you read Collective sweat. I read What sex feels like for men, women and transgender people. I read Against Style Guides — Sort Of. I recommend you read Fast Software, Paid Newsletters, Novels.

I went to bed around 9:45.

Logbook, July 20, 2019

I woke up at 9.

Ibushi and Sanada are too handsome. Watched some G1.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes. I watched some anime, and Fosse Verdon. Made a new budget. Relaxed.

Took the TTC. Played A Link to the Past.

Watched both Terminator movies (there are only 2 Terminator movies).

Took the TTC.

Went to bed around 1.

Logbook, July 20, 2019

I woke up at 9.

Ibushi and Sanada are too handsome. Watched some G1.

I worked out for 20:00 minutes. I watched some anime, and Fosse Verdon. Made a new budget. Relaxed.

Took the TTC. Played A Link to the Past.

Watched both Terminator movies (there are only 2 Terminator movies).

Took the TTC.

Went to bed around 1.

Logbook, July 18, 2019

I woke up at 5:40. I slept in instead of working out.

How Hacking Works. I read Game Therapy: Animal Crossing & Anxiety. I watched Will Ospreay tear it up Kota Ibushi during Night 5 of the G1.

I did a bunz trade on the way to work. Took the subway. Was going to bike but it was going to feel like 45 today.

I finished Pleasure Activist and thought it was okay, but clearly a collection of blog posts instead of, say, a book. The ideas are wonderful but scattershot. As a guy who published a couple of blog-post-books, I will say being on the reading end of it just never feels right.

I took the TTC.

I went to Therapy.

I watched a few episodes of Barry.

I went to bed at 9:49.

Logbook, July 17, 2019

Last night, I read We tell ourselves conspiracy theories in order to live, How I practice at what I do, and Karrueche Tran Is Ready to Land on Top.

I recommend you read The Watch That Went to the Moon.

I woke up at 5:40. I worked out for 14 minutes.

I worked on my Italy Airtable. I did a BUNZ trade. I played some Pokémon Go. I watched Stephen Colbert sign This Year’ with the Mountain Goats. I took the TTC. I played some Mario Odyssey.

I’m begging to not believe stories by default. That’s probably not good but here we are. I only want to see reports with actual evidence, no click bait, and reliable sources.

Twitters probably not a good place for any of that.

I read Everything happens so much. I read Alexander Chee on What Writing Parties Reveals About Characters. I read Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.

I recommend you read Everything happens so much.

I went to bed at 11:06.

Logbook, July 16, 2019

I was up at 6:12. I worked out for 7:08 minutes. I collected some moons in Mario Odyssey. I read Love Island Is Trash. But the World Is Burning Down, So I’m Hooked.. I recommend you read I Bought Smart’ Lights to Help Me Wake Up to Work Out, And I Can’t Wait to Get Rid of Them. I tweeted: Step 1: Run a link blog for years. Step 2. Run a”dead link checker“. Step 3: cry.” I wrote about Keeping a Logbook. I added dates and pictures to my completed games Airtable view. I wrote for two hours with my Tuesday writing group. I updated my Italy Trip airtable with location information and eliminated a few ideas. I watched the fifth episode of Good Omens. I did some yoga. Was in bed by 10:30.

Keeping a Logbook

Here’s an old link. On Keeping a Logbook by Austin Kleon:

But more importantly, keeping a simple list of who/what/where means I write down events that seem mundane at the time, but later on help paint a better portrait of the day, or even become more significant over time. By sticking to the facts” I don’t pre-judge what was important or what wasn’t, I just write it down.

I do this in a few places. I write in a bullet journal every day. I knock tasks off with Things 3. I collect links for this blog. But there’s nowhere where all of these things get collected.

I’m building a machine.

in iOS13, there’s a greatly expanded set of automations in the shortcuts app. It may enable me to make a logbook of all the things I do on my phone. And since my phone is my primary computer, it’ll go a long way to automatically log my day. Here’s some of the things I’m trying to build:

  • an export of the Things 3 logbook
  • whenever I play a game
  • when I buy a game
  • whenever I like a youtube video.
  • when I wake up/go to work/eat/etc.
  • calendar events
  • how long and how well I slept
  • what I read and watched
  • what I said on social media and this blog.

Apps I’ll be using

  • iOS Shortcuts
  • IFTTT
  • Day One
  • Airtable
  • Dropbox

These posts will be called Logbook [date]”. I don’t know if these are things I’ll actually publish openly or not. Maybe the first few. We’ll see how it goes.