Today is Today, September 11, 2020
I’m on my third try of attempting to “get” Notion. I see the appeal, but I’m still not sure it works for how I work. In theory, it could replace a bunch of apps I use, like Airtable, Bobby, some of OneNote, Microsoft to do, and Streaks. Apps are beginning to do more things, though, and I wonder if that’s a response to a) nobody wanting yet another app on top of things, so now we’ve entered this phase where they have to begin eating one another, and b) it being nearly 15 years into our current model of computer software.
I actually leapt in excitement over seeing that Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game is coming to Switch. I owned it on my Xbox 360, but the license expired at some point, meaning it wasn’t re-downloadable. So many great beat-em-ups in the past are lost relics because of licensing expirations (TMNT and the Spider-Man SNES games, especially). This game is a joy and I’m so happy it’ll be on a modern console. I mean, just look at it:
Seeing this trailer reminded me of a task that’s been gathering dust: getting rid of my old Xbox 360. It’s been plugged into my bedroom TV for years but I’ve barely touched it. It really feels like that era is over and done with now. If I ever want to play those games, all I really need to do is buy a new Xbox. 99% of the games I owned digitally for the 360 will just download and run. So I learned how to do a factory reset, which is almost a game-like side quest in and of itself.
Chris Gethard’s “Career Suicide” hit me like a sack of doorknobs. I’ve seen him in bit parts for years, and felt he had a star turn being interviewed for Class-Action Park. I hadn’t seen his stand-up from a few years ago and did not know what I was getting into. It’s very funny, but so dark. It’s a suicide-and-depression story that hit me really close. At one point, he talks about going off his medication and having a good few years. I feel like I’m at that stage myself. I haven’t seen my therapist in a while and I feel good and stable. The pandemic has had a strangely calming effect on my life. The only real anxiety I get now is when I think about what comes next.
One thing that would be nice would be to see some progress on environmental crisis in my lifetime. This video of San Francisco is beautiful but incredibly scary.