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2021 August

  • Your task lists / to-do lists should be broken down so that individual tasks are as small as possible. Smaller tasks make it easier to overcome the initial laziness / inertia before starting any sort of work. This is especially relevant to me as a lazy person. Goofing around with smaller tasks might seem like you're putting off the bigger, more important things to do, but accomplishing a series of smaller tasks can give you enough momentum to tackle the bigger problems. It helps you get into the 'flow' necessary to tackle bigger things. Focusing exclusively on the bigger tasks

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  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021) This is the fifth film in the series. Previously. The film is based on the manga story arc that covers Kenshin's time as an assassin during the fall of the shogunate, 10 years before the main story of the RK manga and anime. Basically the same storyline as the Trust and Betrayal OVA. Except it doesn't cover the earliest part of Kenshin's story - I was hoping Hiko Seijuro would make an appearance, so that's a bit disappointing. It's still weird that this came last after the fourth film The Ending, since chronologically it should

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  • Skyfall (2012) Bond film no. 23, Daniel Craig's third. I watched this in the theaters back in 2012, so this is the last rewatch of my James Bond run. Back then my main complaint was that Bond's plan in the last thirty minutes of the movie was terrible. The same complaint stands even now, especially given the eventual outcome of that plan. Make no mistake: the entire defending the house sequence is one of the best things about the movie from an action standpoint, but tactically it was terrible. The whole film is basically a swan song for Judi Dench's

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  • (Note: This post was written March 28th, 2022 after I did the Neon Dynasty Limited Recap, but the publish date is back-dated to right after the last MTGAFR post) Adventures in the Forgotten Realms limited stats! Events Win Loss Total Winrate Total 19 61 50 111 0.5495 With splash 1 18 18 36 0.5 By Main Colors UW 1 1 3 4 0.25 UB 1 7 2 9 0.7778 RW 3 9 8 17 0.5294 BW 1 7 1 8 0.875 BR 6 22 16 38 0.5789 UG 1 4 3 7 0.5714 RG 2 2 6 8 0.25 UR

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  • Had some trouble thinking about what I wanted to write for this year's birthday post. And while I was thinking about it I accidentally published an empty draft of this post earlier today. Sounds about right. I like to consider myself an optimist, but it's been a challenging 365 days. We are still very much in the throes of a pandemic, threatening to overrun our vaccine defense with mutated variants. The entire twelve months since the last birthday have been spent in quarantine. The world is burning, experiencing record levels of heat. The internet is dominated by big silos that

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  • First, the spoiler-free review: On Aug. 6, 2021, 6:27 p.m. I wrote: THE SUICIDE SQUAD spoiler-free review: great, fun, violent, hilarious, possibly best of DCEU so far trailers have spoiled waaaay too much of this movie first act was ok, second act felt a bit meh, third act was great hard to comment on actor performances without spoiling things, but Daniela Melchior was great and Idris Elba took the role seriously there is a post-credits scene Full review on the blog later Second: I have to say, titling it "The Suicide Squad" is super annoying especially for anyone who does

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  • I read this quote from Twitter recently that I really liked: Blogging is creating async read access to your brain. Highly recommend. -- @brian_lovin I feel like this is very true for me because a lot of the time, I write posts in an unfiltered, stream-of-consciousness manner, so in many ways it is in fact a direct look at how I think (barring the limitations of language of course). Basically a documentation of thought processes. More often than not the beneficiary of that documentation is myself, or at least, a future version of me; but having a blog also gives

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  • Bond film no. 22, Daniel Craig's second outing. I actually watched this back in 2008, but apparently I wasn't super impressed (and I wish I wrote more back then lol). I suspect I didn't really like it because this movie is actually a direct sequel to Casino Royale which I hadn't seen until this year. It picks up on several hanging plot threads, and some of the characters appear again, and Bond in this film is primarily motivated by anger over the events of the previous film. Not to mention I had only seen two Brosnan movies prior to watching

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  • I read this article about how a US Democratic representative says his Republican colleagues are like WWE wrestlers (excuse me, they're called "Superstars") who behave differently in private versus in public. Basically their politics are performative, they act a certain way in public to appeal to their bases, but in private they don't actually really believe in many of the things they say in public. It speaks to a certain lack of integrity and deceptiveness. It's the kind of laying and salesmanship that I really dislike. Reading this article reminded me of supporters praising Duterte back during the 2016 campaign

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