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2022 January

  • Wasn't inclined to watch this as I dislike movies where the people in charge are being idiots. Thankfully, it turns out to be about competent people in a world where incompetent people have all the power, so that is a bit less annoying, mainly because it's easily relatable in these times. The story is highly USA-centric and there are a lot of exaggerations for effect (see marked spoilers below), but the insanity the movie is pointing out is clear and doesn't feel too far removed from real life. Basically politics and capitalism causing the world's problems, as per usual. Lots

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  • I first wrote about Wordle back in November. Back then I thought it was neat and played it a few times, but not with any regularity. The past couple of weeks, it's kind of gone viral. Seems like people everywhere of all shapes and sizes are playing it! I've also started playing it regularly, though I don't post the results on social media, a couple of my chat groups are active early in the morning when the new Wordle comes in. The game itself is simple and clever. Difficult enough so that solving it feels good yet not too complicated

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  • Jan. 14, 2022, 4:10 p.m. / / blog / #tv / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 496 words
  • Finally got to watch Eternals since it was already got a streaming release. (Sadly still unable to go out and watch films in the theater.) This film had mixed reviews, and I can see why. For me, the main problem is that the film tries to do too many different things, and doesn't execute any of them particularly well. This is largely an offshoot of having such a large ensemble cast (there are TEN main characters!), each of whom are new to the MCU and thus are in need of backgrounds, personalities and character arcs. The problems are complicated by

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  • Decided to kick off the year's reading with a short one: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. This was her first published novel and also the first appearance of famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot! I was able to finish the book in one sitting, something I haven't done in a while! I've only read two other Poirot books, and this one obviously came earlier in Christie's career. While it's still reasonably good, I found the pacing not as tight as those other two books. I guess it's mainly because those other two books took place in restricted environments

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    Jan. 8, 2022, 12:12 p.m. / / blog / #books / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 224 words
  • Something I've gotten used to as the New Year rolls in: make a checklist of things to do and things I'm looking forward to for the new year. This one is coming in a bit late due to some business. This is my personal list, but maybe you'll enjoy going through it too. I generally copy stuff over, but the list changes a bit every year. Check out the [new-years-checklist tag] for previous years. The list, in no particular order: Take stock and reflect on the past year Count your blessings for the past year and be grateful Greet your

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2021 December

  • Hawkeye Hawkeye was fine. It was less about Clint Barton and more about introducing Kate Bishop and seeing the aftermath of Natasha's death in Endgame. Ending was kind of so-so. There is one post-credits scene at the end of the last episode, it's fun. (Spoilers) Wheel of Time Wheel of Time: The plot of season 1 follows the plot of the first book very, very loosely and diverges a lot by the final episode. I mostly enjoyed the season, and I can understand why they would choose to diverge from the books, though I will admit some of the decisions

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  • Finished reading this today. An entertaining enough read, basically gives a high-level overview of humanity's history, the different revolutions (cognitive, agricultural, industrial, etc) we went through and what tradeoffs each one made for society and the individual. Covers how ancient humans were subject to the whims of nature and biological limitations, how modern humans are on the cusp of overcoming those limitations and becoming gods themselves, and how we got there. Here's some stuff I highlighted: 2: The Tree of Knowledge Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, Sapiens has thus been living in a dual reality. On the one hand, the

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    Dec. 20, 2021, 6:26 p.m. / / blog / #books / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 480 words
  • Previously The Rotten Bananas Saga. The Demand Letter Late November, I got an email that went something like this: Dear [My Mother's Name], Our client, Globe Telecom, Inc., has referred to us for immediate legal action the matter of your unjustified refusal to pay the amount of 2,399.00 as of November 16, 2021 consisting of unpaid balance for the account number [AccountNumber]. Our client’s records show that since the month of January 9, 2018 and until now, despite repeated demands from our clients, you have failed to pay the total amount of 2,399.00. Your continued refusal to pay our client

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