I’ve never read a movie universe expanding book, whatever you call that, but the author was funny on Twitter and made people mad by including a gay character, so I gave it a go. I liked all the characters and enjoyed the deeper look at the universe that the non main story vignettes gave. On the other hand, after the heroes escaped death for the 37th time I started to expect they would do so on the 38th… and 39th. But it was fun; I’ll probably read more.

Started: 01/06/20

Finished: 01/08/20

Time: 6 hr 5 min

Wilder Girls

It was diverting enough while I was reading it, but when this one was over and settling in my head it just reminded me of a YA Annihilation with less mystery and more friendship. Which is fine, but probably not a comparison that your book is going to come out on top of. It was mostly about the relationships between the main girls, who I liked. I felt like some of the interpersonal development was a little rushed; I would have liked a little more.

Started: 12/25/19

Finished: 01/04/20

Time: 4 hr 43 min

Goodbye Facebook

Posted this to Facebook on December 18th:

I’m going to delete my Facebook profile on January 1st. I don’t really like their product, their business model or their leadership anymore. It no longer feels like it’s about connecting with people, which is what made it fun. They took a turn at some point into engagement metrics and growth above everything, and it’s gone from feeling like a friendly glass of beer with friends to angrily huffing paint fumes in an alley by myself. Start with that foundation and add on their seemingly willful incompetence in the face of platform abuses (data security, election manipulation, actual genocide) and I no longer wish to be a cog in this particular machine.

Here’s to hoping I see you all in many other places, be it a personal blog, another social platform, chat, photo sharing or even IRL. Maybe we could sit down for a friendly glass of beer.

I wish I had taken out one of those friend(ly)s, but the sentiment stands. I’ve extracted what I could from Facebook and I’d like to eventually clean it up and add it here in some form. We’ll see.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to contact me and don’t know how you can leave a comment here. I’m also still on Twitter and Instagram for the time being.

Vacation 2016: Day 5

Today I decided I was rested enough and needed to accomplish something, so after dropping the boy off I went to Home Depot for supplies. Several hours later I had re-caulked all around the tub and stripped the old spray frosting off the bathroom window, which was flaking off, and reapplied a new coat. Then it was off to meet Elaine at Nate’s preschool with gift bags I put together last night and cupcakes from Cupprimo. You can see pics of that here.

Activity: School birthday party.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 2.

Vacation 2016: Day 4

Today I dropped the S40 off at the dealer for some maintenance on the way to the boy’s school. When I told him en route what we were doing he was opposed. “No, I don’t want to leave mommy’s car!” As soon as we got into the 2016 XC70 loaner he changed his tune. “This is nice! Is this our new car? I don’t want to pick up mommy’s car, it’s old, I want this car!” Me too, buddy.

I went to the Blanton at 12:30 to see a docent led tour of the current Goya exhibit, made up of almost 150 prints and exactly 3 paintings, and Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky.

After this was lunch at Sala & Betty, with one of my favorite sandwiches (the Betty) and an Alewise IPA.

Activity: Blanton & Lunch.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 0.

Vacation 2016: Day 3

I came home from dropping the boy off today, started a 7 day free trial subscription to PlayStation Now, an overpriced streaming service that allows you to play older games for $20 a month, and loaded up Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, a well reviewed game from 2011. It played like I remember the better Tomb Raider games playing, and I stopped playing at 4:30 when I needed to leave to pick up the boy. Now I just need to remember to cancel that subscription.

Activity: PlayStation.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 0.