I'd really love more time

    My biggest stressors on a daily basis are related to my management of my time, and how I feel I am losing more and more of it to obligations. My mornings are currently scheduled in a way that has forced me to give up an activity or two that I should be doing. I just don’t have the time in the morning to do them along with the other things I have committed to doing. In the evening, I have other obligations that occupy my time until well into the evening in general.

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    January 04, 2024
    Tags: bloganuary | time | gifts
    Categories: Bloganuary

    Glitch is a great-looking place to start

    Count me in on this renaissance. I clicked through thinking I would read about, you know, what’s happening. It’s interesting, but that’s not what I got. Instead, I finished reading, nodding along, and got to the bottom of the page, where there is a link to Glitch.

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    January 03, 2024
    Tags: blogging | anil-dash | glitch

    A brief higher education journey

    Today’s Bloganuary question is “What colleges have you attended?”

    My answer is simple and long, if I care to make it long.

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    January 03, 2024
    Tags: education | bloganuary | college
    Categories: Bloganuary

    Bloganuary: Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?

    I came across the Bloganuary prompt website, which gives you a writing prompt for each day in January. I’m going to try to do it here, and use it as more than a fun blog prompt. I plan to use it as a bit of a journaling tool, because that’s what I’m supposed to do here. So away we go.

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    January 02, 2024
    Tags: bloganuary | playtime | play | journal
    Categories: Bloganuary

    Don't mess with Mammoth Hot Springs

    Steam rises above the terraces ground with water runoff at Mammoth Hot Springs, inside Yellowstone National Park
    Steam rising above the terraced ground with water runoff at Mammoth Hot Springs, inside Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Ryan C. Jerz, October 2023

    I can’t believe I only missed Pierce by a couple of weeks! He was cited on November 1 of this year for trespassing by apparently leaving the walkway at Mammoth Hot Springs inside Yellowstone National Park.

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    December 29, 2023
    Tags: mammoth hot springs | pierce brosnan | yellowstone

    EO (2022)

    Cover art for the 2022 movie EO, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

    I had some idea how this would go, but not nearly to the extent that it is so sad. The opening scene immediately put me on edge. EO was dead, or really hurt, being loved by a companion, tears in her eyes, only to have EO pop up alive to applause from the audience they were performing in front of. I had a sick feeling from the dead donkey that never went away.

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    December 27, 2023
    Tags: eo | donkey | jerzy skolimowski
    Categories: Reviews

    Journalists can take control, they just need the tools

    I can’t help but think that with the recent revelation that Substack will not ban nazis, and the movement that it was in response to, and the subsequent follow-through by the Substackers Against Nazis, we’re at another point in the social media timeline where the people who are doing the work of journalism, independently, really, really need the tools to go fully independent.

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    December 26, 2023
    Tags: journalism | open source

    Clash of the Titans (1981)

    Cover art for the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, directed by Desmond Davis.

    Man, this thing kind of holds up. I went in thinking it’d be totally crap and dated, but it’s not all that bad. In fact, it’s pretty cool.

    This was another childhood favorite. I realize more than ever how much I gravitated toward these super dude-driven ego movies, but a few of them are more than total camp. This one is kinda there. Here’s why

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    Arthur Christmas (2011)

    The cover art for the 2011 movie Arthur Christmas, directed by Sarah Hall.

    Awesome surprise. I hadn’t heard of this movie until about five minutes before hitting Play, and had no idea even then what it was going to be. It was great! The cast is filled with great voices and the movie has really great jokes.

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    December 22, 2023
    Tags: holiday movie | hugh laurie | jim broadbent | bill nighy | james mcavoy | sarah smith | arthur christmas
    Categories: Reviews

    A billion dollars

    I am going to take a lot of heat in the very limited circles I talk baseball in the near future. The Dodgers have committed over a billion dollars to two players for the next decade.

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    December 22, 2023
    Tags: baseball | Shohei Ohtani | Los Angeles Dodgers | Yoshinobu Yamamoto