Week notes 2020-22

  • With two weeks off I have been enjoying reading books and comics and articles, watching TV and films with Nina.
  • Just finished Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby  which was a great, fun read.
  • Now going to listen to Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff …
  • Also started reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley (another pulpy thriller just to get me reading again), not sure if I’m going to stick with it though.
  • Comics-wise I’ve picked up Lazarus, Once & Future, and Bang!. All very good so far. Also quite enjoying the Comixology app, which I really didn’t like when I last used it a few years ago, but the ‘guided view’ mode has come on leaps and bounds since then, and my Pixelbook is a great size for reading comics.
  • The other morning Nina went to the gym, so I just sat on the sofa and watched Money Movers (a 1970s Australian heist film) via the Criterion Channel. And I LOVED it! Just 90 minutes to myself on the sofa watching people (including Jason Donovan’s dad) get shot in increasingly violent ways. Awesome stuff.
  • Watched Lynn + Lucy yesterday with Nina. A British ‘social realism’ film that was very good, if a little depressing.
  • What can I say about Tenet? After forty minutes of ads and trailers (I ge why they have to do this, but before a two and a half hour film it’s bordering on false imprisonment) it was a bit of a grind for me. While Nina loved it the ridiculously complex premise grated on me, as did the murky dialogue, the poorly drawn female character (there’s only one), the unnecessary Michael Caine, and the honking soundtrack. Robert Pattinson was great though.
  • This lovely article from the New York Times on skating in an empty city. I like how the video and the text move at separate speeds and what that does to you as a reader – allowing you to attach the quotes on the right to he actions on the left. Imagine this with eye witness statements from a riot or something.
  • Loving the Tour de France right now. So fun and gripping and a great distraction from…. you know, life.
  • I bought a camera. To be honest, this was a bit extravagant, but I have been wanting to get a camera that will fit into my jacket pocket for taking photos on the street and on holiday (and also something that has wifi so I can send straight to my computer for editing). It’s a Ricoh GRII, and it’s already been a lot of fun.
  • BTW, most of these notes have come out of Roam Research. Been using it as a Notion/To do list replacement for capturing notes, thoughts etc and like it so far. Will see if I stick with it.
  • A nice mix from Egon for your ears this week.

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