Monday, December 05, 2016

List Day: 10 Facts About My Smartphone Usage

I finally purchased a smartphone back in January 2016, but you wouldn't really know it based on the fact that it spends most hour sof the day on my desk at home, forgotten and sad. However, here are a few ways it has deeply impacted my life this year.

  1. I use it as a pleasant wake up alarm for power naps, but still use my beepy Timex watch to wake up in the morning.

  2. I have never used any mapping or GPS features in real-time. I still print maps.

  3. I can now read texts involving more than 1 person without dire warnings about Multimedia conversions and bandwidth restrictions.

  4. I joined Instagram because that's what you do with smartphones, but my feed is just other peoples' food and kids.

  5. There are currently only 7 people in my text message history: Rebecca, Kathy, Anna, LA Mike, my sister, my new boss, and my old neighbor who's having mail forwarding issues.

  6. I have to tediously track pictures from my smartphone and my classic camera when posting online, so I usually just skip taking any on the phone.

  7. My Washington Post print subscription is less valuable, because the print articles tend to come out two days after the online articles (sometimes with less click-baity titles).

  8. I have it while grilling, so I spend a lot less time speed reading classic elementary school books (like Beverly Cleary books) in the basement while waiting for the steaks to get done.

  9. I have a shared 1 GB data plan with Rebecca, and our combined average monthly usage is about 0.3 GB.

  10. I bring it to the bathroom, so it now takes me 6 months to reread an old Uncle John's Bathroom Reader rather than 1 month.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Happy December!

I've been spending two hours a day driving to the temporary office of my new job, so I haven't had any time to write today's update, which was supposed to be about how little my life has changed since I finally got a smartphone last January.

Instead, here is a gfy of a cat wearing a tiny Santa hat.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

End-of-the-Month Highlights Day

New photos have been added to the Life, 2016 album.

  • Events
    • Did an all-day coding exercise to interview for my new job on F 11/4.

    • Did my annual fall cleaning on S 11/5, then tried to get takeout from Pattaya Thai, only to learn that they had closed (probably for being too slow to fill orders). Ate food from Thai Thai instead.

    • Had dinner at Jackson's on S 11/6 to celebrate the end of Rebecca's weekend-long PT class, then bought stupid trinkets at Paper Source, which is the weirdest store ever to have employees work on commission.

    • Rebecca taught her first real yoga class at Sportrock on M 11/7.

    • I accepted an offer to work at a new company on the same day that Trump was elected President. T 11/8 CONSPIRACY THEORY.

    • Joined Rebecca and her friends in a practice yoga session on F 11/11.

    • Did raking #1 of 3 and destroyed the tomato plants for the winter on S 11/12, then had dinner with Michelle at Chuy's.

    • Had a book club where we discussed the first half of a sci-fi book called Hyperion on S 11/13.

    • Had 6 adults, 1 teen, and 4 kids over for Friendsgiving #1 of 1 on S 11/19.

    • Had my last day at Novetta on M 11/21.

    • Had Thanksgiving with both sets of parents on H 11/24.

    • Spent Thanksgiving weekend taking care of Rebecca with a sore throat, then caught said sore throat.

    • Installed a cat door in the basement on S 11/26 while Rebecca visited her family in Hagerstown.

    • Started my new job on M 11/28.

  • Projects
    • Printed out scores and parts for One for Rosie, and Bubba's Fried Chicken Stand, both of which Peebs wants to try playing with his high school jazz band.

    • Crash coursed through the latest Java EE specifications which apparently don't suck like they did in 2006 anymore.

  • Consumerism
    • Still loving Overwatch (Level 412 with 421 hours and a 50.5% win ratio). Got Rise of the Tomb Raider and will eventually get around to enjoying it too.

    • Enjoyed watching seasons of Silicon Valley and Lovesick, and currently enjoying The 100, Season Three.

November's Final Grade: B, Lots of changes in the works, but too soon to judge their effects.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Silicon Valley, Season Two:
Silicon Valley continues to charm in its second season, hitting the sweet spot between funny and absurd.

Final Grade: B+

Fundamentals of Caring: (TV-MA)
This Netflix Original stars Paul Rudd as a depressed everyman starting a new job in home care. While it does hit the emotionally manipulative story points in a paint-by-numbers way, it's a low-key, funny affair that will be most enjoyed by people who are already Paul Rudd fans. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B-

Homeland, Season Four:
New life is somehow found in this season of Homeland, as the writers are finally able to toss some plot baggage to the curb (like Brody's teenage daughter). The story is constantly grim but full of good twists. It builds nicely, although the last episode is tonally out of place with the rest of the season. The main negative feeling I had was that this is a show where no one ever wins, so this is a pretty grim slog if you're already tired of the unchanging personality of the main character, Carrie.

Final Grade: B

Lovesick, Season Two:
Formerly called Scrotal Recall and renamed for broader viewership, this is a great series that effectively balances emotion and hilarity across a story that's told through well-orchestrated flashbacks and present day progression. The characters are well-formed and worth rooting for. This is the show that How I Met Your Mother should have been. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: A

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