02/2018

Friday, February 02, 2018

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Vexed, Season One:
This is a British show in the mismatched-partner-cop genre. It's pleasant enough and has a few good laughs, but doesn't really have anything unique going for it. Had the first season been any longer than 3 episodes, I probably wouldn't have finished it. I might watch the next season once my queue of good shows runs out again but wouldn't prioritize it. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

The Big Sick (R):
I really enjoyed this rom-com movie, mainly because of its realistic, flawed characters and understated drama. It has a good balance of funny and dramatic moments and some great performances (finally something I like Ray Romano in). The feel of this movie is kind of what I hoped for (but didn't receive) from the second season of Master of None. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: A

Stranger Things, Season Two:
I wasn't over the moon about the first season but gave this one a chance. This season takes over five episodes to build up any watchability (Rebecca abandoned it during episode 5) but actually ends up with a pretty decent pay-off in the end (episode 6, 8, and 9 form a really strong climax). Episode 7 is completely unnecessary and should have been broken up into the "C" story across all of the other episodes. Also, the sound mixing is uniformly horrible -- some old people like hearing all of the dialog without having to turn down the sound at every jump-scare. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

Stardew Valley:
I picked up this Harvest Moon clone on the Nintendo Switch because it seemed like a game that would be calming fun in short bursts. I should have trusted my judgement from the time I owned Harvest Moon on the GameCube, as I'm really not the right audience for it (see also, JRPGs). The game allows you plant a little farm and tend to it and form friendships with a bunch of villagers which would be perfect if I liked casual gaming. However, I found myself getting bored pretty quickly and the multi-minute save time between each "day" didn't help matters out.

Final Grade: C

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Weekend Wrap-up

On Friday, I worked from home in the morning putting together prose about convolutional neural networks then went to the dentist for my six month cleaning. The new dentist is passably good as dentists go and have yet to try to upsell me on teeth whiteners or pinhole surgeries, yet they also want to paint fluoride on my teeth for an extra $30 a visit. I watched Maia in the afternoon while Rebecca got a dress fitted and picked up a growler of beer from Crooked Run South. Maia is now rolling up and down the length of the crib like a really cheap laminator so her naps are unusually active.

On Saturday evening, our neighbours from across the street came over for a bean chili dinner, and Maia got to meet their one-year-old son. They moved in over a year ago, but our ambition to make social plans suffers from overwhelming inertia. After a year of saying "we really should invite them over for dinner sometime", we finally managed to do so!

We had an early morning visit from the traveling Edwardses on Sunday, who braved a light flurry to reach our house. Maia got to meet an almost two-year-old, Owen, on this visit while the rest of us talked about press-ganging West Coast Mike into babysitting for us when we go out to his wedding. In the evening, we had the Super Bowl on in the background while we puttered about and ate leftovers and tater tots.

How was your weekend?

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Mobility Day

On Monday night, Maia mastered the "rolling pin" approach to navigating the world.

By 8:46 PM, she was under the coffee table.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Lovesick, Season Three:
Formerly titled Scrotal Recall, this clever, warm British relationship comedy remains very watchable even though it has now outgrown its original conceit. I felt like this season wallowed a bit, as if they weren't really sure where to go next, yet I still enjoyed watching it as a pleasant way to end the day.

Final Grade: B

Super Mario Odyssey:
This is one of the flagship games for the Nintendo Switch. Other than a game mechanic where you can become different creatures by throwing your cap at them (which is clearly WAY DIFFERENT from getting a leaf out of a question mark block), there is very little originality in the first few worlds of this game. World progression revolves around gathering "moons" which is fine until you realize there are 8 billion moons, some of which are just lying around on the map -- it lessens the enjoyment of any achievement, like a 100-point basketball game versus a tied 1-1 soccer game. There are 9 billion moves that Mario can do, although you'll never need half of them and some of the most important ones can only be done with Wii-like motion controls. I'm only about 6 hours into the game, and yet I find myself bored while playing and lacking any sense of wonderment or fun. I'm not super impressed with the Switch so far.

Final Grade: C-

Keepsake by Elizabeth and the Catapult:
This indie band's 4th album is great -- mature and polished but still in the same pleasant style as the first 3. After listening to this, I tried to surprise Rebecca with tickets to see them in concert, but disappointingly found out that they played in Vienna two months ago and won't be back anytime soon.

Final Grade: B+

Westworld, Season One:
Based on an old Michael Crichton movie, this show features a theme park full of near-sentient robots where human visitors can be the hero or villain in their own story. I had high hopes since it was made by Jonathan Nolan, the creator of two of my favourites, Memento and Person of Interest. The world and plot are an intricate puzzle box of interlocking, byzantine sub-stories and overarching themes, but it left me cold. After a promising pilot, the remaining nine episodes are a tedious slog where the (2 pretty decent) plot twists are made possible through the intentional muddling of the unclear passing of time. All of the reveals are soggy with vague philosophical monologues or flashback montages with voice-overs, and as an HBO show, there's constant consequence-free violence and dehumanizing nudity. (It's amazing that the obligatory robot orgy scene is held off until episode 5 rather than the pilot). Bottom Line: It's full of big ideas and a decent sci-fi grounding, but lacking in anyone to care about. It felt like an unnecessary prologue for the next season.

Final Grade: C-

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

5:34 AM: Showered and ready for work.
6:10 AM: Breakfast in the office.
9:00 AM: Still working.
11:01 AM: Gross weather is gross.
11:35 AM: Lunch and the news.
12:52 PM: Someone's awake from their hour of complaining in the crib.
1:13 PM: Gross lentils are gross.
1:58 PM: Self-play.
3:45 PM: Practicing her couch lunges.
5:14 PM: Mandatory nap time.
8:38 PM: Making dinner.
9:31 PM: Shrimp scampi and the Olympics (note the patented "Keep Maia from watching the Olympics" partition).

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stuff In My Drawers Day: Online Dating Profiles

To commemorate 11 years since Rebecca's first email contact with me on February 13, 2007, here is a screenshot of our original Match.com dating profiles from long ago. We showed this as a graphic in our wedding slideshow.

I tried to login to Match to capture the entire profile (including the part under "Ethnicity" where I said there was a little Indian in me and he was delicious) but the site is confusing and over-monetized now, and the text seems to be lost forever.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Maia Week #32 Battle Report

Maia is 7.36438 months old and 16.4 pounds wide. Mobility-wise, she is on a roll like Evan Jones, but rarely finds the reason or impetus to go anywhere. There's still no crawling or swim-like motions yet but she looks pleased when I make her stand up and lie to her face that she's standing all by herself. She also rolls in her crib, and took her first nap on her stomach on February 1, clearly not familiar with the modern guidelines on how babies should sleep.

Naps in general remain the sticking point in her otherwise pleasant routine. The typical day now looks something like this:

  • Wake for boobs around 8:30 AM.
  • Get put down for a nap at 12:00 PM but usually just cry through it until 1:00 PM.
  • Take a 30 minute nap on me around 3:00 PM at the mall or some other warm flu-ridden big box store.
  • Get put down for a nap at 5:00 PM, cry for 20 minutes then sleep for 40 minutes. Sometimes get 20 more minutes of sleep on me immediately afterwards.
  • Pleasantly and agreeably go to bed for good around 10:30 PM.

Seven-month-olds are supposed to get 13 - 15 hours of sleep and ours refuses to hit 12 because there's just too much amazing stuff in the world to remain sleeping.

As for interests, right now she enjoys eating solids in her high chair, holding her own bottle, visually tracking the cat around the room, observing the chaos of many people milling about, and kicking mom in the face. She is indifferent to the Winter Olympics, just like me.

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