Posts from 06/2024

Monday, June 03, 2024

Book Day

This chonky 842 page tome arrived last week.

This is the 4th time I have been in the Acknowledgements of a book (the 3rd if you don't count books written by members of my own family about agriculture and conservation tillage).

The shelf is now at max capacity!

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Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Data Day: Trips to the Gas Station

How many times I filled the gas tank of my 2012 Honda Accord:

Key dates

  • May 2012: Purchase
  • 2018 - 2019: Weekly trips with Maia to visit the grandparents in Alexandria
  • 2020 - 2022: Pandemic

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Friday, June 07, 2024

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Righteous Gemstones, Season Two:
This season takes a few episodes to find itself -- held back by too much focus on the original three main characters when the origin story of John Goodman's character is far more intriguing. The overall shtick is getting a little old, but there's a few great laughs along the way and satisfying conclusion.

Final Grade: B

Ripley:
This limited series is beautifully shot and perfectly acted, but so so glacial in pace. It's clearly going for a vibe rather than a plot and sometimes gets self-indulgent in how many extended scenes of near-nothingness there are. It's nearly impossible to watch this with a modern attention span -- you'll be on your phone in no time. On Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

3-Body Problem, Season One:
I thought the book version of this had a few great ideas buried in a sea of weak plot and characterization. The TV show version is more successful because they favor the dramatic aspects of the story over the deeply scientific ones. The first season has a nice pace and good reveals, and I would give the second season a try unless it takes 10 years to release and I forget everything that happened in the interim (this happens more often than I'd like). On Netflix.

Final Grade: B

Blackberry (R):
This movie about the rise and fall of the Blackberry device is pretty entertaining if not particularly surprising. It feels strongly like a movie version of the show, Halt and Catch Fire. Although Glenn Howerton was great in his role, I would have rather had Toby Huss instead. On Hulu.

Final Grade: B

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Data Day: All of My Shoes

I own six pairs of footwear, ordered here by how frequently they're worn.

1) Hard-sole Slippers: Used to keep my feet warm in the house throughout the year, and to take light trips outside (mail and trash) without having to search for shoes. Worn daily for several hours each day.

2) Brown Shoes: Worn anytime with jeans out in the world, or at home when I'm tired of slippers. Worn daily for a couple hours a day.

3) Yard Shoes: Used for mowing the lawn, picking up street trash, or going on messy hikes. Worn at least once daily.

4) Running Shoes: Worn on the treadmill to run, or outside with shorts when mud is not expected. Worn a few times per week. When old enough, these shoes become the yard shoes.

5) Sandals: Worn outside with shorts when bugs or small pebbles are not expected. Worn a few times per week, but only in the summer.

6) Black Shoes: Worn to work with black pants, or to fancy wedding-y events. Worn maybe once a month.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

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

5:39 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
6:36 AM: Showered and ready for work, after a Beat Saber workout.
6:56 AM: Prepped for Beach Day at school with extra sunglasses.
10:59 AM: Heading home from the office after the very important meeting.
11:34 AM: Safeway stop for essentials.
12:03 PM: The healthiest lunch options, including but not limited to Totino's.
3:45 PM: Excited to spend a couple nights at the grandparents'.
4:01 PM: Our fig tree is out of control.
4:25 PM: Ready for gymnastics class.
4:46 PM: Winding down with Diablo 4.
5:17 PM: Dinner with the abbreviated family.
6:40 PM: Lunging at the camera.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13):
This unnecessary sequel lacks all of the charm of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the plot is paper-thin once you strip out the endless CGI sequences of monkeys and ostriches. Jokes about being old are used and reused to oblivion. Even Danny DeVito and Jack Black can't save it. On Hulu.

Final Grade: D

Death to 2020:
This mockumentary about 2020 (from the creators of Black Mirror) is a lot of fun, especially in hindsight. It mixes real footage with famous actors pretending to be normal people. Diane Morgan (of Cunk on Earth) and Hugh Grant are particularly fun.

Final Grade: B+

Abbott Elementary, Season Three:
The third season dips in quality, introducing a bunch of characters "working at the district" who feel more like SNL skit actors than anything else. A few good laughs, but not much of an overarching storyline to get invested in.

Final Grade: B-

Snapdragon Vietnamese Pho:
This Costco Pho tastes great, but as soon as you pour the flavor oil into the bowl of boiling water, your house will smell overwhelmingly like cat pee. I only eat it outside on the back porch now and will not be getting it again. (I only got it this time because the superior ramen bowls have not been in stock in weeks).

Final Grade: C+

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Maia's 12 of 12

Maia's perspective on life (pictures taken between January - May 2024)

Maia reads an original story:

(background vocals by Ian, featuring the music of singer-songwriter, James Coffey)

Other posts in this series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII

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