Spider-Man, Crickets, Apples & TSS

The trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” dropped, plus I have a couple of interesting things for you to read.

We got a Far From Home trailer! Mysterio looks great. I’m looking forward to Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Kind of weird to see Nick Fury all… Nick Fury-ed up, though. He’d ditched SHIELD after Civil War, then we saw him driving around with Maria Hill briefly at the end of Infinity War, having dropped his “incognito” look for full Fury regalia. No explanations given for that, so I’m hoping we find out what he’s been up to since Civil War, either in Spider-Man 2 or Endgame.

I do feel bad for Far From Home, having to follow Into the Spider-verse. That bar has been set pretty damn high, folks.

Okay, let’s read some stuff!

  • The Atlantic: Animals Keep Creating Mysteries by Sounding Weird – Okay, remember how there were those “sonic attacks” that American diplomats were dealing with in Cuba, and everyone was baffled, and people were getting brain damage and whatnot? Turns out: Crickets. Crickets and bullshit, apparently, as that whole “permanent brain damage” thing was based on wildly flimsy evidence.
  • Chuck Wendig: In Which I Rank Grocery Store Apples – Chuck Wendig is an author with a highly entertaining Twitter account, and one of the things he occasionally does on Twitter is review heirloom apples (hilariously). Well, apple season is pretty much over, so he’s reviewing grocery store apples (hilariously).
  • Lifehacker: Everything You Think You Know About Toxic Shock Syndrome Is Probably Wrong – This was a pretty informative and interesting read about TSS, a rare disease vagina-having people can get from putting things in their vaginas. (Mostly tampons, but not always.) It’s long, but worth a read, especially if you have a vagina you need to take care of.

And that’s all I’ve got today. The rest is all politics, and really, there’s not much new there to report. We’re still shut down, Trump and the GOP are still trash, everything is awful, all that jazz. But hey, The Flash is back on tonight, so that’s something to look forward to.

5 Things to Read Today (Jan. 11)

Today’s articles cover Internet fakery, bad forensic science, a huge malware attack, an awesome read about being a cable guy, and how your cell providers are selling your private data.

New Year’s Resolutions: 2019

It’s that time of year again: Time to revisit last year’s resolutions, and make some new ones.

Last year’s resolutions were, in no particular order:

  • Read 30 books ✔️
  • Start exercising 😐
  • Lose weight 😐
  • Get finances in order ❌
  • Clean house ✔️

I read 60 books, so I blew that one out of the water, and I did get the house cleaned, de-cluttered, and reorganized. I didn’t start exercising, as in an actual exercise program, but I did start walking a ton more. I did actually lose weight, too, but I gained it all back over the holidays. So… half credit for those ones? Finances went nowhere.

This year’s resolutions, in no particular order:

  • Read more new books.
  • Start an actual exercise program and stick with it.
  • Lose weight and keep it off.
  • Get finances in order. No, for real this time.

I did a lot of re-reading last year, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s lots of new books out there I haven’t read. I’ve apparently gotten super picky about what I read, bookwise, in my old age, so I hardly ever look at new books. I’ll have to work on that.

Everything I read tells me if I want to feel better in general, I need to lose weight and exercise regularly, which sounds to me like some sort of torture program. But I guess. If I must. I’m tired of feeling vaguely crappy all the time.

And then, y’know, money. I fully expect at least a recession, and I’d like to get rid of some of my debt load before that settles in. I’ll probably need to revisit my budgeting.

I have a few other bad habits I’d like to work on – reading Twitter all morning, lazy blogging habits, that sort of thing. I have a few good habits I’d like to add, like sleeping more, eating better, getting my anxiety issues sorted out. I’m not going to make any of that official resolutions, though. That’s just stuff I want to work on.

At any rate, there’s my resolutions. Happy New Year, folks!

What did I read in 2018?

Most of these got read during long TV hiatuses – winter break, summer, that sort of thing.

One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was to read 30 books this year. I actually read 60, but they were mostly re-reads. I think 16 of these were new reads (bolded). Next year: more new reads.

  • The Herald Spy Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Wars Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff
  • The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Arrows of the Queen Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Winds Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Mage Storms Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • The Owl Mage Trilogy, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Vows & Honor, Mercedes Lackey (3 Books)
  • Kerowyn’s Tale, Mercedes Lackey
  • Exile’s Honor, Mercedes Lackey
  • Exile’s Valor, Mercedes Lackey
  • Take a Thief, Mercedes Lackey
  • The Collegium Chronicles, Mercedes Lackey (5 Books)
  • Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
  • A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett
  • Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
  • I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
  • The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett
  • Lords & Ladies, Terry Pratchett
  • Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett
  • Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, Michelle McNamara
  • Brief Cases, Jim Butcher
  • Storm Front, Jim Butcher
  • Fool Moon, Jim Butcher
  • Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
  • Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
  • Death Masks, Jim Butcher
  • Blood Rites, Jim Butcher
  • Dead Beat, Jim Butcher
  • Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
  • White Night, Jim Butcher
  • Small Favor, Jim Butcher
  • Turn Coat, Jim Butcher
  • Changes, Jim Butcher
  • Ghost Story, Jim Butcher
  • Cold Days, Jim Butcher
  • Skin Game, Jim Butcher
  • Firefly: Big Damn Hero, James Lovegrove & Nancy Holder

William Vaughan on the New Year

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – William E. Vaughan

I am definitely a pessimist this year.

William E. (“Bill”) Vaughan (October 8, 1915 – February 25, 1977) was an American columnist and author. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, he wrote a syndicated column for the Kansas City Star from 1946 until his death in 1977. He was published in Reader’s Digest and Better Homes and Gardens under the pseudonym Burton Hillis. (Wikipedia)

James Agate’s New Year’s Resolution

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” – James Agate

Yeah, I think I’ll add this one to my list, too.

“James Evershed Agate (9 September 1877 – 6 June 1947) was an English diarist and influential theatre critic between the two world wars. He took up journalism in his late twenties and was on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–1914). He later became a drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–1923), The Sunday Times (1923–1947) and the BBC (1925–1932). The nine volumes of Agate’s diaries and letters cover the British theatre of his time and his non-theatrical interests, including sports, social gossip and private preoccupations with health and precarious finances. He published three novels, translated a play briefly staged in London, and regularly published collections of his theatre essays and reviews.” (Wikipedia)