This is my current project, a little mountain village in Minecraft.
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.
Aaaaand that’s why I delete all my old shit.
- New York Magazine: How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. – So many bots, generating so much traffic, all for ad clicks and views, scams, propaganda, and more.
- ProPublica: How a Dubious Forensic Science Spread Like a Virus – So it turns out blood spatter analysis is kind of bullshit.
- LA Times: Malware attack disrupts delivery of L.A. Times and Tribune papers across the U.S. – ICYMI, there was a huge foreign malware attack just after Christmas, attacking newspapers around the country.
- HuffPost: I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. – This was a fantastic read. Be nice to your cable guys. Their job sucks.
- Motherboard: I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone – Your cell providers are selling your location data to databases that serve private individuals and businesses.
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!