Turbo Kid

The following text contains spoilers for the movie Turbo Kid (2015), reader discretion is advised. Let’s get into a relatively quick but complete summary of the plot of Turbo Kid before I dive into some of my thoughts. Feel free to skip ahead if you’ve recently watched the movie. A quick summary ¶ The story takes place in an alternate reality of 1997. Many years ago, humanity lost a war against the robots they created which led to the destruction of civilization.

I'm not laughing, you're laughing...

Documental is a Japanese reality TV show with a simple premise. 10 comedians (ponying up 1 million Yen each) are locked in a room for 6 hours with cameras filming everything that happens inside. If one of them smiles or laughs, they get a yellow card. If they do it again, they’re kicked out of the room. The last comedian left in the room after 6 hours have past is declared the winner, and receives a 10 million Yen prize.

TLDR: Media Literacy by W. James Potter

I’ve been reading the Media Literacy (8th edition) textbook by W. James Potter recently. It’s a super interesting topic. Here’s a few passages that I’ve underlined in the text (I’ve read about half of the textbook so far). Hopefully reading a few of these passages encourages you to pick up a media literacy textbook and start learning about the topic so that I can talk about it with you! “[…] while choice is attractive, too much choice can paralyze us into inaction.

Exploring Marcus Aurelius's Meditations

I recently read Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations (translated by Gregory Hays) and I quite enjoyed it. Some of his ideas are still relevant today and others haven’t aged very well (which is not surprising given how far removed Marcus’s experience of life is from our own). Overall, the text was interesting enough for me to be motivated to make this little toy that shows you one of the “meditations” every time you refresh the page (tip: if you click/tap on a word it’ll bring you to another meditation containing that word).

👉 🌐: 🤔 🌱 📃 🔠

I’m always been in 💖 with words but, somehow, I’ve gone through most of my life without studying linguistics at all. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻ (┛ಠ_ಠ)┛彡┻━┻ ┏━┓┏━┓┏━┓ ︵ /(^.^/) I started listening to the Lingthusiasm podcast in early 2021. It took me a while (until early 2022) to read the book written by one of the hosts (Gretchen McCulloch), but here we are. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language is a book that discusses how we express ourselves on the internet, how we got here and where we’re going from the perspective of a linguist.

Movies I watched in 2021

Here’s a list of the movies I loved (and hated) in 2021 in categories that describe how I felt about them (within each category, the ordering is irrelevant). Movies I loved ¶ Johnny Mnemonic Keanu Reeves in a business suit going insane in a dystopian cyberpunk world. Keanu’s inability to act and William Gibson’s inability to write only added to the charm of this movie. The pile of trash that Johnny stands on when making his speech about wanting “room service” near the end of the movie represents the movie itself.

Books I read in 2021

Please don’t judge me. I haven’t read many books this year but I’ve read infinitely more than I did last year. I used to read during my daily commute… One day, I just stopped commuting and so I stopped reading too. This summer, I decided to set aside a bit of time every day to read and here we are. Here’s each book I read this year in the order that I read them.

It's dead, Jim

I can’t write a hook for my life right now so I’m not even going to try. If that bothers you, I would love to hear from you. Giant Bomb has been my primary source for gaming news for a long time. I’ve been listening to and watching the people who work(ed) there since the early 2000s when they were working at Gamespot. The online personas of people like Jeff Gerstmann, Vinny Caravella, Alex Navarro, Ryan Davis and Brad Shoemaker have been a constant presence for most of my life.