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Happy 2024!

Happy 2024!

This one finna have a lot in store for sure! Peep last New Year post here.

I read through it again just now, as I tend to do when the fireworks start cackling and the current session of life and times starts coming to a close... think my grammar's getting a bit Theo Von-like. Been listening to a bunch of his podcasts lately. If you're ever in need of motivation or a quick mood change you'd best tune in. This Past Weekend.

Blogs like this? They may be becoming dated, but I'll keep going anyway, for myself or for others, whichever take precedence here.

Busy times precede this year... I sped up in the blogging department last year. The archive page count jumped thirty-two pages, which is a 33% increase! More than the previous year. And more than the year before that, and before that... all the way back to 2016. No doubt thanks in large part to the ongoing challenge of putting out one movie review per day.

Thirty-two pages is an extra 192 posts, which makes up for... almost exactly the surplus of reviews I've posted this year compared to the previous - give or take a few. So without extra reviews, it seems I'm keeping the pace almost exactly the same. Slightly slower than it was before but... with reviews included way way more! Next year? It'll amount a bit for sure.

I have plans. And leftovers...

Movie reviews may still account for a large part of those numbers - though I plan to watch less movies overall.

We're also closing in on two million words on the blog, which seems a pretty cool accomplishment. To give you an idea of the scale: A full book's generally in the range between 70,000 and 120,000 words.

Y'all have posted more than twice that in comments alone. 2-4 full-on books in CDB commentary.

In the real world? The wars rage since last... old and new.

I read about a pit of fire called the Devil's Door in Turkmenistan. It seems pretty cool - Yes Theory have the best travel vlogs/documentary-type-video-things if you want to learn more about that candid country.

The news is full of darkness, but if you want a speck of light delve there, or to Vsauce and his tale of the man who wanted to kill us all, or Çenet's crazy but informative trips to for example the hottest desert in the world, that's literally covered in scorched black sand... I'm not linking to any of these videos because I've been spending waaay too much time on YT again, and I need to stop! And I'd better not lead you down the same path as I've gone!! But there's so much good content out there!!!

When the mainstream media's bleak and dystopian, know there are plenty of better sources for both sight-seeing and science out there, so don't succumb to that angst and apathy, go search. Or better yet go live! Take a trip yourself. Take the train preferably. Or take a walk. It's cost-effective, though potentially a bit more co2 emission-heavy if you're in bad shape.

Anyway just get out there. I'm planning to do that a lot more too.

There's a lot of bad juju out there in the world right now but... never mind that today. This is the optimism post. I don't live in a dream world, and I don't live in a bubble, but right now doesn't seem like the right time to delve into these things, I did that plenty last year. Those same issues still persist, and escalate no less, yes...

I've had no cold this Christmas at least - and not for some time now! *knock on wood* The design gig's in it's final phase and I have no time to get one now either - though my nephew did - he just kicked the fever. We're headed into a final optimization phase next next week.

Maybe there'll be time for a meditation trip after that.

So far I do have a one-day one booked to Motala - random Swedish city I've yet to be in. And Dublin in March, Åre in April, and good buddy Andreas is coming over next weekend... 2024's shaping up nicely so far.

I started this and my resolution post in good time today, but as always I'm finishing it up as the fireworks start streaking across the sky, typing frantically, late to the party - good thing it's just my parents - but we shall cheer in a moment and air in the New Year... and I shall hit the publish button here right after.

We have cider and chocolate and a sense of hope and anticipation that somehow keeps coming back to us even in these darker times as soon as the loud noises kick in, the sulfur aroma sifts through the air, and the bleak upper expanse of darkness lights up with radiant plumes of green and blue, burning red, and silver and gold in a confetti-like sparkle...

This life's not so bad after all y'all. The lights feel like community.

2024! Let's make it true indeed.

You can find that recent resolutions post here.

Happy New Year!

Resolutions 2023

I would've liked to start the New Year with a clean slate.

I always do, yet I realized early on I wouldn't be able to with this one. And so I think I've come to peace with that prospect a bit more than usual.

Life runs on.

It runs on regardless of if there is a new year or no. Or new week or no. Whatever phase of days you currently reside in, it moves on, so why treat any new day any different? It always comes with the same amount of potential for betterment and progress - even if a 'New Year' somehow still carries with it that illusion of MORE.

Maybe it's because we change our calendars.

Maybe it's because we get new diaries, and schedules, and routines, and that our new plans and ambitions also manifest themselves in new machinery we now rely on to carry us forward, like for example a brand new cellphone that'll allow us to be however many times more productive than we were before (I just bought one - a Samsung S10e - it boots fast, takes good pictures and fits my pocket - so far I love it), but really... shouldn't we slow down instead?

What's the point of letting ourselves be carried away on this wave of technological revolution, where on top it may look fine and futuristic, but below all the fascinating creatures we share this planet with are dying at our expense, and we leave behind this radical rainbow of newness a trail of scorched earth, plastics, pesticides, mountains of trash and bitterness?

I'd like to start this new year new, too... but I want to start with a newfound sense of consistency in regard to this newness I aim to find. I don't want the NEW year to end up like the old one - which though not bad, has just blown by, and once again I don't feel I managed anywhere near as much as I hoped I would.

I've watched a ton of movies though - and still have reviews in draft to last me half another year. So I definitely managed THAT resolution. To leave at least one review a day for the full duration of the year.

But how does that benefit me in the long run? Why did I think it would?

I imagine I set that as a resolution since I figured it'd allow me to finally get through the surplus of drafts I had lying around at the time. Instead I've just watched more, and I still have drafts lying around.

I am the type of person who doesn't like to leave anything with nothing.
So if I'm running out of reviews: I write ahead. I bunker up. I hunker down. I put on a film or two. Time or no time. But I also enjoy film, and I don't want that like to turn more into a chore, so no more.

I'll still be watching movies, mind you, but not by resolution. I'll watch movies when I want to watch a movie - that's all the commitment a pastime as such should require - even if these reviews do contribute to the wealth of content that now exists on this site, and make me feel at least a little productive in times I am otherwise not...

But I wasn't happy with my progress last year either. I rarely am.

I am happy I don't have a cold this Christmas. I don't have that as an excuse for my recent lack of progress site-wise, but I have had a freelance gig going on since the start of November that's been eating virtually all excess time I have, so this year I have an even better excuse! Win or lose it's: still excuses.

First thing's first, though this life doesn't always go how you choose it, you need to force yourself to stay congruent. Motivate yourself. Keep moving. So once again I'd like to remind myself, that no matter how much time I've left behind, for the future: Don't wait, but don't haste. Don't hesitate. Don't stall, don't fall, don't all. Don't say "yes" if you stress. Don't do if you are not supposed to. But mostly, a 'can't do' won't do: think instead of what you could do. Be good too.

That's what I will, and what you should do.

And so, resolutions! What this post is supposed to be all about:

2023

This year I vowed to...

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Rocket Santa

Merry Sleddin'!

The One Piece

I cannot wait for this! Even though still watching the regular show, that's been going since the late nineties... wonder how having two of these run in parallel will work. Even if the old one may be nearing an end point it seems they'll run alongside each other for at least a while.

I presume plenty of folks will tune into the new show - both old and new viewers - but what about the ongoing one?

Seems it'd be a bit discouraging to keep animating that when you know you're working double; that there'll hopefully eventually be a better version of what you're currently working on out there for the world to see. That all may eventually remember the franchise by. Your work lost and forgotten.

Super curious. Will this show last? Will the other? Will it end abruptly like the reboot of Hunter X Hunter? Will it be good...?

Can't wait to find out.

Lentil Christmas

Even got some sunshine today! :D Never mind the chips. Better pictures.

Merry Christmas!

Lentil Chips & Gentle Christmas

I got a delivery today, good food for the holidays! Though they delivered just two boxes, there were supposed to be three, and it seems I am missing seven bags of lentil chips on my order... hope they haven't lost that third box. I thought it'd deliver today too. What do. No chips. Cold brew.

Anyway I am free for the moment! We're taking a break from the design gig. For four days. I plan to spend this time scheduling movie reviews till the end of the year, and going through the ones I've already posted albeit with very rapid and non-impeccable revision the last month or so, get some much-required rest and refreshment and maybe celebrate some Christmas!!! We got snow. In droves. I plowed some this morning. In gloves. It's bright. It glows. Guest room? This shows:

23/12/2023 - Upper Guestroom Window

Also here's a pretty cool alternative Christmas decoration idea. If you still have analog shizzle in da house fo rizzle. Want to bet all my pretzel?

In other news I realized I just got my hundredth paycheck from my current employer before Christmas this year! That's pretty cool innit. Individual amounts may not be great but it all amounts. That's what counts. The Dracula's. That's what it's all about.

Also got a review of the games I've played this year on Steam - they're not many but apparently you can share that review. So there.

Here's last year.

I vowed to play more Venetica after I got back from summer but that's not happening is it. What happened to the time. What happened to the summer!

I have been playing some Advance Wars instead. Post PC. It's portable.

Ran through the first game in two nights, and so far the second one's proving both longer (with a bit unnecessarily much dialog and introduction on the campaign now comparing - the first one was moderate with all - both intros and endings) and more entertaining! And easy. And balanced.

It gets progressively more challenging as you go, and I just realized whilst typing this that I think I forgot you could opt for a more difficult campaign mode when you start a new campaign too, just need to hit the Select button. That feature wasn't only available in the DS one was it...

The second game's great anyhow.

The levels are memorable, and unique. The title's witty. The characters are charming - but also admirable and real when situations gets serious. The innovations are plentiful. The Neotanks are such a great addition - and that's the one addition.

It's enough. The levels provide the variation. Innovation gets a bit much in further games, compared to this one. It was so good. So balanced. So much text yeah but apart from that... such a great game. Still.

The UI's maybe the best part. Creative. Clean. Still in that design mind.

I'll be packing presents pretty much all day tomorrow but I do plan to play some more Advance Wars tonight! And then...

Merry Christmas y'all!
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