I have this paper calendar on my desk. Three fourths of the space on the left is devoted to a weekly calendar. It’s here that I’ve started making weekly meal plans, and writing down appointments and work schedules for the household. I am more likely to use this than a digital calendar I’ve realized, and I can easily get an idea of my non-work week which is a huge help.
But the right side, the smaller portion to the right of the calendar, with it’s own perforated markings ready to tear away from the stack, is a bulleted and lined list template with “To Do” written at the top. The implications are clear: this isn’t to take notes. This isn’t to track a call or meetings. This is to write down the tasks that need to get done, and to bubble in when they are complete.
Myself, I prefer a satisfying strike-through of that list. Making it clear that I am done with one task and ready for the next. The problem is some of them I foolishly put on there are never done. Or are such long term goals that they need to be split up. Then what? I have a reminder always dangling, always on my mind.
Sometimes life gets in the way, and it’s hard to think about the longer term. You have a running list of future plans and tasks and that quarterly and yearly and five and ten and twenty year plan goal list, and on and on. For me, the only fix is a bit of a break where I force myself away from the computer, and I force myself away from the list.
I’m going to take time off in a week and a half. I’m going to see a loved one and spend some uninterrupted time with them. I’m going to read. I’m going to watch cartoons. I’m going to do some writing for myself maybe.
I’m going to make space to breathe and think and look to the future and not just the task list that sits on my desk, always in view.
How Bluey Became the Best Kids’ Show of Our Time – Kathryn VanArendonk, Vulture
I will not apologize for loving a children’s cartoon about a family of heelers. Season two is available starting today! Only downside of this lovely cartoon is that you need Disney+ to stream it in the US.
The Dogs That Grew Wool and the People Who Love Them – Virginia Morell, Hakai Magazine
Speaking of dogs, I was sent this article by Shooshy, who was correct in assuming that it would be up my alley.
Florida’s New Social Media Law Will Be Laughed Out of Court – Gilad Edelman, Wired
Should you be surprised? It’s Florida! A few weeks ago I shared video of my state house rep, Anna Eskamani, questioning the original bill authors to show how ridiculous the carve-outs and exemptions to an already ridiculous bill were.
‘We’ve finally made it’: Streamers ecstatic as Twitch finally add transgender tag – and hundreds more – Ed Nightingale, PinkNews
Awesome! More ways to get targeted harassment while I’m streaming!
Twitch added lots of tags to identify your stream, lots of new ones to celebrate the diversity of streamers, which is great! They’ve even added a furry tag finally!
But I’ve also already had people stop by my stream to post hateful comments because of the tags that I’ve used, and I’m a fairly cis, boring, and intermittent streamer as is. Doing this long-term would be a nightmare.
People Are Ready To Log Off Social Media For Good – Shannon Keating, BuzzFeed News
I’ve been there. I’m still there. I am confined mainly to two Twitter and two Mastodon accounts, and part of me wonders if they should go too.
John Steinbeck’s estate urged to let the world read his shunned werewolf novel – Dalya Alberge, The Guardian
Let us read the werewolves! I would definitely get this book were it published.
Are You Scared of Someone Hiding In Your Home?
My friend Allie loves Watcher even more than I do, but one of the favorites that we both share are the scary stories that they tell. I just love the dichotomy of Ryan and Shane in any situation.
Building the Ultimate Breath of the Wild Playhouse
Can I have this built in my backyard, but big enough for me to use as a separate office?
Rocko’s Modern Life: Cartoons Coming out of the Closet
I didn’t think that there was any question, as an adult, of the nature of a lot of innuendo in Rocko’s Modern Life. The 2019 Netflix movie was a good followup of the original show and the trans storyline was not bad.
Episode 62: Mental Health Roundtable – Commune College
This made me feel a lot of things. Not least of which is that there are some parts of my life that I’ve been examining more internally but would like some trained outside support with.
6: Website Maintenance with david Wolfpaw – In the Loop
I’m on a podcast this week! Talking IndieWeb, WP maintenance, and some thoughts about the web in general. I would love to come on your show and talk about the internet 😂
Similarly, I felt a lot from this. I can’t wait to see how far Lil Nas X goes.
Sci-Fi Music Video “Algorithm” | DUST
I believe that most, if not all of this is technically feasible at this point. I just don’t imagine any company *cough cough Amazon* would cop to actually being able to do most of this.
Wanna share the stuff that you liked this week? See yall next week and stay safe! 💝