Weekend

Trying to make extra effort to take photos at the weekend but it's hard to be motivated when you're so out of practice. Looking at stuff I took a year ago is depressing because I like it so much more than this stuff.

I do enjoy taking photos of people in the street, though. Feels like ages since I've done that.


Weekend

Tabitha and I spent the day together yesterday and it was a lot of fun. We did pretty much everything we could think of, even in spite of the rain.

Today has been very different. Very difficult. I've been in a terrible mood and I spent a little time drawing and writing and messing with photos and felt a little…not better but…different and not so negative. But now it's Sunday evening and I feel like I wasted the afternoon being a grumpy piece of shit.

I did finish my book though. I am really into ebooks at the moment but I can't get used to the fact that they end 40 pages early. The last pages are always ads or the first chapter of another book. Not cool.


Media Diet

Jason Kottke does these posts where he lists all the stuff he's been reading or watching or whatever. Normally I would do this sort of thing on Twitter but I've been avoiding that and feeling much better lately. I have been missing this outlet though, so have a completely self indulgent, and probably one-time post about what I've been playing, watching, listening to and reading recently. I'm not grading mine, though - this is all A+ stuff.


God of War

I feel like I blasted through this game very quickly. I don't usually have time to complete games, but I was making time for this. We may have also got a new TV for it. The development of Kratos and Atreyus' relationship was very well done, if a little generic, and the fusion of Norse and Greek mythology was very intriguing, as someone with no knowledge of either.


Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

I have a soft spot for DK games, but missed this on the Wii U because my Wii U died and I was probably busy playing Mario Kart. DK always has great platforming. Dixie Kong for life.


Oddmar

This is a delightful platformer in the same vein as the brilliant new Rayman games. Touchscreen controls, but not in a way that made me want to smash everything I could reach before burning my house to the ground.


Worth It

The premise is pretty simple here, but the combination of Andrew, Steven and Adam is a winner. We binged these pretty quickly, then moved onto some of the lifestyle ones. Feel free to pretend that Worth It UK doesn't exist. I was worried my skin was going to crawl off my skeleton.


PewDiePie

We've been watching a lot of PewDiePie and I have found him to be quite funny and lacking in bullshit. But something has changed recently and he's been irritating me quite a lot. I think when the whole racism thing kicked off with him, he stopped wearing his politics on his sleeve, out of self preservation, but they're still there.


Casey Neistat

I have a pretty fickle relationship with Casey. He is a master storyteller - I'm fairly certain I would watch his stories on any subject, but there are some pretty heavy caveats there. 1. he has an annoying habit of earnestly reporting on tragic current events. He seems like a sensitive guy, and I understand why he does this, but something feels quite insincere about it. 2. it feels like he makes stories at the expense of everyone around him. He's been getting a lot better recently; taking time off to spend with family, but he has a pretty old-skool-business, work-yourself-to-death work ethic that I don't like. It's obviously working well for him which is cool, but I don't love it.


Abroad in Japan

Even if you don't have any interest in Japan, you should try this. Chris Broad is an engrossing presenter, and does a brilliant job of demystifying a culture that is pretty shrouded in mystery!


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Maybe my favourite comedy. Perfect casting, and never gets old. I watch this show so much. Ask Charlotte, I watch it all the time.


Craig of the Creek

I loved this cartoon from some of the people who worked on Steven Universe. Watched them all with Tabitha and she loved it too.


The Armed - ONLY LOVE

Experimental hardcore from an incredibly consistent band. Pretty impressive given how varied their output is (if you're into this sort of thing - if you're not it'll all sound the same)


Boss Keloid - Melted on the Inch

Caught these guys at ArcTanGent and didn't love it, but this album was a pleasant surprise. A few superb hooks stand out, but the whole thing overall is very good.


møl - JORD

If there's something I've always wanted more of, it's bands doing what Deafheaven do. møl reduces that formula to super accessible pop songs you can listen to any time.


Rationale - Rationale

This guy's voice is incredible, and the album is full of amazing pop/RnB songs.


Slaves BC - Lo, and I Am Burning

Blackened hardcore nice guys making more enjoyable blackened hardcore. If you like excessively violent music: listen.


Bleachers - Gone Now

Lovely, melancholic pop songs, with insane production. Not joking, this album is perfectly produced.


N K Jemisin - The Broken Earth series

Oh my god, these books. Such a vivid, bleak future. I don't want to give anything away, but this is a brand of fantasy that I can fully get behind. It's so heavy and desperately sad in places, sometimes I have to take a break because I just can't take it any more.


Bank Holiday Stroll

It's not very often we get good weather over a weekend in this country (thanks Brexit) let alone a bank holiday, but it's happened. Went for a wander and an ice cream in the sun. Was pretty good.

Then came home and I worked for a few hours which was less good.

Then I spent a while migrating my text notes from Drafts (which recently pissed me off by moving to a subscription model) to iA Writer which hasn't yet and it had better not. I can't handle more heartbreak.


Sunday

Had a nice relaxed Sunday. Except I don't really like the heat.