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Sep 10, 2023

Finally understanding the plot of a movie I watched 12 years ago

Wow, I’m a little surprised I hadn’t posted anything since I moved to the house. Then again, this year seems to have passed by even quicker than usual. First it’s January and it’s a whirlwind of activity prepping for the move and coordinating the tail-end of the renovations…next thing you know, it’s September and we’ve been here for 8 months.

Just to provide a sense of closure: yes, we did it! We moved in!

If I were to summarize where we are now, I would say that we’re past the “fun getting stuff to fill up the extra space” phase and in the “what am I supposed to do now, thinking about this house has been my last 2 years” phase. Though make no mistake: there is still an endless stream of house stuff to do, and more renovations to eventually plan–it’s just kinda settled into the background.

I need a new foreground thing.

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Jan 1, 2020

2020s Decade Predictions

It’s already the end of the second decade of the 2000s! (Well ACKSHULLY some people would say that won’t be til 2021, but let’s just go with it.) What were some of the biggest cultural changes of the last 10 years? (I’ll limit myself to 5 to keep the list concise.)
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Feb 2, 2019

Best Albums Ever: A Completely Objective List

A comment in a r/music reminded me of the Jimmy Eat World song If You Don’t, Don’t and pointed out that pretty much every Jimmy Eat World song I loved was on one album which must, objectively (subjectively), make it one of the best albums of all time.

I grew up in a period (and social class) where I didn’t really group songs by “album” (why? 1) no allowance to buy CDs, 2) the internet) so it usually comes as a surprise to me when 1 album has a cluster of my favorite songs. Anyway, it got me thinking and after 5 minutes (this is definitely a deep and well-thought out list), I have compiled a list of my favorite albums of all time, in no order:

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
The Killers - Sam's Town
All American Rejects - Move Along
Brand New - Deja Entendu
Panic at the Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory AND Meteora
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Not trying to be edgy or pretentious–these are pretty mainstream albums. But they’re mainstream for a reason–they’re objectively the best.

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