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I caved in and bought a fidget cube. I am trying it right now while listening to an online business meeting (in which I only have a passive role) and… it kind of helps, I think? I managed to be more focused on what the speakers were saying, and I haven’t wasted any paper with my doodles. But this is also a meeting in which nothing happens if I am not paying attention: I should try using the cube in situations in which my attention is much more important.
When I wrote this toot I was joking because the package was in Chicago at the time… and it was still there yesterday, according to the USPS tracking. But I feel like it has just been loaded onto a plane to be transported to this side of the Atlantic. Maybe I’ll have it delivered in the next weeks
The original list had only the title and the year, and there were cases in which the authors may have mixed stuff up, so some of the identification is dubious. Finding the same list on IMDB helped, but even the person who curated that one made some mistakes and arbitrary choices.
I finally completed the movie list I talked about yesterday. It's a collection of “incredibly strange films” from an underground book of the 1980s: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/reslashsearchs+incredibly+strange+films/miramarco/
And while I was checking one of its most obscure titles, I found out that someone else had already uploaded the list on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/maxwren/list/re-search-10-incredibly-strange-films/
I will also check whether that new list is also on Letterboxd, and if it’s not, I’ll add it there too
I keep a personal list of unusual Wikipedia articles (which completes Wikipedia's own list), and I have so many history-related entries that I've divided them by centuries.
But the list of 21st century-related articles has only two entries – even fewer than “The Future”. Why did I put only two? Did I put most of the unusual things that happened in the last 20 years in other categories (such as “Internet culture”)?
Or, as I suspect, things that happened during my lifetime don't feel “unusual” to me, so I don't even realize they would fit my list?
(Yes, I am saying this only because I'm listening to this year's Eurovision songs and rating them.)
I know that I am a (relatively) better film critic than a music one. When I watch a movie, I can sense what the filmmakers' intents were, and by focusing on the difference between intention and output, I can make a judgment that is independent from whether I liked it or not.
But with music? I can't say anything about that discrepancy; I am not able to tell what the musicians were trying to achieve. So my commentary is just “I like this” and “This is not for me”.
I just noticed that there are two songs with the same title in this year's #Eurovision Song Contest, and that title is “Amen”
Me, at the beginning of the song: “Okay, I've been listening to this one on loop for too long. Once it's over, I'll switch to another song.”
Me, halfway through the song: “But this part is soooooo epic!”
Me, at the end of the song: “What? It's already over? Let me listen to it one more time…”
Rinse and repeat.