Lately I’ve found in me a new determination that I can reach my goals and more importantly change myself. I think it probably has come from being sick and having to do drastic life changes with my back up against the wall. Once you do what others can’t and find success strung together you start to see obstacles being overcome as just a matter of time. I know I can learn to do things differently because I have. Now I just have the pleasure of deciding what to do and seeing it done. That’s how I’m going to look at this year.
Christmas went well this year. I think my sister and I were determined to have a proper one and did all of the steps deliberately. Including going to A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ New Musical live downtown. This was the first Christmas with two dogs in the family. Lucy is my sister’s dog and Sophie is of course my parents’. Lucy is the new one. The beagle. But she is older than Sophie. I got them both presents this year and they liked them in their doggie fashion. Eat, destroy, repeat. (insert “look at their widdle faces” comment here)
Animal minds are simple, and therefore sharp. Animals never spend time dividing experience into little bits and speculating about all the bits they’ve missed. The whole panoply of the universe has been neatly expressed to them as things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. This frees the mind from unnecessary thoughts and gives it a cutting edge where it matters. Your normal animal, in fact, never tries to walk and chew gum at the same time. – Terry Pratchett
I spotted this new sign along the construction area near the trail by where I work. Nice bat sign. While on this walk I worked my way down Cesar Chavez and was walking about five paces behind a couple of middle aged hotel workers who were headed home. One guy looked back to see who was behind him and he saw my Seattle Seahawks shirt I wear every day after a win. We started to chat about football and the Seahawks. He was a 49ers fan, but in Austin we are all immigrants and used to fragmentation of the fandom. People get along about sports I find. It was one of my better conversations. We all talked for a good fifteen minutes until our paths separated again. Between work and my limited social life due to the inconveniences of how I’m sick I don’t actually get to talk to the Everyman in Austin much but every time I do it’s a lot of fun.
A slice of America (the world really) got addicted to the podcast Serial this Fall. I listen to podcasts every day at work be it sports, news, science, or fun stuff like How Things Work, This American Life, America’s Test Kitchen, and Things You Missed in History Class. So when This American Life ran the first episode of Serial of course I was hooked and subscribed to it as well. The format of This American Life spread between 12 parts was perfect. I don’t have a lot of thoughts on the case itself besides a general certainty that “Jay lies” and a hope that the Innocence Project and DNA testing sheds some light on it all. The issues surrounding an appeal needs a home run like that to even get off the ground so it is hard for me to consider the “he said she said” of circumstantial evidence too much as that has no effect on anything legally. So that is that. Science or bust. 2014 was the Year of The Trunk Pop. Hopefully 2015 brings indisputable evidence.
Because of Serial I read Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test. It was a good, short read that introduced names and history that could lead off into other rabbit trails. It also introduced paranoia and armchair diagnosis, but that’s for another time. Anyway, that’s how learning works for me as an adult. Something entertaining brings me in. I look for a general book on the subject. Then use that to find more specific topics.
I just finished Netflix’s Marco Polo for example. It was much better than the critics said. Not perfect, but interesting. Beyond the story, it included a cast of terrific Asian actors that isn’t usually assembled for a Western tv series. Much like how the cast makeup of Orange is a New Black isn’t the norm for female actresses too. Netflix makes interesting choices. And now that I’m into the subject I’m going to track down a book on Marco Polo. Who knows where that will take me.
I have some new projects in the works this year. New infographics I’ve been thinking about. I started my 2015 Seattle Reign poster early. (see last year’s poster) There are no new kits released yet to illustrate, but I went ahead and knocked out Keelin Winters and Kim Little as well as updated the other three a bit into a new poster. Hopefully the roster doesn’t take an unexpected turn. When the new kits come out I’ll update the rest, maybe revisit the background depending on the kits, and release the poster. Until then here they are cheezin.