Thorough randomness alert…
I’ve been doing pretty well with reading every day, 10 pages at the end of the day before going to sleep. I’m on my fourth or fifth book this year. I’m amazed at people who can read, say, 50 books a year – even when I was reading a lot, I didn’t get through that many. For the last couple of years I’ve shot for 20 books, and missed it each year. This year I’m going for 15 – fingers crossed I succeed this year.
I have, miraculously, been working on writing. Mostly not writing, really, but digging into one of my unfinished novels and working on the plot. Not a lot of words to show for it, but hopefully some momentum. Check in with me at the end of the month.
I have several random draft posts that I’ve started, but a lot of the topics are old by now. However, there are a couple I’d still like to talk about:
- Do you remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Your Facebook newsfeed was filled with videos of people pouring ice water on their heads. It raised a ton of money for the ALS Association, but it also garnered a lot of hate. Many people got sick of the videos, and it became a way to prove you were “cool,” I think. Several articles were written about “slactivism” and the crudeness of publicizing one’s generosity. While I understand how seeing people post the same thing over and over again can be annoying (hello, The Dress is obviously BLUE!), I didn’t understand the real hatred I started to read. I don’t understand the difference between the Ice Bucket Challenge and Movember, or, for that matter, Race for the Cure. What’s the difference between videos of the Ice Bucket Challenge filling your news feed and pictures of people in pink wigs, or with full beards? Why is boasting about running 3 miles in a pink tutu okay, but pouring water over your head isn’t? If someone can explain that to me, please try.
- Linda Holmes had a great blog post about Hallmark channel movies. I absolutely love this post because she says exactly how I feel about them. Are they cheesy? As hell. Are they bad? Usually. But it’s great white noise, and I’m a sucker for a cheesy romance sometimes. I miss turning on the TV and zoning out for a couple of hours of fluff. I have a feeling it will be a few more years before I can do that again…
- I really loved this blog post from Chuck Wendig about money and politics. Regardless of his personal political leanings (seriously, if you don’t agree with what he has to say about the current Republican and Democrat modes, please just skip down to the 10th paragraph, because any political leanings are irrelevant to the meat of the post), I think he’s spot on when he says “money imbalances democracy.” The US government is no longer a government of the people, for the people, by the people. It’s a government run by lobby groups, who are certainly not interested in what’s best for the public as a whole.
I rarely turn the TV on during the day, because it distracts Baby J (which is exactly why I do turn it on when I need to cut his nails). Plus, you know, experts say TV isn’t great for babies. But we don’t have a radio at home, so I had been playing music online through the TV – except the the TV was still on, even if it was just a desktop photo (we use our computer hooked to the TV). So I started looking for podcasts that play music, and of course All Songs Considered came to mind. I had never listened to it before, but now have listened to 5-10 podcasts. And I have to say – Am I missing something? I don’t get it. I would say I like about 5% of the songs they play. Additionally, I find the hosts mildly pretentious – “The bass at the beginning makes you think of African tribes gathered around a fire pit in celebration.” Uuuuuuhhhhhh…….yeah.
I do like the Morning Becomes Eclectic podcast, though.
Anyone have a good music podcast they listen to?