I decided if I keep up my good work, I'll reward myself with a better guitar for a New Year's present. I have no idea what "a better guitar" costs or what I should look for. Advice welcome!
I started playing guitar in April. I wanted a hobby that wasn't staring at Twitter so I bought a super cheap second hand plastic one and started watching YouTube tutorials. I've been pretty good about practicing 5 to 7 days a week and I can play a handful of songs now and learning a few basic techniques like hammer ons and palm muting. I started taking lessons three weeks ago and I'm having fun and staring at Twitter less.
The year is 2026: The US finally enjoys nationalised healthcare and a representative parliamentary system of government thanks to a child's carefully-constructed Make-a-Wish request.
Boss makes a dollar
I make a dime
That was a poem
From a simpler time
Boss makes three dollars
The economy's lit
I make a penny
And I haven't got shit
Ha! Love how this library patron got to page 252 of this pretty unrealistic detective novel and was like, "this inconsistency cannot stand!"
You know what would make a good podcast? Talk about homelessness in one city. Talk with folks living in the street, people couch surfing and sleeping in cars. Talk to ER staff and service workers, homeless activists and housing activists. Interview YIMBYs and NIMBYs and family of chronically homeless folks. Recruit some folks who are homeless to work on the podcast (for pay).
It feels like there's not a real effort to break down the specific causes and solutions are here...
I think this is my retirement from home projects.
I'm 44. There are only so many things I can do with the rest of my life. Is home repair something I really want to get competent at?
I'm lucky to have a job I like ok that pays a good, union wage. Would I rather go to work and do some nursing and then use that money to pay someone who is actually good at carpentry and likes doing it?
Yes, I think I would.
I just spent several hours working on this laundry line project I've been envisioning for several months. I cut the wood, dug post holes, and now I'm sitting here staring at the pieces of wood feeling like, I don't want to do this at all.
For some reason, the movies I've seen over the last few months, and the book I just finished, are all politically thoughtful and smart in many ways, but are also all about dudes, with the only female characters being ostensibly woke but actually narratively just some guy's girlfriend. Sorry to Bother You, Blackkklansman, Blindspotting, and The Sympathizer, I'm looking at you! I have a high tolerance for dude art but in aggregate it's too much. I need a break.
Seeing people who more or less share my gender, like Hannah Gadsby, on TV, is such a weird, disorienting, and honestly uncomfortable experience, I don't know how to file it emotionally
Raisin is not helping with the laundry folding
Really hoping this company also makes Cylon toasters
Oakland, housing, homelessness, health, race, capitalism. Also donuts, reading books, nature, bike rides, kids.
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more