3 whole days!

If Taylor Swift’s curated playlist, on Apple Music, tells me anything, it’s that she and I do not share the same taste in music.

I’m headed into the three day weekend having met all of my deadlines on both the work and the school fronts. This means, there is not excuse for me not to enjoy this time off. My brother in law is spending the weekend with us so, it gives us a good opportunity to play tourist and enjoy the area.

With nothing hanging over me. It feels good. Stress free. Clearing the road for a very enjoyable three day weekend.

Songs are getting shorter?

Something that I have noticed, over the years, is that songs seem to be getting shorter. It’s almost at a point where, for me, if a song is over 3:30 then I feel like it’s going on for too long. This is crazy considering most of my favorite songs (mostly classic rock) are between 4 and 8 minutes long, and I have no issues with them whatsoever.

Is my attention span shorter (well, yes)? Am I just noticing something that really isn’t even a “thing”? Turns out, it’s somewhat true. Songs are getting shorter, and for a reason. Thanks, streaming services!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with short songs. If they tell the story the writer/performer wants, and they are enjoyable to you, go an enjoy them. The same goes for longer songs.

I just found the shortening of song tracks, fascinating.

King of the Monsters

Godzilla (2014).

I was pleasantly surprised by this version. The 1998 abomination left a really bad taste in my mouth for any USA, big-studio remakes of Godzilla. I think it was Bryan Cranston’s performance that made me realize, early on, that this movie would be different. Very different. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s actually one of my favorite iterations of Godzilla.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

So, after seeing trailers for this one, I have very high hopes. The cinematography (at least in the trailers) looks amazing. There are some great actors in this too so, I’m just really really hopeful.

Another set to the queue

2287 Pieces…

I added a 5th set the the queue of Lego sets that I need to put together. I try to only indulge in the sets that really interest me; the ones that really look like they’re going to be released just once and will be hard to find down the line.

When I saw this Stranger Things set, I purchased the morning it was released. It arrived today. The box is huge! It looks really cool, with a lot of details throughout. I love how they handled the upside down with the real world, creating a set that you could flip over.

Now, I just need to find some more time to get through,

  1. Saturn V
  2. Wall-E
  3. Volkswagon T1 Camper Van
  4. Voltron, and
  5. The Upside Down (Stranger Things)

Five things for the week

Mid morning naps

1. Series Finales

I have been getting increasingly frustrated with the way The Big Bang Theory has been written for the past few seasons. It just stopped being funny and felt like the storylines were flat. Like no one was making an effort. This last season has been increasingly irritating because I kept expecting big things to happen being that it was the last season but, no… still flat.

Though, I will say, the series finale did end in a way that was fitting for the series. It was fun to watch that.

Now, here’s hoping that Game of Thrones, with tonight’s series finale, salvages something from the past few seasons…

2. Work-Life balance

Adjust your perspective to see and understand things differently. If you don’t like what you see, what you learn, then make changes to what you can make changes to. My main thing? I need to get away from the feeling that I have to be working all the time. It’s a feeling that I just can’t shake. Even when I’m caught up with everything and have plenty of time to complete tasks, I feel hurried and stressed and feeling that I need to sit down and do it all. I feel guilty that I have free time. That’s not right.

3. Read

Aguacero, by Patricia Engel – Wow. I love a good short story. This is a STELLAR short story.

Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. This is clearly evident anytime you travel to any modern city outside of the USA. There are cities and countries that are truly innovating and placing priorities on moving people around their city, without prioritizing automobiles. It’s mind boggling how far behind our transit systems in, say New York City or DC compared to those in Seoul or London. I was more recently surprised by how efficient Austria was with their trains, buses, and street cars. We need to do more.

My ULTIMATE real world REVIEW of the FUJIFILM FUJINON 23mm f2This blog post, by Aiden Morgan, made me laugh at a time when I least expected (especially due to the post title) and at a time when I really appreciated the laugh.

4. Watched

In addition to the series finales mentioned above,

Jailbirds, s1Most of my enjoyment from watching this came from knowing that 1) this was taking pace in my city, and 2) I have driven by the “tower” a few times a week since we moved here. There really wasn’t any character that I “followed” or found myself sympathizing with. I was fascinated with the use of the toilets for “fishing” and as “phones”. I had to turn away from some of those scenes, though. Somewhat disgusting. Also, so much drama everywhere. Everyone is messy!

Lucifer, s4 My wife was so happy that Netflix picked this show up (after it’s cancellation from network tv) but, with reservations. I paid attention to ~75% of it while she watched and can honestly say, I find it tedious.

5. Listened

KCRW Good Food, May 18th Roy Choi is doing some good, really needed things. Pay attention. And Bill Esparza’s Taqueando sounds like something that I need to go to.