What I watched: We jumped off the sinking ship named Sprint and joined the not-yet-sinking ship named Verizon this week, so now we have access to Disney+. I will admit to a bit of surprise that there isn’t more content on that service considering Disney’s hegemony in the entertainment world. Anyway, I started watching WandaVision. Just the first couple episodes so far. It’s weird yet enjoyable. I also like that they are essentially ½ hour shows which make them more digestible because I tend to do this kind of watching during my lunch break. Also: for those of you who have already watched it—no goddamned spoilers.
What I read: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I’ve always enjoyed Weir’s books, and I think I’ve figured out why: because he seems to have been pretty heavily influenced by the Arthur C. Clarke school of science fiction writing. It’s science fiction based on…science…and the prose is snappy and very readable. He explains why things work the way they do, without turning the story into something more akin to a peer-reviewed journal article. Anyway, I recommend the book. I think Weir also might have stolen a little bit from Rendevouz with Rama, which I started reading after Project Hail Mary—but Clarke is long dead so I don’t expect his estate to sue for infringement.
What I listened to: I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Joe Bonamassa lately.
It’s been much hotter, much earlier than usual. This means that our cabbages and lettuces will likely bolt before they’re ready to harvest, which sucks. Also, I think that the heat pump cooling system in the sunroom isn’t working right, which means that at 9:42 am while I’m typing this, it’s already 80 fucking degrees in this room. I’d like to just go put my laptop on the dock to use it as a standing desk while hanging out in the lake but the lake is dealing with a major algae bloom which means lots of scummy shit that is not pleasant to deal with. This makes me want to buy a gallon of ice cream, but I’m too invested in the weight loss over the past few months, so I guess I just get to be hot and pissed off. But, I get to look forward to lots of rain this weekend which means little to no planting in the garden—and I’ve got some plants that NEED to go in the ground. It will also set up a dilemma for how I plan to grill all the damned burgers, hot dogs and sausages for the little get-together we’re having with the girls and their respective guys on Sunday. Are these high-class problems? You bet your ass they are.
What’s your plan this weekend? Some of you don’t get Monday off, which sucks to be you. So, tell us what’s been on your distracting entertainment list this week.