A few months ago I joined (sort of started?) a book club. We meet once a month. Every time we decide on the next meeting time, I set a calendar reminder for a week before, so I have time to read the book. Except that isn’t enough time to read the book, so I end up reading a lot more during that week than I usually do.
Sunday night, I slept like crap. I felt sick, and I had been drinking, so I decided not to take melatonin to help me sleep. Normally, this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but I slept like crap Friday night, too, and slept in WAY too late on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As a result, I was up until after 3 AM.
tl;wr: bookmarklets are awesome, and you should use them.
When I was home for Christmas, I discovered that my brother didn’t know what bookmarklets were. This sort of blew my mind, because he is a pretty savvy internetter. I use bookmarklets more than any other bookmark I have. The fact that he had no idea what they were made me realize that maybe they aren’t commonly known and used. Which, frankly, is a shame.
TL;WR: #FirstWorldProblems and Google is EVERYWHERE
Google makes me nervous. The oft mentioned slogan “Don’t be evil.” makes me even more nervous. Google has to make a point of reminding themselves not to be evil. People don’t walk around with the mantra “don’t murder anyone” repeating in their head. Unless that is actually a risk. I use Google a lot, and I’ve been thinking lately about using them less. This post is mostly just me thinking “out loud” on how, or even if, that’s possible. Hell, this blog is hosted through Blogger, which is owned by Google.
One of my resolutions this year is to Get Weird. It is a modification to a resolution from a few years ago, to Do Awesome Things. I was checking my calendar on Monday (the 7th), when a Nerd York City entry jumped out at me: How to Trespass. This sounded really interesting, and Weird. So I decided to check it out. As you can see from the photo above, it was definitely weird. That’s a carousel horse on the stage. As might also be able to tell, the place was PACKED. Apparently, white New Yorkers are really into being where they aren’t supposed to be. (I specifically mention that most of the people there were white, because it will come up later.)
TL;WR (Too Long; Won’t Read):
10PM: IFTTT texts me, reminding me I feel better when I get sufficient sleep. Within (usually) about 30 minutes, I have shut off my TV, and taken a melatonin. I set a countdown timer for 9 hours, climb into bed, and load up the fiction book I’m currently reading on my kindle. (I save non-fiction for my commute.) Then read until I fall asleep. About 8 hours after that, I wake up without the ability to snooze, feeling much better rested than I used to be.
Over the last few years, I, like every one else on the planet, have created and failed to follow through on New Year’s resolutions. However, as I think I have stated before, even though I failed, I was still glad to have tried. This year, I want to try harder. If trying and failing felt good, trying and succeeding must feel great.