I'm a bit behind on 100 Days to Offload this year already, so I thought I'd take a page out of some of my favorite blogs to read (specifically JoelChrono and hyde) in drafting up a summary of my month and the kinds of content I consumed.
In terms of accomplishments and events this month, I got some awesome opportunities:
- I got to fly out of state and see some family for the first time in a while, and I hope to take advantage of free time over the summer to see them again because it was an awesome time.
- Built LEGOs for the first time in a while.
- Got the organization bylaws rewrite I had been working on since the beginning of December voted on and codified.
- Brought out the local radio club's emergency communications trailer to my college campus for Winter Field Day and helped friends make their first on-the-air HF contacts.
- Finished my first full Dungeons & Dragons campaign as a player (Curse of Strahd), and did a Session 0 for another campaign in the same group.
I'm really proud of everything I did this month even though the month sped by really quickly. Below, I'll talk a bit about some content I consumed and my thoughts briefly.
Usually, I don't really watch TV shows since they're not my favorite medium of content. However, this month I watched the new Peacock show ted (a spin-off of the movies of the same name) and it was pretty good. Some raunchy humor in the style of the movies but it does a pretty good job at bringing some humor forward while also being character focused and not all jokes. I really appreciated this version and would even recommend this show over the movies.
At the beginning of the month, before going back to school, I decided to watch a whole bunch of movies to get some movies off my watchlist.
- BlacKkKlansman (2018) was a fantastic film with fantastic actors, and I highly recommend it if you're able to deal with the topic of racism as presented in the film.
- Burnt (2015) had a good premise, and is definitely getting some increased traction with the TV show The Bear, but wasn't very well executed in my opinion.
- 13 Going on 30 (2004) was a great, light-hearted rom-com with an interesting premise and I really enjoyed it.
- Now You See Me (2013) is a great premise and I love a cool magician story, but Now You See Me 2 (2016) didn't feel as well executed and only had a few real stand-out scenes.
- Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) was a little funny, but a bit too raunchy and relying on that for its humor that it fell off a bit.
- That's My Boy (2012) was an awful premise, and awful execution that was only really redeemed by a few good Adam Sandler comedy moments.
- The Proposal (2009) was another movie with an interesting concept, but no likable characters that just made me uninterested and disconnected from the film.
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) was a pretty cool and interesting action film. I'm really interested now in the new re-imagining that's coming out soon with Donald Glover.
I also saw the new Mean Girls movie (2024) in theaters, which was pretty good but I personally think could have done better on the casting.
You can find my more spoiler-prone reviews for all of these here on my Letterboxd profile.
I also started taking a class on African-American Cinema this semester, but so far we are in the transitional period between silent and sound films and I've learned over the years that I'm not a fan of silent films and don't feel like I'm watching them close enough to have a clear enough understanding to rank them.
I started reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett at the beginning of this month, but have been struggling to get through it.
In December, I did get through The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, but books are another genre and form that I don't feel as comfortable ranking and reviewing as I don't feel like I'm grasping enough to have a good idea of how to rank them.
I think I'll put some books on hold and truly focus on films for a bit. Maybe I'll try and grind out my To-Be-Read list over the summer when I have less distractions and no reading to do for school.
I need to get back into listening to podcasts again, but I usually listen to one or two episodes of the Ham Radio Crash Course Podcast each month and really enjoy it. Anyone with an interest in ham radio, prepping, or that just generally wants to have a good laugh and something to play in the background will enjoy this.
I'm excited to see where February will bring me and I can continue to write these. I really enjoyed writing this one!
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