Showing posts from January, 2022

Squawk Box: Ted Lasso/Mare of Easttown

When Foundation dropped on AppleTV a few months ago, I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on the two-month free trial that came along with my shiny new iPhone. There were plenty of shows I was interested in on AppleTV- mainly Foundation , but also For All Mankind and eventually, just randomly, I decided to give Ted Lasso a whirl.  I raced through the first three episodes and then immediately realized that the Missus may like this show as well, so we started over from the beginning and raced through both of the seasons together.  The ultimate fish-out-of-water story, Ted Lasso is the story of an American football coach, Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) who is hired by the new owner of Richmond F.C, the recently divorced Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) who 'won' the team in her recent divorce from her wealthy husband Rupert (Anthony Head.) Bitter and wanting revenge on her ex-husband, she has hired Ted to run the team into the ground. Ted seems to be unaware of all of this

It Finally Happened

I never thought it would actually happen. There were too many horror stories about people having the rug pulled out from underneath them at the last minute. Of being told they didn't have the right loans or they had done something wrong or failed to submit this certification or that. I was pretty convinced I was doing everything right, but I never wanted to believe. I never wanted to get excited. I wanted to treat this like winning the lottery: it'll be nice if it happens, but I ain't going to believe it until I see it.  Well, guess what? It finally happened: It's kind of a weird feeling, looking at the screenshot even now. It wasn't a herculean feat of human achievement. I just filled out the appropriate forms and stayed at my job for the requisite time period. I also know that I'm coming at this from a place of relatively mild privilege. My loans paid for two degrees and a lot of dumbass financial management in my twenties. There are people who are carrying wa

10 For 2022: Once More Unto The Breach

Ah, the annual exercise in futility has arrived! I posted a success rate of 27.5% last year, which isn't bad and better than I usually do, so for this year I really tried to focus down and hone in on things that I think I could actually get done, one way or the other. So, without further ado, here's 10 For 2022: 1. End the year under 200 lbs 2. Get another tattoo. 3. Complete a 200 day Duolingo streak 4. Goodreads Goal for 2022: 25 books! (I've got an official TBR List for 2022 , but looking at many other lists I've got kicking around I've got Federalist Papers , The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Das Kapital by Karl Marx, The Road to Serfdom by Freidrich Hayek, Capital by Thomas Piketty, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and Ulysses by James Joyce are also books I've wanted to read.) 5. Get back to Intermittent Fasting and do it consistently and correctly for the year! 6. Purge and De-Clutter: With four kids, we're accumulating stuff faster than we probably

Bookshot #149: The Well of Ascension

The second book of the Mistborn trilogy opens with a Final Empire in chaos. Anarchy reigns across the regions as the Lord Ruler's Steel Ministry has vanished with his death. Elend and company have control of Luthadel and are attempting to restore order, but are confronted by three armies that come to lay siege to the capital after it's alleged hidden stash of atium and the political influence that comes with controlling the Lord Ruler's former seat of power. The first army belongs to Elend's father, Straff. The second belongs to Ashweather Cett, the self-declared king of the Western Dominance. The third- and perhaps the most dangerous army consists of Koloss- massive, blue brutish creatures once controlled by the Lord Ruler, but now under the very tenuous control of Elend's former friend Jastes who is buying their obedience with fake coins. With the storm clouds gathering, Vin and Elend discover a set of bones in their keep and realize with the help of the Kondra,