For a good explainer video about the Fancy Rat, click here.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
I just finished watching “Incredibles 2” with the daughter in Spanish. This is not a language with which I am very familiar. Not a problem, as I enjoyed the design and palette of the film without the distraction of English words.
The film is awesome in that the central drama was family dynamics, how changing circumstances forced Mr. Incredible (Bob) to put aside his crime-fighting and be a stay-home dad. At home he is beset by problems of his toddler's developing superpowers, his daughter’s crush on a boy complicated by her dual identity of crime-fighter and teenager, and his son’s need for homework help. All this is compounded by his eroding self-worth as society has made his past crime-fighting illegal.
The absolute averageness of Bob at home is hilarious and inspiring. He tries and fails, asks for help, eventually succeeding, showing himself to be a committed and caring father.
Of course there are epic battle scenes with clever and sophisticated villains. The fusions of mid-century décor and futurism is stunning.
My favorite scene is the toddler having a full-on, crazyfight with a kung-fu raccoon raiding the garbage.
This film wins Portdaddia’s highest rating: Five Stokes!
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Last night the kid and I heard Bhaskar Sunkara speak about socialism in the modern age. His points were interesting and gave the kid good data to ruminate on.
I'm glad the kid heard a political thinker speak, as the ideas weren't couched in the vocabulary of policy initiatives that dominate our news cycles.
Plus, we got doughnuts on our way home.
Stoke to our doughnut-making comrades!
Monday, May 13, 2019
In the past I have criticized people on social media who posted their Strava rides/runs/walks way too frequently. I told everyone who would listen I had stopped using the app to clock my every movement, as I felt it was yet another method of virtue signaling that corrupted the original intent of the activity.
Then I signed up for the Round the Mountain 2019, a three-day hike of the Timberline Trail on Mt. Hood. I did it last year and suffered greatly. I want to do it again this year and suffer less, so I installed Strava to clock my longer walks so to become accustomed to journeys over 10 miles.
Last Saturday I had the wife drop me off at the Wildwood Trail where it intersects at Germantown Road. The road distance to this point from home was 9 miles, so I figured a few miles more would be total hiking distance back. After a few hours of walking I realized my mistake.
I had adequate food and water, the weather was perfect, and I could have bailed at many points along the way. Podcasts and playlists made my journey pleasant for most of the distance.
I expect academics and serious amateurs to give me crap for being a Strava-obsessed maniac, ruining the outdoors with tech and earbuds – but, hey, it was one awesome day.