Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This Is What Teen Productivity Looks Like

The above is a still from the video game Mount & Blade: Warband -- a game my son enjoys.

About a month ago, on a weekend, I asked him if he was being productive, or just playing video games. He told me that his engagement with video games is of the intensity that afterwards he feels the experience was productivity. "If I had played, I would call that being productive," he said.

He had been idly watching YouTube videos, letting the autoplay setting suggest one after another. By his own admission this was not productivity.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Things That Make Me Happy: Impeachment

Being able to print out a hard copy of the articles of impeachment soon after their release is great -- one of those moments that make me appreciate modern communication tech. But probably not enough appreciation for me to get over how such tech allowed such a disaster of a president to get elected in the first place.

I understand that Trump may not be removed from office. Still, it's nice to read the articles of impeachment at a time when the worst has not yet arrived.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Note To Self: Avoid Hazelnut Spread M&Ms

I am a lifelong fan of M&Ms. But I'm also kind of an M&Ms snob.

The best M&Ms are:

  1. Dark Chocolate peanut
  2. Almond
  3. Peanut 
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Pretzel
  6. Crispy rice

All the other flavors are marginal at best. Hazelnut spread ones are not on the list.

You're welcome!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The End Of The Year Joy - Furnace Filter Replacement!

I used to clean the gutters of our two-story house. I felt like a real do-it-yourself guy as I gingerly climbed to the top of a 25-foot ladder that bounced and flexed under my weight.

I gave that up when I turned 50 and I haven't ever regretted not falling.

So now I have to look around a bit harder to receive that surge of joyous self-reliance I used to get from the gutters.

Lucky for me each year I can replace the furnace filter, a process that involves a step ladder of a modest height. I finish the job in about 5 minutes and then run to the computer and write a blog post so as to share the experience with the internet.

All is good, our air is filtered, the furnace continues to work properly.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

G.I. Yossi

One of the best gifts I have ever received is the G.I. Joe action figure of an Israeli soldier from the "Foreign Soldiers Collection."

A relative collects these figures and the IDF soldier is a rare one as production was discontinued for obvious reasons. He wanted me to have the figure as I had served in the IDF.

I told him I would give it to my son to play with and I wasn't going to preserve it as a piece of political history. He was good with that.

My son and I played with the figure for a couple of years. When he lost interest in it I made sure to put the figure in a safe place.

Now my thoughts run to how I can make a stop-action animation with the figure to oppose West Bank settlement. Perhaps the time to play with dolls is still upon us.