5 Quick Things: December 2020

Welcome to 5 Quick Things that I saw since last month that I thought were interesting enough to share with you. None of them are particularly timely so feel free to just enjoy 🙂

Welcome to 5 Quick Things that I saw since last month that I thought were interesting enough to share with you. None of them are particularly timely so feel free to just enjoy 🙂

This time it’s the proper November update 🙂

>Number One<

Just give me the recipe, Dawn!

Do you love looking up recipes on the internet and absolutely cannot stand when they have 2000 word short stories about grandma and lavender picking before you can access what you actually wanted from the site: a recipe for making meatloaf? Well, be sad no more because there is a fantastic plug in called Recipe Filter for your browser that isolates only the recipe (the whole reason you clicked on the site) from the rest of page. It also comes in Chrome flavor if you use Chrome but you should be using Firefox because it’s not owned by Google.

>Number Two<

Football in the Future

I know you might be a little confused right now. Since you might know that I am not a sports person. So why am I linking a sport thing? Well…it’s not really a sports thing, instead it is an interactive multi-media story about the future that happens through the lens of football. It is both one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had with a story (think House of Leaves on steroids) but also a genuinely intriguing series of ideas and themes. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s something really unique that I’m not sure I could do justice to it so do yourself a favor and sit down for an hour or two with it, you won’t be disappointed.

>Number Three<

The Best YouTube Video in 2020

I don’t know if this video is going to speak to anyone else the way it did to me. It’s kind of obvious to compare the movies You Were Never Really Here and Joker. They both star Joaquin Phoenix, they both deal with trauma and mental illness and so on. In this video Jessie Tribble shares his thoughts about both movies in a tongue and cheek flip of the movies which I’m not sure makes any sense to someone who hasn’t seen both movies but fills my soul with such joy that I do not personally care if you understand it or not. Considering how much I really truly enjoyed You Were Never Really Here and how much I did not care for Joker this video was just a nice balm on a perpetual problem of having to spend an entire year hearing people talk about a movie I didn’t like as if it were the best movie ever while people ignore movies I actually like.

>Number Four<

Disability Activism, From Disabled People

I’m always very hesitant to share books here for many reasons. A book is a big commitment for one, and some books can be difficult to attain even with a good library and online stores. I also read a lot of academic books which may not be super appealing to other people but this book is fairly short at only 150 pages, it’s written at a fairly lay level, and it’s also free online! Ableism and a lack of disability support and understand is one of the big blind spots for a lot of people in activism circles and even when it is addressed, it’s often addressed by able bodied people who haven’t quite unpacked the infantilization of disabled folks from their minds. Anyway this is a fantastic place to start for any and everyone and it’s made by disabled folks as a starting tool. Plus it’s free!

>Number Five<

Goodreads is Awful

Do you books and want to keep track of them but you absolutely hate Goodreads? Do you dislike that Amazon bought Goodreads about 7 years ago and the site looks exactly like it did when it was first made over 14 years ago because they invested no money into it and simply put ads everywhere? Then you need to try StoryGraph instead. StoryGraph is a new, still in beta, book cataloguing and recommendation site that isn’t own by a giant corporation who only exists to up sell you very specific books. You can even import your Goodreads books and reviews very easily so you won’t lose anything at all. It’s fairly minimalist also which I really like but it has even more features than GoodReads which is frankly embarrassing for them. I’ve never been a particularly prolific GR user but I think in 2021 I’ll try to log my books in StoryGraph for once and maybe even make a reading goal and keep it 🙂

Alright folks, that’s it for this month, see you next month!

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