Personal Media Summary, October 2015

In no particular order:

  • The 90s are back! Next year will bring new episodes for both Twin Peaks and X-Files.
  • I revisited the Dune soundtrack while browsing Youtube (yes, this still happens, though very infrequently these days), and noticed that while most of the music was done by what was popular at the time (Toto — I’d never heard of it), one track, titled “Prophecy” was contributed by Brian Eno! Check it out at the top of this post.
  • Finished listening to  World Without End (No, not the Ken Follett one). Also, stockpiled six books and cancelled my Audible subscription temporarily (otherwise I’m just wasting credits).

(It’s so hard to remember stuff from just a month ago — no wonder the years gone by seem so hazy in terms of “what did I read?”, “what did I watch?”, etc!)

NaNoWriMo 2015

I’ve been fooling around with the idea of NaNoWriMo (or NAtional NOvel WRiting MOnth)1 for a while now, but this year I’d like to commit to it publicly.

I don’t think I’ll actually end up writing 50,000 words, but I will write something. I don’t really have anything in mind, but I’m not too worried about that because:
– I’ve heard that you shouldn’t expect to write anything good anyway before you’ve written a million words2
– Instead of pursuing self-consciously “serious” ideas, I’ll use some obviously adoloscent-ish material I dreamed up a decade ago
– I have to try this once


  1. BTW the name is catchy, which is why you also have NaNonWriMo (for non-fiction), NaPlWriMo (for playwriting, and IMHO unpronounceable), NaNoDrawMo (for drawing), NaNoGenMo (for novel generation), and NaBloPoMo (for blogging). 
  2. Attributed to David Eddings … or perhaps Ray Bradbury. Who knows. 

Monthly recap: October 2015

On the move ...
On the move …

The highlight of October: Tara is now walking! (all over the place! insert combination of happy-smiley/scared-smiley)

Also, I have slowly started running again (the last time I ran at all was last November), once a week for now, on some weekday morning. Trying to keep a lower bound of a 10K each time, but my pace is stuck at around 10min for now.

I started a “salad for lunch” experiment ever since we came back from Hawaii, and I’m happy to say that’s still going on — the first week was horrible, but it’s normal for me now. Also, Shivi took some interesting cooking classes, and we’ve had a mini-revolution in the “healthiness” of our dinners.