In no particular order:
- My wife gifted me tickets to the opening day show of the new Star Wars movie (trailer here if you care).
- 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).
- A nice commercial (from a few months ago), the making of the commercial, the original song it’s based on, and a nice cover I found (if you’re in a rush, skip the rest just listen to the recorded-at-home cover (by Larkin Poe), it’s wonderful).
(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!)
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
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.