Free Write – Week 5 (Jan 29-Feb 4)

I began this week with a four day weekend that was one of the stranger weekends that I’ve had a in a while. Everything I planned got cancelled for a variety of reasons: doctor’s appointment, movie night, dinner with parents, shopping, etc. The mental space I left for all these activities was left unfulfilled and outside of cleaning the house and one trip to Walmart, I spent the rest of the time indoors watching TV. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching TV, but it was strange since I watched with no real agenda. I didn’t binge a bunch of movies or watch one particular show. I just kinda hung out and flipped around. It was relaxing, but also strange for me. I’m usually very intentional with my television watching. By the end of the weekend I felt like I accomplished very little and I believe I was disappointed in myself. I’m not really sure how to feel about that.

“There is no productivity score assigned to you at death.”

While catching up with my RSS Feeds from over the weekend, I saw a post of Colin’s that mentioned a book called Chatter by Ethan Kross. Colin mentioned that the podcast featuring Ethan was interesting, so I decided to research the book some and discovered it to be something that interested me. The book deals with self-talk, especially in regards to negative self-talk and how this running commentary in your head can affect many aspects of your life.

Monday was a particularly bad day for me. Sunday night had some issues and I didn’t sleep well and woke up in funk. I had fallen into some sort of shame cyclone and I guess you could say the negative self-talk was doing some damage on me. The book suggestion came right at the right time and within a couple of chapters, I began to feel myself calming down and feeling a bit better. I’m excited to finish up this book over the next week or so.

I re-discovered Battlebots on Discovery+ recently. I used to watch the series back in the early 2000’s and even had the Gameboy Advance game, but my time watching robots fighting has been rather limited ever since. Discovery+ has an exclusive Battlebots Bounty Hunter series that I decided to give a shot and the next thing I know I’ve watched all four episodes and began the most recent season of Battlebots. I gotta say, the robots are super impressive these days and the presentation and commentary is on point. The show doesn’t waste your time and seems to have a fantastic balance of knowledge and entertainment. I feel like other sports could learn from the leanness that Battlebots operates within.

While on the topic of Discovery+, I am a bit disappointed that not every new show is added to the app upon airing. I really can’t figure out why certain shows get added and others don’t. So, the wife and I get to watch Worst Cooks with no commercials, but still have to refer back to the Food Network app to watch Supermarket Stakeout and Beat Bobby Flay which has commercials. That definitely hurts the value for me, but since I didn’t pay for this first year I’m not complaining… too loudly.

I’ve been wanting to begin journaling by hand again this year, but I had it in my mind that I didn’t want to start journaling and immediately begin complaining about life. So, I just kept putting it off until I realized it was February 1st and I had written nothing. I decided it’s better to write and complain than not write at all.

I remember standing in front of a huge banner advertising the first Avengers movie and just smiling. I remember thinking about what an amazing world we lived in where I’d get to see all of these fantastic characters in a huge live action spectacle. Having grown up with cartoons and low budget Marvel movies, a live action Avengers film was something that really spoke to the inner geek child within me.

Just a few short years later, I’d find myself burned out on the Marvel machine and the series of movies that it cranked out. The films varied in quality and outside of the two Captain America sequels were rather forgettable.

I attempted to watch Captain Marvel last weekend but turned it off about thirty minutes into it. I still haven’t seen the most recent Spiderman flick and to be honest, the upcoming slate of films doesn’t really interest me. However, I have been watching Wanda Vision on Disney+ and it’s utterly fantastic. It’s different and brave and doesn’t fall into the cookie cutter Marvel experience that we’ve been conditioned to expect. I really hope Disney branches out with the Marvel Universe with fun little side projects like this more because it’s slowly reigniting my excitement for the MCU.

I read an interesting article about Midway’s attempt at a baseball version of NBA Jam called Power-Up Baseball. The game was never released and recently discovered and it’s a strange bit of video history. Turns out Midway was working with the folks who made Golden Tee to make an arcade cabinet that would utilize two trackballs to control the plays. It didn’t work and the game looks really rough, but an interesting little article nonetheless.

A few weeks back, one of the blogs I followed (sadly, I forget which one – Edit: it was Colin Devroe) shared a post from Seth’s blog titled The most important blog post. I’ve kept it bookmarked since that day as reminder that what I’m doing matters.

The most important blog post

It is on the most important blog.


if no one but you reads it. The blog you write each day is the blog you
need the most. It’s a compass and a mirror, a chance to put a stake in
the ground and refine your thoughts.

And the most important post? The one you’ll write tomorrow.

I found this fascinating article about two researchers attempting to solve the reasoning for Pan Am crash in 1957. This article was written in 2004.

Upon doing a little more research, I found a follow up article written in 2017.

I was so fascinated by what I was reading, I ended up doing a deep dive into the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. I was hoping to find a museum or at least some sort of look inside of the plane that didn’t originate from 1950’s promotional photos, but it doesn’t look like those exist.

“Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.”

I ran across this article called 15 Minute Rule that I enjoyed. It discusses looking at time in more of fifteen minute increments instead of hours. The idea is by minimizing the time you commit to a task you’re less likely to put it off.

“This is a problem we all face. Much of it falls into the “I must do things that are productive to my financial well-being” or “Must do productive things to show off” etc..

Not everything in our lives must be quantified and qualified to the point where it gives us a rank up.”

3 thoughts on “Free Write – Week 5 (Jan 29-Feb 4)

  1. I am intrigued with the 15 minute concept. Also awesome on handwriting a journal. I started writing my sermon notes and Ideas and i feel more connected to what I’m creating.. don’t lose that gift..

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