It’s another Friday, and Ashe slept well last night, which is about as good a start to the day as it gets around these parts.
- Drop Zone, the first novel in a new, fun little series I’m playing with, hits next week on Tuesday (the 28th for those more calendar-oriented). It’s a sci-fi action piece, filled with soldiers surrounded by enemies and then showing those enemies the errors of their ways. There’s a few twists in there, because why not, but by-and-large this series is something of a palette-cleanser to the longer novels I’ve been putting together. Sometimes you just need to have fun, you know?
- I finished, as people do, the first season of Amazon’s Upload. A dramedy that takes capitalism’s extremes and pushes them into the afterlife, it’s an entertaining show that doesn’t quite engage with its implications as much as I’d like it to. There’s also a lot of questions it doesn’t answer, like why people in a digital afterlife would choose to be anything other than Fabio clones (not saying there isn’t an argument here, but the show doesn’t bother with it). Nevertheless, the characters are fun, the jokes entertaining, and the underlying mystery makes for a good rope to pull you through the tight 20-30 minute run times. Worth a look if you want a different sort of sci-fi spin.
- For Ashe, we invested in a Nanit, which is something like a baby monitor but merged with Skynet. The thing keeps its eye on Ashe when he’s in the crib, and has all sorts of nifty features like a nightlight (used often) and music (not once). Wi-fi connected baby monitors are notorious for being security swiss cheese, but we decided to risk the chance that some bored hackers might want to yell at our child for the real benefit of getting a chance to see our kid no matter where we happen to be. Mowing the lawn? Running a quick errand? There he is. The thing is expensive, but we’ve liked it so far.
- So far as organizational systems go, Notion has to be the most intense, malleable one I’ve played with. There’s a big lift to getting started with it, one that’s as much mental in conceiving how you’re going to build out your Notion as it is in technical prowess. I’ve now put together a full publishing calendar, organized my books, series, and editing notes within the it, though, and it’s saved me so much time clicking between spreadsheets and whatnot. I’m going to keep tinkering with it, but if you’re looking for something new to try and organize your life, give Notion a look. It’s also free if you’re concerned with just yourself, which is nice.
- Palm Springs, on Hulu, is great fun. While it’s easy to call the timeloop theme cliched, I prefer a different view. Tropes, those things that repeat from one work to the next, serve to identify a genre and ground viewers, readers, whomever in what to expect. Palm Springs doesn’t have to devote an hour explaining the concept of daily repetition to us because we’ve seen Groundhog Day, we know how it works, so it can get rolling to the real plot. Using familiar tropes lets you (the creator) explore creatively in ways you may not be able to if you’re also having to explain everything. I, for one, didn’t let the timeloop distract me from Andy Samberg’s good times. You shouldn’t either.