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Juan Villela

March Notes

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Fuck, what a month. I hope everyone is staying safe out there. Most are spending a lot more time at home than usual. My partner has been at home with me for about 3 weeks now. And I believe she’s starting to crack. I’ve seen her reorganize the house about 4 times and I’m positive it looks exactly the same as it did originally. I, on the other hand, am used to spending weeks indoors without seeing the light of day. Although being told I can’t go out makes things far more stressful for some reason.

Either way, we’ve been looking for new ways to keep ourselves occupied to prevent anxiety from eating us alive. So here are some of the stuff we’ve gone through this month.

Coding

Although my wife isn’t working, I still am. My work has always been remote, so things haven’t changed all that much. There’s a really cool project I’ve been working on with the folks over at Stackbit which I hope to be able to share soon. Stay tuned.

I’ve also been working on getting some of my Spreadsheets out in public. An early version of my Bookmarks is already up and there’s more to come. Thanks to Hasura’s webhooks, I can automate the deployment of this site with every new bookmark saved to the database. Good stuff.

Digest

But although I’m working as much as ever, there are still plenty of hours during the day that I have to fill with something.

And we’ve finally reached the point where we browser Netlify brainlessly hoping to find something interesting but to no avail. And our favorite YouTubers aren’t making videos fast enough. So we’ve now started watching some questionable stuff. Like all the Tremors movies. Did you know they made 5‽ I don’t know why either.

Also, I finally bought a Nintendo Switch. Two, actually. My partner has been playing Animal Crossing like the rest of the planet, but I wanted to catch up on my long backlog of games. And will likely pick up Zelda BoW in a couple keeps. So there’s plenty to keep me occupied.

Watched

  • 21 Bridges: As far as cop movies go, this was pretty all right.
  • Take Shelter: A fantastic take on the onset of mental health. Though the end sort of ruins it for me.
  • Servant: We were captivated from beginning to end. Great show.

Now for the more interesting stuff:

  • Ghost Rider: Did they run out of budget for the flaming skull’s dialogue?
  • How It Ends: Nothing. Not a single thing —aside from the paranoid neighbor— about what actually happened. I still have no idea how it actually ends.
  • Tremors 1-5: They just keep coming back. It’s almost like they don’t want to kill em.
  • Color Out of Space: This was an odd and pointless trip.
  • Jumanji: The Next Level: Why is this movie so long?

Listened

Read

Gamed

  • Inside: Play Dead does an outstanding job of letting the story speak for itself.
  • Celeste: I played the Pico-8 version a while back and have been dying to play this on the Switch. Frustratingly beautiful.
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