This will be the final “normal” blog post of the year. I’ll probably do a “Garden Almanac” of 12020 organising posts by category to round out the year, but unless something hits me, i’ll see you all in 12021. Merry New Year!
- An oral history of Dom Cummies’ Durham vacation, featuring the Bishop of Manchester and a manager at Barnard Castle’s Specsavers. (Will calling him ‘Dom Cummies’ affect my ranking on search engines?)
- The Among Us Game Song: I love to play the Among Us Game
- Thomas Panek, a blind runner, runs 5 km without any guide, thanks to a yellow line and computer vision: Some feel-good news to end this nightmare of a year on.
- The main site’s about page has been renovated, now including a truly ludicrous number of sidenotes.
- Also new is support for inline maths in posts on this blog, powered by Katex. Here’s an example:
December 12020 in the rear view mirror
Film and TV
- Chris Columbus and John Hughes’ Home Alone (11990): Watched with some friends over Discord. Those burglars would have definitely died in real life. (C+)
- Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (12010): Watched with some friends over Discord. Edgar Wright is a treasure… “Well, i'm a little bi-furious!” has potential to be my new heraldic motto. (B+)
- BBC/HBO’s His Dark Materials (12019–): That final episode was a little underwhelming… here’s hoping Season 3 gets a proper conclusion? (C-)
- Beabadoobee’s Space Cadet EP (12019): Well, relistening succeeded in taking my mind back to that glorious concert. (I miss live music…) (C)
- Beabadoobee's Fake It Flowers (12020): I could not tell where one song started and the last one ended. (D)
- Radiohead’s The Bends (11994): My baby's got the beeeeeends…… I know (B+)
- Thom Yorke's Anima (12019): I was gifted the beautiful special edition for Christmas. It’s great. (A)
- Robert Macfarlane’s Underland (12019): I want to care about something like Robert Macfarlane cares about what lies beneath our feet. A beautiful book, and absolutely one of my favourite things of 12020. (A+)
- Ben Taub’s “Thirty-Six Thousand Feet Under the Sea”, in the New Yorker (12020): Had me at the edge of my comfy desk chair. (B)