It’s happened again: every time I try to start (or restart) a blog, I go at it pretty well for a few days, at which point it lies fallow. It’s not that I’ve forgotten the blog exists – rather, I just feel like I shouldn’t post anything if I don’t have anything to say. But that’s a self-defeating attitude, so here’s a post with nothing in particular at all to say.

It’s now my least favorite time in the semester: the week after Thanksgiving but before finals. As of this evening, there are 6 more days of class left. There is still new material to cover, but nobody (teachers included) really wants to do it. This is one of the many reasons I’m in favor of Adam Kotsko’s suggestion to adopt Canadian Thanksgiving instead.

But, that means it’s almost the semester break. The academic calendar can be brutal, in that much of the work is concentrated into very small chunks of time. But as my friend Garrett once enlightened me, that’s a much better system than the constant, daily grind of a stereotypical office job.

Because it’s the end of the semester and I’m pretty busy, I’ve been playing around with different productivity systems. (“Productivity system” is such a terrible phrase, but I don’t know what else to call them.) I am currently working on a lot of different things, and all of them have different deadlines, and I don’t want to drop any balls.1 Right now I’m using a combination of OmniFocus and Emacs org-mode, which seems to be okay for now. I’ll spare you the gory details.

I’m spending a lot of time applying for jobs. I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.

I’ve been thinking that I should read more, but then again, that’s often something I’m thinking. When push comes to shove, though, I almost always pick sitting on the couch watching TV over reading. To that end, though, here are some things we’ve watched recently:

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. ★★★★☆ – not a fan of the ending.
  • Search Party. ★★★★☆ – pretty entertaining, and easy to binge.
  • Kroll Show. ★★★★★ – a rewatch…such a great show.

That’ll be all for today. Next project: figure out footnote formatting here.


  1. A juggling metaphor! It’s been way too long since I’ve taken a deep dive into juggling YouTube videos. But for now, here’s one of my favorites.

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