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Also Playing Pokémon Legends Arceus

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.25]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

I’ve also been playing a bit of Pokémon Legends Arceus lately. Gave it to my son for his birthday recently and I guess I could say I started playing it at his urging, but truly I was just curious to try it anyway and I do kind of like it.

It’s not exactly Breath-of-the-Wild-levels of intricate open world, but I’m much more engaged by it than I was by Pokémon Shield. I probably will play some more of this game as well. (I think when my kids begged me to try Shield last year I stopped after 20-30 minutes, and I never went back to it.)

I’ve also been playing a bit of Pokémon Legends Arceus lately. Gave it to my son for his birthday recently and I guess I could say I started playing it at his urging, but truly I was just curious to try it anyway and I do kind of like it.

It’s not exactly Breath-of-the-Wild-levels of intricate open world, but I’m much more engaged by it than I was by Pokémon Shield. I probably will play some more of this game as well. (I think when my kids begged me to try Shield last year I stopped after 20-30 minutes, and I never went back to it.)

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Playing Gris

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.25]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Started playing Gris tonight. Stunning and mysterious game.

There were a couple of points where I wasn’t sure if I was ‘going the right way’ or not, but it was so beautiful that I didn’t really care. So far I’ve ‘brought back’ the color red and I’ve gained the ability to make my dress into a stone block, which is super useful. Will definitely be continuing with this game.

Started playing Gris tonight. Stunning and mysterious game.

There were a couple of points where I wasn’t sure if I was ‘going the right way’ or not, but it was so beautiful that I didn’t really care. So far I’ve ‘brought back’ the color red and I’ve gained the ability to make my dress into a stone block, which is super useful. Will definitely be continuing with this game.

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My Favorite Music of 2022

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.21]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Running log of my favorite albums and musical works released in 2022. It will be updated throughout the year, and even after.

Running log of my favorite albums and musical works released in 2022. It will be updated throughout the year, and even after.


Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Things I’ve posted about this album: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
Things I’ve posted about this artist: Big Thief


Modern Nature: Island of Noise

Things I’ve posted about this album: Island of Noise by Modern Nature
Things I’ve posted about this artist: Modern Nature


Nilüfer Yanya: PAINLESS

Things I’ve posted about this album: PAINLESS by Nilüfer Yanya
Things I’ve posted about this artist: Nilüfer Yanya


bloopy bloop

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Quick note about this site

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.21]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Quick note about this site (joshuaw.xyz / jdwhiting.com)

This site is in more flux than ever at the moment, as I continue to rethink and evolve in how I want to use not only this site but also interact with others via the internet beyond this site.

I’m in the midst of making significant updates to the organization, flow, and functionality, all towards the end that I can start posting regularly again. I have a detailed list of tasks and ideas, but I’ll spare you.

I hope to make a lot of headway this week, but in the meantime some existing pages/links do not work, or do not work in the way I ultimately want them to work.

Thanks for your patience? (whoever you might be)

Quick note about this site (joshuaw.xyz / jdwhiting.com)

This site is in more flux than ever at the moment, as I continue to rethink and evolve in how I want to use not only this site but also interact with others via the internet beyond this site.

I’m in the midst of making significant updates to the organization, flow, and functionality, all towards the end that I can start posting regularly again. I have a detailed list of tasks and ideas, but I’ll spare you.

I hope to make a lot of headway this week, but in the meantime some existing pages/links do not work, or do not work in the way I ultimately want them to work.

Thanks for your patience? (whoever you might be)

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Reading A Little Devil in America

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

Also started reading today A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib.

I’ve had this, and, actually, all of Abdurraqib’s other books on my to-read list for a while now – I took the occasion of Black History Month to move this one to the top of my list and start reading.

Also started reading today A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib.

I’ve had this, and, actually, all of Abdurraqib’s other books on my to-read list for a while now – I took the occasion of Black History Month to move this one to the top of my list and start reading.

Copy from the Holladay Branch of the Salt Lake County Library. And the blurb writers on the back are all on my have-read and/or to-read lists, too: Marlon James, Jacqueline Woodson, Clint Smith, Brit Bennett

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Reading Moon Witch Spider King

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

I started reading Moon Witch Spider King by Marlon James the other night. I’m currently at 21% completion.

I started reading Moon Witch Spider King by Marlon James the other night. I’m currently at 21% completion.

Pre-ordered copy that came in at King’s English, and ended up being signed.

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February Break Ideas and To-Dos

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.20]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]

‘February Break’ Ideas and To-Dos

a longlist, unfiltered and unedited other than select hyperlinks added:

‘February Break’ Ideas and To-Dos

a longlist, unfiltered and unedited other than select hyperlinks added:

Write book reviews finally

Get my website going again

Set up new bed in bedroom

Hate everyone

Ignore the haters

Therefore, ignore myself

Keep a diary

Do laundry

Figure out something for the hellscape that is our backyard

Go outside in the early mornings and stay there rather than driving to work and sitting in my cubicle

Read some books

Play some video games

Play some records

Get some lamps

Low-key get some good work done, just the work that I want to do and never let myself do when I’m at work

Cook some food

Go in the wilderness

Go to the record store and the bookstore

Go to a museum or two, art gallery

Destroy someone’s scene - make snooty people in a gallery or hipster store deal with my kids and/or just my fat awkward self

Give some attention to my dog our dog their dog the dog named Luna that lives in our house with us

Trim beard and haircut

Heal the world, make it a better place

We are the world

/ IATA - WATA (I AM THE ASSHOLE / WE ARE THE ASSHOLES)

/ “Lord, is it I?”

/ god damn you god damn me god damn us god damn we god damn us all

Buy a car

Watch some movies

Get out my CDs and cassettes

I have wasted my life

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Reading A Snake Falls to Earth

[Originally Posted: 2022.02.09]
[Last Updated: 2022.03.21]
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Links from Last Week (Dec 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2022.01.02]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.16]
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this winter break

[Originally Posted: 2022.01.01]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.16]

this winter break I was going to write a bunch revamp my website establish good reading writing learning sharing habits for the coming year but I didn’t really do those things and though I didn’t do them I can’t seem to let the idea of still doing those things just go away so it may still happen just not necessarily in concert with an arbitrary Gregorian year change or an extended time

this winter break

I was going to
write a bunch
revamp my website
establish good
reading
writing
learning
sharing
habits
for the coming year

but I didn’t really do those things

and though I didn’t
do them I can’t seem to
let the idea of
still doing
those
things
just
go
away

so it may still happen
just not necessarily
in concert with
an arbitrary
Gregorian year change
or an extended time
off work


so what did I do?

passed Wandersong

read some YA fiction

and read some Franz Kafka, which feels a little bit like YA fiction to me but only because the last time I read Kafka was when I was myself in the “teen/young adult” demographic

took the kids sledding

made masaman curry

made french toast

made sweet pork barbacoa for in-laws’ Christmas taco party (recipe pending here in these URLs because I’ve made it too much my own to link to where I started from)

engaged in various obligatory Christmas preparations and celebrations

shoveled actual snow (I don’t remember if that ever even had to happen even once last winter)

read from an ever increasing number of newsletters (reading links forthcoming)

doomscrolled
(even though I’ve deleted my Facebook account and logged out of my personal Instagram and Twitter accounts on my phone I still somehow managed this – my persistent traps / points of weakness are the Apple News app and the notifications I still get for work social media accounts)

and then there’s bandcamp exploration, which I don’t quite consider doom scrolling, though at times there I do scroll through actual doom


So I guess I actually did
do a few things that might be
worth sharing and linking
or potentially expounding upon

but I’ve limited
myself to this
platform
with no audience
and haven’t
sorted that
out yet

instead of waiting
or deleting
or further retreating
or plotting out
some clear future
for this website
and my writing
and my social
media participation

I will just try
by improvising
as I go
with whatever form
feels right
or useful
or interesting
in the moment

Saturday, January 1, 2022
Millcreek, Utah

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