Monday, January 16, 2017

gotta catch some of 'em

ok, so since i started taking the medication i have a lot more energy and a lot more stamina, but still not enough to do big things the way i used to.

and maybe you're saying but flask, don't you do a lot of active outdoor stuff?

well, yes and no.

i had gotten to the point where setting up camp was as active as i could get, and you can set up camp kinda slow, and also i haul my gear by boat, so not a big energy drain if you don't mind taking all day to do it. and yes, i did do some mountain biking and hiking last season, but after most of those outings i required so many days of recovery that i maybe lost ground each time.

and then after i got the smartphone i thought hey. pokemon go is probably a nice way to go out and walk up and down some nice flat streets for a while and build my stamina.

it is, too. i sort of got into it and did some nice walking. i am also still cleaning up things in my house.

but then while i was looking for ways to see more of the pokemon go world on a map and maybe plans some trips, i discovered INGRESS. it is the game pokemon go was built on. that, my friends, is a whole nother game. it is darker, more strategic, and your game actions have effects on the game everywhere else in the world.

it is fun and engaging and i am meeting people (online, at least, because players can be a secretive lot) and i'm getting more exercise.

what i'm NOT doing is as much laundry or dishes. or blog posting.

i will be writing more about this game later, i'm sure.

meantime, if you start playing, i'm going to ask you as a friend to choose resistance.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

digital cats

for some reason i decided to play neko atsume. go ahead and google it yourself.

it's awesome if you like to feed digital cats on your phone.

or buy digital cat toys.

so yeah, i play it obsessively.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

shorten a song (NSFW)

chestnuuuuuts roasting on an open fire...
jack froooost nipping at your nooooooose...

...because we're CAMPING, motherfuckers.

yeah, camping.

and when i go late fall camping, i like to bring chestnuts, because they really are good roasted on an open fire, plus you can hold them in your hands to warm you up.

no, i don't have pictures. it was cold out.

but i kept singing that.

i kept thinking it was funny.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

a season of hammock testing

i told y'all i'd get you pics of the rigorous testing of my woven hammock.


Monday, January 09, 2017

vtiff at first night 2017

every year at first night the VT international Film Foundation screens a set of animated short films. they are like my favorite thing to go to.

many of them are available on the interwebs, so i have found the ones from this year and put them together for you, more or less in the order of how well i liked them.

a couple of them are not available (apparently) but are worth knowing about, so i've given you what links i can.

it's worth your time to watch them on vimeo or youtube, where you can see better than if i make little embed windows, so hold onto your hats because here come some LINKS.

Cravings is mildly cute, and nutritionally themed. while the vimeo version is labeled as the trailer, it appears to be the whole thing, or at least it's what they showed at first night.

Kahānikār is both cute and sad, a story about a little girl living with a grandfather who has dementia, and the telling of stories. only the trailer is available.

The Bubbleologist is a live-action mini documentary about a man who loves bubbles and holds bubble-making world records. i had seen it before, but did not mind seeing it again. if you haven't seen it already, you can see it now.

if you like tapirs (and who doesn't?), you should not miss this animated documentary, Pinchaque. plus it's fun to say "pinchaque".

Little Matryoshka is a charming little film about -what else?- a set of little matryoshka and some other wooden toys. it has a very satisfying soundtrack.

i was completely unable to find an online version, even a trailer, of the delightful little film Pautinka, which is a tale of friendship between an old woman and a spider. the animations of the spider are particularly amusing.

so now we're getting to the ones i especially liked.

A Girl Named Elastika is worth watching just for the animation, which is stop action with OFFICE SUPPLIES. watch all the way to the credits, because the "outtakes" are worth as much as the rest of the movie.

then we have two dog tales, The Present and My Happy End. both awesome.

and if you only decide to watch one, make it Chinti. the animation is stop action made of TEA LEAVES. and because i'm sure you want to know, "chinti" is hindi for "ant". you're welcome.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

no hurry to leave paradise

so i was leaving paradise.

and while i left, i started making a song. it goes like this:

and here's the sheet music.


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