in the past four weeks, I:

  • quit my job
  • played many hours of stardew valley, which took over my entire brain cell
  • read some books

cool! okay!

work

I left my job! I’m excited about it. I have decided to invest time into learning web development more deeply—something I was unable to do while also working. There are many things I could say about this but I will wait.

games

I started playing Stardew Valley.

My farm has trees, rocks, and grass everywhere, with crops and buildings in one corner.

Year 2, Spring 14. My farm is messy and overrun with grass.

My farm is more refined, with one corner full of trees.

Year 3, Spring 26. I'm trying to make things nicer.

My farm has pathways, and crops look more organized.

Year 3, Summer 15. My current farm.

My quick and dirty review: it’s fun! I’m enjoying myself far too much. It’s a lot of resource management, and I spent half my time in the wiki looking up what to do with what crop and who to romance and whatnot. The art is charming. I get a lot of satisfaction from having many crops to harvest (and then sell for profit) and animals to pet. Quests give a good sense of direction.

books

I read three! omg, unbelievable to type that! (links below go to goodreads)

  • Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag. A short book that opens up a lot of questions about photography (particularly war photography), and what it means to take photos and view photos.

    “Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question is what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated.”

    • I think this is an applicable question to any number of things—I now know about x injustice, so what will I do? It is not enough to have the knowledge. (It is not enough for me to write this here.)
    • This was originally published in 2001 and updated in 2004; there is probably something new to be said about the scale of how news spreads today.
  • Wilder Girls, by Rory Power. About girls! and lots of body horror, and girls and their relationships, and dying. And surviving. And girls who love each other. I want to read the sequel.
  • White Tears by Hari Kunzru. This was strange and surreal, and I’m still not sure what happened in the last bit. It gets very weird, very abruptly. I think I need to read it again.

other

  • I added dark mode on this blog, using the media query prefers-color-scheme: dark, which goes by your OS setting. I’ll do a manual toggle sometime.
  • I’m idly thinking about how to better dump short notes on here—I don’t want to write a ‘blog post’ all the time but sometimes I do want to microblog about something inconsequential, in the same way you can shitpost on tumblr without blinking.