Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

I worked delivering for Home Depot via 3rd party the last month or so until I got a better offer today for no P&D driving. The Home Depot job wasn't bad but not exactly whatI needed.

Plus you get special instructions for some deliveries.

Such as this on Wednesday:

Written Customer Instructions: please put the delivery on the 2nd driveway next to the red Barn.
Me To Myself: there's one driveway and 2 red barns, are you serious lol?

Not an easy job, not the hardest, but the special instructions were a bit silly.

Booking a small trip to Mom’s (ferry and hotel) on my tablet, saving the tix as PDFs to the cloud, and then pulling up the barcodes later on my phone when I need them. So easy and convenient.

[I’m trying to be more mindful this year about when tech works well for me and remember not to take it for granted. There’s so many things to be negative about tech nowadays and I’m trying to focus on the things that I love about tech.]

(I’m also on week 4 for of quitting social media (Threads, Instagram, Mastodon, and Reddit) - which is huge for my mental health. So that helps a lot also.)

Oh fantastic! The Great Pottery Throwdown is back for season 7. It’s always a welcome surprise when a new season materialises.

Higgledy wrote:

Oh fantastic! The Great Pottery Throwdown is back for season 7. It’s always a welcome surprise when a new season materialises.

Such a good show. I think I've only seen the first 3 seasons. I'll be watching some more, soon.

Thanks for the reminder.

-BEP

I know someone who just started seeing a new therapist who suggested they join group therapy… in the form of a D&D campaign the therapist is running with their patients.
I don’t know if this is just something this therapist is doing or if it’s part of some new movement but either way I think it’s pretty cool.

ruhk, I recently met an academic who is studying that sort of thing (I think their work is is more about general pro-social effects of gaming, rather than specifically as therapy).

I suppose that's one way to make sure everyones schedules all line up.

The first meeting of my main art group of the new year. Lovely to see everyone and catch up.

I mentioned that I’d moved back up north in 2010 and a newer member asked where I’d been and what I’d been doing before then. Jan said, straight faced, that after my years in borstal I’d gone to sea as a merchant seaman then one day, someone at the seaman’s hostel, where I was staying, looked at a painting of mine and said I should teach art, to which I replied, “But I only know the sea!!”

I can't think of a better way to see the family social dynamics and give an outlet or forum for changing those dynamics than D&D or the like. It seems like what Sci fi medium is best for: people feel more comfortable talking about real problems if it is someone with green skin, gills, three fingered hands and antennae working through them. Throwing fireballs around at orcs and dragons probably doesn't hinder that process.

IT Crowd did it first.

Two mostly unrelated loves for today:

1. I know I complain a lot about technology when it doesn’t work (and, like the people creating said technology, it is imperfect and deserves criticism), I tend to forget how awesome it is when it actually works exactly as expected. Case in point: I’m in Japan, my boyfriend is in Canada, and yet we can call each other twice a day, with a few taps on our smartphones, have a conversation exactly as if we were both in the same town (at least when we are both awake at the same time), regardless of what we’re doing. I was in the Kyoto manga museum today, he was in his car on his way back from the gym. (I did get out of the museum to take the call, as I did not want to be the annoying person in the room.) All of this thanks to smartphones, apps, and a little portable device that I rented at the airport in Tokyo, for a very reasonable price, all things that would have seemed like magic only 20 years ago. (Of course, my boyfriend being here with me would be infinitely better, but I booked the trip as we were starting to see each other, and there was no way for him to get time off.)

2. It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes a work of art just hits me like a ton of bricks. In a good way. I was at the Kyoto imperial palace today (where I was actually not really planning to go, but I had some time and I was in the vicinity) and came across a room called Room of Cherry Blossoms. It’s a traditional Japanese room with wall panels. There are cherry blossoms painted on the walls. And, for a reason I cannot explain, as soon as I saw the paintings, I just felt the tears come up. I am still shaken thinking about them. They’re nothing special. Just some tree branches with flowers on them. And yet they hit me right in the feels. The other tourists just looked at them, took a picture, and moved on. I just could not. Maybe it was the mastery of how the branches were painted, with thick lines and various shades of grey. Maybe it was the composition. I don’t know. I did the tour of the palace twice just to see it again, and I might go back tomorrow. (The ponds and the gardens were pretty nice too.)

Also, I think Kyoto is my favorite place in Japan. I just love it so much. I stumbled upon a cemetery on the side of a mountain yesterday that I would have missed had I not walked from one destination to another, and I was amazed at how beautiful it was.

Despite how kooky Japanese art can get in popular versions, I have always been in awe of the aesthetics of traditional Japanese art. I envy your experience of that room. Sometimes an artist can elevate even the most mundane objects and deliver a powerful emotional impact. I love to experience that because it just cuts through any intellectual examination of a piece and gives me a surprise smack to the amygdala.

Asian calligraphy and watching a calligrapher work have always been emotion inducing for me.
Also, I can think of very few things more beautiful than a Cherry Blossom Tree.

We were given an air fryer for Christmas and it is amazing.

The Moonerang in Sea of Stars

Prime just quietly added a bunch of new shows, one of which was Northern Exposure, which I'd never seen. My wife loves it though, so we just watched the first episode and I looooved it. So much so that we bought the DVD set so we can have the original music (the Prime version seems to use covers).

They also added Xena, which my wife has never seen, so I hope to take her through that.

Yeah Scrubs is basically unwatchable on streaming with the music changes in the first 5 seasons.

Northern Exposure is great.

John Falsey, the creator of Northern Exposure, and Ken Burns, the documentarian, both attended my alma mater during the early-mid 70's. I can't believe I can watch it again!

One of the actresses in Northern Exposure is from Delaware and my family would celebrate whenever she came on screen.

I'll jump on the Northern Exposure bandwagon. I loved it when it aired, but haven't seen it since, and don't recall anything more than the broad strokes; Chris in the Morning, Joel Fleischman, Maggie.

I watched the first two episodes tonight and a lot of stuff came flashing back to me. I now remember really liking the characters of Ed, and Marilyn (Dr. Fleischman's assistant) and it was really fun to see them again.

Ed and Marilyn are my faves too!

Mixolyde wrote:

One of the actresses in Northern Exposure is from Delaware and my family would celebrate whenever she came on screen.

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You ever have that movie that you're pretty sure you'll like and everything you hear about it makes you think you'll like it even more but for some reason you don't get around to watching it until you do and then it's great?

Well, I'm five years late to the party, but "Sorry to Bother You" is a very good movie.

Ted Lasso. My wife heard it was good and we got the trail of Apple TV. It is absolutely wonderful.

I am constantly amazed at how funny it is without any of the characters being mean, hurting others etc. Really TV sitcoms so often have the characters being snarky, belittling others etc. that I have forgotten how refreshing it is to see people being decent.

Yes I think the first season was great. Second season went off the rails some at the end and I haven't watched the third yet.

Thought it was great all the way.

And yeah, that's one of Jason Sudeikis things, being positive. Refreshing show.

I don't know this guy, but I think we should all support his quest to win 2 kilos of canned ham:

https://steamcommunity.com/id/R1LS/r...

I mean, I haven't figured out any other use for Steam Points.

farley3k wrote:

Ted Lasso. My wife heard it was good and we got the trail of Apple TV. It is absolutely wonderful.

I am constantly amazed at how funny it is without any of the characters being mean, hurting others etc. Really TV sitcoms so often have the characters being snarky, belittling others etc. that I have forgotten how refreshing it is to see people being decent.

Same here! We just finished watching the series during our 3 month trial period, and loved it. Especially that Ted Lasso is not portrayed as being naive, he's very much aware people can be horrible but he still chooses positivity every single time. Season 2 maybe went a bit too far in digging into why he does so, but also lays the foundation for an amazing Season 3, wrapping up everyone's journey.

Ted Lasso manages to walk a tight rope between the often sappy 80s sitcoms (Step by Step, Full House) and the Chuck Lorre era of borderline sociopath main characters (2,5 Men, Big Bang Theory). In an era where practically all prestige shows are grimdark reflections on la condition humaine, exquisitely crafted feelgood TV is just what the doctor ordered. I know humans suck sometimes, I'm not looking for extra confirmation in those few free moments our late stage capitalist society still grants me.

Something beloved shows like Parks and Rec fell down on is having an absolute punching bag character that it was 100% ok to sh*t on in any way the characters want. In an otherwise very positive show it was so jarring. The Office had Kevin/Creed to a lesser extent. Brooklyn 99 had that spread around a few but mostly Hitchcock.

Ted Lasso doesn't have that character and is much better for it.