Finished reading: Fairy Tale by Stephen King 📚
This one took me longer than I would have liked, but I think that’s just because I wanted to spend all my time in the world of Empis.
We’re quickly approaching shop-around-for-and-wear-warm-and-comfy-clothes season. I, for one, couldn’t be happier about this inevitable progression. I could use some nice clothes, and summer can go suck it.
I’ve checked the science and I’m pretty sure there’s nothing better than napping on the couch while a cat is napping on top of you.
I’ve gotten a college degree, I’m one half of a successful marriage, and heck, I’ve even earned a black belt, but none of that has been as challenging as trying to come up with meals to eat every dang week.
- Barbie (2023): ★★★★½ ♥︎
- They Cloned Tyrone (2023): ★★★★
- The Matrix (1999): ★★★★★ ♥︎ ↺
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003): ★★★½ ↺
- The Matrix Revolutions (2003): ★★★ ↺
- The Matrix Resurrections (2021): ★★★½ ↺
- I’m Your Man (2021): ★★★½
- A Patch of Blue (1965): ★★★★½
- Annie Hall (1977): ★★★½
- A Damsel in Distress (1937): ★★★½
- Constantine (2005): ★★½ ↺
- No Hard Feelings (2023): ★★
- Return to Seoul (2022): ★★★★
- John Wick (2014): ★★★★ ♥︎ ↺
- Elemental (2023): ★★★
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017): ★★★★ ↺
- Desperately Seeking Susan (1985): ★★★½
- John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019): ★★★★ ↺
- John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023): ★★★★
- Day Shift (2022): ★★½
- Luckiest Girl Alive (2022): ★★½
- Bend It Like Beckham (2002): ★★★★
- It’s Complicated (2009): ★★★
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005): ★★★
- The Trip (2010): ★★★½
- Emily the Criminal (2022): ★★★½
Total movies watched: 26.
Favorite movie of the month: Barbie.
Least favorite movie of the month: No Hard Feelings.
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After an extensive amount of dental work (thanks, past me 🙄), I just finished with a biannual check-up. It turned out to be my first dentist visit without any bad news that I can recall!
Turns out that flossing, brushing, and going to the dentist regularly are good for a person. Who knew?
As of today, I’ve read as many books as I did in all of 2022. Thirty-two books so far, and there’s still a whole third of the year left! I don’t know how many I’ll complete by year’s end, but right now I’m giving myself a pat on the back.
Finished reading: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. 📚
A surprisingly touching book with an opinionated cat narrator and gut-punch of an ending.
Backblaze, a company of which I’m quite fond, just sent out an email notice of a price increase to their computer backup service.1 Starting October 3, the new pricing for the Backblaze Computer Backup service is:
- $9 a month, or
- $99 a year, or
- $189 for two years
I’ve been a Backblaze user since they were charging $5 a month or $60 a year to back up a computer. In the years since, I’ve seen that number slowly tick up. $5 became $6 became $7. The price has now nearly doubled since I first subscribed.
In addition to the price increase, they’re also making their one-year extended version history feature available to all users for “free.” Previously, it was an additional $2 a month add-on. I’ve never used more than their 30-day version history, so this ridiculously long extra safety buffer is nice, but in my case, unnecessary. It feels like a way to boost revenue without actually spending anything.
This email, taken in its entirety, can also be read a different way: Backblaze subscribers will be receiving a feature that they may not need, and cannot refuse in exchange for a lower subscription price, while incurring a 29% price increase for monthly subscribers or a 41% increase for annual subscribers.
It’s an understandable bummer for the consumer. On one hand, data storage isn’t free,2 and they have other operating costs to consider. I’ll never begrudge anyone that reality. On the other hand, Backblaze launched its initial public offering (IPO) in November 2021. This means that people can buy and sell shares of the company, but also that there is now massive and relentless motivation for Backblaze to increase its value. It’ll allow the company to grow, but will also necessitate price increases like this one if it’s not growing enough or in the right way (according to the inscrutable stock market gods). Capitalism, baby!
It should go without saying, but I consider Backblaze an essential service; there’s nothing quite like it. I’ll still recommend it to everyone I know. There are few things in this world I value more than knowing my important data is reliably backed up and able to be restored. I’ll accept this most recent price increase with a well-earned grimace for that reason.
An essential practice I need to get better at:
Abandoning with blinding speed and hearty gusto books that aren’t clicking for me. Especially well before I’m through the first hundred pages.
While cutting off a shirt tag, I wondered what I would do if I needed to reference its care instructions in the future. I considered putting recording the tag information in a note, or even better, some kind of database.
Then I considered how useful it might be to log every part of my life in a database app. Literally, as much as I possibly could.
I ended the whole line of thought by asking myself, What, you’re going to record how many almonds you have in the pantry? How in the world did you get to be this way?