August 2018 Media Diet

Star Trek: Enterprise – 3/5 so far. Still watching this. Still skipping the intro.

Nailed It! – 4/5. This was hilarious. We binged the entire series while my sister and her family were visiting.

National Treasure – 5/5. Of course we had to re-watch this after showing my sister and her family around town (we live in DC).

Disenchantment – 3.5/5. I mean, it’s witty and somewhat funny.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – 4/5. I loved this one.

Life of the Party – 3/5. Some of it was funny. It was not McCarthy’s best movie but it was still entertaining.

Breaking In – 4/5. Gabrielle Union basically kicks butt.

Deadpool 2 – 4/5. There was room for improvement but I laughed throughout the movie.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – 4/5. This is the first in a series of books that take place aboard a space ship in deep space. This was a great introduction and I’m looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – 4/5. I am a huge fan of the Poirot tv series so I decided to read the entire series that its based on.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri – 4/5. This was an interesting read and I devoured it quickly.

Meg by Steve Alten – 3/5. I wanted to read the book that the movie is based on. It was entertaining.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – 4/5. This was full of twists and turns. It kept me entertained.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann – 5/5. I had hoped to read this one a lot sooner but never got around to it. I ended up reading Killers of the Flower Moon by Grann before this one and loved it so much that I made reading this one a priority. I was not disappointed. I really love how Grann weaves the story together.

Some Reminders

Slow down.


We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now affect the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined.

Edward Burtynsky

As we start to see the effects of Climate Change, and we most definitely already are, we need to accept that we are culpable in creating it.


July 2018 Media Diet

These are all the things that I consumed media wise in July.

The World Cup – 5/5. There were so many great games. So many upsets.

Star Trek: Voyager – 4/5. We started in April and finally finished. I haven’t connected with the characters as well as I did in TNG and DS9 but it’s still a great show.

Star Trek: Enterprise – 3/5 so far. Just started season 2. Definitely watch on Netflix so you can skip that horrible Rod Stewart intro.

Deception – 4/5. This show was cancelled by ABC and while it was a bit campy and definitely quirky I thought it would have made a decent show. The first season is available on iTunes if you want to check out something new.

I’ve finally finished Killing Eve. 5/5.

I’ve also finally started The Americans. I have no idea why I didn’t watch this before it ended but here we are. 4/5

Snatched – 1.5/5. I watched it because I love Goldie Hawn. She couldn’t save this.

Set It Up – 3.5/5. One of Netflix’s original movies, this rom com is cute and bad for all the right reasons.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta – 4/5. This was a beautiful novel. It tells the story of Ijeoma as she navigates a civil war in Nigeria and discovering that she is a lesbian. “I thought once more about the way that life so often takes us the long way around. But perhaps it didn’t matter, long or short, as long as we eventually found our way to where we needed to be.”

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Books 1-3 – 5/5. This is a such a great series.

Small Country by Gaël Faye – 5/5. Emotionally complex, beautifully written, heartbreaking. One of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 4/5. “People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense.”

Season 2 of In The Dark – 5/5. The first season of In The Dark was great but the second season has blown me away. It’s very informative and highlights so many problems with the Criminal Justice system.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – 5/5. Hemingway writes broken people really well. If you’re looking for a story that describes war in detail, this isn’t it. However, it captures the loneliness and sadness and anxiety and worry of war really well.

Still Lives by Maria Hummel – 3/5. This book was good but I didn’t find anything particularly great about it. It held my interest and followed the familiar mystery/thriller pattern.

How It Ends – 4/5. This isn’t an Oscar movie. It’s a really great end of the world action movie. It was suspenseful enough and crazy enough to keep my interest.

America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera – 5/5. This was a great comic. Bonus because it has so many queer characters.

America, Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona by Gabby Rivera – 5/5. See above.

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – 5/5. There’s so many things going on here that I love. Time travel, the 80s, Aliens (?).

The Kissing Booth – 4/5. This was a great rom-com and I liked how it wasn’t a typical teen movie.

Paste on macOS

On macOS, the default paste command copies the original formatting. If you do a lot of copy and pasting, this makes life a bit easier.

Why Co-Ed Sports Leagues Are Never Really Co-Ed

Co-ed social sports leagues aren’t really co-ed. They’re men’s leagues, where women are required to be present for the game to happen.

From Why Co-Ed Sports Leagues Are Never Really Co-Ed

I play in two sports leagues–one kickball league and one softball league. They both have gender ratios that you need to maintain on field in order to play a game, however I have very different experiences between the two leagues and that’s mostly because of the teams I play on.

My kickball team is great and I’ve never felt like I wasn’t allowed to play or wasn’t a valued member of the team. Softball, on the other hand, is different.

Our Team Captain is a woman but within the first two weeks of playing one of the guys staged a coup to take over the team. He wanted more playing time, he wanted a better batting position, so he forced his way into managing the team. I was relegated to Right Field despite having no outfield experience. I’m also one of the more experienced players on the team. Men get the best positions, both on offense and defense. When the men on the team started complaining because there were too many men on the team, they didn’t care at all that there weren’t any subs for women.

On Eating Meat

As humans gain an ever-increasing understanding of animals’ ability to [think, feel, and experience pain], many of us are asking whether eating meat is morally acceptable.

From Thoughts on the family dog and eating meat

Eating meat has really been weighing on me lately. I love meat, I don’t think I could ever slide into a vegetarian or vegan diet unless possibly by force. For me, it’s not so much that animals are cognitive beings and are aware of and feel pain, but more so that industrial agriculture is morally abhorrent. Participating in an industry that has such a huge disregard for animals, for the environment, for the communities they operate in, for the people that they employ doesn’t align with the kind of person I hope to be. It is in direct contradiction to my morals and ethics(fn).

DSLR vs Mirrorless cameras

DSLR vs mirrorless cameras: How do they compare in 2018?

Mirrorless cameras have been around for almost a decade now, and in that time they’ve changed in countless ways.

While some of the designs many have stayed constant, the extent to which these models are more capable for a broader range of tasks means that many people have happily ditched their DSLRs, sold their glass (or not, as we shall see) and jumped across to one of the more recent but rapidly expanding mirrorless systems. Many others, however, are more hesitant, and they continue to ask the same question: are mirrorless cameras better than DSLRs?

If you’re expecting a short answer, it’s this: mirrorless cameras are certainly more capable than DSLRs in many respects, and they hold a number of different advantages, but there are many reasons why novice users and seasoned pros alike would still be better served by a DSLR.

My first semi-pro camera was a Canon T3i. I still have it, although I’ll be looking to sell it soon. I recently bought a mirrorless camera, a Sony a6300. I debated getting a more pro camera, but with the advances that Sony has made with their mirrorless cameras and the availability of some very good, very affordable lenses I felt that it was worth it to look into getting a mirrorless instead. I have loved it so far and I haven’t regretted opting for a mirrorless camera over a DSLR at all. The photos from San Diego were taken with the Sony a6300.