Print media still rules, I don’t care what the haters say. I will always enjoy sitting down with a physical newspaper, magazine, or a book, even when I have to force myself to read because of pandemic anxiety. So I penned this love letter to print and called it a blog post. Maybe I should have made a zine.
media are plural Posts
Something wasn’t sitting right with me after I wrote that article about reading during the pandemic. The post ended on a bittersweet note in which I hoped I would get back to reading. But just hoping things will happen isn’t my style. I prefer action, so I decided to try reading by force.
Call me old school, but I think the most practical medium for recipes is print. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching recipe videos and seeing the techniques professional chefs use to make delicious meals. But when I hop into the kitchen to make food myself, I’d rather work off a book, a note, or a card. I’m all about those recipes on paper.
After writing last week’s post on the video games I’ve played during the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought I would look at some other media that has keep me going over the past year. There’s just one problem: I haven’t turned to each medium equally. Since the pandemic started, I have hardly read any books at all. So instead, I’m going to look at what happened to my love of reading.
Good lord, it’s really been a year hasn’t it. A whole year has gone by since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Relatedly, this post is going up on the one-year anniversary of when I began working from home. It’s a bleak anniversary, but it’s not enough to make me go back on my promise to fight against doomscrolling. I’m covering this one the happy way, by highlighting the video games that have helped make the past year ever so slightly less horrible for me.
I realized recently that I am a musical monster. My plan was to write about how there are several albums that I started out being indifferent toward, but over time grew to enjoy. Lately that has been the discography of Big Thief, an indie band from the States. But as I wrote, it became apparent that I am the problem. Specifically, the problem is how I find new music to listen to.
Good lord, Pokémon is turning 25 this Saturday. North American fans may feel like that sounds wrong, but that date corresponds with the Japanese release date of Pokémon Red and Green on Feb. 27, 1996. The multimedia franchise made it to the rest of the world in 1998 and kicked off a global craze that would last well past the end of the 90s. In honour of the anniversary, I thought I’d look back at what it was like to be a kid during the rise and fall of Pokémania. This is a sort of first-person account of Pokémon history.
The Joker is a destructive, attention-seeking, self-obsessed edgelord like the ones that have made using certain parts the internet an absolute hell. He’s bad for the sake of being bad. A comically evil villain who is also damaged. So why are so many people online now threatening to become the Joker?
I’m terrible at playing video games in a timely fashion. Most of the games I play are a couple years old, and I usually choose them because they happened to be on sale. Saving money is the main benefit of this strategy, but it’s not without its downsides. The main one is that art can come with a best-before date, and often games don’t go on sale until they’ve reached that point.