A collection of thoughts ... from a[n exploding] boy in Toronto.
The cutest container ever to store my homemade miso-marmite gravy in :)
(could have done a better job of lighting, and deceivingly wiped off the counter. Oh well…)
Similarly related, I met a bronie for the first time. I think this is dangerous territory. I don’t think I can handle becoming a major bronie and having to take care of more animals!
I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more tolerant — or perhaps celebratory is more accurate — of social difference (in particular, gender non-conformity) when I’m feeling relaxed and at ease. When things are hectic/busier with me, I sheepishly admit I feel slightly uncomfortable around images of gender non-conformity. I’m also less likely to challenge gender norms in my own expressions. This is, in part, why I am anti-romanticizing busy-ness. I wonder if my own tendency can be universalized? Would the world be a lot less bigoted if people were less busy and less stressed out?
As opposed to finding it infantilizing or inappropriate like my friend did in a similar situation*, I actually find it quite sweet/endearing being called “honey” and “baby” by the staff at Karine’s All Day Breakfast (they also praised/gave positive reinforcement for me finishing my whole giant plate). I was a bit disappointed though, thinking their vegan tofu benedict would be with a vegan hollandaise sauce (there it’s a tomato-y “gypsy” sauce). I’m going to have to visit Dougie for a proper vegan benedict with a hollandaise sauce.
*I guess my friend’s situation was different because it was a more “professional” relationship between ~colleagues.
These apps/websites that emulate sounds — either the ambiance of a gentle thunder storm (see rainy mood) or the calm commotion of a coffee shop (see coffitivity) — are really quite pleasant (for either working, or hanging out).
But I can’t quite help be reminded of the Black Mirror episode “Fifteen Million Merits”. While pleasant in a sense, such apps are so artificial; akin to looking at nature outside of our giant bedroom “windows” when really the windows are just giant digital screens. Not sure if future-y and kind of cool, or just dystopian. At the least, it would be more enjoyable if such simulations took place with with friends, as opposed to being hyper-individualized and isolated in one’s apartment box. Now, got to get on the bike…
Watching an online conference while looking up pictures of how athletes with long hair style their hair… It turns out both Lou Amudson and Joakim Noah have Swedish roots!
(I’m really not that into cats, but there is some super cute cat-related art work :)