3 stars by default

Jack Baty writes

Here’s my star rating system for everything:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved it!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was good
⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was OK
⭐️⭐️ I didn’t like it
⭐️ Hated it

With me, everything gets 3 stars by default. Books, movies, photographs, everything: 3 stars right off the bat. I always assume that this new thing or person or conversation will be OK at the very least. This applies to more than just media. It applies to people, too. Sometimes I’m disappointed and end up with 1 or 2 stars, but more often than not I’m surprised and delighted and my opinion of something or someone goes up rather than down.

This is how I approach something new as well. I go into a movie or TV show expecting to enjoy it. If it’s a mindless action movie, then I expect explosions, poor plot development and a mountain of spent bullet cases.

I’ve seen a ton of terrible science fiction movies, but they’re mostly what I expected from them. I joke that I would make a terrible movie reviewer because most of my reviews would be “it is what I expected it to be. ★★★”

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Thought I would check out Rutherford Falls on Peacock tonight. I had read it’s from people behind The Good Place and it had a Parks & Rec vibe.

Instead, Peacock had other ideas. I tried twice. I almost made it through the pre-show ad.


To be fair, I did get what I paid for.


Mystery egg

Saw this egg in the ground on the 15th.
It was gone today.

I setup a camera to try and catch who’s egg it was. Never did find out. Or who took the egg.

It wasn’t trampled by the deer. But something took it today. No trace of it.


Walking through Brookside Gardens, I saw a bird fly into this bush. We had seen some Red-Winged Black Birds and I saw red out of the corner of my eye and thought it might be another one.
Instead, there was a Robin. Building a nest. We watched it sticking its tail feathers up and moving around in a circle. It was nest to be able to see this nest at eye level and watch the Robin build it.
We stayed back and let the bird work. After it flew off for more materials, I reached my arm over and above it to snap a picture. The nest was empty but still wet from the construction.

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