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Letterboxd – Carl Holscher

Surprisingly good. Twisty. Turny. Kept me engaged and wanting to dig deeper and know more.

And I’ve not been able to stay focused on much television this entire year.
Watched it over the course of two days. 8 episodes of tight intrigue was perfect.

It was liberating to know it was a limited series and once it was over. It was over.

Letterboxd – Carl Holscher

Went into this blind. (It’s on a poster of 100 movie bucket list.)

And wow… What an achingly beautiful film. The claymation. The style and use of color. The story. Oh my god the story would have me sobbing uncontrollably if it weren’t told through claymation.

This is a movie I’ve never even heard mentioned and it was beautiful and painful and dark but ultimately beautiful.

Letterboxd – Carl Holscher

There’s so many things rolling around my head after watching this.
The power dynamics in play.
The ability for one man to ruin people’s lives for sport. Without recourse for the victims.
How money enables the most vile behavior and protects its own.

Part of me mourns for the young man who needed friends, therapy, a different set of parents.

But the man he grew into completed the cycle of abuse he suffered and now perpetrates on a parade of people who embody the ones who bullied him.

For a story about tickling, nobody’s laughing except our tickling fetishist who makes a good loving from filming tickling.

City Roads

City Roads

Flat, minimal city maps
Enter your city name and the tool renders a monochromatic map of all the streets in that city, without any names or labels. Download it as a vector file and then customise it. You could use it as a basis for a piece of art, maybe a poster for your office or as a gift for a loved one.

I saw this in Dense Discovery and had to try it out. Here’s the little town I grew up in. I love this.

What if people don’t want a career?

What’s profound about the career rejectionists is that their guiding questions are simple. What if work didn’t make you feel awful? What would life be like if we didn’t live to work? What do workers and employers actually owe each other? What if we structured our work lives around a different idea of success? It’s not a full-scale rejection of capitalism (though it can be that) or a call to burn down the system altogether. Those questioning their careers are simply daring to imagine what a better, more equitable future of work might look like. — What if people don’t want a career?

Changing jobs right before the pandemic has made me think a lot about the work I was doing before. And how pointless and dead-end it was. How I would lie to myself that it meant something or it would lead to anything.

I was a cog. In a government contracting machine. A head to count. A line on a spreadsheet. Nothing more.

I spent an hour commuting each day to these jobs. Sometimes more. Always more when I factor in how waking up at 7am to be at work by 8:30 or 9:00 was still part of the job.

I wasn’t being paid for it. But it surely felt like time I was giving to the company.

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