The Coffee Underachiever 2020

January


05 Jan: Castles Burning[PDF] Word Cloud

I’m not Jewish, alas • America assaults Iran • we’re sick • Godzilla (2014 film) • Until the End of the World (2019 Criterion edition) • Frank Herbert’s Dune (Sci-Fi Channel miniseries) • a break from screens


12 Jan: Coughcophany[PDF] Word Cloud

Strange weather • this week • Economic Science Fictions edited by William Davies • the weekend • Doctor Who Season 12


19 Jan: The Endless Pennsylvania of the Soul[PDF] Word Cloud

Grace is traveling • implementing Base64 • stuck in the snow • the disease of images: Until the End of the World revisited


26 Jan: Down Time Word Cloud

Sick and stuck • my eyes • broken code • working with a team in China • Elanor’s third birthday • Shin Godzilla (2016 film)


February


09 Feb: Eternal Caucus of the Democratic Mind Word Cloud

The music in my head • TinyLetter • still sick • the temperature anomaly • Weathering with You (2019 film) • Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera live stream) • anniversaries • last week • Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007 film) • Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski (unabridged audiobook) • the Iowa Caucuses • electronic voting


16 Feb: Carving Notches in Dixville Word Cloud

Reader feedback • Joseph Shabalala • the Iowa caucus • Tom Perez • the New Hampshire primary • lockdowns in China • work • weight and diet


23 Feb: Sin City Has Spoken[PDF] Word Cloud

Work • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020 film) • the Iowa recanvas • the Iowa recount • the Nevada Caucus


March


01 Mar: Biden Can Have a Little South Carolina, as a Treat[PDF] Word Cloud

Pączki • sick babies • Ultra Q (1966 Japanese TV show) • bookshelf ideas • programming books • taxes • electoral politics • Iowa Caucuses • Biden • Warren • Super Tuesday


08 Mar: The Empire Never Ended[PDF] Word Cloud

Work • tachycardia • our COVID-19 lockdown preparations • Aggripina (Metropolitan Opera live stream) • the Sanders rally • thoughts on the election


13 Mar: Sargeant Potts’s Lonely Face Club Band[PDF] Word Cloud

Work update • more election thoughts • COVID-19 news and advice


22 Mar: Year One, Week Two[PDF] Word Cloud

My live streams • the Metropolitan Opera free streams • our lockdown • the bonfire


30 Mar: In Virus Veritas[PDF] Word Cloud

Furlough • the pandemic response • Michigan unemployment • budgeting • shortfalls • podcasts • Wagner week

April


05 Apr: The Thirty-Second Day of March[PDF] Word Cloud

The Barber of Seville (Metropolitan Opera stream) • Nixon in China (Metropolitan Opera stream) • current affairs • life during COVID time • mujaddara


07 Apr: Yea Though I Shop Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death[PDF] Word Cloud

Grocery shopping during the pandemic • The Ypsilanti Food Co-op • Trader Joe’s • Costco • Gordon Food Service • the mechanics of shopping • Tractor Supply • Fresh Thyme • Home Depot • Joy’s shopping protocol


12 Apr: The Bread Also Rises[PDF] Word Cloud

Passover • Don Pasquale (Metropolitan Opera stream) • Easter • unemployment • our mortgage • Bernie dropping out • pandemic progress report • hard thinking • family updates • the benefits of a large family


05 Jul: Short Attention Span Theater of the Absurd[PDF] Word Cloud

Garden snapshot • visits and errands • Independence Day dinner • assorted notes • epazote • plastic in the soil • Satan’s own caterpillar • can we shoot the rabbits? • winding up