The Coffee Underachiever Newsletter 2019

September


14 Sep: Saturday the Fourteenth[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 10,100 words • Topics: I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means… me! • that old house • Saginaw, America • back on the treadmill • Morning Valedication #1 — Keep Watching the Skies (October 15th, 2013) • and — getting off the treadmill • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell (2015 TV series) • Know Your Enemy (the podcast) • The Artificial Man and Other Stories by Clare Winger Harris • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019 film) • what now? • Facebook • Twitter


22 Sep: Helping When You Can’t Help Enough[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 5,000 words • Topics: news • work • politics • helping when you can’t help enough • a distinct lack of succinct conclusions • one good thing: the Citations Needed podcast • until next week!


29 Sep: Fifty-Two[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 5,400 words • Topics: this old computer • politics • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett • The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald • until next time!


October


06 Oct: Asynchronicity[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 6,600 words • Topics: and now, in color! • once more into the basement • there’s always more work • asynchronicity • it’s time to stroke my long white beard and complain about kids today • The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee • this week’s thing: Chris Lester and The Metamor City Podcast


13 Oct: Duran Duran’t[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 6,200 words • Topics: the Michigan Folk School • the weak week that was • the constitutional crisis is here • Duran Duran and the not-so-masterful remastering (or, why Duran Duran duran’t sound good no more) • the album • the mastering • the other stuff


20 Oct: A Marriage Old Enough to Vote[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 2,400 words • Topics: yesterday • the unjust judge • in the news • on deck


27 Oct: Greens and More Greens[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 3,300 words • Topics: trunk or treat • she has a name, you know. her name is Rio • “The Chauffeur”


November


03 Nov: Discombobulated[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 4,000 words • Topics: Halloween • Harriett (2019 film) • discombobulated by the time change • “It’s Time to Retire the Term ‘Middle-Class’” (Citations Needed podcast episode 91) • A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes


10 Nov: Time is a Flat Shiny Disc[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 2,500 words • Topics: this old PC • Godzilla: the Showa-era Films (Criterion Collection boxed set) • All Monsters Attack (1969 film)


17 Nov: Joy and Monsters[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 6,100 words • Topics: the Veteran’s Day blizzard • Godzilla (1954 film) • work notes • vacation plans • Son of Godzilla (1967 film) • the Cheryl’s Birthday puzzle • losing sleep • John M. Ford • introducing Joy


24 Nov: In Sickness and in Health[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 8,000 words • Topics: Godzilla Raids Again (1955 film) • Aldi • A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes • Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson • books on deck • Akhnaten by Philip Glass (Metropolitan Opera live stream)


27 Nov: Happy Thanksgiving[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 800 words • Topics: feedback • baby Yoda • pass the gravy


December


08 Dec: The Fat Pants of Despond[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 5,400 words • Topics: Thanksgiving debrief • the life-changing magic of doing nothing • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019 film) • The Matrix (1999 film) • the frozen waterslide to Christmas hell • weighty matters • dysmorphia • Uncle Joe • your week-after-Thanksgiving links • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher • Peter Watts is an Angry Sentient Tumor by Peter Watts


15 Dec: Honey Day in Dark Mode[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 5,200 words • Topics: teader commentary • dark mode • psychotic episode code • the waterfall model • oversharing • Malachi’s honey day • farewell to Mother Loaf Breads • drop-testing CD cases • Business as Usual by Men at Work • the NPR Star Wars radio dramas


22 Dec: Christmas Eve Eve Eve[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 8,100 words • Topics: eating during the holidays • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher • Return of the Jedi (NPR Radio Drama, 1996) • Dr. Bronner’s Sugar Soaps • the solstice bonfire • the office holiday lunch • planning time off • Cargo by Men at Work (1983) • the buzz about Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker (2019) • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) — my review from 2016 • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) — my review from 2017


29 Dec: The Last Star War[PDF] Word Cloud

Approximately 3,000 words • Topics: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019 film) • vacation update • Until the End of the World (1991 film, Criterion 2019 Blu-ray edition) • The Matrix Revolutions (2003 film)