Read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

While I work through my tsundoku, I’m interspersing books from Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories. I’ve read countless mysteries over the years, but The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is quite possibly the best mystery I’ve ever read.

There’s not much I can add to the above summary without spoiling it, but if you enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend reading this masterpiece.

RSVPed Attending Getting Started with WordPress, an IndieWebCamp Pop-up Session

This will be a broad-based introduction to the IndieWeb session specifically focused on using WordPress. Our aim is to help people get set up and running a self-hosted IndieWeb-based website with WordPress though some of our discussion will work for versions as well. Grab a cup of coff…

I’m looking forward to attending this IndieWebCamp session. It’s been years since I last spent a lot of time working with WordPress, so any advice I can glean will undoubtedly be very helpful.

Read ‘We Could Be Feeling This for the Next Decade’: Virus Hits College Towns by Shawn Hubler

Opening bars and bringing back football teams have led to new outbreaks. Communities that evolved around campuses face potentially existential losses in population, jobs and revenue.

Despite working in higher education the majority of my career, I’d not thought about this aspect of schools going largely online during the pandemic. I’ve worked in one small college town, but it was home to a small university (approximately 2,500 students), so I don’t think the town depended on the university population nearly as much as the towns mentioned in this article.

Day 100.

Happy Father’s Day.

It’s currently 92° and feels like 96°. I spent maybe 10 minutes outdoors with a mask on and it was unbearably hot.

Those visiting Orlando theme parks this summer are in for a real treat. 😷

Watched Counterpart from Prime Video

A hapless UN employee discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension that’s in a cold war with our own, and where his other self is a top spy. The war slowly heats up thanks to spies from both sides.

After repeated mentions by Jason Snell on the podcast Tim Goodman’s TV Talk Machine, I finally watched Counterpart. The show originally aired on Starz and is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

The show can be a bit confusing to follow at times, so I’d limit multitasking as much as possible. Without spoiling anything, there’s not much else I can say other than the show is so good that I wish it had been picked up for a third season.

Watched Snowpiercer from Netflix

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

An absolutely extraordinary film.

I’m not sure how I missed this when it was released in 2013. In fact, I didn’t know the film existed until a few months ago when I heard that a television series named Snowpiercer was coming to TNT. When I further researched the show, I learned it was based on a film, which itself is based on a French graphic novel.

If you’re a fan of dystopian science fiction, actor Chris Evans, or director Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), I highly recommend watching the film. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.

Social distancing day 80.

I’ve left my 900 ft2 apartment three times in the past 11+ weeks. The only face-to-face-ish interaction I’ve had in that time was with a pharmacist at my local pharmacy’s drive-up window.

Read Stark: Memo to baseball — don’t drive off this cliff! by Jayson Stark

If baseball lost a season to safety concerns, most fans would understand. But if the only obstacle is dollars? Hoo boy.

A fantastic piece by Jayson Stark about the ongoing MLB labor disputes.

I’m pro-players in these disputes. The owners and MLBPA came to an agreement months ago, but now the owners no longer like what they agreed to. Additionally, the players have a limited amount of time to earn money playing baseball, while the owners have years and years to recoup whatever losses they face this season.