Lifenotes #40: March 2024

Bristol fun and some old school Lara Croft.

· 4 min read ⏱️

✨ Highlights

  • Caught up with a few friends I don’t see often over drinks 🍻
  • Went to see Holly Humberstone in Leicester with my friends Nisha and Rachael, I didn’t really know her, but she was great live.
  • My friend Rachael got us tickets to go to Arcade, an immersive audio experience. It was so goood! Would recommend it if it comes near you. It’s essentially a choose your own adventure audio only game, and you’re in complete darkness, so it feels really vivid. It was short, I would have totally gone back if I had time.
  • Spent a few days in Bristol with my lovely sister 💛
    • We never get to hang out just the two of us, so it was nice to mooch around Bristol, have nice food, see the sights, and we even made it to a Jazz concert / Lindy Hop taster, which was really fun.
      • Some recs from our days there:
      • Ahh toots: excellent cakes.
      • Farro: everything was tasty, but I loved the cheese scones in particular.
      • Café Cuba: the food here was sooooo good! I had an avocado and tomato salad I’ll be thinking about for a long time.
        • Filthy XIII: great music and cocktails, and some good looking hot dogs I’d like to go back to try.

🎮 Played/Read/Watched

  • This is how you lose the time war: it had been a while since I read science fiction, and I really loved this. It’s short, really creative and a great story.
  • All of us strangers: this was so good, but so sad.
  • The quiet, pervasive devaluation of frontend by Josh Collinsworth
  • Dune: I rewatched this before seeing part 2, and it’s very pretty, but basically nothing happens.
  • Dune part two: ok everything happens in this one 😂 It’s very well made, but it’s not the kind of things that calls to me.
  • I think you should leave: a friend recommended this and I watched some, but it’s not really for me I’m afraid.
  • Saturday Night Live: I started to watch some episodes from this year’s season, and ended up fallng into a massive rabbit hole and watching lots of it.
  • Abbott Elementary series 3: I love this show, and am enjoying the new series too.
  • Blackberry: this was so good! I knew Blackberry was big back in the day, but I never realised how big. Really interesting and well made.
  • The growing backlash against AI by tante
  • ‘I’m sorry to have to announce that my cancer situation has developed not necessarily to my advantage’ by Simon Boas
  • Superbob: I love Brett Goldstein, so I dug out this film from a while back, and it was a really fun watch. It’s funny, short, and sweet.
  • Madame Web: ok I watched this just to see if it was that bad. Yes. Yes, it is.
  • Circe: I’d never read a historical fiction novel before, and I really enjoyed this! It was fun to connect the bits I knew to the rich story in the book. I enjoyed the genre.
  • Broad City: I was on the market for a 30 minute comedy, and this was great! Really silly and fun, I zoomed through it all.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: I was pretty tired after work on a Friday and I fancied a fun action film so I rewatched this classic from my youth. I’d forgotten how fun it was! My 3 main takeaways:
    • It’s so faithful to the games, which I played a lot growing up, so obvs I love it.
    • If I was rich, I’d probably also spend it like a rich 10 year old.
    • How did I not realise then that I was bi? Honestly baffling.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life: ok I obvs had to watch the second one the next day.
  • Hello World by Hannah Fry: I got into listening to audiobooks for my non-fiction books, so I can listen when I’m cooking, tidying up, or walking Juno. This was a good read, a nice high level overview of where algorithms do well and where they don’t.
  • Hackers: how had I never seen this?! So good! Good music, good old timey computer visuals, and just generally good fun.
  • Tomb Raider I: rewatching the films made me do my semi periodic rummage to see if anyone remastered the old games for modern consoles, and guess what?! Some fantastic humans have now, so I started to play Tomb Raider I on my PS5. Initial thoughts: movement and camera controls back then were hard, y’all! I’m hoping I’ll get a good hold of the controls before I get to my fav, Tomb Raider II.

📸 Pics

Collage of pictures from March: A cupcake with a topper that shows a horse with the TypeScript logo instead of a head, AKA the TypeScript migration horse, from our work party where we celebrated finishing the migration; a table of delicious Cuban food from Café Cuba in Bristol; the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol on a cloudy day; a blossomed cherry tree at my local park; a selfie of me in the sunshine, you can kinda see my face against the sun but not very clearly; Holly Humberstone on stage at the O2 in Leicester singing and playing guitar; my sister smiling and holding a cocktail at Filthy XIII in Bristol; my dog Juno in the sunny park, waiting for me throw his blue triangle toy, you can see my shadow next to him; a local church clock tower with a lovely cherry blossom tree in front of it, on a sunny day; a picture of me sipping on a mojito at Café Cuba in Bristol; selfie of my sister and I when we got to Bristol; a landscape picture of a dog field in Derbyshire; Juno asleed on his bed, curled up cutely; the loading screen for the remastered Tomb Raider I on my TV; a muddy Juno sat on his bed in the boot of my car, back from running on a muddy field.

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