As mentioned before in previous posts, I think I have done a relatively good job of shaking all social media over the past year. Whether that's been to save time, avoid targeted advertising, or to stop feeding large corporations my data. I seem to have also managed this without some other social media fad or distracting website on my phone taking over. That being said though, I still struggle with youtube.
My youtube watch time hasn't increased on this time a year ago, my social media usage has disappeared though, so overall phone time has reduced. Youtube is like going to that one friends house who seemed to have all the TV channels ever, they could watch whatever they want whenever they wanted. That's what we have now, available on any browser you can get your hands on. Fortunately I mainly watch from my PC with an ad blocker running so don't have to sit through the infinitely annoying ads.
I do think that sharing your youtube watch history or list of subscriptions can be quite telling. It's not something we usually share openly and can be quite personal (in my opinion). With this in mind, I thought I would share three of my favourite youtube channels that I watch almost religiously. It was quite difficult to cut it down to three! See below.
I'm reading less, and I don't think writing is helping that. What usually would have been my time to read before bed is not used to practice writing on here. I tend to read before bed because it helps me get to sleep. Now though I'm writing towards the end of the evening and I find myself getting tired towards the end of writing. This means that one of the purposes of reading is being fulfilled by writing instead now.
A lot of reading progress has significantly slowed as a result of this. Sure there are plenty of other times to read or write, but I have now formed a habit for each which is clashing slightly. I will likely continue as-is for the remainder of this one hundred day challenge, but will take this into account when laying out my future writing plans beyond this initial challenge.
I haven't been to the sea for a while. I have been to the seaside and have been on a ferry within the last 24months but have not experienced the vastness and danger of the sea for some time. Not something I long for having a preference for the mountains, but I do miss it nonetheless. We often skip the sea when we (used to) travel. Opting for flight or some ginormous sea-faring vessel as a preference. This makes sense a lot of the time, an Atlantic crossing that would have taken weeks now takes hours and the safety factor alone makes it a no brainer.
Why do we appreciate neatness and tidiness? I for one feel much better when the flat is in order. Everything in its place, no strain on the eyes, and no doubt where things are. But on the days I don't make my bed as soon as I get up, or the days where I'll leave the dishes on the kitchen counter instead of putting them in the dishwasher, I feel different. I feel slow, narrow-minded and lazy.
In my few posts on De Brevitate Vitae, Seneca talked about (and I sympathised with) spending time more frugally, in particular when it came to people. Seneca wrote about us being unaware of people that essentially put a drain on our lives for little return to what we hold dear. Where I have failed to make a distinguishment is with regards to 'down time'.
A wee while back I wrote a post about my local Kingfisher. You heard me correctly, I have a Kingfisher that visits a spot near where I live. I very occasionally see this Kingfisher on my lockdown lunchtime walk but haven't seen it for a fair few weeks now.
I have recently been working with some of the adobe creative packages. Which has been quite a fun thing to learn quite rapidly, though I don't envy any of you creatives reading this who have to do this day in day out! It's quite a tedious thing. That being said, I found similarities to something mentioned in my dev-as-you-go post.