Cura, November 1, 2019

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

1/11/2019 · Mixtapes

Fran’s Not Here 43 - Doug

Listen to or download episode 43

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on October 9, 2019.

Dream Daddy has one too many daughters or whatever.

28/10/2019 · podcasts · fransnothere

Logbook, October 21-27, 2019

October 21, 2019

I watched Ash Is Purest White, 2018 - ★★★. You can just call it after she meets the Ancient Aliens guy. They live happier ever after in their x files fantasy. I accept no other ending.

Y’all I need three new Pokémon GO friends. 9280 3997 2713 add me if you haven’t already.

I read How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared. Sports graphics are the strangest things. What is that spinning core they’re always cutting to in between games? Who lives there?

October 22, 2019

this is a good meme. https://t.co/1Xfxfd7c2F

Logbook, October 14-20, 2019 https://t.co/W7aVv9RWer

Cura, October 22, 2019 https://t.co/0LkriHogdS

October 24, 2019

It’s no Shane McMahon showing up on Nitro, but this is pretty weird. #appletv #roku https://t.co/dmPQzHhuvz

I think I’m actually getting worse at finding gifts. That or the mall only sells three things now.

Do you have a relative on Facebook? Help them start a website or, even better, a newsletter. Get them off that shit. https://t.co/1zw5yetAez

Very cool single-serving page: Toronto Public Library Dashboard. You can see what books are being taken out on loan in real time.

October 25, 2019

Good morning Twitter dot website https://t.co/Hk3NqWNYyN

Things 3 is having some #ios13problems for me. Going to switch to TickTick for a bit to try out a new thing. Current home screen. https://t.co/Q7W1C32t17

October 26, 2019

I recommend you read The 2010s Have Broken Our Sense Of Time.

Halloween, face unlock’s greatest enemy. Can confirm, giant fake mustache too obviously fake for iPhone.

October 27, 2019

I read Riding the Unicorn and The Mainstream Media Is Not Playing Games.

27/10/2019 · Logbook

Cura, October 22, 2019

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

22/10/2019 · Mixtapes

Logbook, October 14-20, 2019

October 14, 2019

Actually pretty nice of the advanced voting booths to be open on a holiday.

Fran’s Not Here 42 - Dingling with the Dinguses https://t.co/gucqpPmbfi

October 17, 2019

I went to Therapy.

Look Into This, October 17, 2019 https://t.co/OVwub10R7o

2020 is going to bankrupt me. https://t.co/QQBu5Au0W8

October 18, 2019

I read Rejection is the norm for authors. So why do we hide it?, and The Ultimate Game Boy Clone Perfectly Plays Every Classic Handheld Game You Ever Loved.

I recommend you read The Things We Do for a Little Self-Preservation, and Ten keys to happier living.

October 19, 2019

I read Whiteness on the Couch.

October 20, 2019

I watched Things to Come, 1936 - ★. Rated on a 2019 curve, because the good guys” celebrate their win over the barbarian hordes by doing a shit ton of fracking. On the minus side, this is misogynist futurism at its baldest. On the plus side, this movie has amazing typography.

I read Enough Leaning In. Let’s Tell Men to Lean Out..

I recommend you read Healthy Living.

October 21, 2019

I watched Ash Is Purest White, 2018 - ★★★. You can just call it after she meets the Ancient Aliens guy. They live happier ever after in their x files fantasy. I accept no other ending.

Y’all I need three new Pokémon GO friends. 9280 3997 2713 add me if you haven’t already.

I read How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared.

21/10/2019 · Logbook

Look Into This, October 17, 2019

New thing. Sometimes I’ll look through some magazines or blogs and come up with a list of stuff to look up. These things usually get lost to time. But hey, this blog is easy to update. Some of this stuff might be interesting. Some of it won’t.

17/10/2019 · lookintothis

Logbook, October 7-13, 2019

October 7, 2019

This whole series will be useful for people who think the 2010s didn’t have music. https://t.co/tXYoslZq8g

#sunset #iphonexr https://t.co/dDEJB7Hxan https://t.co/oRbnvllmtg

October 8, 2019

What are the non-cineplex theatres in Toronto that plays first run films? I really don’t want to support that company.

Anyways come to Fran’s Not Here, the podcast about Toronto and maybe Dream Daddy who knows.

Unsubscribing from, like, 50 youtube channels feels really good.

September 2019 in Photos https://t.co/5Nzo7zJfvG

October 9, 2019

We recorded Fran’s Not Here live.

October 10, 2019

I recommend this podcast - A Guide to Genres: Part 1.

Nokia Lumia 1020 https://t.co/dkEI5RBFAp. Lumia 1020 Photos https://t.co/miwvEB1GFp

I read New Productivity — Benedict Evans.

I read We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites.

I read How To Talk About Games With Someone Who Doesn’t Play Them.

October 11, 2019

I read Mental Health Is for Rich People, A little poison never hurt anybody, and Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore.

October 13, 2019

I recommend you read I Microwave This Pillow Every Day, and Then Fall Asleep.

I read Writing is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence.

14/10/2019 · Logbook

Fran’s Not Here 42 - Dingling with the Dinguses

Listen to or download episode 42

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on October 9, 2019.

I’ve got the best TV package or whatever

14/10/2019 · podcasts · fransnothere

Nokia Lumia 1020

just like the Lumia 800, I wanted to write a little blog post about an old phone. This one was important to me.

The 1020 is the only Windows Phone that ever mattered. It was filled with compromises, as all Windows Phones were. It had fewer apps, it was a little slower than the competition, and the downsides of the camera (and camera bump, which in 2013 seemed ghastly but today seems quaint) were real. It barely sold. It barely mattered. But it mattered to me. And it’s the only Windows Phone anyone should ever remember, because it was audacious and insane. Other Windows Phones tried to fit in the market at the time. Similar specs as other android phones. Similar cameras to the iPhone. They tried to make them seem like equal choices. This failed. The 1020 failed too, but not for lack of distinction.

All Black Everything. I liked to remove colour from the screen on Windows Phone. Keeping things stark seemed to match the matte black of the 1020 (it also came in white and yellow. The yellow was ugly. The white was cool).

The Screen. OLED is cool, but you have to know how to use it. The iPhone X has OLED but nobody notices. Android has no idea what to do with it either. I haven’t noticed OLED since Windows Phone. OLEDs best trick is that the blacks are black, and it looks like the screen is off. Software shouldn’t fill the screen using OLED. It should utilize huge amounts of white space around its elements. Windows Phone did that. Long before light/dark modes became standard on iOS and Android, Windows Phone’s default was dark mode, with massive sections of white space acting as the chrome around content.

The Camera. This was the reason this phone mattered. At 41 megapixels (real output was more like 34, but, like, still) the files this phone created were and still are insane. That came with major caveats, though. For one, even though the phone had stabilization, your hands need to be fucking steady. The 1020 would take several seconds to take each picture, so if your hand moved at all, you’d get blur. But when it worked, it was always worth the trouble.

No, but the camera though. I’m still having trouble taking pictures as good as I did on the Lumia. I had a camera grip accessory for it, which added not only a nice bug button for focusing and shooting, but also extra battery life. That always helped things, and I feel like in retrospect it should have just been part of the phone. I’ll make another post showing off some of the better shots I’ve taken with the 1020. It was a finicky process, but when it worked, nothing could touch it.

Windows Phone always had limits. It had a lot of trouble catching up to Android and iPhone, and failed horribly. It succeeded whenever it went in the opposite direction. The less Windows Phone focused on apps and more on categorical actions, the better it was. So, it was terrible at facebook and twitter, but it was great at giving you a list of your contacts and showing you what they were up to across a number of social networks (at least, the social networks that were prevalent in 2011). Instagram never worked, but the experience of intermingling your own photos and everyone else’s (so long as they were on Facebook or Flickr) was superb. And while other phones made marginal photography gains year over year, Nokia leapfrogged. You can be the same and worse, or you could be different. It was nice, for a time, being different.

10/10/2019 · photos · windows phone · technology

Lumia 1020 Photos

As a companion to my Lumia 1020 post, here are a selection of photos taken with the Lumia 1020, all from 2014-2018.

10/10/2019 · Photos · windows phone

September 2019 in Photos

Last month I began making stories of highlighted photos on Instagram. If you’re into that, here’s the same photos but in a higher quality, because they’re literally linked to the original photo in my OneDrive.

8/10/2019 · photos

Logbook, September 30-October 6, 2019

September 30, 2019

I watched The Favourite, 2018 - ★★★★. I feel like there must be an alternate ending somewhere where they get to kill each other with Karate.

I read Things I’ve Learned: Jim Jarmusch, and The Creators of Untitled Goose Game Just Wanted to Make a Funny Game About a Goose.

October 1, 2019

I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion - Hope & Despair, and read Apple Arcade is a home for premium games that lost their place on mobile, and I Am The Horrible Goose That Lives In The Town.

October 2, 2019

Microsoft held an event. Here were my tweets:

October 3, 2019

I recommend this podcast - [Microsoft’s Panos Panay unfolds the Surface Duo](https://overcast.fm/+QN1ocr07g

Ezra Furman is my favorite singer https://t.co/xPfbRLxAQl

I went to Therapy .

October 4, 2019

My Wordperfect files from college agree with this. https://t.co/fXyWGDciRi

I added One-year plus magazine subscription | Monocle to my wishlist I read What Do Guys Keep in Their Backpacks?.

I read Grindstone’ Is a Perfect Puzzler to Showcase Apple Arcade’s Promise.

I went to The Rocky Horror Show with my friend Chris Tsujiuchi playing the lead :)

October 6, 2019

I read Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans.

6/10/2019 · Logbook

Fran’s Not Here 41 - 10th Anniversary

Listen to or download episode 41

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on September 11, 2019.

I don’t see enough of your asses on Instagram or whatever

30/9/2019 · podcasts · fransnothere

Logbook, September 23-29, 2019

##September 23, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Ends of Evangelion.

People who own a Nintendo switch: have you ever broken off a joycon and handed it to another person in a public place?

At JFL42, I saw Ron Funches.

September 24, 2019

I can’t buy Links Awakening until I finish Chrono Trigger, he said in 1995 and 2019.

There’s a setting in the new iPhone software that makes it so calls outside your contact list simply don’t ring. It’s brilliant. It stopped robots from bothering me this many times in just the past few days. https://t.co/Fc3SWKaUPn

At JFL42, I saw Michelle Wolf and Byron Bowers.

September 25, 2019

I read Math Work, Do Some Guys Really Run Hot’?, The Triumph of the Walled Garden, You Don’t Drink Scotch”: An Appreciation of Scrubs’ and the Inimitable Dr. Cox, When Getting Tied in Knots Becomes Therapeutic, and The Cancel Culture” Con.

I watched Of Course You’ve Messed Up and loved it.

September 26, 2019

At JFL42, I saw Ricky Valez.

I went to Huy Lam’s solo exhibition, Confluence. Such great stuff.

September 27, 2019

Hey I’m feeling tired and cranky let’s spend time on the tweeting website.

I bought a video game: Theatrerythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call

The aquarium gave up on Octoberfest music and has just been playing Fatboy Slim A-sides for the last 30 minutes.

September 28, 2019

What a brave boy #linksawakening #amiibo #zelda https://t.co/K71uwBxiuq https://t.co/9uNDRuby57

I watched Parasite Eve The Cinematic RPG.

September 29, 2019

I read The Seething Stand-Up Underground That Gave Rise to Shane Gillis, The Good Place’ Season 4 Will Quietly Cure Your Political Fatigue, Lift Weight, Not Too Much, Most of the Days, Going Up, and We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.

Fran’s Not Here 41 - 10th Anniversary https://t.co/VVDXMkK3Kh

29/9/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, September 16-22, 2019

September 16, 2019

Apple Arcade thoughts:

September 17, 2019

Screams in Kenneth Parcel https://t.co/nROLHAnTkJ. I love Peacock as a name.

I went to Therapy.

September 18, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Randall Munroe, the genius behind XKCD,

Cura, September 16, 2019 https://t.co/2ztCJ7ArQJ

I read Double Dragon’s perpetual damsel isn’t taking any shit in the new River City game.

I read watchOS 6: The BirchTree Review.

September 19, 2019

JFL42 - I went to Todd Barry.

I read Travel Adventures Through Other People’s Instagram Stories.

September 20, 2019

The internet got ruined when we all started using our real names. The only people I still enjoy on social media are all queer nerds going by Pokemon handles. Legit my first email was Raichu” with a number and I should have just stuck with it.

I read Justin Trudeau Has Never Been The Progressive Darling You Thought He Was.

JFL42 - I went to Nicole Byer.

September 21, 2019

I read What Is the Right Amount of Time to Spend on Your Phone?.

JFL42 - I went to Esther Povitsky.

Mosley loves gifts https://t.co/jos5q9jjfy https://t.co/LCPJxh2e6V

I read Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free.

JFL42 - I went to John Mulaney & Pete Davidson.

I watched Japanese City Pop and the Rise of Future Funk.

September 22, 2019

I read Chris Tsujiuchi on redefining Frank N’ Furter as transcendent.

23/9/2019 · Logbook

Logbook, September 9-15, 2019

September 9, 2019

I watched My Aftercare Routine & Essentials.

Logbook, September 2-8, 2019 https://t.co/sJFmOOzENz

I recommend this podcast - Ep.293 - Bruce McCulloch, CANADALAND

Thirty Helens agree that The Kids in the Hall was a watershed moment not just for Canadian comedy, but for comedy as we know it. Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC.

I read AI Is Coming for Your Favorite Menial Tasks.

I read Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 7, 2019).

I read Apparently No-One Wants to Live in Rural Lesbian Utopias Anymore :  What the Hell is Going on With Brexit?! : Vaping Is Causing Lung-Related Illnesses.

I read Kill Your Childhood Idols: Why Nostalgia Sucks.

I recommend you read A Good Place: Every Noise at Once does its darnedest to create order out of chaos.

I recommend you read furialog.

September 10, 2019

My tweets from the #AppleEvent:

September 11, 2019

Come to the Free Times Cafe in Toronto around 6pm tonight for a live performance of Fran’s Not Here! Who knows which ludicrously-famous celebrities may show up? #tiff #dontcomehere #toronto #tomhanks #guysitwontbetomhanks #butmaybe #nodontgivethemhope

Fran’s Not Here 40 - The Toronto Goodbye https://t.co/5aYqgdPwsF

September 13, 2019

I read [Blogroll keepers #2, (https://ift.tt/2Ne5ckN) Hustlers (2019),m and Lesser Known Love Languages.

September 13, 2019

I recommend this podcast - Regional Knife Law.

I read The Yorkville Swindler: How Albert Allan Rosenberg scammed his way into high society.

I read Sprawling out.

September 14, 2019

Do half a thing, open twitter tab, not knowing why, ever.

I watched REJECTED by DON HERTZFELDT (Blu-ray restoration).

I watched Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, 2018 - ★★★.

September 15, 2019

I wish I was better at audio editing. I’ve been making podcasts for 15 years. I’ve improved, but not at the rate I’d like.

I read John Mulaney Is More Than a Funny Guy in a Suit and Tie.

16/9/2019 · Logbook

Cura, September 16, 2019

Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.

Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.

I hope you like it. I made it for you.

Here’s the track listing for this week:

16/9/2019 · Mixtapes

Fran’s Not Here 40 - The Toronto Goodbye

Listen to or download episode 40

Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on September 11, 2019.

It’s a much better title than Prime Minister” or whatever.

15/9/2019 · podcasts · fransnothere

Logbook, September 2-8, 2019

September 2, 2019

I read What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet.

September 3, 2019

Four #podcasts , four very different title styles. ⁦ https://t.co/3xuUZICmxe

You’ve got to have freedom to Ape Out https://t.co/oFInfYG55E

Logbook, August 26-September 1, 2019 https://t.co/FFVCtGVj9j

I went to Therapy .

September 4, 2019

shhhhh, it’s okay. it’s okay. There’s a new Fran’s Not Here https://t.co/qC2mfMR2sx

Fran’s Not Here 39 - 2007 https://t.co/7XStuQCTN3

Peloton after 3 months https://t.co/LFAVU2hJrG

I watched The Valley of Gwangi, 1969 - ★. Let this be a lesson to you, ladies. Never tell Ken Doll about your tiny horse.

I read Journaling.

September 5, 2019

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! https://t.co/NDm2UssOZb

I recommend you read Magic Eraser Juice.

tfw when you see a listing in the print version of @nowtoronto for our upcoming show.

Come see us live! https://t.co/QUJlfDhoVl

September 6, 2019

I read FXs It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Takes an Unlikely Path to TV History.

9/9/2019 · Logbook

Peloton after 3 months

Peloton doesn’t bury its data export stuff deep in settings, either. It’s right there on the your workouts page. With this data, I can build some pivot tables in excel and get some data that’s useful to me.

I opened my Peloton account 96 days ago, on May 31, 2019. Here’s what I’ve got after three months.

Number of types of workout

Fitness Discipline Count
Cardio 1
Cycling 6
Meditation 24
Strength 48
Stretching 8
Yoga 14
Grand Total 101

Calories Burned (this would be massively approximate)

Fitness Discipline Calories Burned
Cardio 117
Cycling 399
Meditation
Strength 2508
Stretching 86
Yoga 568
Grand Total 3678

Time Spent in minutes

Fitness Discipline Minutes
Cardio 20
Cycling 215
Meditation 160
Strength 580
Stretching 40
Yoga 270
Grand Total 1285

Instructor Frequency

Instructor Number of classes
Aditi Shah 8
Ally Love 4
Andy Speer 2
Anna Greenberg 8
Becs Gentry 4
Cody Rigsby 1
Colleen Saidman Yee 1
Denis Morton 2
Emma Lovewell 23
Hannah Marie Corbin 2
Jennifer Jacobs 1
Jess King 4
Jess Sims 1
Kristin McGee 11
Matty Maggiacomo 2
Oliver Lee 3
Olivia Amato 5
Rebecca Kennedy 6
Robin Arzon 3
Ross Rayburn 9
Selena Samuela 1
Grand Total 101

Live vs On Demand

Class Type Count
Live 7
On Demand 94
Grand Total 101

Some data was blank because I only use the app subscription. I don’t have a Peloton bike or treadmill, so I have no data for:

That data would be cool to have, but it’s not Buy a Peloton Bike” cool. A Fitbit would probably give me approximates there. I know the stereotype for Peloton is that it’s ludicrously expensive, but the app subscription by itself is only CAD$20 a month. I’m pretty happy with it so far.

4/9/2019 · Fitness

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