I said I was gonna start posting here more often when I deleted my Facebook, and I haven’t. So this is gonna be the first in a continuing series of monthly update posts for those of you who want to stay apprised of what’s happening in the world of Matt. (This post-month wrap-up blogging style is stolen from Tom 7, an internet computer person who’s work is much more interesting than mine).

Learned to Juggle at Bryant Park 🤹‍♂️

(This was technically in June, but close enough.) Every weekday from noon to one, the Bryant Park Jugglers offer free lessons to anyone who stops by. Six catches gets you a pin proclaiming “I learned to juggle at Bryant Park”. A coworker of mine is a competitive juggler, so he brought a bunch of us to the park one day to learn. I earned my pin (barely) and now own my own set of juggling balls so I can keep practicing. Keep reading the blog and maybe I’ll have a juggling skills update in a couple months. If you’ve got time on your lunch break, you should definitely stop by, if not to participate then just to watch the experts show off.

Completed the Couch to 5K Running Program 🏃‍♂️

My new year’s resolution was to exercise more. I planned to start in March, but a late winter pushed that to April. I didn’t adhere strictly to the C25K schedule, but I did complete all 27 runs in the 9 week program in ~10 weeks and can now run 5 km in ~30 min without feeling like dying afterward, so that’s Mission Accomplished™. Of course it’s now too hot and humid for me to even consider going outside, so I haven’t gone for a run in a couple weeks, but I’ll definitely be back on the wagon once it cools down a bit.

Other Random Bits

  • Hit 100 hours played in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege. Despite this, I am still terrible at the game. My Bronze 1 rank is evidence only of me getting constantly carried by my much better friends. Send a message if you want to play!
  • My latest project TheseAmericanLives.com is up and running; stay tuned for a longer post about that Soon™.
  • Go see the “unrestored” version of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Museum of the Moving Image next weekend, your last chance to see it in NYC.