Weekly Debrief 02/24/2018

A little bit of chaos…

This time next week, February will be finished. …

I cannot believe it. I know it’s the shortest month of the year, but this month passed faster than I could’ve imagined. I suppose that’s not a bad thing in and of itself, but it’s disconcerting to say the least. I think to myself “I have all these things I want to do in 2018, and it’s almost 16% finished.”

Well, it’s what it is.

And here’s a rundown of what it’s been this week.

1). Summing up #onthedaily:

This past week, I was Grateful for My friends , #blackpanther and its success, new mercies each morning, FRIDAYS, and several comforts of modern life that I take for granted !!

This past week, I was Focused on gratitude, the intersection of the film and faith, enjoying music while working, learning well during my work training, and being grateful throughout the day!

This past week,  I refused to Worry about how tired I’ll be tomorrow after seeing #blackpanther tonight, how my body will handle all the popcorn I ate, recently mailed packages getting to their destination, aspects of life that I do not know how to repair, all the little things I need to get done !!!

This week in themes: Frankly, the above doesn’t capture the week like I’d expect. Yeah, I had worries about a shipping issue, the excessive popcorn I ate, and my laundry list of to-do’s, but the big one was Friday’s “aspects of life that I do not know how to repair”. I have many facets of life that just aren’t what I expect or want them to be, and I am wrestling on the daily to discern what I can do to at least improve them, even if I don’t know how to get to my ultimate goal. It’s a hard path to walk, really. I wish I could say that the day-to-day is fulfilling, rewarding, and making me feel like I have forward momentum; but honestly, I feel most days I’m just barely making it. It’s not that I walk through the day without joy or moments of pleasure or success; I think the issue is that the same problems continue to manifest themselves, and I don’t know how to address them to yield short term gains and long-term success. Fortunately, I have much for which to be grateful, and I am. I have a good life; I just wish I lived in a more excellent way that was worthy of it and also a blessing to others…and I rarely do. Part of the problem is that my mind is in chaos: so much in there but not directed, focused, and oriented. It’s pretty obvious from my office in total and my at-home workdesk, specifically (pictured above). It’s just a mess, and I am trying to get things in order to make continuing strides in the coming year!  We’ll see how that goes.

2).  Watch, Listen, Read:

From iTunes

Only listened to one podcast this week. I was too busy utilizing my free trial of AMAZON UNLIMITED to listen to podcasts. On Unlimited, I listened to alot of cuts, and these may be some new favorites (for those of you who dig R&B and so forth):

Bel Biv Devoe “When Will I See You Smile Again”
DeBarge “Can’t Stop”
DeBarge “I’m in Love with You”
El DeBarge “Someone”
Kenny Lattimore “For you”
Johnny Gill “Lady Dujour”
New Edition “Delicious”
New Edition “Mary Ann”
Ralph Tresvant “Sensitivity”
Usher “Rivals”

Fotunately, some of the above are also on Azo’s Prime, so I’ll be able to enjoy them plenty!!! Others I may just fork over the $1.29 to put them in my library. We’ll see.

From Youtube

A Very Good Illustration from FRANCIS CHAN about God’s provisions and the poor.

Desiring God’s encouraging insight on WILLFUL SINNING and LOSING SALVATION

My good Friends at GAMING WITH SWAG put up another one of my reviews from the catalog on the SNES Classic Mini.

3). More Hopes and Happenings:

BLACK PANTHER was legit. Even after nearly 20 films, Marvel may have created one of its most culturally relevant and narratively satisfying entries. I was entertained and engaged throughout it, and I think it has creeped into my Top 3 in the MCU (Avengers, Civil War, and Black Panther). The film boasts a fantastic cast, excellent film craft (directing, editing, etc.), and the featured tracks by Kendrick Lamar worked wonderfully. In fact, the movie put me on the hunt for action figures/collectibles for the remainder of the week, and I cannot remember the last time a film did that (Maybe when I got caught in the hype before THE FORCE AWAKENS)

I’m re-watching BattleStar Galactica via Amazon. It’s a sci-fi opus for ages 18-and-older, and it’s very solid. Like all television shows that a run beyond 3-seasons, it has its clunky eps, but overall, it’s fantastic.

I have continued to knock items off my 2018 goals list. This week: Christopher Nolan’s World War II Opus DUNKIRK, as well as The Prequels Strike Back. The latter is a documentary chronicles one fan’s exploration of the hatred for George Lucas’ Star Wars Trilogy from the turn of this century. The director provides his own experiences and anecdotes to provide emotional context while mainly focusing on various fans giving their (mostly) positive assessments and observations about the films. As a defender of the prequels, I found the documentary to be validating; however, to repeat many prior reviewers, the film is unlikely to convert new fans who previously disliked the pictures. For what it’s worth, the doc may at least give detractors some extra content to consider before calling the films “complete garbage” or “dumpster fires” (as some have taken to calling them), and I think anyone who genuinely enjoys the prequels will get some affirmation. Like the prequels themselves, the Doc could have benefitted from additional editing; but for the above referenced reasons, I’m glad that this exists.

This week, my son has been very interested in a box of action figures which he calls, “Guys”, and it’s been hugely satisfying for me. It’s a mix of G.I. Joes, Power Rangers, Star Wars characters, and super heroes that I mainly kept for writing inspiration. Since I’m not doing that as much as I’d like, I’m glad he’s getting pleasure out of dumping them out of a box and counting them. I am hopeful for hours of action figure fun with my son over the coming decade.



COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK: Lord of the Rings 16″ Talking TREEBEARD with light-up Eyes. This is one of the greatest action figures I have had in over three decades of collecting. The sound and light features are excellent, the sculpt is top-notch, and for all the figures clunky articulation, he is still a wonderfully rendered collectible for kids of all ages. Don’t believe me? Well, I am 35, and I think he’s great. My son is not yet 2, and he’s a huge fan also. So, yeah, all ages. A great piece of cinema rendered in Plastic.