January 2022 Summary

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Day 9 of #100DaysToOffload

Books I Finished

I read more books this month than I thought I would ever read this year. I took part in a program this month (the Habit Reframe Mindset Group Accountability Program) that helped me build the habit of reading. I've been trying to read books from the Texas Book Investigation List which are mostly LGBTQ+, sex education, and racial justice related books. I've not just been reading but also listening to audiobooks in the form of podcasts!

Out of all the books I've read so far, I'd say I really enjoyed The GoldfinchOut of Darkness, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles the most. 

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • My  Lesbian  Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  • My  So Called Artist's Journey Vol. 1 by  Akiko Higashimura
  • The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyun Kim
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang 
  • Masked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • The Hound of Baskervilles s by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Dancing Naked by Shelley Hdrdlitschka 
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson

Top Songs of the Month

I use ListenBrainz to keep track of all the songs I used. It can be connected to Spotify and other players like Strawberry Music Player.

Most of these songs I can talk to on an album basis so I will address that in the next section.

  1. The Canary by Protest the Hero
  2. Take My Breath by The Weeknd
  3. STAY by Seiho
  4. SHANTI by Seiho
  5. Ghost by Ashmute
  6. From the Sky by Protest the Hero
  7. IF YOU by Seiho
  8. SHAKE by Seiho
  9. Sore Eyes by Braids
  10. Ghosts by Ibeyi

Top Albums of the Month

One of the Discord servers I'm in hosts an album club. Every two weeks or so, someone picks three or four albums for everyone to listen to. My turn was coming up and I offered up PalimpsestDeep in the IrisMAGDALENE, and 1, which explains why I've listened to them so many times! The Age of the Saucers was an album from the previous album club session.

The Weeknd recently came out with Dawn FM and I listened to it sooo many times to figure out if I liked it or not. I came to the conclusion that I liked the first half and hated the second half. Overall, Dawn FM was a disappointment for me.

I just found out that Seiho's latest EP, CAMP, was available on Spotify finally (I think previously it was only on Amazon Music) and I've been listening to it on repeat the last couple days of January. I love it so much. I've been enamoured with it since they put up teasers for it on YouTube but I never found a way to buy or stream them that didn't require Amazon Music.

CAPRISONGS is an album that FKA twigs just released and like with Dawn FM, I was unsure if I actually liked it. Thankfully, I think I liked it a lot more than Dawn FM. I find that I really need to digest FKA twigs in order to understand and experience all the layers in her music.

  1. Palimpsest by Protest the Hero
  2. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  3. Deep in the Iris by Braids
  4. Divers by Joanna Newsom
  5. CAMP by Seiho
  6. MAGDALENE by FKA twigs
  7. 1 by Ashmute
  8. I SAY MAMAMOO : The Best by MAMOO
  9. CAPRISONGS by FKA twigs
  10. The Age of the Saucers by Hollywood Burns

Top Artists of the Month

This month was very safe. I stayed with my tried and true favourite artists and didn't branch out as much. I am feeling a bit stale musically. I'm hoping next month I can find some new artists and albums to listen to!

  1. Protest the Hero
  2. The Weeknd
  3. L'Arc~en~Ciel
  4. Braids
  5. Coheed and Cambria
  6. FKA twigs
  8. Joanna Newsom
  9. 五月天
  10. My Chemical Romance

Screen Time

I use ActivityWatch, which is a free and open source app that automatically tracks the time spent on devices. It's cross platform so I use it on my desktop (Pop!_OS), my phone (Calyx OS), and my laptop (Manjaro).

Unfortunately, you can't sync data across the different devices so each device will have it's own bucket of data. I like this kind of separation anyway because I tend to use each device for different purposes.

Screen Time Usage Per Day

This chart below shows the hours per day I've spent across all my devices, not including work hours. While I wouldn't definitively say a higher number is worse, the real metric is whether or not I spent my time on the screen doing some productive or useful.

Hours Spent Per Day on Screens
Hours Spent Per Day on Screens

Some interesting observations: 

  • January 4: The biggest spike. This was the first day back at work after the holidays. Looks like I used screens to cope with going back to work, haha!
  • January 13: One of the lowest screen usage days, was a day when I was sick.
  • January 17: That was a really productive day: I  finished an exercise for a course I was taking, cooked, and read a lot.

Top Apps Used Across All Devices

Digging further, below is a pie chart of all the apps that I've used. Firefox and Fennec are both web browsers and account for over half of my screen usage. My second most used app is Discord. My friends and I have a near daily Discord voice call where we watch each other stream games, movies, shows, share music, share memes, or just talk. The rest of the apps that I use are basically negligible but enough to account for around a third of my app usage.

Top apps used across all devices
App Usage Across All Devices

Top Websites Visited on Firefox

The unfortunate thing about ActivityWatch is that it cannot track websites visited on Android. So the below chart only applies to Firefox and not Fennec.

Website Usage on Firefox
Domains Visited on Firefox

Reddit is a huge vice of mine. I use it for so many things: keeping up to date on city affairs, frantically searching /r/space when I hear a loud boom in the middle of the night and my anxious ass thinks it's a meteor, looking for answers about something that DDG cannot answer for me, fuelling my hypochondria whenever something feels weird, etc. Most of it is negative time, I think. I really want to cut down on my Reddit usage.

This month I really latched onto Fosstodon. While I do enjoy Fosstodon, it's slowly becoming an area of concern for me. That being said, 7% isn't that much time, compared to Reddit. It's just when I get scrolling on the local or federated timeline that I can lose track of time easily.

Habitica is an RPG task website that I also latched onto this month. As you do tasks and build habits, you can earn coins and items which all go towards customizing your character. However, the biggest feature that I love about Habitica is the concept of challenges. User can create challenges for a certain time period. For example, I'm doing a self paced online course in my free time. There is a challenge for completing self-taught courses and if you manage to work on your course every day, you can win gems!

Another challenge I've been doing is a pomodoro challenge: complete 100 pomodoros in a month. I used to be really into pomodoros but fell off of it when I switched to CalyxOS as my favourite pomodoro app was not open source and full of trackers. Pomotodo isn't open source, sadly, but it's one that I've used since university and it has some of my old data, dating back to like 2015!

Muctau is just a manga reader website. One of my friends recommended a manhwa (Korean comic) to me that is hosted on that site. I spent a while reading through it, haha!