March 2022 Summary
Day 25 of #100DaysToOffload
Books I Finished
January was like my golden month, I read a ton of books then. I finished some books this month but most were quicker reads, to be honest. I don't really have a stand out favourite from this month's batch of books. I think out of all of these I really enjoyed A Very Punchable Face but it didn't really feed my brain, you know? It was just a fun book.
Books I finished:
- The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green
- A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
- The Maple Stories by John Updike
- Why Art? by Eleanor Davis
- Commute by Erin Williams
- Failed It! by Erik Kessels
- The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles
- Tetsugaku Letra (Volumes 1-6) by Mizu Sahara
- Yakusoku Siren by Sumomo Yumeka
- The Dip by Seth Godin
Books I gave up on:
- Nori by Rumi Hara (I didn't enjoy the art style and on top of that I found the contents to be quite boring)
Books I'm still reading but haven't finished:
I'm notorious for starting multiple things at once and taking forever to finish them or I don't even finish them at all and they are in a perpetual state of "in progress." Yes, I know this is bad. No, I don't see myself changing that any time soon but I'm working on it.
- Disability Visibility by Alice Wong (I am in a book club where we read two or three chapters every two weeks so expect to see this here for a while)
- All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (I am listening to an audio reading of this and probably just "read" about a chapter or two a day so progress is quite slow here)
- Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland (literally started reading this on the last day of the month)
Top Songs of the Month
I use ListenBrainz to keep track of all the songs I play. It can be connected to Spotify and other players like Strawberry Music Player. It's open source, too!
The bolded and italicized songs are songs that showed up in this list last month. Admittedly, I like to listen to the same things over and over again.
ROSALÍA did a performance on SNL and I fell in love with her LA FAMA performance. I love The Weeknd but honestly, he does nothing for this song. The live SNL version without The Weeknd was far superior.
Buwan is one of my favourite songs in Tagalog. It's like a Filipino classic. Put it on at a Filipino party and people will stop to sing along, haha!
- LA FAMA by ROSALÍA
- Super Girl by Fennel
- Say So (Japanese Cover) by Rainych
- Because of You by AISHA
- Raise, Naianasha (Cut the Cord) by Coheed and Cambria
- Buwan by Juan Karlos
- Starman by David Bowie
- Honey by Kehlani
- Egotistic by MAMAMOO
- Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
Top Albums of the Month
In a Discord server I'm in, we do an album club where people pick three or four albums for people to listen to and then we discuss them. This month was mostly dedicated to trying to find that album, haha. I wanted to bring Joanna Newsom to the table as she's one of my favourite musicians ever. I also wanted to try to add some Japanese music to the mix as well.
The last two albums were actually albums from the last round of album club. It was nice listening to Vivaldi and I was surprised by the Mark Ronson album, which kinda seemed like it had strong funky Tame Impala influences.
- Have One on Me by Joanna Newsom
- Divers by Joanna Newsom
- T H E by tricot
- Ys by Joanna Newsom
- ALPHA by CL
- CAMP by Seiho
- ULTRA BLUE by 宇多田ヒカル
- Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
- The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
- Uptown Special by Mark Ronson
Top Artists of the Month
Okay, Alexisonfire, Metric, and Thrice are all surprises to me. I did listen to some Alexisonfire to see if I wanted to put an Alexisonfire album into album club but then I realized most people in album club don't like hardcore (as in the genre hardcore) music.
- Joanna Newsom
- Coheed and Cambria
- Utada Hikaru
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).
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.
- March has been a rough month for me and I went fully into "IDGAF about being productive" mode. This resulted in a lot of time spent at the computer doing nothing.
- The 26th was a Saturday where I must have sat at the computer for way too long even though (looking back on my journal) it does seem that I actually went and did stuff outside for a good three hours.
- On the 27th I was at a party for my uncle's birthday. These parties last a long time, probably like a solid six or seven hours, haha.
Just for comparison's sake, here is the previous month (February) alongside March. February was a lot better than March. You can see the beginning of the month was okay, somewhat following February's pattern, but then things escalated.
Top Apps Used Across All Devices
Once again, web browsers and Discord reigns among all the apps I've used.
Top Websites Visited on Firefox
- Last month I spent 14% of my time on Reddit. This month I managed to lower the number a little bit to 12%! Still quite a lot, though.
- I use Pomotodo to keep track of pomodoros. I think this was a big increase from last month.
- The Bookwyrm instance I joined has taken a good amount of time. I imported my books from Goodreads and have been sanitizing my imported collection slowly. There's like over a thousand books I'll have to update. It's a big project.
- Because I've been in IDGAF mode, YouTube has been taking more of my time. Ugh. I will say I've mostly just been watching self-help videos if that makes it any better, hah.