Media Diary (April 2022)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Under The Banner of Heaven (TV): Already super compelling

Tokyo Vice (TV): Fascinated by the “fish out of water” vibes and time period

Our Flag Means Death (TV): Completely delightful

Moon Knight (TV): One of the best Disney+ Marvel shows they’ve released

CODA (Movie): Enjoyed it, but didn’t see it as Best Picture-worthy

Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (TV): Obviously catnip for me

The Girl From Plainville (TV): Just started this, but she’s already chilling

Better Call Saul (TV): What’s gonna happen to Kim? 😬

Barry (TV): Glad it’s back!

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Movie): Better than the last one 🤷

The Invisible Pilot (TV): What a story, and what a twist right in the first episode!

The Principles of Pleasure (TV): A pretty interesting look at the complex world of sexuality

Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (TV): I’m never one to turn down a Gacy doc


As I prepare to celebrate the start of my last year in what I’ll delicately call my “upper-early-forties,” I’ve decided to take a look back at some earlier posts on getting older to see what still holds up and what’s changed (along with adding a few new morsels).

Here’s the older stuff, if you want to catch up:

Let’s check in on a few of them:

Having seen patterns on the Internet repeat over the years, I’m encouraged that people are waking up to the ‘didn’t we learn our lesson from AOL in the ‘90s’ current social media environment, and I’m feeling bullish for what comes next. I should note that my former boss Gina Bianchini has been ringing this bell for well over a decade.

Well, I definitely took this one seriously. 💪

I can no longer be home without immediately changing into sweatpants (my wife is disappointingly unenthusiastic about this).

Changing…into…sweatpants? There are other types of pants?

“Nothing good can come from a webinar.”

Such innocence. Little did 2019 Kyle know that the entire world would soon become a webinar.

Some new developments:

  • I tweeted about this a while back as well, but I’ve become alarmed at the number of tonics and miracle elixirs that are now part of my daily routine.
  • Crappy, cushion-less chairs and I are no longer able to date each other.
  • I’m too old to convincingly say or type any of the following phrases…

    Bio Break: I’m just gonna say “going to the bathroom” (or nothing at all)

    LOL: Yes I’ve hated this for decades, but now I’ve crossed the Rubicon and entered into “tragic grandpa lol” territory

    Partner: I like/respect that this is a clean Gen Z way to refer to your significant other, but the ship has sailed for me being able to say “my partner” without sounding like a giant knob

    Hooked Up: Ditto on this one, I’ll continue saying “slept with” over here at the retirement home
  • Not only am I done with commuting, but the pandemic has taught me that in-person group meetings of many sorts should be treated like live theater: nice, old-fashioned, impractical but endearing “once-in-a-while” events.
  • The past two years have been incredibly illuminating for me in terms of discovering how well people tolerate and adapt to change, and I’ve realized that I most respect those that become more and more curious (actively seeking out new points of view) as they age.

Media Diary (March 2022)

Along with some light Sanditon and Bridgerton dabbling with the ol’ ball and chain, some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (TV): Unexpectedly powerful

The Batman (Movie): Definitely a bit long, but high up there on my franchise list

Twin Flames (Podcast): As always, I’ll listen to any disturbing, cult-adjacent story

The Dropout (TV): My favorite of this month’s golden age of tech scandal shows

House of Gucci (Movie): A bit much at times, but overall enjoyable

Crypto Island (Podcast): I mean, of course

Super Pumped (TV): Also super entertaining, but Rob Morrow as Eddy Cue is a real stretch

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill (Podcast): Have just started this, but obviously right up my alley (hat tip to Jess)

Bad Vegan (TV): Absolutely amazing

Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Movie): A fascinating look into his world

The Andy Warhol Diaries (TV): Loved learning more about his personal life, and thinking about how much he’d have loved the audio deepfake narration

WeCrashed (TV): As someone that operated out of a WeWork for a while, this has definitely been eye-opening

Phoenix Rising (TV): Marilyn Manson sounds like a real creep

Joe vs. Carole (TV): Both leads are giving it their all (plus you can never go wrong with Kyle MacLachlan)

Upload (TV): Glad this is back, the new season has been fun

Star Trek: Picard (TV): Q and a Star Trek IV-inspired plot? Uh, yes please.

Killing Eve (TV): Have just started on this final season, but will be sad to see it end.

The Problem With Jon Stewart (TV): Happy to see new episodes again!

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