Lovely Lviv

Last week, I was fortunate enough to visit Lviv, Ukraine on a work trip, and even more fortunate that I was able to bring my wife with me.

What an amazing city!

I’ll let the pictures and videos do most of the talking, but here’s a short list of things I learned from our time there:

  • Like elsewhere in Europe, their “acceptable amount of ice in drinks” game is suspect
  • Same goes for the coldness of their fridges (prepare to embrace that lukewarm lifestyle)
  • You’re not getting a Diet Coke, friend
  • You’re also not getting any black coffee (Americano it is!)
  • Pedestrians are absolutely fearless
  • Smiling and nodding as you pass someone is not a thing
  • Borscht is everywhere, and I actually enjoyed it!
  • The Ukrainians I chatted with weren’t as interested in Chernobyl as tourists are (given that it is a dark time in their history)
  • You can tap to pay everywhere, and it’s glorious
  • It’s generally difficult to be a non-drinker on work trips, but it’s really hard in Ukraine (though I’m now an expert on the Lviv seltzer scene)

Media Diary (May 2021)

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

Halston (TV): Fabulous

The Breathing Room (Podcast): A much-needed point of view

The Handmaid’s Tale (TV): In great form this season

Hacks (TV): Loving this so far

Slow Burn (Podcast): How we got Iraq so wrong

Mortal Kombat (Movie): I didn’t hate it

Pray, Obey, Kill (TV): A fascinating look at murder in a Swedish religious group

Shrill (TV): Looked forward to every episode

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness (TV): Creepy stuff

The Crime of The Century (TV): Absolute madness

Special (TV): Love this show’s POV

Deadwood (TV): Years ago I watched only the first season, remedying that with a full binge

Mythic Quest (TV): Charming as ever

Sasquatch (TV): Bigfoot always gets the blame

Disappearing Ink

Chalk it up to a combination of weariness from decades of oversharing and embarrassment at the sheer volume of my own dumb past social media posts, but I finally snapped recently and moved to a much more ephemeral system (something that Snap and young people generally have been onto for quite some time).

In a nutshell, I’m treating House of Kyle (and the accompanying Junk Drawer newsletter) as my main hub/source of truth, and demoting third-party social media services to act as disposable spokes on that hub.

Here’s how it breaks down…

Instagram: I’ve archived all but a few posts (that I rotate out from time to time), and primarily just use Stories, which automatically disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook: I’m using my dormant account entirely to drive traffic to my blog and newsletter, with the great Jumbo service automatically deleting posts after 30 days. UPDATE: Now deactivated

Twitter: I’m still posting and liking content, but I’m now also using Jumbo here to delete tweets older than 30 days.

See you in the wind!