CGI Dogs 🐶

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“Dancing Dogs” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight Mariko and I watched The Call of the Wild at Alamo Drafthouse. If you are a fan of CGI dogs, you’ll love it! Especially the pre-movie entertainment, which featured some Bollywood dance sequences featuring canines. Lots of fun!

I thought the main feature was pretty good, although the CGI wasn’t the most convincing. But I thought it was kind of nice to see more “expressive” dog faces. The story was average, but the scenery was awesome. Woof! 🐶

I hope you had a nice day!

Early Voting Day

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“I Voted Early” Cedar Park, 2020

Today I took care of my early voting as usual. There was no line at the voting location (just primaries today) so I was in and out in no time. The new voting machines were way better, and now they spit out a paper ballot so you can double-check your choices before putting them into the big ballot box machine that looks like a Xerox copier. So that’s something…

🎶 Yumi Zouma – Southwark

March 21 in Dallas? I want to go!

Digital Declutter

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“Flip Phones” Cedar Park, 2020

I’ve been reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport which has accelerated my digital declutter. Removing apps from my phone/tablet is just one step in a broader process and mindset, but an important one. Like Marie Kondo, he advocates an extreme approach initially, which can be difficult, but is ultimately the most rewarding and sets you up for greatest success. But the book is much more than just deleting apps, and I recommend reading it – there are some amazing insights into solitude, research about anxiety, and more.

For myself, I removed Facebook from my devices last year, and I feel that my life is so much better. I occasionally need to login to list something for sale or to check ads for my job, but I don’t check my feed. In fact, I find an aversion to it now.

More recently, I removed Twitter from my devices. I was spending too much time scrolling and refreshing my timeline, and now the mere thought of checking it is unpleasant. And the funny thing is, most of the people I followed were creatives and humorists who share positive and funny tweets. But wow, I spent too much of my attention there, giving up my “mental solitude” that Newport emphasizes in his book. I have to say, being Twitter-free is great! I’ve found myself more interested in journaling, watching movies, and even signed up for the 2021 marathon, and bought tickets to a couple concerts. I believe this newfound motivation to do these more rewarding activities is to fill the void that social media was taking up.

One other thing that Digital Minimalism talks about is going for walks, which allows you the time to think and reflect. I guess that’s also why I am attracted to solo activities, like running, solo motorcycle rides, and also solo camping, which I am planning to do in a couple months.

I’m still early into my digital declutter, but I am already seeing the positive changes in my life, just like I did with my declutter of my possessions. Yay! 😊

Today’s photo is of a couple of old flip-phones I dug out. My aunt requested a simpler phone, so I was looking at the options. I thought the timing of the request fit in nicely with today’s post.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

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“Percussionists” Cedar Park, 2020

I’m always amazed at people who can perform in front of an audience, and these kids can really bring the house down! It’s always a wonderful show, but also bittersweet because the seniors will be moving on soon. Many of the students, including Koa, have had the same percussion instructor since the 6th grade, so it’s always an emotional final percussion concert for them, and many tears are shed. 😭