When did the 90s become ancient history
Posted on 02/26/2023 in misc
I was busy with a new job this week, so I expect this will be short.
I realized after noticing the similarities in a couple of books I stayed up late every night reading that I really enjoy sci-fi and fantasy books that are set in the modern world, except for one thing that brings the sci-fi or fantasy element to it. In The Cartographers, it was magic maps. In The Measure, it's knowing when you'll die. I was struggling for the genre term to find more books like those, and found this article suggesting curio fiction is the term I seek.
American Girl released their new historical doll, and it's a 90s skater girl. It's basically Avril Lavigne. I don't know who should feel worse about this; me, or my kids that were born in the 90s.
I found this really cool old school music blog. It feels like 2006, and I mean that as a compliment. One guy, writing about his passion, with a nice audience in the comments section. I miss that Internet.
In other news, I upgraded the home wifi to a mesh network, and upstairs download speeds went from 10 MB to 100 MB. Also, I went birding today, and Echo Lake Park was a happening place for birds. There was a flock of Common Grackles making a lot of noise in the field just outside the park. There were also about a dozen Fish Crows, a species I had never seen before at the park. I spent quite a bit of time convincing myself they were Fish Crows and not American Crows, but the call is very distinctive. It almost sounds like a duck. There were also 3 Double Crested Coronets in the lake, and I logged about 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
And finally, since I did mention Avril above, have a link to the Sk8er Boi video.