I imagine law enforcement analysts had their hands full cataloging all the evidence posted to social media today.

“Let’s livestream our crimes!”

FBI: “Cool. Cool.” 😆

This is America 💔

A collection of news feeds from the chaotic US Capital

OMG Georgia!

Micronauts and word nerds: Can anyone tell me what a zucchini is called in British English? My internet research says courgette or marrow. Are those equivalent?

green zucchini, some sliced.

Finished Reading: Amazon Ads Unleashed: Advanced Publishing and Marketing Strategies for Indie Authors by Robert J Ryan. 📚

I guess it’s time to throw ad dollars into Amazon’s gaping maw. Here goes nothing!

A still of two figures standing nex to the Star Wars Sarlac pit: A gaping toothed mouth in the desert large enough to swallow a house.

Read: Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis

The growing use of automobile information by law enforcement also has increased because most people don’t realize how much information their vehicles are tracking and that they can try to stop it.

Covid signage reminds me we’re living through a historically significant event. I can visualize textbooks of the future describing these strange times, showing the ways we lived through it.

My feet next to a yellow sidewalk marker. The numeral 6 is next to the line.A code of conduct sign for responsible shoppers. I WILL avoid touching products! I WILL ask a vendor for assistance. I WILL look for markers and signs.

The second part of “The War for Cybertron” is waaaaay better than the first.

Downtown Living: Twelve Years Later

It’s been twelve years since P and I moved to downtown Seattle. Time flies! Here are some of the things I love about living in the Emerald City:

  • Cityscapes: I love seeing downtown light up at twilight. And it’s so soothing to watch rain fall between the towers on a gray, cloudy day.

  • Parks: We have such beautiful parks, and the buses go straight to them. We haven’t owned a lawnmower since we moved downtown (condo living FTW!) but there are plenty of grassy hills, trees, and walking paths to enjoy. You want mountain views? Salt water? Birds? Lakes? We’ve got acres and acres.

  • Coffee Shops: Our home away from home. For the price of a drink you can settle in with your laptop for an hour or three, chatting, people watching, or working on your laptop. Coffee shops smell divine. Usually someone has brought their dog with them and if you ask nicely, you can pet them. The background noise is perfectly ambient.

  • Tourists: Cruise ships pull up to the dock and visitors rush up into our city center, supporting our small businesses and restaurants, looking around with curious eyes, holding their damn maps upside down. They all want to know where Pike Place Market is, even when they’re standing twenty feet away from it.

  • Literary Events: We have one of the world’s most interesting libraries, and the Hugo House, plus dozens of writerly events and book readings. One of our fancy hotels hosts “silent reading nights” with piano music and velvet couches to sit upon while everyone reads in silence. An introvert’s paradise!

  • Transit: I can tap my ORCA card at Westlake Station, and 45 minutes (and $4.50) later, I’m at the airport ready to board a flight. Buses are plentiful. I can use an app to quickly reserve a rental car for an afternoon or a weekend if needed. Mountains, rivers, and hiking trails await just outside the urban core.

  • Weird & Interesting Things to Do: Oh, how I love our weirdness! One weekend a year, in the summer, our bars are full of pub-hoppers dressed like Santa Claus. My neighborhood closes down the streets once a year for loud hip-hop music and wrestling. (Why wrestling? I have no idea.) And we have parades, rallies, music festivals, and block parties. Seattle Center hosts a different cultural festival almost every month. Thai. Irish. Iranian. Japanese. There’s usually food and dancing involved. Comicon lands every year, filling the streets with children of all ages. There’s too much going on to keep track of, which means you find yourself stumbling into all sorts of merriment.

  • Moods: Seattle is a city of moods. Some days, the city is pissy and dark. Other days, it’s upbeat and full of potential. Walk the streets and feel the pulse of urban life. The city is a living thing.

How lucky I am to be living in this place. As I wrote out my list of appreciations, I noticed how many of the things I love about Seattle have been put on hold for the last nine months. I’m hopeful that 2021 is the year we get our Seattle-ness back. I can’t wait!

PS: What do you love about where you’re planted?

Listening to: 🎵 Lovely Day by Bill Withers and writing ✍🏻 The Case of the Red Phantom

You know you’re subscribed to too many Substacks when your latest Substack is a long-ass essay arguing against someone else’s Substack essay.

Oh, the humanities! 😂

I’m disassembling LEGO sets to make more room. My Doctor Who set is still my favorite.

A LEGO tardis, daleks, and a weeping Angel minifig

Liked: Pokémon VS Godzilla (stop motion)

Reading: Less by Andrew Greer 📚

New from cheribaker.com: ✍🏻 Winter Writing Update

Westworld S3 is pompous and messy, but visually quite beautiful.

I love this winter light.

A small fishing boat on pewter colored water, beneath a dramatic cloudy sky.

Perhaps I’ll go for a walk. 😝

A skeleton on a park bench. Text reads: Waiting for DNS to propagate

A Tiny Wonder Woman Rant (No Spoilers)

I watched a bunch of salty Wonder Woman reviews yesterday, and while I have zero problem with people not enjoying things – Gah! – I really wish Wonder Woman was allowed to be Wonder Woman without carrying the impossible burden of being every viewer’s perfect feminist ideal.

We did the same thing to Captain Marvel. We don’t do this to male superheroes.

We believed that Captain America’s love for Peggy Carter could last forever. But Wonder Woman? Her emotions are viewed as problematic and weak. We’ll watch wildly improbable male villains. But a female villain? She’s cliched, obviously. Wonder Woman struggled in this movie. She had difficult emotions. Apparently that makes her suck? Dude. Wonder Woman’s love and vulnerability are her power and you don’t get that shit for free. Sometimes, the struggle is real, and I like it when my heroines express their full humanity. Call me crazy.

My vision of feminine strength isn’t narrow and it doesn’t fit a checklist. Just as women don’t need to fit anyone’s checklist.

There’s no need to like any particular movie! Criticism is fair. But seeing people judge Wonder Woman (the character) against arbitrary criteria in the name of feminism really burns my cheese. 😤

(This concludes my rant. Have a nice day.)

Once upon a time, I was Wonder Woman 1982. ☺️

Wonder Woman 1984 was worth the wait! 🤩

Liked: Coming 2 America

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back together? I’ll watch the heck out of this! 😄

Merry Christmas, micronauts. If Robot Santa put you on his naughty list, run!

If you’re looking for a quirky and upbeat holiday movie, Pottersville was quite good. (Netflix US has it)

Typo fixes of the day:

  1. blooming rose bushes, not blooming rose buses (ha!)
  2. first aid kit, not first aid kid (oops!)
  3. backyard, not back yard
  4. opinions differ, but shithole is probably one word.
  5. A shooing motion, not a shoeing motion.