Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Dream Within a Dream

4 days ago, Netflix released its Christmas special “Bandersnatch.” The episode is the latest installment of the sci-fi anthology Black Mirror, but no prior knowledge is needed to play or watch it. There’s been debate over what exactly Bandersnatch is–a game? An interactive movie? TV episode? Something in-between?

Regardless, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure story that’s extremely meta. Our protagonist, a shy young programmer named Stefan, is obsessed with turning the choose-your-own-adventure book Bandersnatch into a full-fledged computer game. Presumably he also struggles with a mental health issue of some sort, but that’s never clarified. When he lands a new job at Tuckersoft, his troubles quickly escalate.

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2019 Goals

Last year I wrote a post bitching out people who don’t keep their New Year’s Resolutions (which is pretty much everyone – it’s a statistical fact), and then made a resolution I insisted wasn’t really a resolution but that I still didn’t keep. Classic. (If you’re wondering, the resolution was to read a short story every day.)

I did quit my job last month though, so I guess we can check “stop taking work so seriously” off the list! 😂

Having learnt my lesson about setting specific goals, here’s an idea of what I’d like to accomplish in 2019:

  1. Read my bookshelf.
  2. Relearn how to use a DSLR.
  3. Get my driver’s license.
  4. Make organized playlists.
  5. Write more regularly.
  6. Find a new job I don’t hate.

Microdosing: My Experience

I’d just started in on another of my depressive rants spanning everything from hatred for my unfulfilling, degrading job to despairing over my health and figure, when I was interrupted by my boyfriend: “I wish you could try it,” he said, referring to the magic mushrooms he’d been taking. “I’ve felt great all week.”

I paused, considering. Thursday evening was the start of my weekend, and already I could feel myself slipping down into a depressive spiral. I didn’t want to spend the weekend feeling like shit only to then regret how I’d wasted my precious free time come Sunday. I felt hopeless. Two whole days of misery loomed before me.

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A Black Girl Reviews BlacKkKlansman (SPOILERS)

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BlacKkKlansman: the title makes it sound as though a black man were a member of the KKK – which of course makes no logical sense. This contradiction, along with the poster and stylized title, instantly sparked my curiosity: what, then, was the movie about? In short, it’s the story of the first black man to join the Colorado Springs police force, where he goes undercover to track down and infiltrate the KKK. Continue reading “A Black Girl Reviews BlacKkKlansman (SPOILERS)”

Why I Can’t Finish Season 2 of The Boondocks

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I love The Boondocks – or so I thought, never having seen past the first season. So when we settled in for a rewatch, I was floored by the dramatic change of tone in Season 2. The much-loved intro suddenly got an upgrade and became flashier, faster, and louder – like their sound guy had gotten too excited and cranked the volume all the way up.

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