Sunday, March 14, 2021

Day 36

12:45 A.M.

Every day is the day you might potentially end your bad habits.  Have I consumed caffeine today?  No I have not.  (And I didn't yesterday, either.)  Have I checked the internet today?  No I have not.  I've read two pages of a book so far.  I currently weigh 212.4 pounds.  The WiFi is slow right now, which will suck if it continues to be slow the rest of the night.  But there's no yelling or music coming from either side of the walls right now.  It's actually quiet at the moment.  I remember during the middle of the week around 1:00 A.M. there was a lot of yelling and banging sounds coming from above, and the person next door was blasting their TV until 5:00 A.M.  If there's no sound, I'm able to think better.

1:15 A.M.

I was thinking to myself, 'How long can I go without checking Wreddit?' and I realized the temptation was suddenly growing.  The moment I think, ' How long can I go,' it suddenly becomes a strain to keep going.  So I checked Wreddit, and the plan is I won't check it again until 2:00 A.M. at the earliest.  Once an hour, just to keep tabs on what discussions are popping up.  

I also started following a bunch of wrestlers on Twitter, but the thing is they don't really make a lot of tweets that make for good Wreddit posts.  It so happens that the top two posts on Wreddit right now are tweets from Miro, so there are definitely a handful of tweets each day that make their way onto Wreddit.  That was one of my half-baked strategies a week ago:  Follow wrestlers on Twitter, and pick five or so tweets a day to put onto Wreddit to do...something...to the narrative.  

3:00 A.M. (???)

What the fuck?  The clock on my phone just jumped ahead by an hour!

3:05 A.M.

I guess it must be Daylight Saving's Day or whatever the term is.  I didn't know that was today.

3:10 A.M.

I checked Wreddit again and it took about seven minutes to load the page because the WiFi is so unbelievably shitty at times.  So I won't check it again until 4:00 A.M.

3:15 A.M.

I kind of hate when books start with an Introduction with Roman numerals at the bottom.  I want to keep track of how many pages I'm reading per day, and now all of a sudden I've got to add xiv minus iii pages to the total?  If you're checking a movie's runtime, do you have to factor in i minute for the production info at the beginning?

3:40 A.M.

I bought a book off Amazon, and it had previously been a library book, and it still had the plastic library cover.  It's a hardcover book.  So I was reading it and thinking I had to get a bookmark, then I realized I own the fucking book.  So I took a pair of scissors and cut off the plastic covering, and now I can just use the dust cover as a bookmark, like God intended.

3:55 A.M.

I'm almost through the introduction section of this book.  Then I can finally keep track of how many pages I've read.  And I can also check Wreddit again in five minutes.

4:00 A.M.

Should I set a goal that I only check the internet once per hour?  I've got that goal set in regards to Wreddit, but what about the internet as a whole?  I don't know...  It might help me focus a bit more on reading, and it also might make me less likely to check Glenn Greenwald's Twitter feed.  There's no temptation for me to check Glenn Greenwald's Twitter feed, but it's the thing I do when I'm just bored and want some stimulation.  It's stimulating because it gives me an update on the Culture War.  I get to see what the latest volleys are.

4:05 A.M.

I'll consider later whether to it a goal to avoid checking the internet until the top of each hour.  For now I'll try to avoid checking Wreddit until the top of each hour.  There wasn't much new when I checked it just now.  I can check it again at 5:00 A.M.

4:20 A.M.

Maybe I mentioned this, but recently I was tempted to start watching Season 2 of The Boys, then I realized I just didn't give a fuck.  But it's the type of show I would watch if I were incredibly bored and had nothing else to do and just had to pass the time.  I watched Season 1 and it was not good.  It wasn't terrible, but it was the type of show that has an interesting first couple episodes and then all the rest of the episodes aren't interesting at all.

5:05 A.M.

There was one new post on Wreddit in the last 55 minutes.  So there's really no reason to check it more than sporadically when it's the middle of the night.

6:30 A.M.

I usually take daily vitamins right after midnight.  I bought the Fiber Well gummies around 5:00 P.M. in the afternoon, and I've been taking those in the afternoon.  So I have to go a day without taking the Fiber Well gummies and then start taking those and the regular vitamins at the same time.  This isn't an important thing, but it just makes things a little simpler.  And I don't want to take the Fiber Well gummies at, like, 5:00 P.M. and then take them again seven hours later.  That would be foolish!

6:35 A.M.

There's no predicting what the next top story on Wreddit is going to be.  The Miro tweets were posted around 5:00 P.M. last night, which means those threads are about 13 hours old right now.  So around 10:00 A.M. they'll be 17 hours old, which will make it easy for any new thread with momentum to take over the #1 spot on the front page.  That could be anything.  The odds are that it'll be either a gif, an image, or an interview excerpt.  You'll get someone browsing the internet at 9:00 A.M. looking for something to post on Wreddit, and maybe they'll find an interview excerpt, and they'll post it on Wreddit.  That's the sort of thing I find myself wanting to check:  What's the next thread to take over the #1 spot.

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