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March 2024 in review / Récap de mars 2024

I turn 30 years old today, and I am happy.

This past month has been mostly about wrapping up everything before disappearing going on holidays for a month (and a half in the case of my day job). I finally feel ready for my trip − and my leg has healed enough that hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem! (That’s also why I’m doing this recap a bit early: I don’t want to have to think about it in the days leading up to the trip.)

Things I’ve done in terms of content included starting to migrate my 2001 2010 to 2022 blogging archive to this blog. It was part of a general thought process around blogging, which means I’m also closing down Un genre à soi. In the future, I think I’d like to stick more to « if you’re not going all-in, make it a subdomain − when it takes off, give it its own name ».

What I’ve read / Texte

📚 Books / Livres

In English

  • Fiction
    • VenCo by Cherie Dimaline was too forgettable to get its own book review on my blog, but was still a nice read.
    • Sorry, Bro, by Taleen Voskuni, is a wonderful bisexual romance with Armenian-American characters.
  • Non-fiction

En français

  • Fiction
    • Station eleven d’Emily St. John Mandel, découvert par un conseil d’Autostraddle, avant qu’un copain (salut John !) ne le mentionne dans un chat de groupe pile au moment où je le finissais.
    • J’ai fait la transcription de Cyranette, roman de Norbert Sevestre, sur Wikisource. Je le recommande.
  • Non-fiction

🔍 Papers / Articles académiques

En français

📰 News and blog posts / Articles

In English

En français

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What I’ve watched / Vidéo

Not included in the subsections, but I watched the really great 2024 short-track speed skating world championships. Lots of unexpected stuff happened, with beautiful payoff for some skaters who had a rough seasons and lots of upsets too. It was one of the best competitions I’ve watched recently.

🎞 Movies / Films

Went to see Dune 2 with a friend. Part 2 paid off so well that it made my memories of Part 1 almost tolerable. Well done.

📺 TV Shows / Séries

I really, really enjoyed Season 1 of Our Flag Means Death, which had been in my to-watch list for ages. It lived up to all its promises and more − and I love how being queer is a non-topic in this absurd period comedy.

I also tried to watch A Murder at the End of the World. It was okay? I watched the first episode thinking « this is very slow and kind of bad, but I’m ready to give it a chance », but then I never found the motivation to keep going 10 minutes into episode 2. Not for me.

La meilleure version de moi-même could have been good, probably. I laughed exactly once during episode 1, thought « heh this is kinda cringe » about half a dozen times, and then just turned it off when Louis CK popped up on my screen.

📷 Online video / Vidéos en ligne

Took me ages to get to it but I’ve finally watched Sébastien’s 365 seconds of 2023, a project where he films his life for one second every day, whether it be visiting a new country, going to a concert, looking at a disoriented pigeon, or filling in administrative forms; at the end of every year he turns it into a single 365-second video.

In English

En français

What I’ve listened to / Audio

🎤 Podcasts

In English

En français

What I’ve played / Jeux

I didn’t really play any games this month. Sorry. (I am aware of the Stardew Valley update. I’m also painfully aware that I will play it for a hundred hours straight, so I decided to hold off until after the trip.)

Where I’ve been / Lieux

Went to Paris for a quick couple of days due to a Wikimedia training. It was nice. I stayed at Les Rebelles in Belleville − the hotel was really, really nice and very cheap for how good it was.

Commentaire / Comment