yes i find this very distracting

So I heard it was Voltron week

There seems to be this trend of revealing Trump’s latest catalogues of horrors by prefacing it with, “While you were distracted…”  I’ve seen no fewer than three this year alone.  I think it’s just a turn of phrase, but it has some unfortunate implications.  

“Distracted” implies negligence.  It implies dereliction of duty.  I mean, first of all, there are people whose job it is to pay very close attention to the workings of American politics, the better to affect the outcomes, and none of them are me.  Sure, yes, I arguably have a moral duty to care what is happening to my fellow human beings under an oppressive regime, but that doesn’t mean finding out about something a day later constitutes “distraction” on my part.  Not even on the part of the Americans who I’m sure are the target audience for this stuff.

Second, distracted by what, exactly?  What is it that I was doing when I was supposed to be paying attention to American politics?  Was I asleep?  Was I working?  Was I making dinner for my family?  Was I devoting headspace to the revised refugee/immigration ban?  I’d argue that all of these have a rightful claim on my attention.  Or did all of the terribleness manage to happen during the twelve minutes I spent playing computer solitaire?  (“Okay, NSA confirms a green background.  Introduce the proposed legislation NOW!  GO GO GO!”)

Yeah, I know I’m being cranky, but it’s an attitude I’ve been burned by before: the people who weren’t “distracted” tended to be abled people with no family obligations and a great deal of disposable income, and they ended up calling the shots and guilting the rest of us for our lives and jobs and families and other interests and self care.  I’m not saying that this is the case for the people who draft these posts; just, I think there are a lot of better ways to frame this stuff than “While you were distracted…” 

What I listen to while studying (Part I)

I’m a big fan of 10 hour YouTube videos. The benefits for me are:

  • Repetitive means not too distracting
  • I don’t have to worry about a playlist containing songs I don’t like, having to skip a song, running out of skips on 8tracks or something, …
  • Not having to put on a new playlist after an hour or two, distracting me again (because then I’m going to look for one, start listening to see if I like it, search a bit more, …)
  • (Yes I am easy to distract.)

Anyways, here are my favourite YouTube 10-hour-mixes. It’s a very diverse list so hopefully you’ll find something you like!

1. Inception soundtrack (Time)

2. Undertale OST 071 (so awesome, actually got it stuck in my head multiple times)

3. House MD theme song (a classic, always nice)

4. Mitchiri Neko March (very upbeat, for extremely monotone tasks)

5. Minecraft OST Calm 1


Since I can only add 5 videos per post, this is it for part 1. I will make another one soon!

{ @closewithme​ } – continued ( x )

     “ I had to learn how to take care for myself when I was young “ he explained with a small smile. “ And cooking isn’t so hard. All it needs is a little patience and passion. “ Theo took two plates and walked over to the table. “ But I apologise. I didn’t find many things so this is very boring but well. We won’t be hungry anymore afterwards. “ Yes, Theo could be nice if he wanted to and today was a good day in general.

          “I never learned. Never really had a place to cook and stuff. I stole a lot of food though,Braden muttered, fiddling with the silverware. Looking up, he eyed the plates, his stomach growling at the smell of food. A small smile graced Braden’s lips as he sat up a bit. “I’m too impatient to cook anyways. I think I’d get too distracted. My friend was the one who always cooked for me.”