Movies that have stuck with me over decades

Did you know it’s been 25 years since Aladdin came out? (Thanks, Emma Cox! – @scyian) It’s enough to make me feel old.

Lots of movies are like that–it feels like they came out only recently, but it’s been ten years or more.

It does suggest a way of dividing your life into eras: by the movies that came out over that period. That’s what I’m going to do.

Okay, here are the rules. I have to pick one movie (or occasionally a few) from each year of my life that I saw soon after it came out and that I loved.

I’ll start with The Little Mermaid, which is the first movie I remember watching at a cinema.

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What your Procrastination Critter is trying to tell you

The Procrastination Critter is a sneaky creature. Why don’t you procrastinate a while and read my strategies for defeating him?

I had good intentions this morning. I planned to get up, do a bit of housework, do a couple of writing sprints for the new short story I’m working on, and then write my blog post for tomorrow.

That’s not quite how it turned out.

I haven’t added a word to my short story and I’m only starting this post now. But I did learn some useful things.

I learned that listening to an audiobook makes sorting out recycling more fun.

Listening to the audiobook, I learned why they say you should cut at least 10% of your word count when you edit.

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My inability to recognise people is ruining movies

I have a lot of trouble recognising people, and it seriously interferes with my enjoyment of certain movies.

On a scale of 1 to 10, my ability to recognise people I’ve met before is beyond terrible.

At times this is inconvenient, like when I introduce myself to someone at a conference and they gently remind me that we’ve met at several conferences before. Same thing at meetings.

Fortunately I can smile sweetly, which usually stops them being too mad.

Look, it’s not my fault that all people look the same. They all have hair, except the ones who don’t. They all have faces, except the ones who don’t. And they all have a body, two arms, and two legs. Except the ones who don’t.

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How I believe I spend my day vs how I actually spend my day

How I believe I spend my day: sunrise

Self-deception is a fine art with a long and hallowed tradition. I’ve been getting gold stars in it since primary school.

In order to celebrate my continued success in this arena, I thought I’d lay out and admire how badly I deceive myself about how I spend my weekdays.

5:30am: My alarm goes off

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I have no idea what I’m doing (and you probably don’t either)

Trail through the mist: no idea where I am or where I'm going
Nope, I have no idea where I am or where I’m going.

Today is day three of my new one-coffee-a-day regime, which seems like a great time to point out that I have no idea what I’m doing. (Don’t ask how the two are related. They’re related because they’re both happening today.)

Doing in what?

Doing in anything. Doing in life.

What’s more, I suspect this is quite common. Normal, even.

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