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Haha, I'm the type to slowly back away when people tell me to live in the moment.
As John Mulaney would say "the moment's mediocre at best"
But if I'm honest, that's because most of my life is also spent in front of the computer. Hence, you know, the whole sitting in the sun thing.
So maybe there is a little truth to this self-help stuff, huh? The angsty teen I was would be appalled right now...

Never been a big fan of the mcu, for all kinds of reasons. One coworker was shocked when I said this. Genuine shock. It was hilarious. 
But like, aren't there enough epic stories? We've been telling 'em for thousands of years now...
My grandpa used to read me the Lord of the Rings when I was a kid. It was amazing. It's got a special place in my heart. If modern stories  are going to have heroes, primeval foes, war and vengeful gods then they have to be REALLY gripping. Because they're competing against stories that in some cases might outlive humanity. 
Okay, that was a bit dramatic. 

So yeah, episodic stories can be super meaningful without needing to be "the most important story ever told". Star Trek did that too. Every episode was it's own little story. 
I also like stories that just focus on someone's everyday life. Because, there's actually so much going on. How they furnished their home,  their relationship to their family or what they do after work. Jim Jarmusch makes movies kind of like that. Except his characters are usually insanely bored. And there's like a constant weirdness in the air too. 

I gotta give Kino's Journey another shot. I know I'll like it if I give it a chance. 
Spice and Wolf did that thing where the episodes are their own self-contained story, but where there's also this abstract goal of "heading North". It feels like something big might happen, but there's no rush to get to it.
No opinion on One Piece however. It's been recommended to me...countless times, but the aesthetic just isn't my thing. Maybe I'm missing out.

Well I'm gonna go and try to cook something now. Really cook. Not just spaghetti. 
Oh and btw, I'm the same person who asked you about Skye's name on Youtube. Maybe you figured that out. It just felt weird to be two people, haha. 

LOL, I'm watching John Mulaney properly now because you mentioned, that's such a perfect quote. Oh man, I want to reply to each one of your points cos it's really interesting, but I don't wanna seem like I'm word vomiting haha. And you're the person on Youtube! I actually didn't make the connection, but thanks for commenting on both.

I get you though, the whole notion of living in the moment just feels like a catch-all blanket phrase/slogan that gets parroted a lot til it loses meaning, and doesn't fully address the root of a lot of issues.

Ahaha there are some kernels of truth, though to be honest I've read some self-help blogs/books and this might sound mean but sometimes they start to feel a little... cult-ish? Hmm, that might sound too strong. There's a lot of white noise to filter out, and when certain blogs end with "Please buy my book" or "Donate to this Paypal for the church of the 3rd order" it raises so many red flags in my head and I nope out. Personally I find therapy much more helpful because it is a one on one engagement, but I know it's not for everyone because it asks for a lot of vulnerability.

Aha was extremely angsty as a teen as well. I'd like to think I've moved passed it, but I think you still carry that angst with you into adulthood. But I think there is some... value(?) in having that period of angst. It's a period of life where you become a lot more in tune with deeper levels of emotions, both highs and lows.

I can nitpick the MCU forever lol, as a whole I just felt really unengaged. But your coworkers reaction is hilarious.

I love it when people talk dramatically! That just shows that you care about the subject matter haha. But that's such a touching experience with you and your grandpa, wow. So moved.

Ahhh Star Trek TGO, I really wanna watch as well, especially after being real disappointed by the reboot movies and thinking I'm doing myself an extreme injustice by having my frame of reference of the series just being these 2 average movies. I've heard great things about Spice and Wolf as well! Jim Jarmusch HAHA, that sounds real interesting actually. I've only seen Ghost Dog but I have a feeling it's quite different from his usual oeuvre. There was a lot of downtime and exploring the mundanity of the protagonist's life in that movie as well though.

Anyways, I should get back to recording more Youtube footage. Have fun cooking~ Haha I get that, most days I cook basic pasta as well.

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I think I ended up eating an egg. That was my lunch. It's actually less cooking that pasta. 
Ugh.
I love Ghost Dog! Awesome soundtrack... 
Coffee and Cigarettes was really funny, I thought.  Bunch of sketches with bored people talking. You'll also get to brag about watching black and white indie movies with bizarre dialogues. Total hipster move.
And yes please add Star Trek to your backlog. It's important. For science.
Personally, I love the original series. It's more than a little dated however.... 
Next Generation feels more modern. Plus there's Sir Patrick Stewart being all shakespearean on screen, which is awesome.
When I was kid I had this fantasy that the afterlife was this huge library containing all the stories ever told. And you'd be free to spend eternity there. But now I wanna live my own story, haha. Be the protagonist of my own life! 
Ah darn, back in self-help territory again. 
But I've bothered you enough now. Sorry, I'll let you get back to work and life and things (>_<)"

Ahaha no worries, always good to hear from you :)