My Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.

Reading Breakdown.

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  • I loved Intouchables and can’t rule out, I’m going to rewatch as well at some point. Good to hear that things are coming together for you, hope May will be another good month.😊

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    • It’s such a fantastic movie! I don’t think I’ll dare ever watch the Hollywood remake (The Upside) though. It feels like it butchered the original more than anything hahah Have a great month of May too!

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  • Glad you feel like you’ve got your balance back.

    I know I haven’t emailed you about the bodycam project, but with all the crap going down here in the US about the police and the media’s reaction and stirring up of it all, I’m really hesitant to even talk about it. I’ll have to mull things over some more before sending you anything. Thanks for being so patient!

    I can’t believe that DBZ is still going on, even if as another iteration. At some point it all loses any tension :-/

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    • Don’t worry about it. I’m always happy to hear your thoughts on anything, no matter what your stance is on the subject. If you don’t ever feel like writing that up, you don’t have to either! 😉

      I’m surprised too hahah Dragon Ball Super was still pretty good with its first arcs. It’s just this last one that wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. Hopefully, it gets better with upcoming chapters…

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  • I have to rewatch Intouchables. I loved that movie so very much. Just bumped it up to number one in my queue. Thanks for the inspiration to re-experience that masterpiece. And I love the soundtrack! Glad you’ve got things under control again, I hope that continues. And glad to hear the teaching and work has been going well. I’ve been getting a bit behind in my blog reading and creating posts for my own. I have a scratched up cornea that’s slowly healing and that’s messed up my vision just a bit, enough that I’m not enjoying reading/writing as much. Thank goodness for audiobooks, though, so I can still get some amazing storytelling enjoyment! 🙂 Here’s to a great May!

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    • Really glad to push you to rewatch it too! It really deserves all the love in the world for how it conveys its messages and themes. As for its score, no surprise there hahah We already touched upon that in your quarterly wrap-up I think but man, who can say no to Ludovico Einaudi! Moving, emotional, perfect for this movie!

      Oh man, what happened?!?! Did you decide to dive into a field of roses and get some thorns in your cornea?! I hope you’re doing better now, Todd. Stay safe, my man. We need your eyes to stay in perfect health so you can keep on sharing your stunning photography skills with the world!

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      • Absolutely, Einaudi is a master of emotion. Lately I’ve been watching videos of him in concert and love how you can see the emotion as he plays. I wish I could say my eye issues were from something exciting, but it actually happened in my sleep. Super dry eyes. My eye lid stuck to my eyeball and when I opened my eye quickly (shocked awake by a noise out back) it kinda ripped up the surface of the eye just a bit, made everything blurry, like looking through a thick layer of vaseline. But it’s gotten much better now. I might start trying to wear my contacts again soon…

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        • Oh man, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. I’m not sure how I would have reacted if that had happened to me. I think, under the shock, I’d have probably rubbed my eye a lot, thinking it would miraculously fix everything. Gosh. I hope it gets better fast and that you can get back to doing the things you love, my friend!

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  • Sounds like teaching was a success, and you’ve earned some time off! I’m planning to read The Shadow of the Gods this month too. 😁

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  • Glad you had more time for blogging and reading this month, Lashaan! I remember seeing Intouchables at the cinema and I really loved it! I’m also very impressed by how many movies you watch in a month! I’m note sure I even saw one? 😂 But it is definitely something I want to do more of!
    Hope you have a great May!

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    • Thanks, Juliette! I hope the same for you too. I can confidently say that Intouchables will probably a movie I’ll rewatch here and then throughout my life. I can’t see myself getting tired of its wholesome plot! And yep, I too impress myself with how many movies I check out on a monthly basis. I love them too much to not check them out hahaha However, I can also say that I don’t watch much of any long-season TV series like many others do hahah

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  • Body cameras is a great idea I think Lashaan! And I will read Shadow of the Gods next month as the publisher has reached out to me! And Les Intouchables is one mof my favorite movies ever! Omar Sy and François Cluzet are amazing!

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  • Intouchables was a delightful movie and I remember it with great fondness, a perfect mix of serious issues and light humor that still managed to drive home some important themes. And now I want to rewatch it! Your fault, of course… 😉

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  • Intouchables is such a good movie! Have you seen Lupin? It’s a French series on Netflix with Omar Sy – interesting!

    Heh, that’s very far in the future for my DB read, right now I only got as far as Namek, and I don’t think that adult Goku will hold the same charm for me as Kid Goku 😉 We’ll see. I definitely want to read the series at least till the end of DBZ.

    Is Naruto a good manga? Would you recommend it?

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    • I watched Lupin with my girlfriend when it came out hahah it was indeed interesting and fun, not mind-boggling though. 😛

      Ah yes, adult Goku will be like a kid stuck in an adult’s body who happens to be obsessed by the idea of getting stronger and better than anyone else hahah Dragon Ball Super does expand the universe a lot (sort of like how the multiverse concept expanded Marvel/DC) but this latest story arc was just meh for me. I’ll still stick around since I’ve been a fan all my life hahaha

      I’d say it is and that if the premise intrigues you, then it’s totally worth checking out. A lot of its charm comes from lore, action-packed story arcs, and original characters with unique abilities and motivations. I can’t speak for the later volume but it’s definitely top-tier shonen (there’s a reason why it exploded in popularity over the years hahah).

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  • That’s great that things are easing up a bit. Hope it continues in May, after you get grading all those essays out the way. That’s a whole lotta essays though.

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  • YAY to a good month! Mine was busy! Glad to know that you had a great experience teaching! And the bodycams sounds like a good idea 🙂 Happy reading, my friend!

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  • Defund the Police! No. Wait. That’s not a good idea.
    I have to admit, though, that you’d think that body cams are already out in Canada.
    Moving on… I’m glad to hear that you were able to find your groove again!

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    • Hahahahaha I’m definitely not one of those who preach the #DefundthePolice movement. 😉 All I can say is that there’s definitely room for some interesting institutional partnerships that could help to better intervene in certain specific cases (e.g. mental health interventions). Well, the body cams aren’t completely out everywhere, only some cities have implanted them. In our case, it remains a pilot project. We’ll see if post-pilot project if the government wants to push for that technology for all police organizations.

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  • Haha I absolutely love that flower gif near the end of your post! 😛
    I’m glad you had such a good and productive April. Hopefully May will prove to be just as good, if not better! 🙂

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