Quarantine Content: Jelle’s Marble Runs

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So we’re maybe at the part of Quarantine where things feel sorta “normal” again. Much of the public seems to be over the whole Deadly Contagious Virus thing. I get it. We’re human, we are anxious and bored and have national cabin fever. We are scrambling to fill the gaps in our lives. And in the Before Times, people could turn to sports as a way to bond and blow off steam. Without sports, what are we to do?

I have two words for you: marble racing. Does that sound ridiculous? Sure. But after hours and hours of watching speeding glass balls in a variety of challenges, I’m convinced it’s the next great sport. Based on it’s soaring popularity, I am not alone. Don’t let marble runs pass you by.

What if you could have all the thrill, excitement, and community of major sports, but without the toxicity and boring parts? Friend, let me introduce you to Jelle’s Marble Runs. It’s got everything you’re looking for.

why Peak TV has me turned off

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illo by Ronnie Sullivan

Confession: I have Peak TV exhaustion. Despite all my best efforts, I’ve failed to consume all the Highly Acclaimed Prestige Television required for admittance in our current cultural discussion.

It’s not for lack of trying. I have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I inhaled BoJack Horseman, Stranger Things, and The Dark. I started Orange is the New Black. And House of Cards. Better Call Saul, Kiss Me First, most of the Marvel Netflix shows. There’s still Jack Ryan and Transparent and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Glow and The Crown and sense8 and Black Mirror and Handmaid’s Tale and and and..

Click the Netflix button. Scroll, scroll scroll. Exit. Click the Hulu button. Scroll, scroll. Why does nothing seem appealing, even when it all should?

Part of the analysis paralysis comes from knowing so many shows are worth watching. Even if not all of them are for me, how do I know what I’m going to like? The overload of quality shows has made me numb to preferences.

It feels like reaching around in the dark trying to determine what sort of show to watch. Gritty Drama? Wacky Comedy? Depressing Animated Comedy? I don’t know how to analyze my brain for feelings about shows grouped by keywords in this way. Dark Drama With A Snarky Female Lead?

Maybe I just need a break from scripted content. Television has etched the three-act structure permanently into my brain the way important facts and worthwhile knowledge is in other people’s. I can see story arcs telegraphed two episodes in and I get tired. It’s not the show’s fault, it’s mine.

the best nintendo labo video in the world

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We are already pretty big fans of polygon dot com, especially the delightful and beautifully hilarious Gill and Gilbert streams. so obvs I have to recommend this video, which features the delightful earworm that is the Wii theme thru a Nintendo Labo piano, made by by Brian David Gilbert! its been repeated (and imitated) approximately 300 times already by Team Sullibin here at home.