Dispatches, thoughts, and miscellanea from writer Jon Konrath

Month: July 2021

  • New Project: Random Life

    I’m starting a new video project. It is called Random Life. TL;DR:┬áRandom Life The long story: I have always been a fan of Structural films, or minimalist filmmaking. This started with Richard Linklater’s movie Slacker, which I always liked because it captured the zeitgeist of a college campus at the end of the 80s/start of…

  • The Death of the Good Internet

    I’ve been meaning to write a post about this forever, but someone else at The Ringer did such a great job of it. Check it: The Day the Good Internet Died The one thing I find interesting about this article is the thought that maybe it wasn’t that the death of Google Reader killed off…

  • Coke Zero, Hybrid Failure, SR2, Etc

    They recently changed the formula of Coke Zero to make it “more like regular Coke.” It tastes like a mix of Listerine and cloves now. The only thing is has improved is my ability to quit soda, which hasn’t happened yet, but probably should. I would normally be more upset about this, but I ultimately…

  • Death of the Astor Place Kmart

    So the Kmart at Astor Place in Manhattan finally closed. I honestly did not know it was still open. I think Kmart only has a couple dozen locations still remaining in the US, and none of them are anywhere near me. I haven’t been back to New York since 2013, and probably won’t be returning…

  • Cat, Back, Seattle, Dream

    First things first, Squeak seems back to normal. She spent a week in cat jail, this playpen thing with a mesh roof on top, something we had from when she broke her leg back in 2009. We’d let her out here and there for supervised play time, but there are metal stairs and too many…

  • Car, Trip, Cat, Work, Food

    Another dumb car update – the maintenance stuff is about done. I had the 30K service, but I looked it up, and the only thing Toyota recommends is to see if anything has fallen off, rotate the tires (but I have new tires), check the floor mat (sudden acceleration lawsuit cover-your-ass inspection), and change the…