This is the internet homepage of Bix Frankonis.
👋 The unsupported use case of a disordered*, mediocre midlife in St. Johns, Oregon—now with added global pandemic and climate crisis.
🕛 Hoping to have made enough progress after surgery to put one health concern behind me so I can tackle the next one; getting in fewer daily half-hour walks for exercise and mental refresh due to weather but hoping a proper autumn can change that; marking over a year straight of productive therapy/counseling; awaiting my forthcoming COVID booster shot after already getting my annual flu shot; stalled on making progress on a pile of hundreds of autism research papers; staring down the barrel of another birthday in my fifties; wanting the unidentified feces to stop appearing in the pathway outside my front door; still finding myself somewhat nostalgic for how much weirdly easier for me was 2020; and still seeking a no-feed, profile-centric “asocial” networking site.
📚 I'm reading A Broken Darkness by Premee Mohamed at night and Bedeviled by Jimena Canales during the day, having finished (the regrettable and offensive) Bewilderment by Richard Powers and Life's Edge by Carl Zimmer; I've got a long list of ebooks to buy or borrow, and a short one of ebooks I've picked up to read next.
📺 This week I'm watching 9-1-1, Stargirl, Marvel Studios: Assembled, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Masked Singer, Invasion, Foundation, and Nancy Drew; Among the Stars on weekday mornings and then resuming Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under; Star Trek: Lower Decks on weekend mornings; rewatching Cowboy Bebop and Lost; slowly doing Squid Game; and somehow watching my Red Sox in the ALCS.
📽️ In recent months I've seen The Suicide Squad, This World Alone, A Quiet Place Part II, Zack Snyder’s Justice League (for some reason), The Empty Man, Happier Than Ever, and Black Widow; and rewatched 2004 Boston Red Sox: The Official World Series Film, We Bought a Zoo, Star Trek: First Contact, Sneakers, Star Trek, Oh, Inverted World, and The Martian.
🎧 My rotation of late has included Billie Eilish (which tends to be my daily walk music), Bachelor, and Ghost of Vroom, with the occasional R.E.M, Cowboy Junkies, Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, The Julianna Hatfield Three, and Metric.
📻 I'm listening weekly to Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! and Foundation: The Official Podcast; catching up on For All Mankind: The Official Podcast; awaiting the next seasons of 1800 Seconds on Autism, Technopolis, and Star Trek: The Pod Directive; and still missing Social Distance.
🗞️ I've replaced almost all of my newsletter subscriptions with RSS feeds, saving selected items to read later on my Kobo; you can see what articles I've read lately by subscribing to this feed or in the footer of my blog.
🕹️ I'm not by any means a gamer but since upgrading to Apple One and having access to Arcade, I've casually, although lately not so much, been playing Angry Birds Reloaded.
📜 You might or might not know me from such projects as Stop S314, The Millennium Cafe, Portland Communique, Can’t Stop the Serenity, or The Belmont Goats.
💬 Rolling Stone emphasized my “long black eyelashes” and “face that sees very little sun”, deeming me “a kid from upstate New York with a quick wit”; Mike Doughty said Soul Coughing was "playing it all" for me; Bruce Sterling referred to me as a “punk”; and a Portland public relations professional called me a “sissy”.
*Autism spectrum, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, sensory processing, adjustment, severely deficient autobiographical memory, and developmental coordination.