My name is Jack Ellert. I'm a programmer currenly living in New York who likes gaming, running, trivia, and watching movies. I studied Math and Computer Science at Williams College and graduated in 2021.
At the beginning of this year, I made three main resolutions for 2023: quit Twitter, read one new book every month, and watch one new movie every week. Results varied. I dutifully deleted the Twitter app from my phone on January 1st and saw immediate benefits in productivity and mood—for a few weeks, until other apps took its place. Reading one book each month proved a little challenging. I was consistent for the first few months, then fell behind, then tried to catch up, and then realized it was starting to feel like a chore, so I gave myself permission to lapse. I ended up starting ten books and finishing seven over the course of the year, and I’m going into 2024 with a sizeable stack of unreads that I will non-committally work my way through without putting any pressure on myself. On the other hand, my resolution to watch one movie per week went way better than I expected. I ended up watching 57 movies this year that I hadn’t seen before. Some were new releases I caught in theaters, others were old things I felt I’d missed out on and needed to see. They’re not all classics, or even that good, but I enjoyed most of them.Read more