What I learned this week, October 1, 2021

Paths, 2014, by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, Hall Sculpture Collection, Arts District, Dallas, Texas

Strangers less awkward, more interested in deep conversation than people think

After the shitstorm of the last few years, we are all looking to make some new friends, or at least new connections. It’s a daunting thought, especially for people my age. Maybe there is hope.


Perforations in the roof of the Pavilion in Pacific Plaza Park, downtown Dallas, Texas

National CD Player Day – October 1, 2021

The first CD player was sold on October 1, 1982. I bought my first player not long after that… a couple years maybe. It was an amazing piece of tech to me… I was amazed at the fidelity. Only recently (because of Spotify) did I finally move my rack of precious audio CDs into a closet for storage.


Vietnamese Pickled Carrots & Daikon Radish Recipe (Đồ Chua)


The trail runs through thick forest near the south end. While I was taking this photo – my tire was losing air.

Secret, hidden gem’: New Dallas forest refuge was once the Elm Fork’s most notorious illegal dump

Frasier Dam Recreation Area


My coffee thermos.

How to Make Better Coffee


We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.


The Most Important Device In The Universe Is Powered By A 555 Timer

What I learned this week, July 3, 2020

How to be 100x more effective than most people:

from Twitter user @kadavy

– No sugar

– No alcohol

– No caffeine

– 8 hrs sleep/night

– Throw TV in garbage

– Delete social media from phone

– Keep phone in silent mode

– Read 1 hr/day

– Meditate 15 mins/day

– Journal 10 mins/day

– Get therapy

My comment on this:

Really good list… It’s funny that Caffeine is the one that gives everybody trouble – I do enjoy a cup before nine in the morning. I think Meditate should be 20 min minimum (there does seem to be an advantage in that extra 5 minutes) and 10 min/day is not enough Journaling time.

Writing in my Moleskine Journal outside the Mojo Lounge, Decatur Street, French Quarter, New Orleans

 

 


 

Black Lives Matter

Like a lot of people, I’ve been upset at watching the country tear itself apart.

To me, there are three meanings of the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

The first is the phrase itself, as in; Black lives matter. That is obviously true, and I don’t think anyone really argues with that.

The second is the meme, as in #BLM. Examples are blacked-out facebook pages, instagram hashtags… and such. I’m afraid I put about as much importance on that as I do on any meme, like cute cats, or Rick Astley videos.

The third, and the most important, is the organization Black Lives Matter. It is a bit difficult to find a consistent policy statement for all the groups under the Black Lives Matter umbrella. Recently a lot of watered-down and inconsistent ideas have been put forward (such as “Defund the Police” not meaning defund the police). Since 2014, the M4BL seems to be the spearhead for  a lot of groups in the movement. They have a concise and well-document set of policies.

You can read them here: M4BL Policy Platforms.  I think everyone should read these carefully. If you support them, fine for you. But you need to know what you are supporting with your BLM hashtag or donation.


 

We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.

Interesting article here: We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.

Key takeways:

Physical: Move Your Body and Don’t Eat Crap—but Don’t Diet Either

My Technium on Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake. Dallas, Texas. Look carefully and you can see a guy on a unicycle.
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Emotional: Don’t Hide Your Feelings, Get Help When You Need It

Social: It’s Not All About Productivity; Relationships Matter, Too

Cognitive: Follow Your Interests, Do Deep-Focused Work

Spiritual: Cultivate Purpose, Be Open to Awe

Environmental: Care for Your Space


 

DARK

I finished watching the third and final season of the Netflix series Dark.

It was really, really good. Maybe the best Science Fiction Television series ever. The fact they took such an extremely complicated story and tied it up at the end so well – genius. Highly Recommended.

Sic Mundus Creatus Est


 

Aria Code

The magic of opera revealed, one aria at a time.

Listen Here: Aria Code

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The Stranger-Than-Fiction Secret History of Prog-Rock Icon Rick Wakeman

I saw Rick Wakeman with Yes sometime in the mid-70’s at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. That sort of overblown prog-rock was very popular with my friends and I – even though we had really bad sound systems. I never knew his story (he went from the top of the world to homeless [and back] in a very short period of time). Quite a ride.

Read it here: The Yes keyboardist defined Spinal Tap–esque excess, until he staked everything on his eccentric dream of an Arthurian rock opera on ice. Now, the tale of his epic spiral and long, slow comeback can finally be told.

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