My Writing History, and Our History Repeating

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If you haven’t surmised by this point, I don’t really do long form writing. Sometimes. When it is necessary. For some reason, I’ve never enjoyed reading short stories either; ironic considering how I will cozy up to an anthology of a book in a second, or a great journalism piece. I noticed this when I was a subscriber to The New Yorker for 10+ years. I would always skip over the short stories. Only if I were in a dire emergency for something to read, would I flip back through. (when cell phones were really just for calling and not for reading blogs subscribed to. still, never leave home without reading material!) Intellectually, I am aware of my predilection for … Read More

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Keeping Your Cool

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The Stoics really did know best/better. I wanted to share a bit more Stoicism from a very approachable post. I summarized from this post for you: my thoughts in italics What’s the worst that could happen? Usually it never does Act ‘As If’. Yes, smiling will make you feel happier. Make it a Treat. Going without will improve your willpower and make you appreciate more. I personally practice this everyday by not snacking between meals, or even intermittent fasting too. I like to be hungry when I eat. All food taste better then anyway. Forgive yourself. We are human. It’s not about perfection; it’s about improvement. If you set a resolution, you won’t hit it out of the ballpark every.single.day. … Read More

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Washington, D.C.

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One thing I did on the trip was a lot of thinking. How Do We Know What We Want: Milan Kundera on the Central Ambivalences of Life and Love “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.” (the above highlight is a little excerpt out of the book worth reading) While on this trip, I became hyper-aware of my entire life: some days I wonder what I’m really doing with myself. I’m in the interim between work and not, trying to land more work and write new music, be at the … Read More

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The Future, Now

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or The Future Now or The Future Is Now; play on phrase, meaning the same and various things… Focusing my mind for a moment, these articles are all in the current webisphere and worth your time -if your interest leans this way It has been really exciting hearing about Mars over the last month (feeling acknowledged) and NASA’s non-news announcement regarding possible life once there because of water, its potential habitability (once again?) Let us invoke some wisdom from our approachable resident futurist, Elon Musk : Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future I am in no way a global warming or climate change propagandist, … Read More

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The Internet, The Options

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The interwebs is a strange and interesting and kind of succubus of a place (from my perspective) but it is also expansive and phenomenal. It is really the infinite, the new solar system, the modern ‘what we can’t get our minds around’ literally. This is also how much it has to offer you. Reflect. You can utilize it to watch most anything from anywhere in the world or you can waste lots of time clicking on sensationalism. You can take free courses from Harvard or MIT, listen to intelligent debate via TED talks or casually view what someone from some other place, who doesn’t now you or care about you! wore to an awards show. How are you spending your … Read More

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