And then there was sun

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It has rained non stop for over a week. I can’t imagine living in most parts of the UK where this is normal. Seasonal affective disorder is no joke! Today I have walked miles, swept, raked, replanted succulents, etc…essentially tried to o.d. on vitamin D. Just a few more weeks till spring. Thankfully there is Champagne. Really, the only significant change I wanted to make in this new year was drinking more champagne; and thus far I have been very consistent. Very very. On the outset I sought out extra brut for its minimal amount of sugar. I find a glass, with its delightful carbonation, very refreshing and enjoyable after work. Champagne sweetness scale: from brut to doux It’s really … Read More

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The Map

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All over it. Bits from this past week worth reading… …or subscribing to. The Knife has been a particularly great resource for me; quality news discernment sans bias. It was founded in 2014, but seems to really be growing now that we are in this mess of much and conflicting ideologies. The Cultural Remedy for Main Street, How to build a free and virtuous society I really enjoyed this short excerpt out of the new book Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It by David L. Bahnsen The need of the hour is to empower a renewed sense of responsibility, including facing the consequences of our actions. Our crisis of responsibility cannot be overcome … Read More

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Validation

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Some addenda to my previous Ode to Sleep post: Quartz Obsession on sleep deprivation. Coincidentally appropriate Nobel Prizes were allocated. Of course there are outliers. Elon Musk and Martha Stewart are known to sleep very few hours a night. Really though, all the Nobel Prize awarding this week has me reflecting on the worst of science and one bad habit in particular. I remember the myriad projects I turned in as far back as eight years old. And just as early, I recall questioning the word hypothesis. It seems to imply an anticipation, how things will turn out. A real experiment is considerably more random, thus static variables. We are fallible, the dynamic variable: experimenter; questioner; builder of the project; … Read More

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Contentment. A conversation with you, Reader.

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~how it may naturally flow sitting across from you I hate saying I’m going to do something and not. I wanted to post sooner than now. In the same way I hate getting my hopes up about something and being disappointed. That’s life. Pardon the delay. Boston was a wonderful whirlwind. I never really sat but to sleep and enjoy a long desired Bloody Mary at the Cheers bar and also split a dirty martini at the hotel bar. Both relished. Aside: the Cheers tv show is equivalent to Frasier. Frasier is really an updated, sophisticated version of the same relationship dynamics. Proceeding in this same format, both as entertaining and more intellectually satisfying, Seinfeld follows. All the same premise: a … Read More

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The Deepest Grandest…Sigh

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I didn’t go downstairs to stand in the horseshoe parking lot with one hundred other curious souls this afternoon during the eclipse. It’s not that I was nonpulsed about it though. I watched a live stream via NASA on my ipad during my lunch break, as the two were simultaneous; then I viewed through special glasses outside of a broker’s office window as the dark orange encapsulated. I’m ‘meh’ about the visuals and more about the feels. Because here I am hoping, the entire globe chills the F out for a sec and presses the reset button. In our personal lives, maybe. On the macro level, that would be winning the Powerball. Whether one is an astrological mocker or astronomically … Read More

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