In the thick of it

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It’s the end of the week, and where I feel I should be slowing down for a relaxing weekend, I actually sense I’m only slowing down enough to get another running start. Some weeks run into each other like that; that’s why little breaks and vacations out of the ordinary are so necessary. Anyhow, wanted to share some pertinent links before Sunday crashes in on me; and before that little pocket of time usually designated for catching up on weekend reads has already passed. These stood out to me. Maybe one or a few do for you. How the Las Vegas Gunman Planned His Massacre, 7 days of Videos (compressed) Such a punch in the gut to still have little … Read More

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Past and Future

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How do we know our memories are right? How do you know the abstractionist painting is hung upright? We remember things in the context of how we currently feel about it; and we see things through a similar scope. Right-side up is open to interpretation. What is abstract art? We don’t want to hate those whom reared us (most of us). It is said, people only act with the information they have at the time. This is important beyond how parents parent, how bosses dictate or assign, how teachers teach, etc…This is most important in considering all history. What was the context of the moment? Look how far we’ve come, regardless. Of course American ancestors had slaves, but should we … Read More

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Money and Privilege

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Very deceptive. A favorite newsletter of mine comes in the form of The School of Life. I’ve been a fan for years; absolutely prescient for its proponents of emotional intelligence. We currently live amongst heightened tech, A.I., coding, data mining, software writing, social media, internet dating, sex robots, robots, robots, robots, etc… and the future only encourages this life. The irony of course, so many people are currently responding to all stimuli in life with only emotion. In these cases, predominantly, they are intellectually immature (e.g. college protestors with signs and shouts against free speech) Be forewarned of these types. Job interviewers immediately respond via first impressions, the body mechanics, then the emotional intelligence, then business aptitude -whether they know … Read More

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Books of February

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This past month was a much more relaxing month of reads than January. There’s Paris through the experience of David Lebovitz; more surrealism with Murakami; futurism with The Martian; a very detailed and heart wrenching Native American experience; and a history podcast (new to me) on old world Hollywood, etc… All in all, mostly unheavy. The cold and weight of the weather was enough to soldier through. I needed a bit of simplicity and escape. Books of February

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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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