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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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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Bite the Bullet

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I have a visceral dislike of the cold weather. My limbs lose feeling quickly. It’s known as Raynaud’s disease. I’m physically not cut out for it. Having already planned for and been obligated to, I got out yesterday morning at the beginning of a short ice storm. In the time it took to hop on the tollway and drive downtown to the shortest photo shoot I have ever participated in, my windshield tried to ice over. The dashboard vent only started to help melt it off when I pulled up at the destination. Showing up panicky and anxious, I declared it better go by fast because I didn’t want to to get stuck anywhere other than home! I’m a freakin … Read More

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This This & This

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There are a few (3) things on my radar: bitcoin and cryptocurrency, identity politics, and the environment surrounding the Me Too movement. Bitcoin Bubble <— this article is the most comprehensive explanation, lowdown, and primer currently on the interwebs. Even if you are already involved in the ownership and transactions of cryptocurrency, you’ll get a lot from the link and a frank understanding of the blockchain. Great read Jordan Peterson seems to be everywhere right now. He’s a clinical psychologist out of Canada. Despite publishing a book in 1999, and 100s of videos on youtube of his professorial lectures, he only recently became so prolific by a controversy. Obviously. He refused to speak in the ze, zer terms of transexual identity … Read More

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