What I’m watching/reading: The Puma Blues: The Complete Saga by Stephen Murphy & Michael Zulli
I read and collected this comic book series back in the 80’s and remember being blown away by the art. I’m amazed there’s a new hardcover collection and I’m excited to re-read it.
Recently excited by: this interview with Josh Waitzkin, aka “Bobby Fischer”. It’s a life-changing interview on how to learn and ways on how to improve your life.
Weekly bits: Scott Adams (yes, the Dilbert Scott Adams) wrote a interesting and rational take on some of the most important political issues facing us and the candidates today
Quote o’ the week: The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. -Mark Twain
Song o’ the week: The Theme from the Elephant Man. Haunting piece.
What I’m watching/reading: On the Move, by Oliver Sacks. He’s lived a helluva life and it’s a helluva read.
Recently excited by: Reading books again! After listening to an interview with Derek Sivers, where he talks about his reading habits, I’ve gotten a lot less stressed about all the books I don’t have time to read and instead, just committed to reading 20-30 pages a day. Depending on how long each book is, that means I should be able to get through about 20-30 books a year. Not too bad.
Weekly bits: Cryonics has always been one of those “that sounds cool, but I’m not sure I’d take it too seriously” kind of science. After reading Why Cryonics Makes Sense…it does make a certain kind of sense. I’m not interested enough to run out and sign right up for it, but still…it’s interesting, less as a way to live for a longer time than as a potentially possible way to “time-travel” to the future…
Quote o’ the week:
The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown.
Song o’ the week: The Golden Gate – Anjani Thomas
What I’m watching/reading: The Fountain explained. I really like this movie. It’s such an underrated wondrous movie with such a great soundtrack. I’m glad someone else agrees.
Recently excited by: Slinky defies gravity?!
Mesmerizing display of physics and science. I understand the science and yet it’s still so counterintuitive that part of my brain still refuses to believe it.
Weekly bits: Colonels of Truth. I never knew reading the story of KFC’s “Colonel Sanders” could be so compelling.
Quote o’ the week: “Trump is a walking Dunning-Kruger effect…” –boingboing
Donald Trump explained in one simple phrase.
Song o’ the week: Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?
What I’m watching/reading: One Trick Rip-off by Paul Pope
Paul Pope’s artwork is so dynamic and live…it’s like every panel wants to leap off the page
Recently excited by: 25 GIFs that explain how things work
I’m especially mesmerized by the sewing machine and slinky
Weekly bits: It’s…sad…how highly ranked suicide is among almost all age groups as causes of death, even for as young as 10-14…
Quote o’ the week: It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with my problems longer. -Albert Einstein
Song o’ the week: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – When You Get to Asheville
What I’m watching/reading: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s actually genuinely sweet, with some great songs reminiscent of Weird Al.
Recently excited by: Reading about CRISPR-Cas9. It’s a gene-editing technology that has immense potential. Like a lot of advanced technology, it’s both amazing and a bit scary.
Weekly bits: Swedish folk music…it’s beautiful…
Quote o’ the week: Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you. -Welcome to Night Vale
Song o’ the week: Bic Camera song. I don’t know why or how I have an MP3 of this, but it came up on random play recently.
What I’m watching/reading: Wayward Pines…I just started watching it, but episode 5 just completely hooked me
Recently excited by: This quote from this article:
“It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move,” he says. “So beautiful.” It’s a word he keeps repeating. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
The future of AI (and mankind?) is both potentially and utterly amazing, and yeah, a little sad…
Weekly bits: Watching these guys makes me deliriously happy. and…dance circles!
Quote o’ the week: We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -Jonathan Swift
Song o’ the week: Colin Stetson – The stars in his head (Dark Lights remix) – Acoustic Session
Just listen to it, at first. Don’t watch it. Wonder what instrument(s) this is. Wonder what’s going on. Then watch it, and be awe-struck.
What I’m watching/reading: Mozart in the City. Some of it is a bit predictable, but it’s got a lot of heart…and it’s about the freakin’ NY City Philharmonic! I mean who does stories about being in an orchestra??? Plus…Wallace Shawn! It’s inconceivably good!
Recently excited by: Seth’s Godin’s interview on his rules, principles, and obsessions for life. It’s thoughtful, entertaining, and maybe life-changing.
Weekly bits: Just read David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech on Life and Work. Another life changer.
Quote o’ the week: …the world we were born into will never be the same as the world we die in. -Welcome to Night Vale
Song o’ the week: Bibo no Aozora By Ryuichi Sakamoto. This is a sparse version compared to the original, but the simplicity gives it an achingly soulful depth.
And as a bonus, a cover of a song that sampled Bibo no Aozora
What I’m watching/reading: Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
I really learned a lot of stuff from this. And it’s funny how much time I spent Googling to try to figure out what the *not* so simple words are.
Recently excited by: Zoku iced coffee cup. Make a nice cup of coffee, pour it in my Zoku cup, drive to work, and it magically becomes ice coffee!
Weekly bits: Hamilton cast. “What I did for love“. This crew is just full of talent.
Quote o’ the week: Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Song o’ the week: Hot Toddies – HTML. Never knew code could be so…suggestive(?)
What I’m watching: Galavant. It’s the silliest musical this side of Spamalot. Season 2 is even better than season 1!
Recently excited by: I just got this lock pick set. I can’t wait to play with it!
Weekly bits: I still can’t decide if this is really good or really bad. All I know is I’ve probably watched this more times than is probably healthy…” (slightly NSFW…maybe…)
Quote o’ the week: I wake up in the morning unsure of whether I want to savor the world or save the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. -E.B. White
Song o’ the week: Theresa Andersson – Oh Mary. What a awe-inspiring performance!
Recently excited by: Apple’s random and sudden Music Memos app. I’m no musician, but there are songs I’ve been trying to figure out how to play and failed miserably, and this helped me figure chords I’ve spent hours trying to figure out.
Weekly bits: Lifeline, the game. It’s like Choose Your Own Adventure meets real time game play. Meaning that if your character goes to sleep for 8 hours, you can’t continue playing for 8 hours. It might sound like a limitation, but it actually makes it more fun.
Quote o’ the week: Reading’s for morons who can’t understand pictures. -Galavant
Song o’ the week: Annie Lennox – Fingernail Moon
What I’m watching/reading: just finished watching the first season of the Man in the High Castle. Gripping stuff and an interesting thought exercise on what would happen if the Nazis won WWII.
Recently excited by: I just started doing the 365 photo project, where I take and post a picture a day. I’m excited but nervous about whether or not I can keep this up, especially when 90% of my time is spent at a boring office job. It’ll be an interesting challenge to see if I can
Weekly bits: Wait But Why has a really long, really insightful multi-part article on Elon Musk that’s an incredibly interesting read. It goes into Musk’s ideas about the problems facing mankind and his solutions for our future. But it’s not just about Musk…the reasoning behind the whys of why he’s doing what he’s doing is must-read material for anyone else who cares about how to make an impact on the world.
Plus, stick figure cartoons!
Quote o’ the week:
What is it with people?!?
At best, people are assholes, at worst, they’re zombie assassins. -Jessica Jones
Song o’ the week: the Destroyer – Out of Babel
It’s like…death metal meets klezmer…death klezmer?
Inspired by Tim Ferriss’ “5-Bullet Friday“, here’s a list of what I’m currently enjoying, inspired by, and recommending to others.
What I’m watching/reading: This is a True Story. I just watched Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, which is based on a sort of urban legend that sprung up about a real-life story. This is a True Story is a short documentary about the story behind the story.
Recently excited by: a great BLTA w/egg croissant sandwich @ Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa. Gotta add the egg!
Weekly bits: Trader Joe’s Pork Belly…slice it up, torch ’em or put ’em under the broiler for just a bit (they’re already cooked), and throw them in your instant ramen.
Quote o’ the week:
“I will not change my mind.
Then you will die stupid.
Song o’ the week: “>Peter Gabriel’s version of Tom Waits’ In the Neighborhood
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