weekly tidbits 8/12/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Fri 12 Aug 2016 10:29 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Episode 83 of the Very Bad Wizards podcast.
There’re a lot of podcasts, books, web sites, etc. about the foibles of cognitive biases. This is one of the more entertaining ones. Don’t try to figure out why everyone who disagrees with you this political season is so. dumb. without listening to this first.

Recently excited by: Stranger Things on Netflix. Very 80’s. Very Goonies. An almost note-perfect Tron soundtrack-esque opening sequence. A lot of heart. This is what it’s like to be a child of the 80’s.

Weekly bits: “A recent Mega Millions lottery had 1-in-175,711,536 odds of winning. To put those chances in perspective, that’s about the number of seconds in six years. So it’s like knowing a hedgehog will sneeze once and only once in the next six years and putting your hard-earned money down on one particular second―say, the 36th second of 2:52am on March 19th, 2017―and only winning if the one sneeze happens exactly at that second. Don’t buy a Mega Millions ticket.”

From 1,000,000 to Graham’s Number

Quote o’ the week: The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow. -Mark Twain

Song o’ the week: Camelot, from the Excalibur soundtrack, one of the best soundtracks from one of the best movies ever made!

weekly tidbits 7/30/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 31 Jul 2016 9:41 pm

What I’m watching/reading: Preacher, the tv show. It’s twisted and bloody violent and one of the most original, atmospheric shows on tv.

Recently excited by: Alice isn’t dead, the podcast. By the Welcome to Night Vale people. Superbly weird and well done.

Weekly bits: the secret to life!
fusco brothers

Quote o’ the week: The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are. -Karl Kraus

Song o’ the week: アラグスクのうた(越城節) by he fictional band Lily Chou-Chou (watch the Japanese movie All About Lily Chou-Chou. It’s worth it). Reminds me of late nights out on the beach at after the world’s gone to sleep, wondering when the world’s gonna end…

weekly tidbits 7/22/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 24 Jul 2016 9:42 pm

What I’m watching/reading: The Night Manager. This mini-series would be a great James Bond story. And Tom Hiddleston would make a great James Bond.

Recently excited by: National Geographic Photographer of the Year contest. Gorgeous photos. Good way to spend 15 mins.

Weekly bits: The Doctor(!) helps explain Brexit!

Quote o’ the week: I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell. Possibly. It doesn’t frighten me. ― Richard Feynman

Song o’ the week: Fukuyama Masaharu/Heart. Brings back memories…

🎶 communication let me down…

Blogged by edjusted as politics — edjusted Fri 22 Jul 2016 9:44 pm

tmrkt160711

I would like much much less political “communications” these days too…

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he keeps going…and going…

Blogged by edjusted as general — edjusted Wed 8 Jun 2016 8:41 pm

works for me!

Blogged by edjusted as contemplation — edjusted Fri 20 May 2016 9:30 pm

honesty

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weekly tidbits 4/24/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 24 Apr 2016 4:57 pm

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.

weekly tidbits 4/17/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 17 Apr 2016 8:39 pm

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.
—PAUL THEROUX

Song o’ the week: The Golden Gate – Anjani Thomas

weekly tidbits 4/3/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 3 Apr 2016 8:14 pm

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?

weekly tidbits 3/27/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 27 Mar 2016 10:13 pm

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

weekly tidbits 3/20/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 20 Mar 2016 3:42 pm

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.

weekly tidbits 3/14/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Mon 14 Mar 2016 3:14 pm

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.

weekly tidbits 3/6/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 6 Mar 2016 8:28 pm

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

weekly tidbits 2/15/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Mon 15 Feb 2016 12:34 pm

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(?)

weekly tidbits 2/6/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sat 6 Feb 2016 10:10 pm

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!

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