weekly thoughts 5/13/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sat 13 May 2017 5:05 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: All About Lily Chou-Chou…a bit hard to follow, especially if you’re not used to Japanese cinematic aesthetics, but it’s beautifully nostalgic and has a soundtrack that blends peace and melancholy into the fabric of this coming-of-age story.

Recently affected by: if you’re up to date on this kind of psychology or listen to podcasts like You Are Not So Smart, this is nothing new. but it’s still an amazing lecture on how we’re really not as in control of ourselves as we’d like to believe. Plus, it’s Dan Ariely!

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Weekly bits: Perspective is all-important.

Quote o’ the week: “When I was small,” he said, looking into the distance, “I used to look at the snow falling. I’d press my forehead against the cold windowpane and watch it fall outside. I suppose everybody does. It’s nice the way it makes no sound. You can’t see very far and there’s no noise at all, as if the human race has vanished and nothing is moving and the snow will go on falling for hundreds of years. I like snow better than any other weather. -Still Lives

Song o’ the week: Arabesque, by Salyu from the Lily Chou Chou soundtrack.

weekly thoughts 5/5/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Fri 5 May 2017 11:14 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Arrival. Beautifully shot movie, languid pace. Otherworldly soundtrack

Recently affected by: The Tail End. Some people might think it’s morbid to think about your eventual death, but for me, it’s a constant meditation on life and the importance of…well, figuring out what’s important in my life. As Steve Jobs said, “…death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

Weekly bits: “People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others,” -Blaise Pascal

So writes Adam Gopnik on Darwin’s Brilliant Strategy for Preempting Criticism and the True Mark of Genius. One of the brilliant things about Darwin is not just his groundbreaking work on evolution, but the way he presented his ideas.

Quote o’ the week: Among people, a great majority don’t feel comfortable at all with the unknown ― that is anything foreign that threatens their protected daily mould ― so for the sake of their security, they construct chosen patterns to justify. -Bruce Lee

Song o’ the week: This week, a twofer from the Arrival soundtrack. Put on your headphones and just let your mind flow.

weekly tidbits 4/28/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Fri 28 Apr 2017 9:26 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Legion (the FX tv show)! David Lynch! Wes Andeson! Stanley Kubrick! Terrance Mallick! Pink Floyd! Mix in a bit of this and a bit of that and some amazing writing and this is what you get!

Recently affected by: Parking. Yes, parking. These two articles make me looking at parking in a whole new different light. I never thought I should care so much…about…parking.

Weekly bits: Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. -Bertrand Russell. Did you know that trying to convince someone that they’re wrong, even if and especially if you have overwhelming evidence, often backfires and makes that belief even more entrenched. Here’re some techniques to help fight that. And in case you think you’re somehow immune to the backfire effect…you’re probably not.

Quote o’ the week: Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids. -East of Eden”

Song o’ the week: Erin and Her Cello. You gotta love a song that rhymes “you” with “poo”!

weekly tidbits 4/7/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Fri 7 Apr 2017 10:59 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: the Magicians. This season is spectacularly fun! Random & irreverent at times…a spell that makes the castle staff do a rendition of One Day More from Les Miz?!? Brilliant!

Recently affected by: An interview with Richard Rohr. His take on prayer and religion is fascinating.

Weekly bits: Really enjoying my new bluetooth earpiece. It was cheap, and the sound quality is meh but that’s all I wanted to listen to my podcasts while hiking. It started getting a bit uncomfortable after 1-1/2 hrs but it’s still a cool glimpse into the wireless future.

Quote o’ the week: Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved. – Anonymous

Song o’ the week: Guide My Sword

weekly tidbits 2/26/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sun 26 Feb 2017 8:24 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Victoria, the PBS show about Queen Victoria. Clara Oswald & Obergruppenführer! Together again for the first time!

Recently affected by: SPEAK, MEMORY “When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence.”
If you watch Black Mirror, this idea is not new, but this is something that just might happen in the next 20 years or so. For some of us, this could be our future.

Weekly bits: The Memory Palace podcast. My oasis of peace, one 10-minute story at a time.

Quote o’ the week: Sorry, I forgot that it’s hard for people who haven’t been fucked with to understand people who have. -Deadly Class

Song o’ the week: Actually, many of the Petra Haden a capella songs are incredible.

First up, Petra Haden sings Love My Way

Bonus: Petra Haden sings the Blade Runner…theme…song…?!

weekly tidbits 2/4/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sat 4 Feb 2017 8:21 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Limetown, the podcast, a very odd but gripping story. I’m hooked!

Recently affected by: The Little Prince movie (the 2015 version) and soundtrack. It’s based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book, yes, and even though some of the added parts are a bit heavy-handed, it’s touching.

Weekly bits: 5 Calls. Liking/sharing Facebook stories and Tweets may make you feel like you’re changing the world, but you’re actually doing jack. If you really want to do something to change the world, start with 5 Calls. They do most of the work…pick the issues that you want to influence, and 5 Calls will not only give you the phone number of your government representatives that you should call, but a simple script to follow. Spend a minute, make a phone call, and help make a difference.

Quote o’ the week: You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. -Doctor Who

Song o’ the week: Marian Hill – Down

weekly tidbits 01/07/17

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sat 7 Jan 2017 9:53 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: The OA. How do you describe a strange show like this…with misfit characters reminescent of the Breakfast Club on steroids and a beautifully melancholic feel of being lost and found then lost again…hmm…
(FWIW, I just finished binging on the show without knowing anything about it or even watching any commercials. Now that I’ve watched the trailer, I think not knowing anything made for a much better experience.)

Recently affected by: In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas…I do wonder what happens to future generations of our educated elite who don’t experience the necessary life-skill of developing a thick skin from listening to opposing views?

Weekly bits: What’s the Best Way to Die? Yes, it might not be your idea of a fun read, but it’s a good read and fits in with binge-watching The OA.

Quote o’ the week: The sort of life that I had had previous to this popular success was one that required endurance, a life of clawing and scratching along a sheer surface and holding on tight with raw fingers to every inch of rock higher than the one caught hold of before, but it was a good life because it was the sort of life for which the human organism is created. -Tennessee Williams

Song o’ the week: Nils Frahm & Anne Müller – Let My Key Be C. I’m engrossed with the OA, so this week’s song is also from that show.

need one…want one…

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panic room

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weekly tidbits 11/5/16

Blogged by edjusted as weekly tidbits — edjusted Sat 5 Nov 2016 10:44 pm

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: In Bruges. A surprisingly gorgeously shot, philosophically and psychologically rich movie, starring…hitmen…

Recently excited by: The Change My View episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, and the subreddit it talks about. It gives me hope for humanity.

Weekly bits: Within the wires. It started off mildly odd but interesting, and then became something totally unexpected (but that might also be because I never read the blurb) and amazing. My favorite story podcast this year!

Quote o’ the week: “Jonathan Edwards……he believes in the eternal suffering and torment of people.
If you really believe…if you fundamentally believe in eternal torturing…that you’re ok with that…then you’re just a [email protected]…infinity is a long time.” –David Pizarro

Song o’ the week: In Bruges Prologue. Oh, did I mention that In Bruges also has a deeply moving soundtrack?

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

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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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