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.

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