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Monthly recap (February 2019)

A rock collection of sorts

Major updates:

  • Finished my second 1000-piece puzzle (details later)
  • Disney on Ice with Tara

Minor updates:

  • Trying to get Tara familiar with Checkers
  • Daily 5-minute meditation for a month

Watched/read:

(I realized this section is really not very useful, since it only tracks the end of something, but … that’s as good as it gets)

  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9, Burning, The Kindergarten Teacher (Netflix)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Finished listening to The Square and the Tower, started on Sapiens (Audible)
  • Finished watching episodes of The Good Place (season 1 was good, then meh) and The Romanoffs (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
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Interesting links: February 2019

N-1, being launched, about a minute before it blew up, 1969.

A few years ago, when it suddenly occurred to us that the internet was a place we could never leave, I began to keep a diary of what it felt like to be there in the days of its snowy white disintegration, which felt also like the disintegration of my own mind. My interest was not academic. I did not care about the Singularity, or the rise of the machines, or the afterlife of being uploaded into the cloud. I cared about the feeling that my thoughts were being dictated. I cared about the collective head, which seemed to be running a fever. But if we managed to escape, to break out of the great skull and into the fresh air, if Twitter was shut down for crimes against humanity, what would we be losing? The bloodstream of the news, the thrilled consensus, the dance to the tune of the time. The portal that told us, each time we opened it, exactly what was happening now. It seemed fitting to write it in the third person because I no longer felt like myself.

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Monthly recap (January 2019)

A random arrangement of toys and other artifacts

Major updates:

  • None?

Minor updates:

  • Getting back from India
  • Low fitness …
  • Quarterly trip to Barnes&Noble, some new books
  • Fun pottery outing with team at work
  • Cold weather, down with the flu
  • Put up a bunch of new paintings from Mixtiles

Watched/read:

  • Read Zero to One, Entangled Minds
  • Finished episodes of The Kominsky Method, Altered Carbon, The Good Place and The Nineties on Netflix
  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9 and Burning
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Interesting links: January 2019

An illustration from a story in an old issue of Astounding (credit: New York times)
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Short-form blog posts

It has to be okay to write one-paragraph posts, otherwise I’ll never end up getting what’s in my head out somewhere.

I just don’t happen to be an essay-writing kind of person, I can’t bring myself to write long blog posts, it isn’t something that comes out of me naturally, seems like a lot of work to make happen, and what’s the point1 of second-guessing myself or waiting till I have the “right amount” to write, when the whole idea of having a blog in the first place (for me, at least) is to de-clutter my mind and (secondarily) to share what I’m thinking with anyone who cares?

There has to be something between the pithiness of Twitter and the multi-page topical essays that other people seem to favor … for me, it’s a 1-3 paragraph thought form, and I’m content to reuse this blog to host them.

  1. On the downside, this may be perceived as spamminess, but that’s for you to decide. I guess every post should be greater than 280 characters 🙂
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Interesting links: December 2018

Asperatus clouds
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Monthly recap (December 2018)

Dramatic cloudy sky on the cab ride back from the airport

Major updates:

  • Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
  • A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!

Minor updates:

  • A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
  • Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month

Watched/read:

(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)

  • Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
  • In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
  • While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
  • At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
  • Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months