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Monthly recap (March 2019)

Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!
Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!

Major updates:

  • Winter => Spring, finally
  • Great mini-weekend trip to Asilomar/Pacific Grove

Minor updates:

  • Red-tape-y stuff around passport renewal/visas
  • Some attempts at improving personal organization
  • A week with Tara while Shivi was out
  • Got started on the next annual puzzle 😐
  • Various birthdays/play dates …

Watched/Read:

  • Didn’t really read much at all 😦
  • Season 1 of The Romanoffs on Netflix (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Season 1 of After Life on Netflix
  • Depressing documentary that made me more pessimistic about humanity: Behind the Curveon Netflix
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Interesting links: March 2019

Two images, six months apart in mirroring latitudes, capturing the galactic plane

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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)
  • 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)
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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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Interesting links: December 2018

Asperatus clouds