What made me think — February 11, 2018

In a bar at the Amsterdam Train Station, this cockatoo rules.

What I read

  • The adopted black baby, and the white one who replaced her. And, the associated podcast.
  • Stop wasting your hard-earned free time. “It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.”
  • The recipe for life. “After he’s gone into that all too imaginable darkness — soon enough now — I will find another purpose for the superpower that my father discovered in me, one evening half a century ago, riding the solitary rails of my imagination into our mutual story, into the future we envisioned and the history we actually accumulated; into the vanished world that he once inhabited.”
  • John Perry Barlow, songwriter for the Grateful Dead and founder on the EFF, left a list of Wise Rules to Live By. Top 3 that need work on my end are: 3, 19 and 24.
  • The future of human work is imagination, creativity and strategy. “We can choose to use AI and other emerging technologies to replace human work, or we can choose to use them to augment it. “Your computer doesn’t unemploy you, your robot doesn’t unemploy you,” she said. “The companies that have those technologies make the social policies and set those social policies that change the workforce.”
  • How the modern world makes us mentally ill. “The forces of psychological distress in our world are — currently — much wealthier and more active than the needed cures. We deserve tender pity for the price we have to pay for being born in modern times. But more hopefully, cures are now open to us individually and collectively if only we recognise, with sufficient clarity, the sources of our true anxieties and sorrows.”

What I watched

Besides Winter Olympics?

A quiet passion: It took a lot of effort to watch the movie, I guess it’s the part of being a costume movie. Not a big fan of that genre. But the acting captured my attention and I loved the poems being read out loud based on events in the movie. The whole endeavor felt very unique and special.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri: Stellar performances couple wit subtle direction turns this angry story into a human masterpiece.

What I listened to

  • Brene Brown talking with Krista Tippett: Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart. This is such a wonderful conversation with numerous insights. My favorite part of the conversation: “They just rattled one off after the other, and I was so taken aback, and then a young girl raised her hand and said, “You know, miss, it’s really hard not to fit in or belong at school, but not belonging at home is the worst.” And when she said that, probably half the kids either burst into tears or just put their heads down, unable to speak. Other kids gave examples: “My parents were really athletic and popular. I’m not athletic. I’m not popular. I don’t fit in with my family. I don’t belong there.” And just this thing washed over me, of — for a middle schooler, and you know that age — for a middle schooler to say, “Not belonging here is tough, but there’s nothing worse than not belonging at home” — you understood. I felt the magnitude of it in my bones.” That was the most challenging part of becoming who I am now: Growing up and not belonging anywhere. Just being on your own, in your own world.
  • Why does the US have a metric system? This podcast provides a good explanation. Still, no apology for this abomination.
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