What made me think — May 13, 2018

5.20am morning run each morning before the conference work started. It’s always awesome to start your day with a mental reset.

As part of a big team, I’m helping planning an annual conference. It took place from Monday to Thursday this week and when Friday morning comes, exhaustion, elation and emptiness take over your body and mind. Just like a marathon. Exhaustion because this whole team worked on the event for one year, and the last 4 days are just the end sprint to the finish line: Once it’s over, you feel depleted. Elation because you saw the event come to life and you were with your wonderful team when these ideas were discussed first and judged by the team. And empty because this is the end of something. And you need to rejuvenate your body and mind. (Museums, watch out!) Because the next event is only 360 days away.

So, not much reading this week, almost no listening. A lot of watching because a metal pipe took me back to my home. And watching was the only thing my mind was capable of.

What I watched

Evil Genius: The true story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist — The crime is unbelievable, the movie should be better. But it’s not. I was transfixed for the whole show but this could have been somehow transforming. I blame the lack of directorial skills and storytelling chops. Still, that crime is so messed up, the characters are just intriguing.

All the Queen’s Horses: The comptroller of a small town steals from the city $53 million in 20 years, buys more than 400 horses, barns and luxury buses. And the city is running deficits, buying debt and there are no controls in place. Sounds interesting? Watch the documentary. Very, very well done.

Fleabag. Wow, loooooooooooved it. Irreverent, perverse, weird, funny, awkward, real. It’s free on Amazon Prime. What are you waiting for?

What I read

The truth about Tulip Mania. Well, the truth is there was a good reason for it. And it’s overhyped. Yes, fake news were always around and myths continue to be abound. While making sure to verify facts, we need to pay more attention to the narrative. Humans don’t care about facts, they care about stories. Never forget that.

The Weighing: Jane Hirshfield

So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

What I listened to:

Music. This is good.

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