Week 32-22 - Curiosities

The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score is a fascinating and disturbing read:

Which brings me to thinking about...Choosing what to do with your life? Because being tracked by your workplace is grotesque.

Aquinas suggests If we want to understand where we’re headed, we should ask ourselves these questions:
Am I interested in this opportunity because it leads to wealth?
Or am I aiming at praise and admiration?
Do I want enduring glory?
Or power — to “make an impact”?
Is my goal to maximize my pleasures?
Do I seek health?
Do I seek some “good of the soul,” such as knowledge or virtue?
Or is my ultimate longing to come face-to-face with the divine?

I'm somewhere in the 'make an impact' maximizing my pleasures, seeking health, knowledge, and virtue spectrum... Where are you?

Sartre says: "We live our lives as if we are telling ourselves a story. And we live surrounded by the stories of others."

Sometimes you just need to dance...
The Pinewalk collection - DJ Sets from Fire Island Pines & New York City (1979-1999)

I landed in NYC in 1999, and club culture had already taken a nose-dive in the city from the Guiliani era (now under criminal investigation for election tampering in Georgia. HA!). These recordings are a time capsule of a culture, it's amazing that they've been preserved and shared. Dance on!

Currently Reading: the best of r.a. lafferty - https://amzn.to/3R5BT11

Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?

So far... His shorts are brilliant and weird and I love them. Is he the best sci-fi writer ever...? We shall see!

Tool of the week: Rotring Isograph 0.60
With isograph usage, comes the inevitable isograph cleaning. It's a wonderful drawing pen when it isn't clogged and cantankerous. The 0.35 is my favorite size.

Yes, the Universe really is 100% reductionist in nature
"The idea of reductionism is simple: that physical phenomena can be explained by the complex combination of the objects that exist within the Universe, governed by the same physical laws that govern all physical systems within the Universe.
That’s our default starting point: the “null hypothesis” for what reality is."

Custom piece by Bobby HealingWolf Araujo (Apache)

Art of the week: Bobby HealingWolf Araujo (Apache)

"Haling from HTown TX, Araujo is a lover of action figures! Growing up, he found it difficult to add pieces to his collection that represented himself. So he began to create his own figures. Utilizing vintage figure heads and kitbashing (One of a kind action figures or models from raw materials & existing parts), Araujo customizes every detail of his collectibles, giving his creations vibrant life. Rather than dress them in traditional regalia, he styles them by creating modern apparel influenced by LA streetwear. This aspect of his art highlights Native Peoples in modern daily life, asserting the message, “WE ARE STILL HERE” Araujo served on the Oahu Intertribal Council & is a Central Texas AIM rep. He has made TV appearances, & been featured on Spike TV. His knowledge of style as creative expression has granted him interviews for the LA Times and KROQ radio."

Science of the week: Epidemic management and control through risk-dependent individual contact interventions


It's mathy - but the upshot is developing a kind of "weather app" for Covid exposure risk since even at the height of the pandemic only about 1% of the population was infectious (i.e. lockdowns are overkill).

Music of the week: Santigold - Shake
Eagerly anticipating the new album in September, and going to see her live again in November!

Recipe of the week: Dr. Aviva Romm's Granola (avivaromm.com)
It's easy to make, super delicious, not too sweet, and has loads of healthy ingrediants, give it a try!

2 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Cashews
1/4 cup Pecans
1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup Flax seeds
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Shredded Coconut
3 tsp Melted Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Maple Syrup

  • Mix all ingrediants
  • Spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 degrees, stirring every 10 minuts until toasty golden brown (30-40 minutes)

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Jamie Larson