Jason Kottke has this series he publishes now and then giving short reviews and recommendations of media he has consumed recently. He calls it his media diet. I think it’s a great idea— keep a rough record of things I have previously watched or read to refer to later on. There are a lot of things that I have watched/read this summer that I’d like to write more about, so consider this a jumping-off point for future idea posts.
In the Arctic summer, the sun shines even at midnight. So it was bright as the airship Italia approached the geographic North Pole, motoring at 3,000 feet above the endless pack ice. Below the ship, a thick bank of fog obscured the frozen Arctic Ocean, but up here the sky was blue, cloudless. A pair of officers used a sextant and the sun to measure the Italia’s position as they covered the final miles, and when they’d reached 90 degrees north, where the planet’s longitude lines converge at the pole, the helmsman began a slow, lazy circle around their goal. General Umberto Nobile, the airship’s commander, gave the order to dive under the fog, and soon the airmen could see the blank ice, fewer than 500 feet below them. They had made it.
Letting go of someone is always a challenge after experiencing a breakup. There is no easy solution to forget about how someone hurt you and forget all the memories you had created together. But it is something that is important to do in order to give a new person the opportunity to connect with you.
There is always a countermove, always an escape or a way through, so there is no reason to get worked up. No one said it would be easy and, of course, the stakes are high, but the path is there for those ready to take it.
I bit the bullet this year and signed up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the free shipping through the year, plus the lower prices on some items. I had toyed with it since it became available in Canada and wasn’t sure if it would actually be worthwhile for me or not. After adding up how much I spent on shipping alone the past year, it turns out I should have gotten on board long ago.
I believe everyone goes through their teenage years exploring the multiple facets of life until they have that one experience that makes them say, “This.”
“This” can mean many different things to people, but one of the more common ones is with music. They have their Beatles moment, their Doors moment, their Rolling Stones moment, that steers them in one direction of musical exploration. At least, until they have the next musical “This” moment to push them in a different way.
Best news of the day for me comes via Jason Kottke: IKEA products are now available on and directly from Amazon. This means that some things are also available for Amazon Prime shipping to get your things within two days.
I thought maybe it would be the smaller household items, but there are some furniture items available too. Including my coffee table, and my daughter’s arm chair. You can also buy these fun kids’ plates there too. If you’re in the States, you can even buy the Swedish meatball sauce they use in the store. This is likely the equivalent of the McDonald’s sauces being available in Canada.
If you’ve been following my site the past five years, you will recognize the name of Ryan Holiday as being one of my favourite authors. His books on Stoicism have had a major influence on my way of thinking, The Obstacle is the Way, and Ego is the Enemy. On top of that, he compiled a free introductory series of reading to better understand stoicism. All of which are highly recommended.
An essential intent is both inspirational and concrete, both meaningful and measurable. Done right, an essential intent is one decision that settles one thousand later decisions. It’s like deciding you’re going to become a doctor instead of a lawyer. One strategic choice eliminates a universe of other options and maps a course for the next five, ten, or even twenty years of your life. Once the big decision is made, all subsequent decisions come into better focus.
Late night discovery while going through old posts: according to the Ulysses app, it would take over a day to read everything I have written since 2005.1 Over 400,000 words so far with many more to come.