Late to the party, but the first two seasons of Downton Abbey are quite good. At this late hour, I will saw they’re flawless with the character development and pacing of the stories. Just enough mystery to keep me completely engrossed in the storyline.
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.