I don’t do this sort of thing too often, but who doesn’t love change? I usually write about why my brain isn’t working quite right or simply describe what’s going on in there. But I thought I’d take a break from love and meaning to talk about stuff I’m enjoying on some level, even if just a tad superficial.
A. The first thing is a book called Why We Make Mistakes: how we look without seeing, forget things in seconds, and are all pretty sure we are above average by Joseph T. Hallinan. This is perhaps the longest book title on my shelf and leaves nothing to the imagination. I’d say the best thing about this book is written in a splash quote on the cover, “Chock-full of fascinating examples.” says Scientific American. It’s exactly the case. If you wanted studies, this book as them in spades. You can see where you could possibly improve in awareness and decision making. It’s an easy read though, and not too hung up on ideas that are tough to wrap your head around.
B. Music by Sleater-Kinney. I slept on this band for about 15 years and am pretty disappointed in myself. In my heyday I would go to the record store at least once a week to look at the new releases and when The Woods came out it was featured on the end of the aisle display for months. Every time I saw it, I would think, “I need to check them out later” because they had a lot of buzz, but somehow I never ended up doing it. They released a new album last year and I finally got on board. Probably, like most people, because of Portlandia, but whatever the cause, I’m glad I was forced to check them out.
C. Skateboarding videos. I’ve never been a skater, and might never be, but I’ve started watching skateboarding videos and love them. They are essentially the perfect embodiment of failure and success and how hard it is to reach a goal. Most people, including me, aren’t exceptional at anything, and sometimes while working to be exceptional, we forget how hard it actually is. Some of these videos are people learning tricks, with a hundred failed attempts because landing a single new trick. How many people experience that in their daily lives? How many times do you fall every day?
Coffee: how can anyone dislike coffee? It’s so versatile. Something sweet? Got you. Something strong? Got you. Tired? Not anymore. Awake? Good, stay that way. Need something to sip after dinner while chatting? You’re good. Give me all the coffee.
Mini-heaters: Mostly stay in one room and see no need to heat the entire house? Problem solved.
Bad-ass Quotes: “Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” Pablo Picasso. Come on, man. Who doesn’t feel the weight of art when someone says something as awesome as that.
That’s it for me, for now.
What have you been diggin’ lately? Anything caught your eye, ear, taste?