Vlog Companion – Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is a bit of a trending topic in the world right now. Everybody who’s anybody is doing it, really. I’m trying to sell you on it because I think it’s incredibly valuable. The rewards are both individual and communal. Mindfulness – accepting the present as the only actionable reality – does not encourage complacency. In recognizing… More Vlog Companion – Mindfulness and Meditation

Let’s Play a Game: Life as an Escape Room

We’ll start with an assumption: Life is an escape room – one of those games where you’re trapped in a room, and have to find and synthesize strange clues to escape (you may know it best as one of the many online game variants). This is not a new assumption. Many religions conditionally promise some version of heavenly escape after death. If you do the right things… More Let’s Play a Game: Life as an Escape Room

A Blog About Why I Don’t “Get It.” Alternate Title: Wow. Tertiary Title: Brains of Steel

Life is pretty nuts. If you just consider what’s happening, what’s going on here… this shit is WILD. I think that’s what most excites and frustrates me about being alive – the possibilities are endless and yet we engage in systemized dogshit whirlpools of offensive stupidity. Like, it’s offensive how stupid we are. But we’re also awesome. Take… More A Blog About Why I Don’t “Get It.” Alternate Title: Wow. Tertiary Title: Brains of Steel

What’s the Dream? – How We Can Maybe Suck Less

I finished a book last night. It was Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. Did you know banks can loan ten times the amount of cash they physically possess? Our economy is a lie!! Actually, the thread that tied the whole book together (at least for me) was the potential benefit of such “lies,”… More What’s the Dream? – How We Can Maybe Suck Less

Post for Posterity

This ought to be good. When you write for the sake of writing, it usually turns out really well. It never ends up being a bunch of contrived, faux-philosophical, arrogant bullshit. Nope. Never. Haha Man, I’m stupid. Last night at dinner, I read the words “Add Cheddar, American, Swiss” as “Lettuce, Tomato, Swiss.” (It was… More Post for Posterity

More Thoughts on Vanity, and the Genuineness of Character

In a recent post I entered a wrestling match with vanity. There was no victor. Vanity is strange, because while the word conjures up a distinct state of constant self-assessment in regards to our outward appearances, it could potentially weigh constantly on our relations to others in myriad ways. Vanity also raises a lot of… More More Thoughts on Vanity, and the Genuineness of Character

Excerpt from “The Broom of the System,” and Comments on Vanity

Here are a few words on vanity from pages 22-23 of David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System – a novel that developed from one of his undergrad theses: “A story, please.” “You want a story.” “Please.” “Did get a rather interesting one today.” “Go for it.” “Depressing, though.” “I want to hear it.” “Concerned a man… More Excerpt from “The Broom of the System,” and Comments on Vanity

I Actually Care

So. In my last post about not caring, I got pretty bitchy. I don’t know if it was totally accurate, but can you really be accurate when describing yourself? Every description I make of myself has a limited scope of truth – it’s limited and altered by everything from mood and environment to the audience and… More I Actually Care

I Don’t Care.

I’ve been noticing more and more how often I think or say out loud – “I don’t care.” I’d like to think I’m full of shit when I say “I don’t care,” but I’m also aware that I may be trying to protect my impression of my own character. It’s certainly more satisfying to think… More I Don’t Care.

I’ve been noticing more and more how often I think or say out loud – “I don’t care.” I’d like to think I’m full of shit when I say “I don’t care,” but I’m also aware that I may be trying to protect my impression of my own character. It’s certainly more satisfying to think… More I Don’t Care.