I slept until 7:07 this morning. I feel like I either might die, or already did.
I am not sure I am feeling the whole Sunday Round-Up thing. It is hard for me to find that much new stuff each week, unless you want a post full of articles and kids’ movies. I tend to watch the same shows and movies over and over again, so I don’t have a lot to offer as far as weekly recommendations.
Go watch 13 Assassins though. It doesn’t have Keanu Reeves in it. That’s 47 Ronin, which I am going to try and watch soon.
Here are the cool/fascinating/sad things from this week.
- We’ll start of with the sad. 100 people have starved in Somalia over the past 36 hours or so, which seems like such an odd thing to still happen in our world. It actually jarred me when I read the headline, this is something we should have worked out by now. This is difficult because I don’t think there are very many people out there who are okay with people dying from a lack of nourishment, but it is still a part of our world. It’s one of those things that reminds us just how profoundly helpless we are; no matter how much it bothers you there’s not much you can do about it. How do we have Netflix and cars that drive themselves but people die because they don’t have enough food? We shouldn’t have solved that shit first?
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I’ve been listening to this book, and it is well-worth it if you are at all interested in learning why you do what you do, and how to stop. I am planning to do a post over it in the next week or two, but it won’t do the book justice.
- When Everything is Amazing, Nothing Is. I’ve had this conversation twice this week, in different contexts. One conversation was just about the language we use to describe things, and how over-the-top we are about everything. The other was about how the problem with this is that when everything is amazing, we start to wonder just what that means, and the force of what we have to say diminishes. It also seems to serve as a bit of a sales tactic much of the time.
- Reading about how people in Iceland still believe in elves or Huldufolk. It’s a thing over there, even going so far as to influence the construction of roads and other projects. It seemed odd at first, but then I has ask if it is really so much different from believing in angels and demons and Xenu. I suppose it all has a lot to do with what we grew up with.