A Good Walk

Few people know how to take a walk.  The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humour, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson Most mornings I go for a little wander around my town, generally a 2.5 – 3 mile circuit.  I do this to clear my …

Freedom is a Mystery

Shameless freedom is a mystery Wasteland studded blasting free adverts What is this really, except easy fantasies)? Normal people trickle down the cracks neoliberal teenagers Rock The Brady Bunch and Unemployed achievers Source document: The Wire magazine

I Still Be on the Grind

Midway this way of life we’re bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, Where the right road was wholly lost and gone. The Divine Comedy: Cantica I Hell, Cantos 1, 1-3 Dante found himself lost and Virgil appeared. Oh where is my Virgil! The in-laws left on Tuesday. The house is quiet now, well quieter (my …

A Voice

So tonight starts the first in a series of year end parties. I didn’t want to leave this until after the party, lord knows what would come out then.

Conscious Torpor

  And just like that the house was quiet again. The source text for this black out poem was an old issue of Philosophy Now magazine.

I’m a human hamster, that’s what life-logging taught me

As some of you may or may not know, I started dabbling in the Quantified Self movement and tracking many of my activities throughout the course of a day. I ran the experiment for several months. My biggest take away was how much of a human hamster I am, and I suspect most of us are. That is, our lives …

Herodotus, the Man Who Invented History

In the 5th century B.C. Herodotus set off on an ambitious mission to record the glorious achievements and remarkable events of the past so that these things wouldn’t be forgotten. He declares at the start of the Histories: “Herodotus of Halicarnassos here displays his inquiry, so that human achievements may not become forgotten in time, and great and marvellous deeds …

Attracting Love

This is the last of my sloth days.  It’s been fun hanging out with the family and a few friends – eating, drinking, and being merry. For about a week now, I’ve been in chill mode, winding down the year and generally lazing around.  But enough is enough.  The family all head out tomorrow back to various points on the …

Saunas Help Your Brain

OK men, add a daily trip to the sauna to your goal list for 2017. A new long-term study out of Finland found that the more frequently men chilled in a sauna, the less likely they were to develop Alzheimer’s. I don’t think you “chill” in a sauna, but we know they mean. After controlling for lots of things — …

Facebook’s problem isn’t fake news

There’s something sinister about a company that wants to take over the world. And what’s even more sinister to me is how slowly and inconspicuously the take over happens. FB with its to “connect the world” mantra and Google with its to “organize the world’s information” mantra are examples of these companies’ intent to take over the world disguised as …

Soulcruzer’s 5×5 Music Pick #002

‘She came along and she cut me loose’, that’s what 2016 has done to me.  The year has come and gone so fast, although I suspect we say that every year.  But damn, as I get older, I swear the days come and go twice as fast as they used to. Gone are the lazy days where it feels ok …