Friday Sept. 26, 2014
In “A Single Man” Colin Firth’s* character (quoting Christopher Isherwood**) references special moments of clarity, beauty and feeling. Watching the first deer of this deer brigade emerge so slowly from the greenery started one of those moments for me this morning. 
Last year, this time of year, when I probably did not have much clarity or resolve about my life and what I was doing with it, I actually hit a deer. It was my first car accident and it was pretty sad. So this morning holds significance both in a full-circle sense and in the context of recent events (really old people passing away). It was almost as if the world was giving me a small pat on the back: You’re doing things right.
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*Colin Firth!!!
**Maybe don’t read the book because it’s sad. The movie is also a bit sad come to think of it. 

Friday Sept. 26, 2014

In “A Single Man” Colin Firth’s* character (quoting Christopher Isherwood**) references special moments of clarity, beauty and feeling. Watching the first deer of this deer brigade emerge so slowly from the greenery started one of those moments for me this morning. 

Last year, this time of year, when I probably did not have much clarity or resolve about my life and what I was doing with it, I actually hit a deer. It was my first car accident and it was pretty sad. So this morning holds significance both in a full-circle sense and in the context of recent events (really old people passing away). It was almost as if the world was giving me a small pat on the back: You’re doing things right.

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*Colin Firth!!!

**Maybe don’t read the book because it’s sad. The movie is also a bit sad come to think of it. 

Binge-read Mike Carey’s (Lucifer, etc etc different comics) new book on Saturday. It is really good. August was a good month for books. Early August brought the release of the third and final book in the Magicians trilogy (humorous, more mature and more modern take on Harry-Potter would be an apt description), and then this book. 

I stumbled on “The Girl with All the Gifts” because I’ve been waiting for the Lucifer series to come out on ebook. The volumes are gradually coming out but it’s the last two that I haven’t read yet! Sara bought all of them up to those last two, at which point she lost interest in the story and that was it! I read what Sara had and have basically been on a 4 or 5 year cliffhanger ever since! 

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That time when…P was appreciating the stylus I gave her, when I lurked demon-eyed in the background of a Galentine’s Day shindig, when Jeff’s excessive height forces him to tie his shoes in a particular way so as to spare his back, when it was July 2014 and we were rather too close to appreciate the full firework show—but VERY close to food, at the beach, Dual Mother’s Day when my cousin morphed into a young man not a baby—for which I grieve. There’s something special in the round faces and chubby limbs of toddlers and small kids.

Today started out rather poorly. I had a base case of dehydration (?) and had to cut tennis short. Upon arriving home, I drank water, suffered through some time of nausea (that terrible feeling building up in your mouth), and then threw up. I almost never throw up because I don’t drink and have a strong stomach so when this happened on this fateful morning, the unfamiliarity exacerbated the bad experience. 

As I curled up, shivering from abdominal pain, as I kneeled before “the porcelain god”, as I went to bed, I thought how beneficial this experience was for me. When you’re so healthy for so long, when you have so much, are so un-pained, it is hard to relate to people that feel helpless, unwell. It definitely humanized me and couldn’t we all do with more of that? Not mere civility—as wonderful as that is—real humanity that stems from empathy.

I’ll try to think back to this random morning. It made me appreciate my life and I’m going to try to make it a habit to wake up and think about something that I’m grateful for. 

Fortunately the evening has been much better. I still had a vague headache but I went to my favorite pizza place for dinner and tried a new pizza, which was excellent. I normally get a pear and cheese pizza but this new stuff was great, as is this newly discovered song. It feels like the end of summer. 

(Source: Spotify)

Hello (handful of) followers, my longtime friend/former walking/yogging buddy/essay editor, Kelsey, is trying to make GustOrganics totally vegan.
Even though evidence supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet have been around for years, most people, especially people in the USA, don’t comply. Moderation is key in general but if you’re trying to make a small change, you need to make an initially drastic measure. For example, in tennis, if you’re going to modify your stroke, you exaggerate the motion until that modification becomes your default. Supporting something seemingly extreme like veganism might just be the thing to shift to a plant-centric diet!
GustOrganics would appreciate even the smallest donation; furthermore, supporting the transition of this restaurant to a totally vegan one is a worthy cause. So much of health is tied up in nutrition. Many of the health woes in this country boil down to nutrition. To change the cultural atmosphere so that plant-based diets are accepted—not a joke, not an indicator of being high-maintenance or being a floaty hippy-boho—would be a beneficial step toward environmentalism/resourcefulness/conservatism and health.

Hello (handful of) followers, my longtime friend/former walking/yogging buddy/essay editor, Kelsey, is trying to make GustOrganics totally vegan.

Even though evidence supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet have been around for years, most people, especially people in the USA, don’t comply. Moderation is key in general but if you’re trying to make a small change, you need to make an initially drastic measure. For example, in tennis, if you’re going to modify your stroke, you exaggerate the motion until that modification becomes your default. Supporting something seemingly extreme like veganism might just be the thing to shift to a plant-centric diet!

GustOrganics would appreciate even the smallest donation; furthermore, supporting the transition of this restaurant to a totally vegan one is a worthy cause. So much of health is tied up in nutrition. Many of the health woes in this country boil down to nutrition. To change the cultural atmosphere so that plant-based diets are accepted—not a joke, not an indicator of being high-maintenance or being a floaty hippy-boho—would be a beneficial step toward environmentalism/resourcefulness/conservatism and health.

Ultra minimalism

In Asia, some places have the whole bathroom on one drain, as in, in the center of the bathroom is a drain and the whole floor subtly tilts toward that center. Last week’s episode of “The Return of Superman” showed Song Ilkook cleaning off his triplets (!) easily with that bathroom style. (He just hosed them down and it was done.) This ultra minimalist sliding shower reminded me that someday, when I have a house or a condo or what-have-you, it is going to be ultra customized and will involve a lot of iPads in place of books or photo albums, projectors instead of TVs and now, perhaps, also new-age showers like this. 

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Old stuff and new stuff, some same old, same old stuff

Guardians of the Galaxy (!) broke an almost year long hiatus from the movies and highlighted the awesomeness of the 70s music scene.

(Source: Spotify)

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On the fly: PROJECTORS

I’m actually on vacation with my family but since I constantly have little reminders about topics to write about but do not get around to, I figured I would do this now on my little ipad no matter how shoddily it is formatted.

Technology has made our lives so much better. The future looks bright. We’re not moving toward the physically feeble people depicted in Wall-E. Technology is moving us toward a healthier, more enlightened future where people can focus energies and resources on better and better things. I’m so grateful to be alive today. When I go into work every day I bring a small messenger bag that carries an 11” MacAir and a tablet. When I was in high school, I had to lug a giant backpack around wearing a jumper made of intolerably heavy cloth in the hot Spring. That improvement occurred within a short time span. Soon it won’t even have to be a personal computer AND a tablet. The PC/tablet (pablets) like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are getting better and better.

The other day I was thinking about how I sometimes wish I had a bigger laptop so I could watch shows on it (like my favorite: KBS’s The Return of Superman reality show about Korean dads raising their kids). Then I thought, ‘No, not a TV, a smart TV that talks to the internet…but no. Even those have unnecessary limitations. A big computer screen would be best.’ Those are prohibitively expensive. HOWEVER:

http://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/PPX2055_F7/picopix-55-lumens-for-notebooks?v1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM1R0JxpGQA

PROJECTOR technology has gotten better and better. It’s all of the utility of an ultra portable personal computer like an 11” MacAir with a bigger screen when necessary without the hassle of lugging an enormous traditional television around. There are kinks and variables to consider with projectors versus traditional TVs (throw distance, ambient lighting, sound) but all in all, it is a very feasible option for people nowadays. With streaming services and powerful portable speakers like Jawbone’s Jambox, these projectors are very good alternatives to the traditional bulky home theaters of the past.

The less wasteful way to travel #resources

The less wasteful way to travel #resources