Good things to read.
Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World by Noreena Hertz. A fascinating book about how to be rational, despite our irrational society and brains.
The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer and How to Win It by Clifton Leaf. If you’re a lawmaker, health professional or lobbyist, you have to read this book. Everyone else is highly encouraged too!
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.
Technology is not, in fact, evil. So don’t feel bad about reading this blog.
Good things to watch.
Burning Love. Yes, The Bachelor is a self-parody. But there’s still room for this ingenious satire. Michael Ian Black is hilarious as the host.
Eastbound and Down. I don’t love watching baseball, but I love watching this mulletted, foul-mouthed, intellectually uncurious baseball character so much. Check out the website powerisms.com for some of Kenny Powers’s timeless wisdom. Such as: “You want to know about relationships? I know all there is to know. Just ask my second wife Tina. Yeah, she was a stripper, and if Montel Williams wants to talk shit some more then he can go fuck himself because those charges were dropped.”
Kill Your Darlings. Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Brilliant. Almost as poetic as Kenny Powers.
Good things to use.
Elastic shoelaces. I think traditional shoelaces are an outdated technology. They are the typewriters of the feet. Come on into the 21st century, fellow sneaker wearers! It’s so much faster.
Waze. This traffic app is awesome. They also have a good business model: If everyone is looking at Waze on their iphone, they’ll get in more accidents and cause more traffic, and more people will need Waze.
The Museum of Mathematics in New York. Not sure my kids learned a lot of algebra or geometry, but they had a lot of fun.
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