The Modern Battle

The Modern Battle

Much has been written about how distracted we are all becoming in our daily lives. Nothing new there.

What surprises me is just how submissive and accepting we, myself included, all are to this.

I’ve been listening to Tim Ferriss’ excellent podcast recently, and was blown away by an interview with ex-chess prodigy Joshua Waitzkin in which he shares some of his thoughts and techniques he now uses in his new role as a performance coach.

Rivers

Rivers

I came across the stunningly beautiful work of woodworker Greg Klassen today. Greg produces all sorts of hand-crafted furniture in Lynden, Washington (which is about as as far north as you can go in the US, being just south of Vancouver). All his work is lovely, but the River Collection really captured my imagination. Greg takes hunks of hewn native Pacific Northwestern tree, splits it and creates furniture, mostly tables, with a permanent glass river of their own running through them.

This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You

I recently re-discovered This Will Destroy You’s self-titled album, and have been playing it pretty much non-stop since. It’s a post-rock album that strikes the perfect balance between soft, relaxing instrumental passages and waves of crashing guitars and percussion that ebb and flow together in the most perfect way — crushing, yet calming.

New Hotness

New Hotness

I just took delivery of a 13” MacBook Pro last week. As I tend to do these days, I got a refurbished one, but got it tricked out with an i5 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. The big SSD will be a major plus when dealing with gigabytes worth of photos on the go, and I’m glad to finally be able to store my entire music collection on a laptop for the first time.

When I actually checked the specs of the machine that arrived, I was surprised to find Apple had sent a 2.8GHz i7 (with the other specs being the same as I’d ordered). This is normally a $200 upgrade, but was presumably due to lack of inventory as this model approaches being refreshed. So, as it worked out, I got a $2,958 laptop for $2,324 (inc. California sales tax) — refurb being identical to new with the exception of the vanilla packaging. So if a box is worth over $600 to you, going this route probably isn't for you. This is even better when I think that the equivalent cost of the same machine in the UK would be over $3,800 (a major WTF in itself, but not really helped by the current high exchange rate).

I’ve Missed This Thing

I’ve Missed This Thing

So, it turns out I’ve missed having a personal website.

As we’ve all shuffled over to social media (I still dislike that term), in my case slightly begrudgingly (I didn’t even start using Facebook until last year), it feels like short-form communication has become the norm and more and more we’ve left more considered writing to those more qualified or who could be bothered.

Purpose In Discovery

Thanks to the ever-wonderful @stephaniebreese for passing these words of wisdom along:

You’ll always find purpose in discovery. It’s what you choose to see that awakens your inspiration.
— @jessejamesechon

The photo above (if you’re reading on the post page itself) is from the gorgeous Cordoba area of Andalusia in Spain a couple of years ago. The rolling fields are quite something — I’d love to see them in spring time when there are fields of sunflowers and early morning mists.