Thoroughly Thursday - the "Bandaged Finger" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Bandaged Finger Edition. Last week, I was so excited to start of the New Year. I was all set to be an annoying overachiever with my new calendar schedule, my well-defined goals and intentions, and my miles-long to-do list. However, this last week, I went to three family doctor's appointments, spent four hours getting my car fixed, followed by five hours in the emergency room getting stitches (knives are sharp!), and then nearly poked my eye out in the shower trying to wash my hair with one hand (yeah, that was dumb). If you are like me and already see your New Year motivation dwindling, don't fret. As TT-friend Alisa said, sometimes January takes a few weeks to get moving.
What I'm Reading - Civilization Shortcut
This last week, I have been reading the super-fun How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide to the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North. The premise is simple: your time machine broke, you are alone in the distant past, and you now have to recreate civilization. Luckily, you have this handy guide that provides the means to bring stone-age humans from grunting hunter-gatherers to more/less our modern industrial equivalents in a handful of decades by focusing on the most important inventions of our ancestors (language, farming, domesticating animals, medicine, and, of course, brewing beer). The best part is that you don't have to wait the many millennia between innovations (i.e., the nearly 50,000 years between the advent of language to the first attempts at farming) and can focus on those things that work really well (the wheelbarrow, the mouldboard plough, penicillin, metric system), instead of those that don't (leeches, ritual sacrifices, getting involved in land wars in Asia).
What I'm Listening to - Mongol Headbanging Music
Over the weekend, my wife discovered a song that sounded like a Metallica cover band playing possessed violas. It was "Wolf Totem" by the Hu from Mongolia, and has become my new favorite workout song. They are due to drop their first album in 2019, but their beautifully-shot videos have already gotten millions of YouTube views. Their brand of heavy metal (Hunnu Rock) is played with traditional Mongolian instruments and seems ideally suited for headbanging, lifting heavy weights, and/or pillaging neighboring villages on horseback.
What I'm Listening to (too) - The Story We Tell Ourselves
I've been listening to a couple of new podcasts lately. Better @ Everything is a short (>15 min) self-improvement podcast which focuses on a single issue per episode (Happiness, critical thinking, procrastination). Additionally, I've started listening to When to Jump, hosted by consultant-turned-professional-squash-player Mike Lewis. Focusing on those people who have chosen to chase their dreams, it features a whos-who of entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists. I highly recommend the episode with Matt Pohlson whose story of his recent, near-death experience nearly brought me to tears while listening/shopping at Costco.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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