Thoroughly Thursday - the "Full 8 Hours" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Full 8 Hours edition. Back in October, I wrote about a recent Fresh Air with Terry Gross interview with Matthew Walker called ""Why We Sleep" (he has a book by the same name). Though I had long been obsessed with minimizing sleep in favor of wakefulness, I decided to change my habits. Instead of struggling to pull myself out of bed at 5am to stare dully at a journal or try to shuffle through exercise, I tried to sleep eight hours a night. The difference has been extraordinary in my mood, awareness and ability to get things done. But, what is most remarkable is understanding how much I literally sleptwalk through my 30s.
What I'm Reading (Article) - Upping my Digital Responsibility Game
I'm not a conspiracy theorist by nature, nor am I someone who is willing to live in a hut in the forest to avoid creating a digital profile. However, it is apparent the dangers of the Internet age have moved beyond the Dark Web and Silk Road and into the applications we use everyday. Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more apparent that many of the tech companies that take an ever larger role in our life don't feel any obligation to privacy, fair practice or the truth. In a world where algorithms attract our inner children to get us to respond to clickbait (ooh, kittens!), I've become more convinced that we all need to become better digital citizens. A few tools you might find useful:
- How to manage your social media privacy settings
- How to do a 30sec source check before you share something
- and my personal favorite, Snopes.com
- How to check your 3rd party apps on FB
Good luck and stay safe out there.
What I'm Watching - Quietly Whittling in a Future Berlin
A couple years ago I saw Moon by auteur Duncan Jones. Moon was a wonderful, small scifi film with near-solo Sam Rockwell in multiple roles which explored identity, loneliness, and the excesses of capitalism. Recently, Netflix released Mute, the second in Jones' planned trilogy of near-future stories, this time in 2040’s Berlin. Alexander Skarsgard plays Leo, an Amish German man who was made non-verbal by an accident as a child. Tall and somewhat lanky, Skarsgard is a stoic Lurch towering over the plethora of other characters in this amped-up noir thriller. When Leo's girlfriend Naadira mysteriously disappears, he begins a silent, but relentless, search for her. His search eventually brings him to Cactus, played by the amazing Paul Rudd. You can see my review of it here.
What I'm Reading - Tamping Down the Ego Monster
I recently stumbled across Camille Angelis' Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People. Angelis chronicles her ups and downs as an author and how her constant self-comparisons to others was making her miserable. She points to our culture's foundational belief that life is a zero-sum game has a way of poisoning our sense of self and personal accomplishment. Much of the book pulls on Eastern philosophy to let go of our ego and become more open to others. As stated in the sub-title, the book focuses on those who pursue creative and artistic activities but there is a lot of truth for nearly everyone.
What I'm Listening to - His First Band Was Called the Nocturnal Emissions
Tom Waits (or his minions) have curated a 76 song playlist on Spotify. At nearly 5hrs in length, the playlist includes lots of early work, his hits (?) along with his more experimental pieces. If you haven't guessed already, I'm a bit of a fan. However, if you don't really know his work, I recommend you start with this song. :)
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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