Thoroughly Thursday - the "Home Improvement" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Home Improvement" edition. Ever since starting Thoroughly Thursday, I've worked to improve how I present it. I'm making some big changes this week to both to the newsletter and the blog which will allow for more variety: more easter eggs, more videos, more new content. Hopefully, you'll like the finished product, though it may get a bit messy for the next week or two.
What I'm Reading (article)-
When does a person's right to refuse treatment end? How do you determine if a person is capable of taking care of herself? Over the weekend I read a great long-form article (>15min) from 2011 called "God Knows Where I Am" by Rachel Aviv. It recounts the tragic life of Linda Bishop, a single mother who suffered bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. Having "poor insight" (ie. awareness of her condition) she refused treatment and shunned the family members that tried to help her. After being released from a mental hospital, she wandered a few miles to an abandoned house and lived for the next four months surviving on rainwater and apples, taking notes in a journal, and waiting for God to save her. It is a devastating story with no easy answers on an individual's right to autonomy and self-determination. I wrote a longer piece about how a similar situation happened in my own family.
What I'm Watching -
I started the week with a plan to go see a matinee screening of Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri on Tuesday. Unfortunately, both my kids got sick. Neither were interested in leaving the house nor watching my new Harry Potter Blu-Ray Box Set (I know, right?). I ended up introducing them to 60's spy parody "In Like Flynt". Debonair autodidact Derek Flynt seduces the ladies, judo-chops bad guys, and saves the world with his trusty belt-buckle. Though meant to be a comedic take on James Bond, it really isn't any sillier than You Only Live Twice. The girls thought it had funny moments but eventually voted it thumbs down for the rampant sexism.
What I'm Listening to -
I think that like a lot of you, there were times in my life that U2 was a major touchstone in my life. For some friends, it was War or Joshua Tree. For me, it was when Achtung Baby came out during my sophomore year in college. This week I was listening to U2's Songs of Experience alongside their 2014 Songs of Innocence. I'm a bit conflicted by the album. There is no doubt that Bono, the Edge and the other two with regular names are master craftsmen of the rock song, but there wasn't anything in the album that seemed to really catch my attention. It feels like U2 has entered that exclusive, gilded cul de sac with bands like the Rolling Stones where nearly everything they do sounds great but ultimately like another version of something they did before.
What I'm doing (for work) -
Do you know the difference between a retinal scan and iris recognition? A retinal scan reads the pattern of blood vessels inside your eye and works like this. Iris recognition measures the shape and uniqueness of your iris and allows you to do things like this. I'm working with a company that creates iris identification technology, which is awesomely geeky, but I now need to try to explain their products graphically in a way that somehow looks like this and not like this.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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