Thoroughly Thursday - the "House of Tomorrow" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the House of Tomorrow edition. Growing up I was a big fan of Tex Avery cartoons, especially the House of Tomorrow. In the cartoon, a fantastic 1950's version of a future house would make toast, shave your face, and find various ways to make life for the "mother-in-law" miserable (poison, electric chairs, etc). I would draw imaginary houses with moats and secret passages (and rocket-ship launching bays). As an adult, I find myself dreaming about living in a carbon-zero house on a microgrid. Now, if we can just get Rosie the Robot, I'll be set.
What I'm Listening To - Sailor Moon Became a Pop Star
Late last week, Apple released a new commercial featuring Grimes. I had never listened to her music but she seemed interesting. As it is 2018, it took me less than 2min to start playing her album Art Angels on Spotify. At first, I was a little taken aback by the vocals (which are high and ethereal) but I really like it. It's kind of like listening to an anime character create an art-pop crossover record. Also, her video for "Venus Fly (with Janelle Monáe)" is epic, though she definitely seems to be the artistic cross between Lady Gaga and Matthew Barney.
What I'm Watching - Office Politics as Blood Sport
Armando Iannucci is a bit of a savant when looking at the world of politics. His sitcoms The Thick of It or Veep show that where you think politics may be bad, it's actually worse. In The Death of Stalin, Iannucci moves back in history to 1953 and presents the period directly preceding and after the fatal stroke that killed Soviet Party leader and genocidal maniac Joseph Stalin. Stalin’s relentless purges paralyzed the populace and created a power vacuum among his conniving underlings which led to several weeks of positioning, mandates, rebuttals, alliances, and betrayals. Alternating between terrifying and hilarious, it has a spectacular cast, with Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale as adversaries constantly trying to undermine each other. But Michael Palin steals the show as Vyacheslav Molotov who is insistent in remaining loyal to Stalin even when he ended up on one of Stalin’s kill lists. You can see my full review here.
What I'm Reading (article) - Distraction Dilemma
I've been lucky enough to have several projects lately which are keeping me pretty busy. However, the downside is that I have a tendency to act like an over-anxious kindergartener when I need to get some real work done. This last week I read a couple different articles on how to stay focused. David DeSteno writes in "The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions", people are far more likely to succeed if they feel that what they are doing is something positive and worthwhile. Alternately, Tim Herrera writes those that succeed in staying in control usually do so not because of higher levels of will-power or determination, but that they put themselves in situations where they experience less temptation. I gathered a couple of the best ideas and wrote an article for you called "The Five Ways to Manage Distractions So You Can Do Your Best Work".
What I'm What I'm Thinking About - Factored Fun Foundations
Last week I learned that is more than one type of fun. There are, I am told, THREE TYPES of fun. As much as this sounds like the intro to a Dr. Seuss book, this is apparently a real thing. And, I respect that, but I really think there should be FOUR TYPES OF FUN.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S This weekend, I (sorta) learned how to play mahjong.
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