Thoroughly Thursday - the "Monumental Jet Lag" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Monumental Jet Lag edition. After two weeks of travel in Europe, my family and I are now back in the States. Strangely enough, I didn't miss some profound once-in-a-lifetime email (or did I?), our home didn't fall victim to a mysterious fire and the world didn't end. We got back Monday evening. I got a couple hours to wash my clothes, but now its time to make the donuts. 

What I'm Reading - Missing Tony 
This week I've been reading Kitchen Confidential by the late Anthony Bourdain. Like a lot of people, I felt something personal when Bourdain died. His viewpoint was authentic and self-aware, but also filled with wonder and curiosity. I don't really think you need to be a foodie to enjoy Bourdain's captivating story of his decades as a working cook/chef/druggie in NYC. Largely, it's Bourdain's enthusiasm that pulls you through his various exploits of his childhood and career, something that you viscerally felt from his travel shows like A Cook's Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown. BONUS: Check out one of his last, long interviews with writer Maria Bustillos.   

What I'm Watching - Apartheid, Alien-Style
On the flight back from London I finally had a chance to watch scifi classic District 9 by Steven Blomkamp. The film has been on my “seems interesting, maybe it’ll be on Netflix someday” list. It was so good! Shartlo Copley plays a casually-xenophobic bureaucrat required to relocate an alien species held in a slum of an alternate-reality Johannesburg. Unexpected things happen. This film isn’t big on subtlety, but like a lot of good scifi, can give you a different perspective on the world you already know. 

What I'm Learning -  Isn't Blockchain Something Prisoners Wear Around their Ankles?
Blockchain is bandied about as one of those new technologies that will "change everything". A very smart friend mentioned to me that blockchain is currently like the Internet of the mid-90's, and in the next 15 - 20 years will alter huge sections of society.  But, doesn't it have something to do with Bitcoin, and data-mining or something? Wired Magazine has a great YouTube series where experts explain difficult concepts in 5 levels of difficulty (child, teenager, college student, grad student, expert). The video on blockchain, hosted by researcher Bettina Warburg, has a great way of starting with what a kindergartner would understand, and within 10 minutes you're following along with experts that are talking about data distribution and disruption in the financial industry

What I'm Thinking About -  One Hump or Two?
"I refer to jet lag as 'jet-psychosis" ...there's an old saying that the spirit cannot move faster than a camel." - Spalding Gray

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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