Thoroughly Thursday, the "Unmarked Helicopters" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Unmarked Helicopters" edition. Back in the 90's when the I was obsessed with the X-Files, part of the fun was that it seemed "possible" that there was a giant alien conspiracy within the government (ie. you know). Then, this happened and this happened and an all-seeing government didn't seem that believable. Now, of course, my paranoia is that Russia is using my Amazon Echo to listen to me mumble at my coffee in the morning and bemoan the continued break up of New York art-rock band Soul Coughing.
What I'm Watching - So the Voices Aren't Just In My Head?
A couple weeks ago, I started watching FX’s Legion as the entire first season just arrived on Hulu. Existing somewhere in the Marvel X-Men Universe, David Haller has spent the last 6 years in an insane asylum after being diagnosed with schizophrenia (often due to errant telepathy that blast thought waves from those around him, and less directly, massively uncontrolled bouts of telekinesis). David is an unreliable narrator, hunted by other mutants, or the government, or both. Is he crazy or just abnormal in the way outliers always are? The filmmaking choices are awesome, and Aubrey Plaza as Lenny is amazing. I have a longer post about it going online here tomorrow.
What I'm Reading - My Social Studies Class Just Went PostCyberPunk
TT friend Iggy suggested I check out "Little Brother" back in December. Written by techno-geek and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow, "Little Brother" is a young-adult story about hacker kids fighting back against an overzealousDepartment of Homeland Security after terrorists bomb the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. As a barely tech-enabled Mac user, I was relieved to find that Doctorow does a great job of presenting complex coding and encryption ideas in ways that pulled me deeper into a story that shows the human cost that comes from increased government security. Notably, the story was written in 2008, during the final days of W., but feels like it could happen just as easily today.
What I'm Doing (for work) - I'm an Expert in What Now?
I've been asked to be part of a panel later this month for the USC Alumni Entrepreneur's Network. The event is called "the Entrepreneur’s Journey: Hire or Fire? Building a High-Performance Team". I'm really not sure how they found me but several of the other panelists are really impressive. It's going to be held on January 31st at 6:30 in Santa Monica and you can register here.
What I'm Thinking about - The Stoics Focus Locus
"For if a person shifts their caution to their own reasoned choices and the acts of those choices, they will at the same time gain the will to avoid, but if they shift their caution away from their own reasoned choices to things not under their control, seeking to avoid what is controlled by others, they will then be agitated, fearful, and unstable."
- Epictetus, Discourses, 2.1.12 from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (entry for January 11th) - you can also check out their website here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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