Thoroughly Thursday - The "World Series" Edition

Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the World Series edition. As most of my friends know, I'm really not a sports-watching guy. However, my youngest daughter has really gotten into the competitiveness of the MLB Playoffs. She probably couldn't have told you the name of LA's baseball team last week, but has become a rabid Dodgers fan and began cheering while Trick-or-Treating when we learned that they had won Game 6. Anyway, by the time you read this, the Astros will be the 2017 World Series Champions. Congrats!

What I'm Reading - 
I've always had a certain fondness for John Hodgman. He will probably always be remembered for the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads, but his "Resident Expert" and "Deranged Millionaire" characters on the Daily Show are also fantastic. Hodgman came out with a new book, Vacationland, last week which chronicles his single-child upbringing, the death of his mother and owning not one but two vacation homes. Mostly though its an exploration of reaching your mid-40's and realizing that you're not the most important, interesting, beautiful person with the greatest future potential. The book is a series of bite-size essays which made it easy to dip in-and-out. The "wink-wink-I'm-John-Hodgman-pretending-to-be-a-self-involved-narcissist" asides grow overly long, but there are two items that really struck me while reading. The first is how much I relate to his growth from awkward childhood to slightly-less-awkward adult. Secondly, how often I burst out laughing

What I'm Watching - 
I've always been a not-so-secret Lady Gaga fan. Personally, think Bad Romance is one of the best pop songs ever. In much the same way Madonna's film "Truth or Dare" chronicled Madge's Blond Ambition Tour, Netflix's "Gaga: Five Foot Two" follows the erstwhile Stefani Germanotta as she records and promotes her album "Joanne" and prepares for the 2017 Super Bowl Half-Time Show. Gaga comes off sympathetic, if occasionally childlike, as we watch how the toll of international fame (and the strange isolation it creates) takes on her and the people around her.  

What I'm Reading (article) - 
It seems to be the week to think about our impending Robopocalypse and the future unemployment of much of the human race. The New Yorker started with this cover last week.  Newsweek magazine suggested that employee value in coming years will be on how well one can work with robots. The Wall Street Journal also suggests that the only way to beat 'em is to join 'em and that in a few years, we will all need to consider various neural implants to stay competitive. However, none of this will protect our jobs, says Mother Jones, as AI is progressing at a rate to be better than humans at EVERY JOB by 2060 and that only progressive policies for a worldwide safety net will protect the growing divide between those that own the robot armies and the workers that will be displaced by them. Harrowing stuff. However, If it makes you feel any better, you are welcome to check out this classic scene from Office Space

What I'm writing - 
So, many of you know that November is National Novel Writing Month, where you attempt to write minimum 50,000 word draft of a book in one month (sign up here). I have attempted NaNoWrMo on previous years and failed spectacularly. I will be instead be focused on developing a daily post for my blog over the next 30 days. I literally thought I invented this idea for 10min until I checked Google. In 2006, someone had this very same idea and called it NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), though it looks like it has died out as a group activity. So, check out as the month continues. As usual, I'll try to keep it interesting, though I can't promise anything

What I'm Doing (for work) - 
I've had the great opportunity to work with Bolton & Co during the last couple weeks thanks to friend Lisa Markus. Additionally, this is the first time that I have ever had to opportunity to compete in a group costume competition. You can see Lisa's comments about the event (and a picture of our outfits together) here

What I'm thinking about - 
"It's not about working on a priority versus non-priorities. It's trying to decide which priority should take precedence." 

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

Scott Moe

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