There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
I watch and enjoy videos like this now that I’m a father.
- Surround yourself with other happy people
- Smile when you mean it
- Cultivate resilience
- Try to be happy
- Be mindful of the good
- Appreciate simple pleasures
- Devote some time to giving
- Let yourself lose track of time
- Nix smalltalk for deeper conversations
- Spend money on other people
- Make it a point to listen
- Uphold in-person connections
- Look on the bright side
- Value a good mixtape
- Get spiritual
- Make exercise a priority
- Go outside
- Spend time on the pillow
- Walk the walk
This is a solid list. I would add meditation.
My sister asked me to speak at her wedding over the weekend and I talked about the pursuit of happiness. Sometime in my late teens, I made the conscious decision to work at being happy for the rest of my life. Make no mistake. It takes work. Some of that work takes the form of adversity and a lot of it won’t yield results immediately, but eventually it does. I continue to work every day to be a better, happier person.
And yet, to echo Kraus, I’d still rather live among PCs. Any chance that I might have switched to Apple was negated by the famous and long-running series of Apple ads aimed at persuading people like me to switch. The argument was eminently reasonable, but it was delivered by a personified Mac (played by the actor Justin Long) of such insufferable smugness that he made the miseries of Windows attractive by comparison. You wouldn’t want to read a novel about the Mac: what would there be to say except that everything is groovy? Characters in novels need to have actual desires; and the character in the Apple ads who had desires was the PC, played by John Hodgman. His attempts to defend himself and to pass himself off as cool were funny, and he suffered, like a human being. (There were local versions of the ad around the world, with comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb as the PC and Mac in the UK).
Heh, Jonathan Franzen’s essay on what’s wrong with the world is pretty all over the place, particularly this part about the “insufferable smugness” of the Mac platform compared to PCs.
The Archie Bunker of the internet age is not Evgeny Morozov, as it turns out.
Go home Jonathan Franzen – you’re drunk.
This is just too good.
When my mom asks me what I do, it’s difficult to explain. Frankly, it’s somewhat challenging to explain to anyone. Sometimes it’s easier to show. Back in July I traveled with a filmmaker to the Topspin Fulfillment warehouse in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. I love warehouse logistics, but I’m also a little weird. To me, getting to see a 650,000 square foot warehouse is akin to taking electronics apart as a kid. It’s exciting and you get to see things that no one else does. Aside from it being the biggest record store on the planet (guess what’s in aisle 33), there are robots, lasers and all kinds of other nerdy things to see. Part of my job is making sure that when artists use Topspin to handle their fulfillment and customer service, it’s done really well. Most artists will never get to see the warehouse, so Nick Tamburri (the filmmaker) and I made this for them. I’m really happy with how it turned out.