What I watched
- The Prestige. Complex themes with surprising plot twists, like any other brilliant Nolan film. 4.5/5.
- Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech. Recommended by Tim Ferriss. Vulnerable, inspiring, brilliant.
- Rewatched Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture.
- Fire ants as a material.
What I’m reading
- The Selfish Gene. This book has given me a new way to see the world. Highly recommend if you haven’t read it already.
- The Graveyard Book. I decided to look into Neil Gaiman’s work after watching his commencement speech.
What I’m listening to
- Yvette Young’s Acoustics 2 EP
- Discovered a new artist, Quickly Quickly
- Idealism released a new 🔥 EP!
- Galimatias, the synth lord.
- Elephant Gym, another new discovery. A Taiwanese math rock band that makes fun, upbeat music.
What I’m thinking about
- A quote from my favorite comic, Calvin and Hobbes:
Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?
Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.
Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.
- The Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.
- AI that can identify plant species with deep learning.
- Photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland. The Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) is a natural phenomenon caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. They are normally yellowish-green in color because they collide with Oxygen molecules. Blue or purple Auroras are due to collisions with Nitrogen molecules. This is definitely on my “things to do before you die” list.