For the first time in many years, I found myself kneeling in front of a toilet while the body reacted in an inescapable act of self-defence. While the cause is not all that interesting, the consequences — in my mind — are. Situations such as this can often result in some hard lessons being learned, leading to better decisions going forward.
With that said, it’s time for another instalment of Five Things!
Nozomi’s Feeling Energetic Again
This past week has been quite warm, with temperatures consistently hitting 15°C by lunchtime. Thanks to this warm weather, the local vegetation is springing back to life and Nozomi is enjoying her visits to the park a lot more. Interestingly enough, she’s even showing signs of wanting to go for longer walks, which is fine by me.
The Boy Climbs Stairs
The boy has bee fiercely independent since the day he was born, so it’s no surprise to see him tackle real-world challenges head-on. For the last couple of months he’s needed a stabilizing hand when going up a flight of stairs. This doesn’t appear to be necessary anymore.
Watching how he interacts with the world to overcome challenges has been quite interesting. Unlike Nozomi, he will puzzle out a problem until a solution is found. While he will get frustrated and cry from time to time, he generally approaches the world with the eye of an inquisitive problem solver. Most kids are like this, I understand, but it’s good to see that my child isn’t disinterested in learning. For most of our lives we need to run as fast as we can just to keep up. Being able to work out solutions makes it easier to do so.
R.E.M. On Repeat
For the last couple of days I’ve had R.E.M’s Me In Honey looping endlessly in my head. This song was one of the less-appreciated tracks on the popular Out of Time album, which was also one of the very first CDs I bough to replace a worn-out cassette tape.
Maybe if I listen to the whole album again the looping will stop ….
Sometimes I compare my current podcast subscriptions to those of the past and see interesting patterns. When I first started to really listen to shows back in 2010, the majority of podcasts were technology-focussed with a distinct Apple bias. As time went on these shows were replaced with think-pieces that discussed mental well being, long-form stories, and science. By 2015 most of these were replaced again by hour-long music shows put out by some of my favourite artists. Today, looking at the subscriptions, there are very few shows that have been in the rotation for more than five years. The ones that aren’t leaving anytime soon are:
- Eat This Podcast (Currently in maintenance mode)
- Laugh Out Loud
- Stop Podcasting Yourself
- Paul Van Dyk’s Vonyc Sessions (Heavy website warning. Don’t open on a phone …)
- The Ubuntu Podcast
There are a bunch of others I could recommend, such as Spacepod, but I haven’t been subscribed to them for over five years just yet.
Lost In Thought
Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself lost in thought a great deal more. Regardless of where I am or what I’m doing, an idea can capture my attention to such a degree that the rest of the world effectively disappears for a little while. While this is nothing new for anyone who enjoys thinking, what I’ve noticed is that the subjects that capture my attention the most are no longer related to technology or the day job, but topics such as individualism vs. collectivism, the role of education in learning, and digital sovereignty.
The more I think about these things, the less I understand about the current culture around modern technology and its ongoing evolution. We, as a society, are giving up the freedoms our ancestors thought about, valued, fought for, and — in some extreme cases — died for. What does this mean for us long term? I don’t know, and it’s this lack of knowledge that triggers bouts of intense internal debate in an effort to understand the long-term effects of today’s magical conveniences.