The 538 political podcast have been putting out a special gerrymandering episodes for listeners. Gerrymandering is in my opinion one of the bigger political issues of that may need to be “solved” in order to minimize the partisan political bickering that seems to dominate the news.
I highly suggest listening to these podcasts because it dives into the intricacies of trying to establish “fair” political districts for communities to send their representatives to Congress. And it’s more complicated than I had previously imagined.
CES 2018 is going on right now in Las Vegas. Some of the tech websites I read are following CES posting articles about the interesting new and concept tech in the foreseeable future. This one article from The Verge caught my eye. Are you ready for this new wearable tech?
It’s a belt you wear that will deploy airbags for your hips when you fall.
I’ll let that sink in.
A belt that deploys airbags to minimize hip damage when you fall.
Wha…? OK I understand the idea behind it. The problem the company is trying to solve is admirable… But really? Let’s think it through. Who is going to wear a belt all the time to minimize hip damage when falling? That was my first thought.
My second thought was… Will there be other similar technologies for other parts of the body? When you fall, you don’t just hit your hip. Your elbows and your knees also are collateral damage too. Your wrists too.
As the article goes on to say, will the elderly (target market) even adopt this technology? Remember, it took elderly people a long time to finally get onto Facebook. And they probably did so in order to communicate with their sons/daughters but more importantly to see pictures of their grand sons/ grand daughters that they’re sons and daughters were posting. There’s a follow up article from The Verge that discusses this very idea of whether or not the elderly will adopt such technologies.
Looks like Bill Nye Saves the World has a 2nd season on Netflix now.
I’m amused by opening the season with a discourse on marijuana. Is this Nye’s effort to engage the Netflix audience to open a broader national dialog into marijuana? Nye approaches this subject from a scientific curiosity/inquiry viewpoint regarding the unknown effects of marijuana through the investigative reporting of groundbreaking Israeli scientific work into understanding the effects of marijuana. Since marijuana is a Schedule 1 drugs/substance in the US, little is known about the effects on humans since controlled research can’t be performed due to it’s drug classification. Using this scientific curiosity/inquiry approach is interesting to get the conversation started but ultimately the FDA/DEA will need to have one key question answered: Does marijuana usage lead to a “high potential for abuse”? Without satisfactorily answering this question, the FDA can’t possibly condone further experiments to fully understand marijuana effects on humans. Or can they?
Aside from marijuana, the other episodes also look to be interesting. From the quick synopsis of each episodes, there is one about cybersecurity, sleeping, and super resistant “superbugs.”
It looks like Amazon’s Grand Tour is back for season 2! Of the five episodes I’ve watched so far, the cars they drive are absolutely amazing to look at. The Acura NSX, the Ford GT, and the McLaren 720S all look beautiful. The sleek low aerodynamic styling is definitely a head turner.
This season though has a two interesting things happen already. The first is the car crash and fiery explosion of a concept super car. The second is not as bad but still putting water into a gas tank kind of bad. It makes me wonder about a few things…
- Are these cars being loaned out to Amazon for use? Some of these super cars they drive aren’t cheap.
- What happens to all the incidental damage that happens to a car or other cars during the filming of the episode?
- Why is the term “super car” reserved only for sleek and stylish fast cars?
By now, those who follow the news (here, here, here) should be aware that there is a new best selling book about Trump called Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. It’s apparently an inside look into Trump’s first year of Presidency taken from the author who managed to finagle his way into the White House. The Trump and the White House are trying to prevent the book from printing and at the same time, Trump is defending the stories that are being told in the book.
It seems like the more the White House is trying to suppress this book, the more popularity this book will gain and the more believable these stories about Trump will be. Whether or not all the stories should be believed is one issue. Trying to suppress a book is also another issue.
But what I find most amusing about this tale is eloquently summed up by Trevor Noah at 4 min:
“Bizarre, unverified, fraudulent claims. This is the world Donald Trump promotes. Millions of illegal votes. Barack Obama born in Kenya. Ted Cruz’s dad killed JFK. Suggesting Joe Scarborough killed an intern. Someone who tweeted: “check out sex tape” can’t complain about tabloid gossip. The truth is Mr. President, you made your bed.”
Here’s the whole opinion.
January’s Angel’s Cup comes from Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters. The beans are from Ethopia if the label wasn’t clear. Based on this pdf from Batdorf and Bronson website, Guji is a subregion of Sidama. I recently had a Sidama zone coffee from de Fer Coffee.
The initial bag aroma consists of berries, nuts and hints of citrus zest. Drinking the latte, I taste this wonderful blueberry and peanut butter flavor that coats on the tongue. As I continue to sip the latte, there is an herbaceous after taste that hits me about 15 seconds after each sip. Unlike the “chocolate milk flavor” from de Fer Coffee beans, I don’t get that same flavor with these beans.
For me, four events defined 2017. So much so that I’m writing about the mental refractions from these events.
All four events came in the latter half of 2017. For simplicity, I’ll label them as Event A, B C and D. Events A, B and D have undoubtedly negatively affected me. Event C was my attempt to minimize the effects of the other three events. And to some degree, it hasn’t worked. But at the same time, I also know events A, B and D were out of my control and something I could never have controlled in the first place. However, it’s that feeling of “not being good enough” that ultimately gnaws at my sense of self.
Events A and D shook my self positivity completely. The cumulative effect changed my mindset with a subtle hint of pessimism. How do I know? When talking to a friend about a topic that we had previously talked about in the past, I was shocked at the fact that my thought process was different this time around. I had remembered my previous stance on the topic, yet for some reason, I had a more pessimistic stance I was espousing now.
Event B made me realize that I became complacent without realizing it. There have been many things I “should have” accomplished but I ultimately took a route deluding myself by making up excuses. Event B made me re-evaluate my life up until now and where I want to head in the future. As someone close to me said, “because of Event B, now is the time to go for any change I’ve wanted.”
I think Events A, B and D occurring by itself would have been OK. But with A and B in the same month and D shortly after, the effect to my mental state was pretty toxic. I realized early on that my frame of mind had shifted after A and B. D just broke it. I haven’t really “recovered” yet. I recognize the issues I’m having and I still relapse into a negative head space. But, it’s been hard to redraw the Circle of Zorro and to shift my language to a more positive manner. And with the holidays going on, I feel lonely at times since I can’t share the joy of the holidays with someone.
Despite all the negative head space, the countless self-reflections and “self-pity/self-loathing” scenarios, I ultimately reached a few realizations and epiphanies. I know I neither can change the past nor change the present. What I have to do is aim for a future that I want. Most the realizations are being incorporated into my personal goals for 2018.
- Pass PMP exam.
- First, I need to get the 35 contact hours to satisfy the application requirements. And have the application approved.
- Once it’s approved, I can study and pass the exam. There are lots of printouts to study and memorize.
- I am considering on taking a bootcamp right before taking the exam.
- Lose weight. Currently 253 pounds as of Dec 31st.
- I’ve found that intermittent fasting seems to work the best for me.
- I need to account for external influences.
- I will continue playing squash at least 4 times a week but add more body weight exercises at home.
- Find new job.
- I know the type of job I’m looking for.
- I know the type of job I would prefer not to work in.
- I wouldn’t mind being able to work from home often.
- Use the 1 Second Every Day app.
- I think this would be interesting project to do for the year.
- Read 6 books. I have at least 2 books I’ve been wanting to read forever…
- Duhigg. Smater, Faster, Better.
- Sanders. Our Revolution.
- Travel more after finding a job. Top 3 locations…?
- Within US: Atlanta, Seattle, Houston.
- Outside US: Australia. New Zealand, Iceland.