Just a quiche

Bill Clinton and his team sit down at a diner for lunch while on the campaign trail. The waitress walks over and asks what they'll have. "I'll have a quickie" says the president, to which the waitress replies with a flustered slap and storms away. An aide leans over to Mr. Clinton and says "Sir, it's pronounced 'quiche'" 

Just thought I'd explain the title of the post. 

Yes, it's been a while. I've been busy. I've studied for and taken the GRE, twice, and am in the midst of finishing applications for B school. I think it's going to be pretty damn cool - there's a ton of interesting work being done out there. 

I've also watched the series Twin Peaks in the last 4 months. God, what a good show. Anyhow, it has reignited my frequent-but-always-passing interest in meditation. I read this quote this morning in an article from Nautilus.com (highly enjoyable site for readable science writing) and was kind of blown away:

"There’s plenty of evidence that meditation induces neurobiological changes. Sara Lazar’s lab at the Harvard Medical School in Boston has shown that even eight weeks of meditation can increase gray matter density in brain regions associated with executive function, working memory, and—importantly, from the perspective of wisdom—empathy, compassion, and self-distancing. In another study, her team showed that certain regions of the prefrontal cortex were as thick in 40- to 50-year-old meditators as they were in 20- to 30-year-old meditators and control subjects."

Guys, that's crazy. Same gray matter density in 40-50 year olds as 20-30 year olds? Not to mention, you know, empathy, compassion, etc. Anyhow, now that I've crossed the pale and entered my 30's, things like this interest me. 

Well, I'm off for now - things to do, essays to write. As usual, I'll try to drop a line more frequently from here forward. 

Another post

Damn. Damn Damn Damn. I didn't blog for like 2 months. The point of this blog was to encourage me NOT to not blog for 2 months. Old habits, I guess.

Well, just a quick update: I'm studying to take the GRE's. Give myself some options, you know? 4 years straight of not booking Wisconsin Lotto commercials coupled with the election of the worst piece of shit in our history makes a guy question things. After seeing La La Land I was hoping that some producer who was secretly in the audience of 'The Digger' would give me a huge movie part, but it hasn't happened yet. Weird. 

Side note: I never knew that if the sum of a numbers component integers was divisible by 3 that the number itself was also divisible by 3. Did you guys know that? I feel like a dumb-dumb for not knowing that.

Hmm. What else....world going to hell...OH! I know! Go watch "OJ: Made in America". Holy shit is that good. I don't know the average age of the 4 people reading this because I haven't bothered throwing analytics on the site, but I'm guessing that it's low enough that you'll learn a hell of a lot that you didn't know. Real American history, people!  Also in the consumables category, I'm just finishing up reading The Chronicles of Amber (which Jim Povolo left on my dining room table when he went back to Chicago). They're some pretty good old-school fantasy novels that have a detective bent to them. I dunno how they hold up for people raised on these hungry games sappy dating novels, but go for it if you've got time to kill,

Also I'm going to small claims court tomorrow! That'll be fun. Some guy ripped me off so I have to try to put the screws to him. I'm going to speak in my best Jimmy Stewart voice the whole time, which will definitely endear me to everyone in the room. 

Ok thats enough for now. Excelsior, dearest reader! 

Relax and love the bomb

Well, shit. This is about as big of a disaster as I thought I'd ever live through. Maybe the world coming to pieces really is going to be the 21st century. Damn...that's rough. 

I'm still in shock. I'm only starting to be able to fully allow the reality sink in that real-estate mogul, full-time sleaze bucket and alleged child-molester Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States. It's a shame too, Obama had gotten me used to the idea that the president could be someone who wasn't an infamous joke. 

I'm in the bargaining phase of grief. I'm saying "maybe Trump will turn out to be that moderate that I thought he was at the beginning of the primaries", or "maybe he won't really pull out of the Paris treaty, do his followers REALLY care about that?", or even "what damage can he do in 2 years before we get the Senate back! That'll stop the bleeding!" I want to believe these things right now, because the alternative is far, far, far too grim. 

My main struggle now, aside from trying to heal my brain from very real PTSD-like symptoms, is this period of reflection I now face. What could I have done to prevent this? Sure, I tweeted and such, but that is truly useless. What could I have done, been doing for years, forever even, that would have helped prevent this? Is there something I could have done to help economically devastated manufacturing towns - something that could have prevented generally-ok-but-completely-out-of-touch white folks from giving in to despair, conspiracy theories and xenophobia? Perhaps there was something I could be doing to help economic development in historically suppressed communities - something that could help break up the cycle of poverty and mistrust and anger that is so widespread. 

I know people like silly musicals, but fuck, what the hell have I been doing? 

While watching the election results roll in - when things started turning for the worse - I made somewhat of a vow. I said that if Trump won, I would quit my life, go back to school, and make something of myself. Do something that mattered.

I guess that shouldn't be too hard!



Better just make a post....

Cats love TJ's knock-off Corona!

Cats love TJ's knock-off Corona!

I could feel myself already getting into the habit of never ever ever posting here, so I'm just going to fart out some words. I suppose Halloween is a fine topic, as it's just ended. I finally watched The Exorcist for the first time, and you know, it really holds up! Who knew that this movie classic was really good! Oh, everyone. 

I also handed out candy to the neighborhood kids for what seemed like the first time in my life. It was all very domestic and nice, and seeing as I live around the corner from the "Thriller" house, the neighborhood is a real 'destination' (read: sugar-fueled child shit show). I'm surprised overenthusiastic high-school dance teams don't go there and dance in the street every single Halloween ever. No accounting for taste, I guess. 

Feel-good note: Lots of little girls dressing as Master Chief, Ghostbusters, and Stormtroopers this year, which really did warm my heart. If there has been one tangible upside to Hollywood drowning our culture in rehashes, its seeing some of these old gender norms start to melt down. Granted, not sure I saw many little boys dressed as Frozen princesses, but we'll get there someday. 

Ok that's good enough for now. Until next time! Excelsior!

- J.R.R. Tolkien

A blog. My kingdom for a blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my website, and more specifically, to the blog section. I've never had a blog before, and I don't really read any blogs, which is to say, I'm not really sure what the hell I'm doing. So I think that this will be almost like a personal journal that other people can (but likely won't) read. And if this becomes unattended and decrepit, I will delete it!