I have too much stuff. And not just books (which there's a shitload) but trinkets, notebooks, files, etc. Items that I rarely look at but feel the need to possess. Stacked up everywhere, spreading like a contagion. Reminds me that d and I occasionally talk about the time we lived in Virginia in a one-bedroom apartment with absolutely no furniture save two lawn chairs that we dragged inside from the third-floor balcony when company arrived. Bedroom had a mattress, lamp, and zero other furnishings. Now our happiest time will always be when our daughter entered the frame but occasionally we recall the earlier era when we had next to no possessions. Life seemed a lot more, say, manageable.
So I was drawn to Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things directed by Matt D'Avell and featuring minimalists who believe in more happiness through less clutter. Here's the trailer for you. Now, I'm not sure I could ever scale it back as far as the minimalists do because I like a lot of books surrounding me and couldn't imagine Joyce's Ulysses orphaned on the shelf. (Though if I could only have one novel, what would it be?) But after viewing Minimalism on Netflix, I scoured through a few containers inspired by not just the film but my previous lifestyle and tossed away old newspapers, magazines, and papers guilt free. It felt damn good... and hardly made a dent. Still, like my hero Sisyphus, never give up. I'm going to try again today.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
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The Verge: "For the first time, astronomers detect gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding." Wow! Incredible news and this comes a mere two years after gravitational waves were first detected confirming a prediction by Einstein. In addition:
Easily one of the ten best episodes of the original series because of the crew 'drunk' and behaving widely erratic with Mr Sulu imagining himself a swashbuckler, Riley locking himself in engineering and promoting himself to captain, and Nurse Chapel professing her love for Spock. As a kid, this episode along with "Shore Leave" were my favorites because of the out of their element detours. And I had such a kick watching The Naked Time" again, I'm going to add more time tripping adventures to the Cranmer queue. Slingshotting next with "Tomorrow is Yesterday" when the crew finds themselves in that strange era known as the 1960's.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Exotic dancing and espionage are the twin peaks that come to mind when the name Mata Hari is mentioned. But what is her full, true story? Lost to time and blurred in key passages, for sure. Fact and fiction began cross-pollinating quite early, furthered in great part by her own exaggerations in efforts to hype her lascivious career. Journalists lapped it up for purple prose lines like, “so feline, extremely feminine, majestically tragic, the thousand curves and movements of her body trembling in a thousand rhythms.” Today's Hollywood publicists have nothing on Ms. Hari when it comes to self-promotion and aggrandizement. She discovered early in her stage career that the more outlandish a rumor reported by the press, the more people paid to see her dance.
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