In the Seinfeld writers room, they hung up a picture from the Hubble Telescope of the universe.
Pete Holmes with Peter Rollins, You Made It Weird
So that when you run into problems writing or making jokes, you’re always reminded of how insignificant (or, at least, small) your problems are within the full scope of the universe. And as Pete mentions — if you’re of the right personality, you can take great bliss from this.
And as for some bliss provokers, here are some images from the Hubble Space Telescope. (The Sombrero Galaxy, geezusss.)
I’m enjoying: Hans Zimmer – Time (because it’s just way too applicable not be enjoying right now)
Terraform is a story about physical development. I say “story,” but it’s more so philosophy. I’m writing this, hoping something mildly coherent squeezes out of my brain. The theme: look at every physical thread and sew them together into one blanket. But, as with most things, the philosophy exists only as a nebula within my mental ether. Vomiting the thing into the world…well…cross your fingers.
See the table of contents here.
Just some updates about navigating this place:
- I changed the links to some of the stories. Updated links are in the Start Here section.
- I’ve put a few stories on hold in order to concentrate (and finish) the ones that remain. I’ll be back for the scrapped ones (at least one of them) in the long run.
- I’ve found out how to update the stories and have them post to the blog feed without hassle. So you’ll see the updates come through on the blog now.
- I also updated the stories a tad. Instead of being on one page, there is some navigation to them.
- I’ve finally found a way to rationalize, in my head, how to continue to update this website + write the stories + deal with older content without getting fits of anxiety. More updates on this later, after I put the system in place.
The conventional calorie game assumes all calories are equal. It all comes down to energy. One unit of energy is one unit of energy. Cool story, bro. It’s like money. All money is money. It all spends the same.
When I was little, my grandma often gave me a $2 bill on my birthday along with some other money. The $2 was a special thing. I’ve spent a lot of money since those days. But I still have that stack of $2 bills.
What do you do with money you win at a casino? Spend it quickly, most likely. It’s free money! What do you do with money you make after a full day’s work of cleaning poop from toilets? Save it, most likely. You worked hard for it!
I had this written down before I heard what Peter Attia said on this podcast with Tim Ferriss. (And I paraphrase.) We know that we’re governed by thermodynamics. Calories in v. calories out matters…but that’s just not a very interesting story. It’s like saying, “You know why Bill Gates is rich? He makes more money than he spends.”
And he’s right. It’s not interesting. Probably why I am biased towards wanting to believe the body can’t be so simplistic. But despite my mystic mind, the questions should still be on the table.
When you parallel money with calories, the world of nutrition is quite different. There are different forms of currency. Dollars. Gold. Salt. Euros. Money is money, yes. But does that mean all money is spent the same? Or treated the same? Why do some people invest? Why do some people spend money on lavish goods even on a tight budget?
I’m enjoying: pondering relatively useless yet controversial questions in order to feel important.
I beat Chrono Trigger this past week. Good game. My girlfriend bought it for me (in full) over the holidays. I suspect it’ll become a great game whenever I use the New Game+ feature and explore the multiple endings.
It’s been a long time since I played an RPG. Most of my (now) gaming comes via Super Smash Bros. and beating on my friends. By the way, this. Totally shouldn’t be funny, but it killed me. (Want a fun fact for the road? I used to know Egoraptor. We hung out at the Megaman websites and forums back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s — Zepiroth’s place, Megamaniacs, and whatnot. I used to make sprites, myes.)
What I thought about, as I played Chrono Trigger: most of the battles are easy. And by “easy,” I mean that you don’t fear them. You don’t have to stock up on ether and tonic. Or save the game before you fight. You just stay reasonably “healthy” and go.
There’s a sweet spot for EXP and leveling up. The battles have to be hard enough to tax you, but never hard enough to kill you. Battles that come close to killing you aren’t repeatable enough to be worthy of the time investment, neither are those that give you a smidgen of EXP.
This, of course, parallels to training (everything in my life parallels to training because, well, I want it to parallel). There is a time for boss battles. There’s a lot to be gained from the potential Game Over stakes. It’s important to fiddle with the Game Over. But, for the most part, you want to find the sweet spot — where you’re going to gain enough EXP for your time investment, yet stay safe enough for the process to be repeatable.
I’m enjoying: Souther Tier Creme Brulee