everyone knows

Alan Jacobs:

Those of us who care about the future of our children, our neighbors, and ourselves don’t need to repeat what everyone already knows. We need to devote our full attention to one question and one question only: How do we love rightly and teach others to love rightly? If that’s not our constant meditation, we’re wasting our time. If we cannot redirect our desires towards better things than Silicon Valley, AKA Vanity Fair, sells, then nothing, literally nothing, will get better. 

What You Should Know About Broccoli Sandwiches

I stumbled about this post a few months ago and added it to my 50 or so open Safari tabs. As I rarely eat eggs anymore, time passed. But then, this weekend, I suddenly found myself with a bunch of eggs in my fridge and not much else to cook. Broccoli being a favorite of mine, I remembered the recipe.

What can I say?

It’s a friggin’ great sandwich. Do yourself a favor and give it a try. It may not improve every single area of your life, but it most certainly will improve some of them.

Still Working on Trains

Ever since moving to the island, my travel times within Germany have vastly expanded. Living close to the Danish border, even a simple trip to Hamburg will take about four hours. Four hours with no wi-fi, bad cellphone coverage and little distractions in a beautiful, but flat and repetitive landscape: The perfect place to get some work done.

Some day, I’d like to get my own railcar, just like the millionaires featured in this piece. Austin Kleon is right with his assessment: “Most of the time I think money is wasted on dumb rich people, but at least this is interesting.” Certainly more interesting than buying yet another mansion!

“In the face of the increasingly materialist and pragmatic orientation of our age … it would not be eccentric in future to contemplate a society in which those who live for the pleasures of the mind will no longer have the right to demand their place in the sun. The writer, the thinker, the dreamer, the poet, the metaphysician, the observer … he who tries to solve a riddle or to pass judgement will become an anachronistic figure, destined to disappear from the face of the earth like the ichthyosaur and the mammoth.”

– Giorgio de Chirico ((From a footnote of this inspiring talk/essay by Jenny Odell that deserves a blog post on its own, but should be read by you in the meantime, anyway. You can tell I liked it by the fact that I even made it through the footnotes.))