The Third Reich of Dreams, by Charlotte Beradt

I discovered this book via an article in the New Yorker, and knew I had to read it. I quickly discovered it was out of print (1000$ for a tattered paperback on Amazon) but I was luckily able to find a PDF online. That was Wednesday night (today is Friday). Needless to say, I couldn't …

Why I quit go and started chess

Most people in the western world have never heard of go, or if they have, they only found it later in life after first playing chess. I’ve played go steadily for about 5 years and got into it before I ever played chess online even once. Recently though, I have shifted almost exclusively to chess. …

A different brain

I was out at a karaoke bar recently and someone sang 'What It's Like' by Everlast. This somewhat cheesy, quintessentially 90's song came out when I was a teen, and I've always known all the words but somehow I've never really heard them before. Or maybe it's that, being older and having a bit of …

I miss Thinking

In my late teens I used to go sit in all night cafe's by myself and think for hours on end. I imagined ways in which the world could work, other universes, strange consciousness, other creatures, alien landscapes--all without a smartphone or even a book. Just free refills of coffee and my imagination. I miss …

Notice things

I find that I often am oblivious to things right next to me. I spend way to much time in my head, thinking about anything other than what I'm doing and where I am in the moment. Lately I've been making a conscious effort to notice the things around me. What objects are near me? …

Walk a new path

Walking generates ideas. It turns gears that churn the mix in my brain and make new things pop up. However, I've found that walking the same geographical location, turns up the same thoughts. It's as if my mind is walking down it's own internal path, and passing the same ideas over and over again. I've …

The City and the City, by China Mieville

I finished reading The City & The City and was impressed, intrigued and am interested in reading some of his other books. A murder investigation in a foreign city which is actually two cities who spend their days ignoring each other... what could go wrong? I found this crime novel to be very creative, and …