Too many books for patience

I started listening to Remains of the Day by the new winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. After 15 minutes of nothing happening, and multiple restarts cause I zoned out thinking about something else, I gave up and returned it. I know I have criticized today's people for having no patience, for …

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Thanks for existence, universe!

I'm thankful to exist, to be able to experience pleasure and thought and excitement and wonder, and even to experience sadness and longing and melancholy--because these are all things, all flavors of the world that mix together to make the meal of life. I'm thankful I can write without pain, and think without pain, and …

Alternate Worlds: in which everyone sleeps at the same time

A genetic switch in our brain sends us into a deep sleep for 8 hours every day at exactly the same time, no matter where on earth you are.  If you are in an area where that 8 hours lines up with all your daylight, then that's just how it is. People tend to move …

Alternate Worlds: in which everyone has to live through every second twice

Two seconds forward, one second back. You move the slice of pizza toward  your mouth, and right before you bite it moves back a bit and you've got to do it again. You bite, chew, start to swallow, then have to swallow again. Would your brain adjust to this kind of existence, or would every …

Older than I’ve ever been

And now I'm even older... My birthday was on Friday, and they just keep coming quicker. One day I'll wake up and be 50, then another I'll wake up and be dead. Just like your birthday, you have a death-day that you pass each year. A future anniversary of your demise. Which day could it …

Everything is temporary

It is so easy to take things for granted. But any of the things you enjoy in life could vanish at any moment. Not only that, but they almost certainly will vanish or change at some point before your death. Do you love your job? You won't always have it. Or even if you somehow …

Independence

Yesterday I set off some fireworks with family at my sisters house. It seems the quality of fireworks has gone down over the past year, because these ones kept falling over and shooting at us, and a small fire was started in the bushes, which we scrambled to put out. After that adrenaline rush, I …