FYC 11-20-20

Another week, another batch.

  • The Chicago Public Library’s move to eliminate late fees had the result of increasing the return of overdue books.
  • How to spend your evening hours to build a better life. There’s one particular point here which resonated with me, under the heading of Learn more about a topic you are curious about. I’ve been waffling over an interest I had, thinking that it doesn’t necessarily seem applicable to anything I do. I nearly got SCUBA certified a little over a decade ago. While I did not complete certification, the desire to try again recently arose. If I think about it, it’s really merely enjoyment – yet, according to Thomas Oppong, “Steve Job’s calligraphy course in college helped build the first Mac. In his famous 2005 Commencement speech for Stanford University, Jobs said: “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”
  • Neil Gaiman on books, and what individual stories and authors have meant to him, in Books that made me.
  • The future classics of horological collecting. Now I like watches. In the days since receiving my Apple Watch (nearly three years and counting), I can likely add up with toes and fingers the number of occasions I’ve worn one of my other time pieces. That said, this computer on my wrist will eventually breathe its last, but some of those time pieces take a licking… Well, you know the rest.
  • Then, if you’re looking to upgrade your alarm clock as well as your watch, there’s this gem from Hatch. I saw it on a program and was pretty taken with it. Ambient sounds, wind-down before bed time, and gentle increase in light to awaken you in the morning. With the impending darkness from the winter creeping in, it’s not a terrible idea. If you have to wake up on time in the morning.

That was probably about it this week. I haven’t been watching the tv much or listening to the news. After election week, my current affairs quotient was pretty well-filled. But, I’ll be back to normal in a couple of weeks, I’m sure. Anyway, I’ll leave you with this:

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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