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- Mueller will step down from a position at the high-powered Washington law firm WilmerHale to avoid conflicts of interest, the Justice Department said in a statement.
From The Atlantic article. Nice to see a quip of some actual integrity in the news for the first time in a long time.
A couple nights ago I went to this amazing, super tiny vegetarian restaurant in Pacific Grove. It was probably the best Yellow Coconut curry I had. Struck up conversation with the girl who worked there and was also providing music that night, switching back and forth between the two after she spoke up to say I had a "quiet, powerful presence". About fifteen minutes later I was shot down on drinks later because she had a boyfriend. Bummer.
Still worth talking to her.
- Check Hubski. It was fucking dumb.
I think there are benefits in having a certain level of technology, and then you start to see diminishing returns and added costs to the technology (both monetary and psychological). OG Godzilla is a great movie. Haven't seen that one in a long time.
While I agree with you, being "cool" isn't at all what I'm aiming for or what I think people should aim for. That's part of my problem with DIY scenes and why I'm much, much less involved with music. It is too much of a social tool aimed to present yourself in a certain way. I think community and a sense of strong relationships is what my comment is aiming towards.
I have seen the farms of Salinas. I have been to the coast of Monterey. To me, Steinbeck is the American novelist, and to have a greater context of his upbringing and his work is a powerful experience. This is an incredibly privileged job, I am slowly seeing the country without spending my own money...that part changes later this summer. And yet, it is a feeling of place that I am unable to attain.
Looking through things, all my adventure plans for the summer are solo plans where maybe I'll meet people on the road. Because that's one thing I've become more adept at: striking up conversation with people on the trail, at a bar, or whathaveyou. The downside is when there's work travel, I spend a lot of time eating dinner alone. Meanwhile, I haven't had a single person reach out about summer plans beyond a couple of very, very tentative camping trips. Are my relationships that strong? The running community is a regular thing, there's little "hey want to do this thing X outside of running". Sure, people like the Instagram photos, they like the social media...but the depth is lacking and has been for a while now. One of my close friends moves in 3-4 months and then I'm not left with much unless I wanted to move to Seattle or Portland, which definitely does solve the above and below problems.
There was that Pilgrim in Tinder Creek article I posted yesterday, and it raises the question of superabundance. Which I think is a great term for the challenges facing job applicants, online dating applicants, and as a potential general consequence of the digital age and increased physical mobility.
Take the job. You are already a world traveler, and this is an amazing opportunity to see parts of the US and Canada that people take for-granted. It would make a great portfoilio piece for you, and could potentially open up other opportunities while you're on the road.
I have a friend who did something similar out of college, nowadays he works in CO and spends most of his time doing photography to make a living, for groups such as Red Bull for their snowboarding tour, or for outdoor publications, etc. etc. And you know what? He's one of the most relaxed, down to Earth, and humble people I know. Everybody can travel to a monument or park and take a picture. Very, very few can do so while getting paid to be there.
Edit: Think I misinterpreted this a bit thinking it was specifically focused on Parks, but in either way, most of the points above still stand, I think. Unless that grant related project is super amazing.
- The Pascal quote has been swimming in my head, and the general idea that enjoying solitude requires the caring of others. I reached out to an old friend yesterday, and she told me that it's okay to not care about anything. I guess it's not a mode I'm used to.
I'm struggling with this bit. When you say "enjoying solitude requires the caring of others." are you saying that the enjoyment of solitude is derived from having people in your sphere whom would care to be with you? Why does she think it's okay to not care about anything?
I've completely given up trying to have conversations with (white) people out here who refuse to understand that their car tabs are subsidizing transit for people who can't afford a new Subaru, new Mercedes, or, you know, reliable private transit in general.