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I'm halfway through the extended version of American Gods. I read the original version a while ago and I'm loving the revisit, but I'm also easily distracted and the book is so thick it's almost a cube so my dedication is waning.
I also have a friend who wanted to start a comic book book club and we're starting with Sandman, so my break from Neil Gaiman is... Neil Gaiman! It's interesting because you can see him trying out the literary tools he perfected years later.
I'm in the south and recently went on a "church tour" with my wife. We found our fair share of hellfire and brimstone evangelicals, but we were also pleased to find a strong counter culture of small and actually loving churches.
In that tour, I really started to believe that the sin of man was in the fact that we only have half of what it takes to be gods. We ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but we don't have the immortality required to put good and evil into context.
To me, that defines the center of Christian love - we all have our own beliefs, our own habits, and our own lives, and we all want to weigh the world on the scale of good and bad. The good Christians that I know can see the limitations of their judgement, put little stock in it, and can lean into being in a community with people who are different.
This is the value of empathy to me. It's not the distanced condolences of sympathy, but an earnest desire to understand the feelings of a person whose life you haven't lived, but which rhymes very neatly with your own. Empathy is not the enemy, it's the belief that you wield god's judgement of a person's value.
Going to Devner at the end of the week for 11 days, then coming back and starting IVF. It'll be a nice break before the real shit starts.
Also, at some point on hubski I doubted kleinbl00 on how expensive children were. Looking at the IVF charges and how that's just for a pre-kid, I'll eat my humble pie.
Also, the greenhouse is on hold - looking at the planned area in the summer, it's completely shaded in by the now leafy trees. I'm considering fixing up our shed as a new project instead.
I will never not watch this.
I have a VR headset and I 100% think it's the future of consuming certain types of digital content. I also think there will be VR drugs that use light and sound to stimulate the brains of users and create super addicting experiences for a few.
But some of this conversation feels a lot like the second life conversation, especially things like VR Chat. It's neat, but it just isn't "there" yet.
Oh man, now I love books. That enthusiasm is infectious!
Just reading through it, I was thinking about a big book we have that's the complete genealogy of our family going back to the 1600s. It's in fine shape now, but it's definitely something I would pay to have nicely and artistically bound, because I want it to last generations.
My gut says, if you could find a clean way to put Ancestry reports in a book, you would have a real business.