"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"
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So as you know, I'm pretty obsessed with my sleep. Which has gotten me into some difficulty because the new place I moved to is at the intersection of crackheads and bored children off school for the summer. I just got a fan for the white noise a while ago, which helps immensely. But the biggest help has been the blinds that are installed and the heavy drapes I hung behind them. I'm also planning on installing a small hanging shelf right outside my bedroom door near an outlet at hip-level. That's where I'll leave my phone every night before entering my room. I'll have a battery-powered analog alarm clock inside. I'm at pretty near darkness.
I'm of the mind that barefoot walking or barefoot simulation, with thin-soled shoes, is good for posture and back, leg, and foot health.
Thanks for confirming that Hobbits are essentially the healthiest people of all time.
Again, thanks for the post and kudos to you!
What a great post. Thanks for "Baring Your Soles."
I occasionally go out barefoot, and will drop like a newborn calf if I walk over the smallest pebble. I tell myself in those weak moments that I'm actually a strong man but that I'm spoiled by all the shoes I've worn. And if I were to have lived like our pre-agricultural ancestors--barefoot since day one--I could walk over anything.
Do you think that's true? Do you think human feet exposed barefoot over a lifetime can become adjusted to walking normally on gravel or rocks? Or is 104 days not long enough to tell?
So a road trip the fourth week of September? I'll be in school but would love a visit! To bolster your big metal man-made object list, Baltimore has the B&O Railroad Museum, "birthplace of American railroading" and home to most powerful steam engine ever built. I hear it's train nerd paradise.
If you don't have a day to do that, we could get some oysters and crabs. _refugee_ any thoughts?
I've thought about this quote like six times since I first read it Wednesday.
Life is short. Spend it involved in the never ending and often thankless toil for improving the lot of fellow humans? Or noping the fuck out and squeezing life's lemons? That's a false dichotomy, but it predicts a lot of human behavior.
This guy is pretty amazing. Wound up watching this other lecture by him in which he rightly predicts Trump's victory, amidst much other interesting analysis.
I love his answer to the question "is there a social system that redistributes wealth fairly and promotes social cohesion?" He said, "Yea, it's called paying your taxes. And corporations and rich people aren't doing it."
He's gonna have to take on both of us
I was very cranky when I wrote that. But I don't think the issue is nearly so intractable that I won't sleep in the next ten years. I'm already meeting neighbors and saying hello. Beautification, here I come: I'm putting up terra cotta planters and planting a tree in the grass square out front.
I'm not sure if it's section 8 or not. But I did notice that there are about six other gut-and-rehab projects ongoing on my block. My next door neighbor, a black lady who's been renting there for almost 15 years, says she's getting pressure from her landlord to move out and that he's trying to remodel the place himself and start charging more.
It seems that some the property owners around here sense a change. Which is interesting, and so quintessentially Baltimore: two or three blocks north of me and the abandoned houses start in earnest. Yet the real estate markets are so hyperlocal that it's just a matter of a block or two to go from somewhat booming or desirable to vacancies and condemned housing.