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"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"

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blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

    I’ve met many people in my travels that buy a big dslr that they end up leaving at home 95% of the time because it’s a pain to carry around.

That sounds like that would be me. I'm interested in the middle ground. I'll check those out.

Although, do you find that the "portrait mode" capable iPhones are comparable to those compact cameras? Because then I might very well stick with the iPhone and a battery pack.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

Jeez dude. Not oversharing, in fact I'm glad to hear the extent of it. That life by the lake sounds grand.


Lol. Your term always makes me chuckle.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

To the Emerald City or City of Angels? Because I will be in LA 8/16-8/19.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

This Week

Today is the last day of my internship. Ten weeks flew by. Tomorrow I come in for a 15 minute exit interview and then receive (or not) a job offer. Analyst at Morgan Stanley's Legal & Compliance Division. My team would most likely be in Global Financial Crimes, the firm's anti-money laundering group. Crazytown. I'll probably accept the offer, too.

When I reflect on my path, I never thought I would ever take a role in compliance at a Wall Street firm. But sometimes we don't live out the inchoate conceptions of our futures-that-were. Just trying to make the most of what I have right now. That involves paying down student loans, acquiring some coin, and making moves in a few years.

This Fall

Friday I fly to San Diego to help my sister move into her new place. After ten days, I come home for three, to then board a plane for my semester abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I've cycled through every phase of anticipation, and currently at sheer trepidation. I watched some videos of last year's Yonkojeon Games--an annual set of games in five different sports between the historic rivals, Yonsei University (my school to be) and Korea University. The school spirit is no joke.

However, I'm at a point in my life right now where hangovers not only suck, but they give me anxiety. And I'm about to go to a city with what some consider to be the best night life in the world. I'm not complaining... I'm just a little sore in anticipation.

Any tips on traveling and travel-documenting? elizabeth Should I get a camera? I don't have one save my iPhone.

This article falls well short of endorsement, but flirts with it throughout. I understand the tension. It can be grating to hear how un-self-aware Tim Ferriss sounds when he describes ideal Bay Area living (or drifts into rank hucksterism).

That said, these "podcast bros" have hit upon something. I am constantly surprised by the people that tell me they listen to Joe Rogan--not just the sheer number, but the variety of occupations, lifestyles, and identities. Maybe it's as the author puts it, "All this continues a long American tradition of self-help and creative, market-minded spirituality." But to highlight a commenter's words:

    I challenge anyone here to sit down and watch a ten minute CNN panel after listening to a few of Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris, or Jocko Willink's discussions with scientists, investors, veterans, or athletes for a week. It will be a nearly unbearable ordeal. More numerous than those disaffected by traditional faith are those who seek alternatives to the purely commercial and manufactured news outlets of the 80's.

    Nonetheless, this piece brings up an important point: that long-form podcasting has (surprisingly) brought evolutionary biology and psychology (among other things) into the spotlight, helping millions make peace with their inner drives by considering the potential good and evil that they can unleash depending on cultural constraints. This is far from spiritual revelation, but it is an important sphere of thought that conventional media in unable to address due to its program format.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

    Depending on the extent of injury and quality of insurance you have it sometimes better to say you had a bike accident and lie.

I told several people at the hospital, including some hospital insurance scribe, that I was hit by a car. Probably too late for that.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Thank you—will do this ASAP then. Jesus I don’t know the first thing about this shit.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018


I have the chick’s contact info. I told people at the hospital I was hit by a car. Am I gonna get a bill in the mail soon?


blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Thanks. I've used the word SMIDSY twice today explaining what happened to me.

I realize I have to be even warier and more distrusting than I was. Because I want to keep commuting by bike, it's become a total joy to me to get my heart rate up, not sit in traffic, feel the sun on my face, etc. etc. But I have to ride with 600,000 cranky indifferents.

    because here's a fun one: if you went to the hospital and reported that you were in an accident, YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT GOING TO COVER YOUR BILL

Does this apply to Medicaid? Hope not.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Jeez. Got hit by a car today while on my bike. I’m ok. Didn’t find any broken bones after a trip to the emergency room. Was riding to work wearing my helmet, not two blocks from my house, when a girl backs out of a diagonal parking spot right into me. Not sure whose fault it is, despite her not looking back thoroughly enough to see me (there were no parked cars next to her to obscure her vision of me). I don’t even know how one would partition blame in as bike-hostile a city as Baltimore.

It was fucking scary. Flipped completely around on my side, was in a state of shock before the pain set in. The heaviest thing about the whole ordeal was the act of calling my mom to break the news to her. I know how much she hates me on one of those things. But she took it really well. I’m lucky have only some lumps and bruises.

Posted up on the couch. Gonna watch the World Cup and relax. Fucking hump day.

kleinbl00 You recently completed your 8,001st mile by bike, not to mention motorcycle. How do you think about accidents?

    While Stankey didn't mention Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming rivals outright, he did hint that HBO's business model needs to adapt in order to become what chairman Richard Plepler describes as 'sustainable': "We need hours a day...It's not hours a week, and it's not hours a month. We need hours a day. You are competing with devices that sit in people's hands that capture their attention every 15 minutes." Stankey told The New York Times.

This is gross. Don’t mean to get romantic, but what about spending hours a day... with other people?*

*Written from a screen he spends hours on a day.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I am 2000 days old

and 600 miiiinutes

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