Knowledge Junkie: What I’m Reading

The internet is a great place to get lost in.

Getting lost by Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

Oftentimes you’ll find yourself in a warm pile of smelly bullshit. But if you manage to get around it, there’s some really thought-provoking, entertaining and valuable stuff out there.

So for the love of learning, here’s five things worth reading online today:

1. Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito.  You will laugh. I’ll leave it at that, but note a couple words this guy uses to describe the wrongness of “zones” in a burrito: “cilantro cavern,” “fucking empire of sour cream,” “lettuce country,” and most eloquently:

“HEY BEANS IT’S JUST GOING TO BE YOU AND I FOR A MINUTE UNTIL I CAN FUCKING EXCAVATE THE RICE FROM BENEATH YOU BUT BY THEN YOU WILL BE A FADING MEMORY OH HEY I WAS WRONG I’M IN THE FUCKING CHEESEOSPHERE NOW RICE MUST BE NEXT I HOPE IT’S NOT ANOTHER FUCKING SALSA POCKET.”

2. Your Smartphone Has Officially Hijacked Your Life. You’ll read the first paragraph and find yourself embarrassingly in agreement. Then you’ll read the second, similarly nodding in agreement. If you haven’t already read this piece on Slate – an adaptation from a debate on smartphones, it’s worth it. Coming from someone who just buried their iPhone in the Andaman Sea and vows to not buy another (or maybe, just wait a little…), it’s a refreshing reality check on how advancing technologies are dumbing us down, resulting in a need for immediate gratification and a “universal and deadening individuality,” where we’re all just safe particles in a civil society. Writer/speaker Daniel Sarewitz is good.

But man, do I miss Snapchat.

3. How to network in a new city. Moving? Here’s an article for the not so socially inclined on how to build a social and professional circle outside your homebase. I’ve had the easiest time doing it in Bangkok. But it’s Bangkok. We’re all lost farang souls searching for something — a friend, a shady place to sit, an unsuspicious piece of meat.

And to continue the food-to-mouth theme:

4. Consider putting down your fork and spoon.  You’ll look like a heathen, but try it once. Eating without utensils is an all-senses-on-deck experience and the norm in some cultures. A quick read on the cultures that put hand to mouth — and how to do it right.

“The action of physically connecting with food sends messages to the brain that would otherwise not occur by using a utensil, and you immediately become more mindful of your actions — everything about the experience is heightened and more pleasurable  — the smells, the textures and the flavors all come to life.”

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That’s all I’ve got this morning, knowledge junkies. Now go do something productive.

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2 comments

  1. […] Now obviously, this creates a compatibility issue in our relationship. You’ve seen the way I talk about burritos. But opposites attract! The yin to my yang! The Kermit to Miss […]

  2. […] Now obviously, this creates a compatibility issue in our relationship. You’ve seen the way I talk about burritos. But opposites attract! The yin to my yang! The Kermit to Miss […]

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