Sunday Spectacle: What Caught My Attention Last Week (22Jan2017)

The inauguration, and then the Women’s March, soaked up most of my attention the last couple of days. I’m not sure if my liver can stand four years of Trump.

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What are you marching for?: I’ve seen some befuddled souls on the right asking “what do they want?” Here is the Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles released by the organizers of the Women’s March.

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Blueprint of Pain: Given the contradictory statements from the current administration it’s difficult to predict the future. However, there is a high probability that this Heritage Foundation document is guiding many of the decisions we’ll see over the next few months. Blueprint for Balance. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing check out the summary on page 159.

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The News: Nonprofit news organizations are more important than ever and ProPublica is one of the best. Here’s what they’re covering moving forward and the reporters on the beat. Commercial news is like sugar; it’s everywhere, it’s easy to consume, but it’s not healthy, and can make you sick if you consume too much.

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Surreality: The world could use more guerrilla street signs.

Surreal Street Sign

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Resistance Tips: Celeste Ng offers some tips at Teen Vogue. 20 Small Acts of Resistance to Make Your Voice Heard Over the Next 4 Years

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Cartoon: Decluttering is healthy. Even in post-apocalyptic world.

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Movies: 366 Weird Movies. They have a little over two hundred so far. I’m happy to say I’ve seen about half. The rest have been added to my to-watch list for 2017.

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Concept New-To-Me: How it that I’ve never heard of Luxury Communism before now?

“Located on the futurist left end of the political spectrum, fully automated luxury communism (FALC) aims to embrace automation to its fullest extent. The term may seem oxymoronic, but that’s part of the point: anything labeled luxury communism is going to be hard to ignore.”

“Bastani and fellow luxury communists believe that this era of rapid change is an opportunity to realise a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting not for profit but for the people.”

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Art: The image below is Alex Gross, from his upcoming show Antisocial Network.

Artwork Image: Alex Gross

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Twitter Weirdness:

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Editorial: My New Year’s resolution was to become more in tune with the moon. I downloaded the app Luna Solaria to my phone and check it every day. That helps. I still want to do more, so I think I’m going to start grabbing an image of the moon every day. Well, maybe not EVERY day until I get in the habit (or if it’s cloudy), but I’ll probably start tweeting a daily moon shot. I also added moon cycle information to my Google calendar (both private and the one I use at work) and my wall calendar shows the moon cycle.

I’m also using the moon cycle as a cue for when to initiate new projects. I’ve already posted one story on the first full moon of the year, and today I’m editing the story that will go up during the next full moon. Next weekend is the new moon, and that’s also the start date of writing this year’s novel. (BTW, the prep work went really well yesterday, and I feel I’m in a good place for starting next Saturday. More about that next weekend.)

To the overarching goal of being more mindful and less mediated I’m also considering screen-free Saturday, a screen-free hour at work, and regular patio sunsets. We’ll see…

For now, it’s back to the word mines.

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