simplicity

A Good Reason To Hit The Bottle

A Good Reason To Hit The Bottle

"Life" Issues, Abundance, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Consumerism, critical judgment, culture, Economy, General Interest, humor, jokes, Laughter, life, Play, Poverty, Secularity, simplicity, temptation, Uncategorized
Admittedly, this is a seemingly trivial problem, as are all the related problems I discuss subsequently, but it drives me certifiably bat-shit crazy, notwithstanding. In fact, I am beginning to suspect that the following problems, though seemingly unrelated, are in fact constitutive of a profound and irremediable  flaw in the deepest foundations, ideologically and psychologically, of knowledge-based late / 21st-century capitalist economies. OK … enough preamble … this is my problem … o You know those bottles of, e.g., hand soap and skin lotion you buy that have bottle caps that double as pump mechanisms? Initially, in their right-off-the-shelf condition, those bottles’ pump mechanisms are all locked down to prevent accidental or inadvertent pumping-out of the contents. Quite reasonab
The Great Skeptics’ Baking Show

The Great Skeptics’ Baking Show

"Life" Issues, awareness, Change, Chefs, Cuisine, culture, Food, Gastronomy, Great British Baking Show, Hawaii, Hospitality, humor, jokes, Laughter, puns, Satire / parody, simplicity, Uncategorized
As a chef, I am a great garage mechanic. For two reasons ... First, I have a very simple palate:  I am very much a meat-and-potatoes guy. When I find a very simple combination that I like, e.g., meat loaf and mac and cheese, I tend to stick with it. I am not prone to experimentation:  if it ain't broke don't fix it. My palate is about as sophisticated as that of the android in the first Terminator movie … and about as ravenous. Secondly, I am clumsy in the kitchen in terms of handling pots, pans, dishes, knives, etc. … basically any cooking implement. I break stuff. Listening to me in the kitchen – spare yourself the sickening spectacle of actually watching – is much like I imagine hearing the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Except not as graceful.  Nevertheless, my wife and I enjoy wa
Mindful Monday: Rococo thoughts

Mindful Monday: Rococo thoughts

awareness, mindfulness, simplicity
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau What are you noticing about the degree and kind of detail in your ordinary thoughts? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, or, Life in the Woods. London: J.M. Dent, 1908. Photo credit: "Ehemalige Kloster Stitfskirche Rottenbuch im Allgäu - Langschiff," Polybert49, 2013. (Apologies to fans of a conglomeration of Rococo, Gothic, and Romance styles!)