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Monday, March 30, 2015

Life Filter

I'll get no argument when I say that we’re slammed with a daily tsunami of choices, staggering amounts of information that pour over us in a wide range of formats. We have access to almost every movie, piece of music, magazine, and book in the world. It’s an exciting time to live but one filled with trivialities vying for our attention, distractions, dead ends, and many, many things that should be an insult to our collective intelligence. We all need some sort of a filter, or at least I do. I definitely need a filter to insure that I spend my time with things worthy of an adult mind. Things worthy of an adult mind do not include that video you posted on Facebook of your uncle getting hit in the crotch with a football.

In Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood one character refuses to read any book written in the last 25 years to shield himself from the glare of vulgar popular opinion. This is an interesting concept but I had to read a 250 page book I didn’t think very highly of to find it. See what I mean about needing a filter? We would have more time to write the great American novel if we weren’t spending so much time reading mediocre novels. And then there are all of the tech trends that rob us of our valuable free time.

We probably just need to lower our expectations. Instead of that masterpiece of music, film, literature, or science we dreamed of a few years ago we need to set our sights a little lower. Not there, a lot lower. We still have room for a lot of creativity but without being too ambitious. Think of War and Peace reduced to a 140 character Tweet which would mean that the Cliff Notes would be about 50 characters for those of you who are too busy to read the original. And 140 character communications not being brief enough, the supremacy of Twitter is being challenged by a new tech upstart with a messaging system that limits users to a single vulgar noise. Seriously Twitter, 140 characters? Who has that kind of time?

We now live in an age in which more young people have selfie sticks than library cards. I don’t know if this is true but if it is then there really is no hope for us as a species. “Selfie” is short for “selfish” or “solipsistic” which is a philosophy that the self is the only existent thing. “I think, therefore I am” in our era can be replaced with “Hey everyone, look at me!”

Workers spend something like 81 days a year on emails alone. Just think what it would be like to do away with this terrible waste and spend all of that time looking at cute cat videos or posting Facebook pictures of your food. Imagine a world in which we needn’t even get out of bed in the morning because we can just watch the big screen while eating a pint of ice cream. Living in the Information Age is exhausting so it makes sense never to get out of bed.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

...Best Weather in the History of Valencia

After ten days of rain and gloom summer is here...in March! I was finally able to get in a bike ride yesterday although after two weeks of idleness it felt like shaking out a dirty rug instead of training. The good news is we have yet another long holiday next week and I'll have lots of time to train.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Worst Weather in the History of Valencia

Maybe not but it's the worst spate of weather I have experienced here.We really need the rain and I never complain about the weather here but I'm missing some bike rides. I've learned my lesson about riding in the rain after almost breaking me elbow last summer (or maybe I did break it?).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Living in the city you don’t see the sky much and many of us zombies rarely even bother to look up anymore. Walking down the street the other night I was brought back to the land of the living by a little girl of about three who sang out from the vantage point of her stroller, “La luna!” Sure enough, she was pointing at a big, beautiful full moon glowing over the buildings.