Author Archives: Kent
“We normally characterize an optimist as someone who sees his glass as being half full rather than half empty. For a Stoic, though, this degree of optimism would only be a starting point. After expressing this appreciation that his glass is half full rather than being completely empty, he will go on to express his delight in even having a glass; It could, after all, have been broken or stolen. And if he is atop his Stoic game, he might go on to comment about what an astonishing thing glass vessels are; They are cheap and fairly durable, impart no taste to what we put in them, and – miracle of miracles! – allow us to see what they contain. This might sound a bit silly, but to someone who has not lost his capacity for joy, the world is a wonderful place. To such a person, glasses are amazing; to everyone else, a glass is just a glass, and it is half empty to boot.”*-William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life, The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Same As It Ever Was
“I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry—poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes and designs—is how the world works. The world isn’t logical, it’s a song.”–David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”–John Muir
Went to Montreal. Got a new coffee mug.
Blowing off steam after work.
Sometimes I gotta get to a big space to figure out where I’m at.
No rule is the best rule.
It’s space rock if you want it to be. Spoiler, there’s no words.
One of the great things about bikes is the cool places they’ll take you to. And you can go even further if you’re willing to sit for awhile once you get there.