Thought for the Day – Evergreen


The work of making this world resemble one that you would prefer to live in is a lunch pail [expletive] job, day in and day out, where thousands of committed, anonymous, smart and dedicated people bang on closed doors and pick up those that are fallen and grind away on issues until they get a positive result, and even then, have to stay on to make sure that result holds.

– Jon Stewart

R.I.P. Steve Albini


It’s hard for me to articulate, but there’s a friend of mine, Peter Sotos, who’s written extensively about abuse and murder and things of that nature. A lot of his writing is extremely difficult to read. It’s repellent. You’re brought into the mind of a sadist, pretty convincingly. And I feel like that experience, reading that stuff, is shocking to your core in the way that the horrors of the reality of those things should be.

That was Big Black’s draw for me.  Albini didn’t just sing about darkness and evil.  As an artist, he threw himself into it.  He articulated something that’s very hard to articulate.  Their music captured what he describes in the paragraph above.  He wrote unapologetically from the standpoint of a perpetrator who has utter contempt for his victims.  I hadn’t heard anything similar before and anything similar since.  There was a long time, 10-15 years, where I couldn’t listen to them. I listen some now but it’s still much harder to do so than when I was young.
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Reading Material – March 31, 2024

Just a list this week, no excerpts and in no particular order:

Thought to come back to

Chronological vs kairotic time:

  • Engineering is grounded in chronos;  science is grounded in kairos.
  • “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  • “Why was I able to stop smoking the 26th time I tried when the previous 25 I failed?”