Regular visitors to Victus Spiritus have likely realized that my posts here have all but stopped over the past month. I’m not finished writing by a long shot, but this blog has certainly shifted into a new phase.
Quality time with my Pop
This morning my father picked me up on our planned fishing trip which embarked out of Port Jefferson harbor. The crisp early sea air was delightful as we made our voyage from one fishing spot to another aboard the Celtic Voyage IV. Overall it was a perfect day to be outdoors and out on the sound.
Harsh economic conditions instruct our sense of value
After reading Mark Suster’s guest post on TechCrunch (here’s the same post on his blog), I was reminded about the necessity for economic fluctuations. If economic activity only went one way (grew or contracted smoothly) there would be no secondary effects to observe. In other words, we would never know if values (or valuations for companies) were relatively or absolutely reasonable. The variation of economic conditions plays a critical role in the estimator that continual informs our sense of value.
The world keeps on spinning with our without us pushing. It’s natural to step away from the wheel to refresh a struggling perspective. Especially when life feels upside down.
Soak in some sun, but not too much. There’s a quality of sunlight that both refreshes and centers.
Look around for a paradise not far from home. My house is just a half hour away from the ocean, and in the summer it’s a great place to cool off and relax.
The sounds of the waves are calming, there are quiet stories in the breezes, and beacons along the shore.
Let yourself unwind. Even those with the most voracious appetites know how to relax.
Share your space with others. I’m continually astonished at how beautiful a place can become when filled with life.
Literally alter your perspective by moving to a different vantage. Just a couple of weeks ago we paddled along the surface of the Peconic river by kayak. Yesterday we viewed the same passage from high up above, revealing the riverside environment.
This has got to be one of the stickiest songs and videos ever crafted:
Although I’d heard of the Khan Academy before, at the time I chocked it up to one super motivated guy making videos. I never thought that perhaps the model Salman Khan was using could revitalize US education.
My blogging has quieted over my recent time off, but I thought this video was a precious share of Kurt Vonnegut discussion the plot of every story.
Each time we crack open a new book, hop online, or watch a noteworthy film, we cast our attention’s sail wide to catch the winds of imagination. The experience begins grounded squarely in reality, yet after only a few moments of concentration the spell is cast, and we travel to distant worlds that exist only in the ethereal place between dreams.
Summer Staycation is a welcome change
Today marks day three of a few weeks off from work. My wife and I couldn’t synch our time off yet this summer, so we pushed off our plans for a proper vacation later in the year. I needed time away from systems and simulations engineering and a slow down at work opened up the ideal opportunity for extended time away from the office. I’m grateful for the chance to recharge my enthusiasm for both my day job and self assigned side projects. My purely interest driven work has been in limbo since earlier this year except for a few client side CoffeeScript hacks.
The government is only allowed to impinge on an individual’s rights when that individual’s actions or intended actions will harm other unwilling participants.