January 1, 2024
👋 Hey there
Updated: January 1, 2024
📕 Books I finished reading
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This was my first audio book. I’ve always considered audio books cheating, but now that Spotify offers some free with Premium I thought I might as well take advantage. I’ve read The Great Gatsby before and didn’t get much out of it. I enjoyed listening to the audio book and probably got slightly more out of it this time. I’m still not sure I really enjoyed the story, but I liked listening to the audio book.
- The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell – I was caught off guard by this one. I had written it down as another George Orwell book to read, but after I got to the second chapter I realized I wasn’t reading a dystopian novel — instead this was a non-fiction book. It’s two parts where the first part he spends researching the working poor – he lives and works with coal miners, etc. The second part he tries to make a case for socialism.
🎸 Music I’ve been listening to
- After Me, Kashus Culpepper – I like finding good artists before they’re popular. This song is poetry… sad and vivid. After listening to this song, I searched for more music by Kashus Culpeper… but it’s unavailable. He’s not on Spotify or any other music service yet, but I’ll be watching for it!
🎥 Videos I thought were worth watching
- The Handi Desk – This guy shows a way of journaling where he uses a device that he invented called the Handi Desk. The device is not that cool, to be honest… but this video did give me the idea to start journaling with a Binder. I like the ideas of being able to re-organize the journal… so it doesn’t have to be chronological, if you don’t want it to be. Also, the ability to write a single sheet of paper, and not have a stack of papers (the rest of the notebook) under your hand while you try to write. So I bought a binder and also one of the date stamps that Austin Kleon recommended. I’m ready to journal in 2024!
✍ Quote I’ve been thinking about
“There is no knowledge that is not power”
– Mortal Kombat 3 (also Ralph Waldo Emerson)