Week Without a CellPhone

I’ve been given a nudge by the world to ensure that I follow through with the one-week commitment without a phone. A wild coincidence, my phone stopped working on Saturday, Nov 24th and the expected arrival date for my new phone is November 30th-Dec 5th potentially turning my week without a phone into a week and a half.

At the beginning of the week the most discomfort arose from feeling isolated and disconnected from friends and family, whenever I have a thought I want I remember in the future I like pulling out my phone and using the speech-to-text function to save my thoughts for later on, also I’m a sucker for using Reddit and playing puzzles and dragons during lunch . I don’t think I would have felt the unrest that I did if I had the comfort of knowing my phones was waiting for me at home. As Monday came to a close the prospects of spending another potential 9 days without a phone felt daunting.

After Tuesday the 27th I taped a small piece of paper over the clock on the lower right corner of the computer as long as I have coffee and maintain focus while not staring at the clock the day goes by faster than flipping through a page in a book. I feel a bit more present in the moment while I’m walking, talking, working or just making breakfast /dinner. I still miss not being able to communicate with friends or family instantly but as Friday arrived I was coming to terms with the fact that most of the things I talk about with friends and family are superfluous, anything that’s important you can just email it or wait till we have a face-to-face conversation.

I got a notification on Tuesday night that my phone would be arriving on December 3rd so as I’m writing this Sunday night I still have one more day but in conclusion, what have I learned from going a week without a phone?

The smartphone is a powerful communication, organizational and informational tool but at the same time, it can be a distraction. for some it’s social media and all the notifications that it comes with . for me the biggest distractions have been glancing at Reddit during work and lunch or playing puzzles and dragons.

As this week has come to an end I now know that I can live without inauspicious distracting social media and games.

Well that’s my update for the week I have yet to buy any Christmas presents I wasn’t too impressed with Black Friday or Cyber Monday I’m not sure on sale rumbas, rice cookers, or 4K televisions is what I had in mind as a meaningful Christmas gift. I haven’t made up my mind yet but I might just browse around Amazon for clothes… Everyone likes a snuggly sweaters or jackets!

Till next time

Joseph

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Spending a Week with Missionaries

Hoasting a missionary couple last week left me jettisoning hobbies and activities I would have otherwise done. sorry for  the late post

My mom was a missionary with the peace corps in Honduras & worked alongside the missionary couple. It’s also the place I would call home for nine years of my life. My family ended up leaving so that my sister brother and I could have a better education while the missionary couple stayed in Honduras and built an organization to help mothers from the slums to find employment and take care of their children while they’re working.

For the last 3 weeks, they’ve been driving across the United States and Canada visiting churches to help fund their organization.

They stayed with me  Monday to Saturday it was great to see and talk with old acquaintances, however, at times their religious quirks got on my nerves. It was fine if every meal began with a prayer,  but once they removed a clock that was in front of my dinner table and replace it with a wooden cross it annoyed me.

Tuesday after work one of the first things they ask me was  “so nata(a nickname friends and family call me) do you believe in God are you Christian?”

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I replied with something along the lines of

” This is a tough question”

They replied with

“no, no it isn’t” 

I hesitantly replied with

“well while my mom and dad are Christian I don’t believe in anything religious. But I gravitate towards Taoism, its a philosophical system set towards living to a person’s nature. which has some underlying principles of Christianity like compassion, frugality, and humility. Best I could do to explain Taoism  would be, when George Lucas was writing Star Wars Taoism is what inspired the force and the way of the Jedi.”

 

they replied with

“well God works in mysterious ways and we pray that he will find his way into your heart.”

I’m glad that the conversation veered toward what would we have for dinner.

There were similar circumstances that occurred through the week, but I think you, dear reader, already get the gist of what it might be like to live with a highly religious missionary couple for a week. On the Upside baking cake’s and playing boardgames ALWAYS ameliorates a situation.

What got me through the week was thinking from their perspective. I know if I had an unquestioning faith in God and believed in Heaven and Hell I wouldn’t want those around me to have their souls burning in an eternal Hellfire.

also, I didn’t think it was morally appropriate to enter into a discussion about the plausibility of God and religious dogmatism that marinates any religious individual. When they’ve been using their religious beliefs as an anchor as they serve a region of the world that is riddled with poverty corruption and violence, you don’t need to look any further than to the Honduran refugees that are fleeing the country.

Since I find myself on the subject of the Honduran refugee caravan I’ll linger on the topic.

The Trip initially began in San Pedro Sula  when they left Honduras the caravan consisted of 10,000, but since entering Tapachula in Mexico it has decreased to 7,000

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So its safe to assume that we can expect that number to decrease, let’s assume

5,000 refugees arrive at the USA Border seeking asylum.

What would you do?  their not pernicious gangsters as the president make them out to be. After screening, I would allow them through but that’s just my opinion.  These are men women and children that are seeking a better future.

I doubt this is how it will play out, given the politically polarized view on immigration of the USA, and the stance of the president.  there is nothing logistically difficult about accommodating for 5,000ish new immigrants.

let’s look at Germany, and how they have managed to accommodate from  2014-2018  1.4 MILLION  Muslims.   If we had a portal gun and transported 1.4 million Muslims to the USA border think about the bureaucratic nightmare that would be.

 

anyways wishing you all a great week and till next time,

 

Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Again

 HI! yes I’m alive! it’s been a while since the last post apologies. I’ve been stuck in a hypnotic routine of work, reading, riding my bicycle around Seattle, exploring parts unknown and tinkering with old devices.
 When I have found myself in front of a computer I haven’t found the motivation or inspiration to write, which is but an excuse I tell myself I don’t have any inspiration or motivation without applying myself to writing anything, not even a scribble. Maybe like a  cold motorcycle engine, all I needed was an extra force to rev up my engine.
What has revved up my engine?
  •  the day I’ve had today
  • stumbling into  Pope John Paul the 2nd’s letter to the artist
  • my kindle’s ads
    On my way back from work, bicycling down the Burke Gilman trail. A beautiful route that follows the contours of Lake Union with trees, shrubbery  Modern office building and quickest way to get between work and home.
  today the wire that allows me to shift between gears broke, luckily there was a  bicycle shop nearby “Recycled Cycles”  They sell old and new bicycles also deal with repairs.
    However, there was one slight problem …… I LEFT MY WALLET AT HOME!
 so  I walked into the store hoping they would sympathize with my situation and have some form of IOU system.     I walked up to the cleck A gruff looking fellow that looked like he should be in a motorcycle shop, not a bicycle shop. A bandana wrapped around his head,  with a beard and rolled up long sleeve t-shirt. With my best puppy dog eyes, I explained my situation and to my surprise,  HE AGREES TO HELP ME OUT !  he logged into his computer terminal adds a memo that  I owe them money. He hands me a wire and says “All right here’s the wire, just wait for the mechanics and they will install it for ya free of charge”  I thank him again and I wait in line for one of the mechanics.
 I reach the front of the line and explain my situation to the mechanic, I hand him the wire, He inspects the bicycle and looks me in the eyes. In a distinctly Chicago accent, he says to me he can’t do the repair out of good conscious. He tells me that the frame of the bike is warped the probability of the bicycle braking down and getting myself into an accident is high, and even if he did replace the brake wire it would break in no time flat. I got  30$’s worth of credit for the bicycle wheels and walked home.  while walking  I browsing through internet  and  stumbled across  Pope John Paul the 2nd’s letter to the artist ,keep in mind  I was  reading this as I was walking down the Burke Gilman trail the  sun was shining, the birds were chirping all that was left missing would be the sounds of children laughing anyways It resonated with me  and since I haven’t written anything in a while I thought this would be the Perfect motivation to get myself to write again.

 

note:

“artist” can be interchanged with “scientist”, they may seem like opposites but as someone who has hands in both, the similarities outweigh the differences.

On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come to be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.

From this wonder, there can come that enthusiasm. People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense, it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world”

Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy.

Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.

 

after thinking about it a bit it leaves me with a thought,  and it flies in the face of some forms of Buddhism and Christianity. I’m going to SAY IT ANYWAYS!

THE EARTH IS WONDERFUL And
  THIS LIFE IS GREAT!
  All this talk about how ” All suffering is from attachment”  No!  ……….  What about no to that idea 
Some forms of Buddhism say that we’re here to learn a lesson. That you will graduate from samsara you escape the cycle of birth and death if you let go of your attachments, samsara contains five cyclic realms and according to them the reason why being reincarnated as a human is so desirable is not because we  have the ability to have discipline, create, Explorer, discover, learn, enjoy .   The reason it’s great for  them is that it gives them a chance to no longer be stuck in  their cycle of birth and death,    I don’t know it’s like going to a great Festival and then hoping you never come back again,
…..not that I believe in reincarnation or anything for me its like they go to this festival and don’t Figure a way to enjoy it!   in a  sense everyone is an artist,  all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting his or her own life, he or she should make of it a work of art, a masterpiece. 

the last thing  I wanted to rant about

Does anyone else own a Kindle? If so do you also get Raunchy book ads?

I have a Kindle Paperwhite and whenever I open the protector for the Kindle special offers ads appear.

After opening and closing my Kindle a few times here are the ads I got

Dark Enemy: Taken

“She’s the immortal daughter of a goddess. Her kidnapper is a killer in our Clans worst what she feels for him can’t be  love, or can it?’

Seeing Red

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‘ Riley, young, female CEO. Colin, bullish FCO with a plan. He needs her to succeed. She’s struggling. A trip to the Caribbean will change everything.’

The miracle morning

“Become the best parent you can be, simply by changing how you start your day. This guy shows you how!

(not a parent )

supposedly Amazon curates deals and product or based on my browsing and buying History. But compare that to my last few books i’ve read on my kindle

The Samurais Garden

Gravity’s rainbow

The inevitable: understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future

Double life

Introduction to mathematical philosophy

The Ginger Tree

Cryptonomicon 

The soul of a new machine 

It leaves me wondering If I obtained the information folders that Google and Amazon have on me would that reflect the person I am  … most likely not since Amazon thinks   I’m a romantic that enjoys the raunchy books  and that  I also have a child ( which I don’t)  or maybe Amazon just knows me better than I know myself and they’re like ” YO!  you’re gonna LOVE THIS  BOOK READ IT ! also  you have a kid that you never knew about  and in a week he’s gonna be dropped on your doorstep get ready!! ”

till next  time

Joseph

 PS: Viola and Ortensia  I completed  Samurias Garden ages ago but never wrote my thoughts on it but I’m worried this blog post is way too long if you’re both still interested ill post my thought about it next post.

super duper  sorry

A Blogpost Worth Sharing

 

There is nothing more compelling, meaningful or useful in combating the tragedies in life, that to struggle with all our might on behalf of all that is good in order to manifest all that we can manifest into the word.

Thanks for writing  a great blog post  HotCake

 

We live in a tough world. But I imagine it’s always been that way, just with a different set of circumstances. Because of this reality, from time to time, I find myself wondering just what use it is to make comics. In this world, what is the purpose of putting pen to paper? Drawing scenes […]

via Comics Vs. the World — Hot Cakes Comics

Breakfast of Champions

Even with limited time, we should make sure to nourish ourselves well. I present you with a breakfast I make three times a week only takes 16 Minutes!
However if you don’t have time for an omelet I boil two eggs the day before in case I need to leave in a hurry. I make sure to eat two eggs every day I’m looking at you Emma Morano who live to be a hundred seventeen her diet was mostly eggs
cream puff the cat lived to be 38 years also had a diet of eggs

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  • A slice of Bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • A few Shittake mushrooms
  • A clove of Garlic
  • (I got with Fetta cheese ,but I have forgotten to buy any. So ) Parmesan Romano
  • Thick black bean soy sauce
  • bonito flakes

Beggin by chopping the Shittake mushrooms into slices, mincing the garlic and slicing the bacon

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Set your stove top to medium-high

when hot add the Garlic, bacon, mushrooms, the 1stp of olive oil and 1 tsp of butter into the skillet

Wait until The bacon has cooked and the mushrooms are brown

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then add the Two eggs wait 1 minute after adding to drizzle in thick black bean soy sauce

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While I was waiting for the omelet to cook I looked in the fridge and noticed some kale so I cooked some of it alongside the omelet

cooked the kale with some minced garlic and olive oil and when it wilted I added some red wine vinegar

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Flip the Omelet and sprinkle the Bonito fakes and grate some cheese

you are left with an omelet Gordon Ramsay would be proud of.

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last week , and my First Steps Into Writing Fiction

   11 years ago we hosted a teenager from Guatemala to take photos of the Seeds of Compassion event hosted by the Dalai Lama that year, He came here with aspiring dreams of becoming a photographer. 11 years of traveling the globe later he has returned for 4 days.
   Thanks for stopping by and  Introducing me to Merengue of the 80’s!
which has given me that extra infusion of energy in the mornings
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      I finished reading the lord of the rings, The habit I’ve gotten into when reading anything is, reading a  chapter then closing the book and taking notes on what I remembered. Because that instantiates it into my memory and helps me place it into context with other ideas and memories, and recall is the spontaneous act of remembering something complex and writing down those notes facilitates with that as well.
                  After reading I felt compelled to try my hand at writing a short fictional story. I googled ” Writing Fiction for beginners, I thought to myself ” let ‘s give it a go!”
    So far I’ve been writing for 30 minutes a day after work, I’ve come up with PLENTY of small 3-5 sentence long what-if scenarios
  ” what if I made a  translator that looks like a bulky steel gas mask similar to that of Bane from the Batman.  That I could strap to a baby when it’s crying and it could translate these cries into human language what would it say?”
  Or
“Why do wolves howl at the moon?  simple its because they are nihilistic creatures that want to piss off the  Moon which is  actually an egg for pipe smoking caterpillar named Chomsky and if he gets angry enough he erupts from his egg and destroys the Earth with a Toxic Purple haze.”

I’m  not happy with any of the 500+  short stories but when I write something that I’m proud of I’ll make sure to post!