Notes.

Amit Gawande

At a cultural level, we didn’t stop smoking just because the habit was unpleasant or uncool or even because it might kill us. We did so slowly and over time, by forcing social life to suffocate the practice. That process must now begin in earnest for social media.

The Age of Social Media Is Ending - The Atlantic

Amit Gawande

My family and I watched Strange World yesterday. I don’t remember when I was this unimpressed with a Disney movie. The makers attempted to hit a lot of big ideas but forgot what story they wanted to tell. The world-building is half-baked and foolish. The emotional parts bore you. The climax is dull.

My wife quipped, “Disney doesn’t know how to make a movie with a male protagonist.” After all, when did Disney last make a movie with a strong father-son dynamic? Maybe Nemo?

This comment from Alison Willmore’s review of the movie resonated with me.

So much of Strange World’s audaciousness is front-loaded into its concept, and so little of it comes through in the execution. Its themes linger in the mind longer than any line or emotional beat in part because those elements feel so rote and secondary.

Amit Gawande

I recently moved my /now page to my wiki. Such pages sit best there, so I intend to slowly move others too.

Amit Gawande

Part of the power of a network is its distributed nature. That’s a plus when it comes to tech and innovation. It’s a minus when it comes to the speed of central agreement as well as the potential for abuse.

Source: Some thoughts on Mastodon

Amit Gawande

I’ve released a minor version of the Paper theme today. It adds support to include Mastodon and LinkedIn to your social profile links in the header. If you are already using it, you should see the upgrade option in the Micro.blog plugins directory. Demo on my test blog.

Amit Gawande

Always love the natural custard apple flavoured ice-cream! 🍦😍

Amit Gawande

I am pathetic at being social on social networks. Or may be I am just plain lazy. I read all the posts, and go through either of these.

“I have so much to say in reply. So let me do this later when I have time.”

“I have very little to say. So let me not.”

In both cases I don’t reply. Terrible!

Amit Gawande

Every time I find a book enjoyable to listen to, the number of steps I walk increases. Or the time I do house chores for. I love putting the headphones on and listening to the story progress. My current listen, The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Derek Jacobi, is one such book. With a good intriguing plot and wonderfully involved narration, I am having so much fun listening.

As a result, I am walking a lot more and keeping my home absolutely clean. A welcome side-effect.

Amit Gawande

I finished reading: The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Holiday Ryan today 📚

Laced with real-life examples and a corresponding lesson in each chapter, Ryan Holiday presents valuable insight into handling obstacles. Nicely structured in three sensible parts – perception, action and will – this is a good, practical guide to staying balanced without getting bogged down by roadblocks and failures in life. Ryan doesn’t want to make this a guide for stoic philosophy. Instead, he sprinkles the best of the lessons throughout the book. That helps keep things simple, which most books on Stoicism fail to do.

As he mentions towards the end, many people he tells the tale of “embodied the best practices of Stoicism without even knowing it”. Ryan recommends that just doing matters more. For his intention to not complicate the philosophy, he deserves credit.

Amit Gawande

I was so giddy watching the trailer for A Man Called Otto. I loved the original character Ove created by Fredrick Backman and am so excited to see Tom Hanks play him. Love it! And I can’t wait. Yay!

I loved Ove so much that I created my own character based on him in one of my short stories, Marvelling at Life. I wrote a few more after this one with Oas, my character. I always loved writing them. I am looking forward to this movie.