Sometimes it's a real challenge to get up with a smile but I truly find my day starts better when I've made an effort to think about my great fortune to have slept in a safe, comfortable place and woken up with safety and comfort all around me and I have to smile.
Carole King - Beautiful (from Welcome To My Living Room)
My 2020 book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposing a way to deal with both:
Now, it's available in paperback!
My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.
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Reading this piece about those forgotten by "Cancel Culture" reminded me of the Christmas Eve I was told I no longer had a job because I refused to have sex with the owner's son, who was managing the business. It ended up being a happy end to the harassments, as it qualified me to receive Unemployment Insurance, something that wouldn't have happened if I'd quit the job.
This might be the cutest little weasel you'll ever see
And a Wikipedia entry on (among other things) the controversy surrounding the film, Choosing To Die and assisted deaths:
Sir Terry Pratchett hosted a touching documentary of his research regarding Choosing to Die when faced with worsening Alzheimers when he was just 62, which I learned about while listening to Tim Ferriss' interview with Neil Gaiman. Neil speaks so lovingly of his friendship and collaboration with Terry, and of Terry's ultimate decision to end his life in his own way, at the time he chose to be correct for doing so.
Cillian Murphy curates a nocturnal playlist, made for after midnight.
Featuring music both old and new -ranging from afrobeat to electronica, jazz, spoken word and poetry.
Music comes from David Lynch, Tune-Yards, Pharoah Sanders and Jimmy Scott. Plus there's a specially recorded poem from Caleb Femi.
And in Songs From Under The Stairs Cillian rediscovers a piece of music that he hasn't played in years
Listening to this wonderful album, The Blues Messiah, by a dear friend, David Scott of
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