What’s On My Mind: November 18, 2017

Today marks the beginning of a new habit that I am adding to my routine. I will begin blogging about my what’s on my mind, what I found on the web, and other interesting things I’d like to share. I’m not sure what I want to call it yet, though. “What’s On My Mind” is the title for today, however that’s not the best fit. “What’s On My Mind” sounds more like the title for a heavy conversation prepared for a therapist or a priest. Instead, I envision this being a collection of thoughts, links, pictures, and whatever else that I find interesting a la Austin Kleon’s newsletter and Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. Perhaps a better title is “This Is Interesting.” Meh, work in progress. Let’s get started.

  • Tesla. is. so. cool. At an event advertised to be all about the new all-electric Tesla Semi, Elon pulled a Steve with a surprise “one more thing” by announcing the new Tesla Roadster. You should watch his presentation. Also, @Mom, I would love a Tesla shirt or hat for Christmas.
  • $120, Orange County to NYC. Okay, so it’s actually to Newark, but that’s close enough. What a great deal! I may blog about this on FindingCheaperFlights.com, which brings me to…
  • I officially kicked off my new travel site, FindingCheaperFlights.com, this week with a post about how to get an American Express Platinum card with no annual fee.
  • What is the best Mac writing app for blogposts? I am currently using Blogo for this post, but it has this weird bug where I cannot use apostrophes. I cannot deal with it. Trying to crowdsource an answer: what is the best app out there? Please comment/text/email me your suggestions.
  • This NYT article nearly brought me to tears. It created one of those moments of clarified adult thinking where you are able to understand something from your childhood differently with a more mature, “adult” perspective. I really appreciate everything my stepfather did (and does) for me.
  • I think carabiners are underestimated tools in the #EDC world. Inspired by this. To be explored more.
  • A new friend that I highly respect and admire asked me to help him plan and organize 1.5 day roundtable event. My first reaction was overwhelming pride and excitement for being included in this. My second (and current) reaction is a crippling fear of mediocrity that is serving as a (faux) barrier to getting started. My thoughts are this: “I’m not a master event planner. I dont have much experience in this specific arena. I am probably going to make a lot of mistakes. This will likely turn out to be a mediocre event, thus I should not try.” Logically, I can see this a stupid thought process, but I am unable to shake it off completely. Suggestions?
  • Related to this new habit, but not exactly the same, I am curious about this thing called Morning Pages that people are adding to their morning routine. Essentially, the goal is to start each day by filling 3 pages with anything, stream of consciousness, writing, drawing out, first thing in the morning. More here.
  • This week’s record sell of a painting for $450 million dollar is ridiculous and depressing. It highlights the bothersome wealth inequality and the fucked up priorities of the filthy rich. What else could be bought with $450 million dollars? How many student loans could be wiped out for the value of this one painting? NYT has a decent opinion piece that sparked this thought.
  • On the topic of wealth inequality and ridiculous spending, the Tulane Hullabaloo published a great article about how Tulane’s culture of spending magnifies wealth disparities among students. On campus tours and at recruiting events, people often ask about my least favorite thing about Tulane, and this is my exact answer. There are more Tulane students from the top 1% than there are from the bottom 60%. Ridiculous, but not surprising. The Hullabaloo article does a great job bringing this rarely-discussed issue to light.
  • Natural light is the best alarm clock. Every morning, I wake up to a sweeping view of Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower bathed in morning light. How fortunate am I! I can only hope to always have this much natural light in my future bedrooms.
  • I am newly obsessed with The New York Times. I dont know how I went without such high-quality journalism for so long. If you live in San Francisco, you can get a free subscription to the NYT from the San Francisco Public Library. It comes in 3 day increments, though, so I created a bookmark for the promo code.
  • What albums are you listening to? I need a new artist or album to binge on. Comment/text/email please!
  • At our family dinner last night, Simon and Weston taught me that 23andme is helping people find longlost family members by suggesting people who are likely related to you. How cool! I knew they gave reports on your ethnic background and such, but I did not know this. I am still waiting for my genetic testing results from Genes for Good .
  • Also at our family dinner, we talked about Uniqlo and their decent, well-fitted, affordable options. Uniqlo has been my go-to clothing store for two years or so, however I am noticing their stuff is not as trendy stylish as it used to be. Also Danny said the American Uniqlo stores sell clothes made for American fits. What?! I always thought a lot of their success was attributed to their clothes being made to Japanese fits. Where do you shop?
  • MoviePass announced a new promotion where you can see unlimited movies for $6.95/month. Whaaaat? This is crazy. I signed up even though I don’t watch movies often. If you live in SF and are reading this, you should get one so we can watch movies together.
  • In effort to reduce my screen time with my phone, I am experimenting with keeping it in the color filters in iOS to keep my in grayscale. I will let you know if it works.
  • Inspired by Tim Ferriss, here’s a new, good icebreaker question: what is the best purchase under $100 you’ve made in the last 6 months? How has it changed your life?
  • I imagine that life is a lot easier when you are in a relationship. Cooking for two is much easier than cooking for one. You have a BFF with you at nearly all times. Also, you have a partner to hold you accountable. Currently, I am using friends to keep me accountable (Joey as my gym buddy, Patrick with automating my meal planning, etc.), but I cannot expect friends to expend the energy to hold me accountable for things that don’t benefit them. I would be able to ask a boyfriend to do this, though.
  • Other inspirations for this new series: Weekend Agenda, Morning Pages (previously mentioned, and Keri Smith’s mentality of collecting and sharing.
  • Motivation this week: Don’t be a ‘do nothing’ bitch.