Journal Snippets

Which topics would you like to be more informed about?

Every topic! I would like to know as much as it is possible to know.

But, realistically, I would like to be better informed about science. I have always been fascinated by science but I never was any good at it in an academic capacity. Right now, my interest in science is not for any academic purpose, but rather for my own curiosity. I like knowing how (certain) things work. I would particularly like to delve deeper into physics.

I would also like to be better informed about politics, especially in my own country. A few years ago my reasoning for this would have been so that I could choose a side. But now, I see the futility in picking sides. Still, being in the center requires that I have an understanding about how the world works politically, because being in the center shouldn’t mean being indifferent. 

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Do you want to live past 100? Why or why not?

I don’t. I think it’s the immediacy of death that makes life interesting. 

I can make a reasonable guess as to what I would be doing in the next few years of my life. I can make a plan for, say, next 20 years, and hope that everything would go well. Beyond that, I have no idea what I would be doing or where I’d be.  Given that, it’s almost impossible to think where life would take me if I were to live to a hundred. I would be happy with 75. 

I can’t imagine what life would be like with a failing body and mind. Even if by some miracle if we’re able to slow the ageing process, or upload our brains to a computer to live forever, I think things would be quite boring after you’ve lived as long as 100. I would need some rest then. 

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How does hard work make me feel fulfilled?

Yesterday I added the Day One widget to my home screen. Among the variations available I’ve chosen the widget that gives me a writing prompt every day. The idea is that I hope to be tempted to keep on the journaling habit if I keep seeing this every time I unlock my phone.

This is the first entry. 

Prompt: How does hard work make me feel fulfilled?

I haven’t thought about this in a while. When I started my own business, I was convinced that that the more I worked, the happier I will be. But now I have realized that it’s not the case. I’ve realised that I need time to do other things, too. Most importantly, I need time to do nothing.

So, I don’t try to work as much as I can anymore. I simply try to do my best each day. And sometimes, I fail. 

I feel guilty when that happens. I suppose that’s inevitable. We’re trained to measure our self worth solely based on our work output, for so long, that anything other than this framing feels untrue. So when I procrastinate, I feel bad.

But I do it anyway.

It’s not so bad to the point where it has become a habit and I’ve become a lazy slob, but I do it every now and then.

So, in a way, I think hard work makes me feel fulfilled because when I know I’ve done my share, I don’t feel guilty. I feel like I’ve earned the things I have. I suppose the trick is to not overwork myself, but at the same time, keep doing what needs to be done so that I feel like I’ve contributed.

Journal Snippets


I had a discussion with some friends today about writing.

I believe it has given me a momentary motivation boost to get back to this habit I have wanted for so long to cultivate.

Currently, I have three outlets I can use: my journal, this “micro” blog on my website, and my main blog. The first is private. Only I will know the contents of what goes into my journal. The microblog and the main blog are public.

I have the same plan I had–but failed to implement–before. I will write everyday on my journal, and take things I think are worth sharing to my microblog. These are bound to be half-formed thoughts, so they can’t ego on the main blog yet. And then, occasionally, when I have something that I really want to say, I will write that on the main blog as a full length post.

This is starting today, with this journal entry. Let’s see how long I can keep up. 

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I bought some near gear for the podcast.

New foldable mic stands:

New 4x input Audio Interface:

This was only $125 on Amazon for Black Friday. A full $100 off. I couldn’t resist.

Now we can easily record guest episodes without having to share mics.