The One About Food and People

"I don't have to agree with you to like or respect you." - Anthony Bourdain

Next week, I'm heading into more micro-adventures on San Juan Island; a bunch of "jeep glamping", hikes and exploration. It's been good for the soul as I've been spending a lot of time thinking, walking and (potentially way too much) self-reflection. This year has been a wild one, and I've been focusing into a better place on the things that matter and the things that 'seem to matter but really don't'. 

Family, Friends, Relationships, People, Connections.

Experiences.

This week I stumbled upon an amazing video of Anthony Bourdain, who tragically passed away at the age of 61 in June of 2018. Bourdain traveled the world, experienced people, customs and culture through cuisine and explored the human condition by having simply "an open mind".

In his book "The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones" he states:

Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.

Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.

While his suicide was tragic, his lessons live on. 

As I am spending a large part of this summer digging deep into my own self psyche, humans, connections, life, leadership, this is a wonderful watch and gives you something special to think about. I hope you enjoy it.

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Forward Thinking

** SPOILER ALERT **

The Bad Batch on Disney+ has been nothing less than spectacular, and this week (Episode 8) saw the long waited return of my favorite bounty hunter, Cad Bane.

In the Clone Wars series, Bane became one of the leading bounty hunters during after the death of Jango Fett. He was hired by Darth Sidious to steal a holocron from the Jedi Temple and eventually kidnap force-sensitive children. Eventually, he began to mentor Boba Fett in the ways of bounty hunting, and was rumored to be the source of the Fett's dented helmet (from a blaster). 

I yelled aloud "YES!" (I know - I'm 8 inside!) when he make a shocking return this week.

I hope this sets up something in either The Mandalorian Season 3 or The Book of Boba Fett to see Cad Bane in live action. My inner geek would rejoice

If you aren't watching Bad Batch, you're really missing out on some of the best Star Wars there is.

Tweets of the Week

A few of the highlights from this week on Twitter from me:

  • June 18: Companies need to accept a) securing things isn’t something you bolt on at the end, you build it in as foundation. b) it’s not “how”, but “when” and how fast can you maintain continuity. c) people will always be the weakest link.

  • June 16: So…. When do we get Apple Notes on the Watch? watchOS8?

  • June 14: Unpopular opinion: Monday’s.

Latest obsession

Need to charge your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods on the go? The Anker Wireless Power Bank PowerCore III 10K Wireless is a super light and slim power bank that can charge pretty much anything.

With 10W Wireless Charging and 18W USB-C Quick Charge, this is now the go-to battery in my EDC.

This weeks "Deep Links"

Here's a few of the articles and videos that resonated with me over the last week:

  • Shameless plug here, but in "How one tech exec used Feedly to power his passion project" check out how I use the amazing Feedly to bring you this newsletter every week - More

  • A wonderful talk (I recommend watching the video) at WWDC on "Accessibility by design: An Apple Watch for everyone". I've thought a lot about the future of computing, and it's on our wrist, but this goes into the mindfulness and play that went into the creation of the Mickey Mouse watch face with all of it's accessibility quirks - More

  • $10 stolen cookie was all that was needed in "How Hackers Used Slack to Break into EA Games". Security cannot succeed in any organization as 'policy'; it needs to be the foundational building block for how software is built and in the DNA of everyone - More

  • "‎Flush - Toilet Finder & Map" is the quickest way of finding a public bathroom or restroom. Yes, a database of over 200k public restrooms - More

  • Why we love, and hate the Avocado in "The Hyped and Humble Avocado: An Analysis" - More

  • Willpower isn't used up like gas in a tank; "You Don’t 'Run Out' of Willpower" dives into a resource that everyone owns and there's plenty of it. A wonderful read when you feel 'burnt out'. - More

  • On a Thursday in 1983, a ticket to the New England Aquarium in Boston was purchased that "allowed the holder to return at any time (due to being late). In "New England Aquarium accepts ticket saved for over 37 years" read about the ticket that was redeemed 40 years later - More

  • "Fix Your Heart or Die: The Startling Empathy of David Lynch" explores the human empathy that winds it's way through all of David Lynch's collective works - More

  • Many people I talk with have been thinking a lot over the last months about how friendship means and effects us; who we lean on, who we walk with and who we've discarded. A fascinating look at "The Circles of Friendship" in which Jason Kottke explores the book 'Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships'. - More

  • "It’s Official: We OD’d on the Internet" is a deeper view on how draining all of the online interaction that occurs today is draining our brains - More

  • "The Picasso Principle — Habits of Highly Prolific Minds" explores creative minds and 'If you can persistently create and share your body of work and don’t stop, give up or break the cycle, you will become unstoppable.' - More

  • "Man stuck for days inside giant fan at California vineyard" is as weird and as 2020/2021 as it sounds - More

Fin

In one of my favorite scenes from the series Twin Peaks (sparked by the David Lynch post above) is Albert Rosenfield, played by the wonderful Miguel Ferrer.

While Albert was a 'cynical and even cruel figure', this confrontation with Sheriff Truman crystalizes a bold statement on David Lynch’s personal values.

Now you listen to me! While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchetman in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King…I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method…is love. I love you Sheriff Truman.

See you next week!