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Aug-Sept-Oct 2023: Consuming and Producing

Aug-Sept-Oct 2023

A list of books, audiobooks, podcasts, television, and more that I am consuming.
A list of achievements, articles, or plans in the shop to showcase my production.

This series also maps my consumer habits: my time on media can lead to more projects and purchases, as well as influence my thoughts.

Reading :: Listening :: Watching

Wanting :: Getting :: Making

What I am Reading this Month:

The Parallax View, Slavoj Žižek


How to Own Your Human-Heartedness Alan Watts on the Confucian Concept of Jen and the Dangers of Self-RighteousnessMaria Popovahttps://www.themarginalian.org/2023/09/24/alan-watts-tao-jen/?mc_cid=b8f0aec876&mc_eid=a2a7953d49
The Revised Psychology of Human Misjudgment, by Charlie MungerFarnam Streethttps://fs.blog/great-talks/psychology-human-misjudgment/
Beneath the Mask of Vulnerable NarcissismRob Hendersonhttps://open.substack.com/pub/robkhenderson/p/beneath-the-mask-of-vulnerable-narcissism?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
The End of the Subscription Era Is ComingNick Hiltonhttps://medium.com/@nickfthilton/the-end-of-the-subscription-era-is-coming-ed197f252c6a
Modern Masculinity Is Broken. Caitlin Moran Knows How to Fix It. – The New York TimesBy David Marchese Photograph by Mamadi Doumbouyahttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/09/24/magazine/caitlin-moran-interview.html?algo=combo_lda_unique_clicks_decay_96_50_ranks&block=5&campaign_id=142&emc=edit_fory_20230927&fellback=false&imp_id=553350640655930&instance_id=103833&nl=for-you&nlid=60960614&pool=fye-rotating-profile-ls&rank=4®i_id=60960614&req_id=2252521759465208&segment_id=145885&surface=for-you-email-rotating-profile&user_id=78c823801025efc51ba51a107af6ede3&variant=0_best_algo
The Internet Is a Brain With SchizophreniaJohn Carterhttps://open.substack.com/pub/barsoom/p/the-internet-is-a-brain-with-schizophrenia?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
The Dawn of Everything A New History of Humanity—A ReviewRob Hendersonhttps://open.substack.com/pub/robkhenderson/p/the-dawn-of-everything-a-new-history?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Russell Brand and the Presumption of InnocencePeter Ramsayhttps://unherd.com/2023/09/russell-brand-and-the-presumption-of-innocence/?tl_inbound=1&tl_groups[0]=18743&tl_period_type=3
ChatGPT for YouSeth’s Bloghttps://seths.blog/2023/09/chatgpt-for-you/
A Danish Artist Has Been Ordered to Repay a Museum After Delivering Blank CanvasesLaurel Wamsleyhttps://www.npr.org/2023/09/18/1200192209/danish-artist-jens-haaning-blank-canvases-ordered-to-repay-loan-kunsten
In Defense of the Human BrainTalia Barneshttps://open.substack.com/pub/persuasion1/p/in-defense-of-the-human-brain?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
The Paradox of LiberationRob Hendersonhttps://open.substack.com/pub/robkhenderson/p/the-paradox-of-liberation?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Russell Brand’s Sexual ApocalpseJenny McCartneyhttps://unherd.com/?p=485743
Is This the End of the Soros EmpireThomas Fazihttps://unherd.com/?p=484649
A Prophecy of Evil Tolkien, Lewis, and Technocratic NihilismN.S. Lyonshttps://open.substack.com/pub/theupheaval/p/a-prophecy-of-evil-tolkien-lewis?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
2.5 Years of UpheavalN.S. Lyonshttps://open.substack.com/pub/theupheaval/p/25-years-of-upheaval?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Creative DestructionN.S. Lyonshttps://open.substack.com/pub/theupheaval/p/creative-destruction?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
The Change MerchantsN.S. Lyonshttps://open.substack.com/pub/theupheaval/p/the-change-merchants?r=5kfvm&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Hack Your Brain With Obsidian.mdNo Boilerplatehttps://youtube.com/watch?v=DbsAQSIKQXk&si=wnHJ4l6KWN8ZQemjhttps://github.com/0atman/noboilerplate/
Series 9 The Cunning of Reason – Lecture 3 Positing the PresuppositionsJulian de Medeiroshttps://readwise.io/reader/document_raw_content/87634893
The Problem With Counterfeit PeopleDaniel C. Dennetthttps://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2023/05/problem-counterfeit-people/674075/
Walter Mosley Thinks America Is Getting Dumber – The New York TimesBy David MarchesePhotograph by Mamadi Doumbouyahttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/02/06/magazine/walter-mosley-interview.html
The Ground-Floor Window Into What’s Ailing DowntownsEmily Badgerhttps://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/04/upshot/cities-downtowns-vacant-storefronts.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare
How to Live a Happy Life, From a Leading AtheistDavid Marchesehttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/08/27/magazine/daniel-dennett-interview.html
Why Note-Taking Apps Don’t Make Us Smarter – The VergeCasey Newtonhttps://www.theverge.com/2023/8/25/23845590/note-taking-apps-ai-chat-distractions-notion-roam-mem-obsidian

What I am listening to this month:

Audio Books:

The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield

He Who Fights Monsters (1,2,3,4), Shirtaloon


Woke Subjectivism — Feelings Over Facts | Peter Boghossian & Mark GoldblattConversations with Peter Boghossian9/30/2023
America This Week, September 29, 2023 — “The Tell-Tale Reich”America This Week9/30/2023
America This Week, September 22, 2023Racket To Go (private feed for …9/30/2023
Klossowski and Nietzsche — Impulsional Theory in “Living Currency” With Vernon W. CisneyAcid Horizon Patrons9/29/2023
#18 Naval Ravikant — the Angel PhilosopherThe Knowledge Project with Shane…9/29/2023
New Episode — Reading (And Watching) in Opposition$5 Subscribers: Weekly Q&A Audio…9/27/2023
America This Week, September 22, 2023 —Racket To Go (private feed for …9/25/2023
America This Week, August 25, 2023 — “Normie Politics Is Dead”Racket To Go (private feed for …9/24/2023
Solarpunk and Its Discontents — the Politics of Science Fiction and the Solarpunk GenreAcid Horizon Patrons9/20/2023
Why Diversity Programs Need to Be ELIMINATED – Christopher RufoTRIGGERnometry9/19/2023
Set Your Future Self Up for SuccessThe Art of Manliness9/18/2023
Getting Everything, Losing Everything | Anders Sandberg, Massimo Pigliucci, Mazviita Ch…Philosophy For Our Times9/15/2023
The High Cost of Luxury Beliefs | Peter Boghossian & Rob HendersonConversations with Peter Boghossian9/10/2023
How Philosophy Got Lost | Slavoj ZizekPhilosophy For Our Times9/6/2023
551- Office Space99% Invisible9/6/2023
Profane Illuminations — Theology for MilitantsZer0 Books and Repeater Media9/2/2023
Žižek – The Parallax of OntologyŽižek And So On8/27/2023
Affirmative Action for the 1 PercentThe Daily8/17/2023
What Is Coöperism? With Bernard Harcourt and Acid HorizonZer0 Books and Repeater Media8/17/2023
The Fourth Turning — How History’s Crisis Period Could UnfoldThe Art of Manliness8/5/2023
The Case Against DemocracyTRIGGERnometry8/5/2023
The Secret History of Gun RightsThe Daily8/5/2023


  • small black
  • Spoon
  • Mac DeMarco

What I am streaming this month:

  • Suits #netflix
  • Oppenheimer (theater)

Youtube history:

outdated, will update soon


What I want:

Waiting for my dang espresso stuff to arrive.

Julian de Medieros – Zizek series ($200 subscription)

OpenAI API (Whisper, ChatGPT) – Claude for Transcript summary – #youTube

Tires: I am going to need tires for the truck soon. Looking at Wranglers, Goodyear, Michellen and the old standby BFG AT’s.

What I got:

  • Duolingo MAX (upgraded with AI)
  • California Air tools & Grex brad nailer
  • Festool MFT3
  • Festool CYS SYS 50 battery powered table saw
  • Festool Screw Gun CSX
  • Festool Systainers (2) and wheel cart.
  • Festool Kapex Stand
  • Festool Vecturo Oscillating multitool
  • Fellow Carter Move Mug
  • Neo Flair pressure gauge
  • Picard “Carpenter’s Hammer” or Slate Hammer

What I produced:


Side Hustles

A bunch of 3D renderings for 2 clients
Required Sketchup, TwinMotion

Renovation and Handyman stuff, which are ongoing projects.

Life Stuff

Went to Fort Worth… twice.

Went to Louisville, KY for a Bachelor party.

Belly Button Lint

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