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Jan-Feb 2022: Consuming and Producing

January 2022 – February 2022

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 influences my thoughts.

Reading :: Listening :: Watching

Wanting :: Getting :: Making

What I am Reading this Month:

The Courage to be Disliked, Ichirou Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey

Identity & Violence, Amartya Sen

Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson

Article that had an impact:

The Spacing Effect, Farnam Street

Trying too Hard” by Dean Williams (1981)

the focus to say no, Farnam Street

“America has too much venting and not enough inventing. We say that we want to save the planet from climate change—but in practice, many Americans are basically dead set against the clean-energy revolution, with even liberal states shutting down zero-carbon nuclear plants and protesting solar-power projects. We saythat housing is a human right—but our richest cities have made it excruciatingly difficult to build new houses, infrastructure, or megaprojects. Politicians say that they want better health care—but they tolerate a catastrophically slow-footed FDA‪ that withholds promising tools, and a federal policy that deliberately limits the supply of physicians.

Derek Johnson: the abundance agenda

What I am listening to this month:

Audio Books:

21 lessons from the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey

The Pariah, Anthony Ryan

The Human Division, John Scalzi


Tim Ferris

Philosophy for our times

Philosophy Bites

Philosophize This!

The Philosopher’s Zone

Acid Horizon

  • inner experience, Carl Rogers _ grief, therapy, and global crisis
  • So you want to study philosophy

Talking Politics: History of Ideas 2

The Knowledge Project w Shane Parrish

Making Sense w Sam Harris

Waking Up

  • Allan Watts “sense of nonsense”
  • Alan Watts “Not What Should Be”
  • Courage, David Whyte

Free Thoughts

Huberman labs

  • episode 56, Alia Crum :: food and performance, perception


  • L.A. Witch (purchased vinyl)
  • Idles (purchased vinyl)
  • the XX (2009)
  • Black Angels “Directions to see a ghost”
  • Beach House “Once Twice Melody”
  • Lord Huron
  • The Weeknd “Dawn FM”
  • Damien Jurado “Maraqopa” 2012
  • Interpol

What I am watching this month:

  • Archive 81 #netflix
  • Midnight Asia #netflix
  • Nazi Hunters #amazon
  • Witcher #netflix
  • Aggretsuko #netflix
  • What we do in the shadows #hulu
  • The Matrix: Resurrection #movietheatre
  • Jim Gaffigan #netflix

I watched at least 3 subtitles movies I cannot recall the names of. One Korean with Gods, one with Japanese/Chinese gang and family stuff with a female lead, and another Ip Man movie. I started some space horror Korean series too, but it was awful.




What I want:

Rode PSA1+ Microphone boom arm

JessEm 04301 Clear-Cut TS Stock Guides

I put down a deposit on the Hammer A3-31 planer jointer combo machine. It should arrive in April, so I need to make some money before then.

What I got:

Predator 9500 watt generator (Harbor Freight). So, let us be clear, I did not want to buy this, but given last year without power for 5 days in a snowstorm in Texas convinced me that we need one of these.

I purchased a scaffolding plank for the little giant ladder using the 20% off coupon from my Lowes Pro Rewards (it was still expensive, $146) _ Then went back and got a second Little Giant Ladder with a higher reach. Like a true DIY idiot, I now have over $850 in ladders so that I can put $500 worth of sheetrock onto my loft area… this is so I can save money on storage. At this rate, it will take a year to pay off the build-out.

A wifi module for my mini split AC/Heater. (This is so it will auto-shutoff if I forget.)

A metal stud crimper for build-out.

What I produced:


DIY Stuff

One small thing: I replaced the upper arm radiator hose on my truck after a leak.

Another small thing: I replaced my trailer’s wiring plug before the trip to Houston.

I learned a new method for ‘crimping’ instead of screwing together metal studs.

I replaced our tub drain after I was told the tub would have to be pulled out. Nope, that was a lie.

I cut down a tree and chopped firewood for the winter apocalypse.

Houston African American Museum of Culture

Sheetrock Job: downstairs 11′ tall walls, and upstairs 5 rolling walls.


The office space is mostly the same. I rearranged furniture and have not been able to find time to finish my window.

I have framed it out with metal studs above the office for storage. Now I am in the process of sheetrocking it and figuring out how to climb 16′ up a ladder with a piece of sheetrock.

What the Hell is Water?

This live broadcast morning show is part of “helpful for life,” a company by Reid Garcia.
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I am currently stepping down to once or twice per week after 4 months of being on air 4 or 5 days per week so that I can focus on the “let’s THiNK about it” podcast and other projects.

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