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Gary Wimsett, Jr. - Issue #14

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Don't Believe Everything You Think
 

Gary Wimsett, Jr.

April 29 · Issue #14 · View online
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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Ladies and Gentlemen, The High Five
Hired these guys to announce High Five Issue #14. That’s 14 weeks of piping hot goodness - not to mention the issues we ran through MailChimp. Thank you for reading and playing along. Those of you I know in person have already gotten more attractive. It’s fun to watch.
In May, I’m going to spend some time unpacking the quote I’m using as a title this week - “don’t believe everything you think”. Heard this gem somewhere recently and it stuck. What do I think? What are my beliefs? Could I be wrong? I’ll entertain the notion. (*There’s a bit of language in this next clip.) I’m still not drinking Merlot, though. I suspect there are a number of stories we tell ourselves, consciously or not, that aren’t true or aren’t true anymore. The more I think about thinking the less inclined I am to think so much. Some of you are clearly way ahead of me.
Because I can’t help myself, though, I am thinking a bit about these things this week:
  • You Are Not A Gadget - This is your serious piece for the week. It’s a NYT book review of “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto”, by Jaron Lanier. I’ve not read the book but I think I have to now. Michiko Kakutani’s review is that provocative. By the way, Kakutani is the best reviewer at the NYT in my opinion. In the book, Kakutani tells us, Lanier makes a very strong case for a new digital humanism in the face of what he describes as a very scary “cybernetic totalism”. I, for one, do not welcome our new Hive Mind Overlords. Maybe the crowd isn’t as wise as we’ve been thinking.

  • No Holds Barred Tennis? - I used to play A LOT of tennis. So much that I eventually got sick of it. But we’re really close to some city courts now and I’m feeling the itch. This article talks about a tennis twist I’d like to try. It also got me thinking about ways we could make other sports more fun. I don’t play golf but I could rattle off 10 ways to make it more interesting in my sleep. Who wouldn’t tune in to The Masters if they introduced roving feral Chihuahuas.

  • Nihilistic Password Security Questions - McSweeney’s Lists are almost always good and I’m amazed I haven’t pointed you to one yet. I’ve considered it a few times but the language or the subject matter failed the “minivan” test. (We’re not talking politics and we’re not talking about things I don’t want my kids to read in the minivan on the way to school.) This is my tiny little platform and that’s my my editorial policy. There’s plenty of minivan-safe edge in this list, though, and I chortled a time or two. Instead of the standard “What was your mother’s maiden name” question we usually see, this list gives us questions like “What sports team do you fetishize to avoid meaningful discussion with others?”

  • American Journal of Play - My friend Alec clued me into the American Journal of Play, describing it as the only print journal worth subscribing to these days. Scan some of the article titles and see what you think. I love the idea that “play” deserves serious academic consideration. I’d submit play is one of the more important ways we can spend our time and we’re doing less and less of it.

  • Bone Broth, Shame, and Book Sales - Dallas wrote a nice take down on how a certain segment of the health/nutrition industry is all too keen on shaming you into buying what their selling. Sadly, shame sells. But only if you allow yourself to be snared. I like a lot of what Dallas is thinking/writing about these days and I’m interested to see where he goes next. He’s a sane, thoughtful voice in this space.

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Kedves egészségére!
Gary
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