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Gary Wimsett, Jr. - Issue #25

O, Canada

Gary Wimsett, Jr.

August 5 · Issue #25 · View online
The High Five goes out every Friday morning - just in time to jump start your weekend. I'm handpicking five things I think you'll enjoy discovering, listening to, or thinking about as you head out to do great things.

O, Canada

Charlotte & I on Lake Louise
The July break was nice - a 10-day tour of the Canadian Rockies capped off an amazing month. I’d half-hoped to see a grizzly bear in the wild but it didn’t happen. We saw a rather large grizzly at the Calgary Zoo on our last day and I was glad to be on the other side of a very substantial fence. Still, we did encounter moose, black bears with cubs, a gorgeous red fox, and many other amazing animal friends. Canadians are pretty cool, too.
We touched down in Orlando a few days ago and we’ve settled back into real life in Gainesville. Well, some of us. Emma is at Surf Camp, Charlotte’s at Camp Crystal and Lily has the house and the parents to herself for a few days.
I’m still thinking of ways to make the High Five a bit more sustainable on a weekly basis but I’m holding onto the original scheme for now. These links are some of my recent favorites and I think you’ll find something here to love, too: 
The Moose are loose. Moraine Lake.
  • Kenai Meets the Moose When Lily & I met some moose it didn’t go exactly like this scene from “Brother Bear” but it wasn’t far off. This picture was really a highlight of the trip for me. We were paddling our kayak and headed back to the boathouse when we spotted something brown in the forest. As we paddled closer, these two decided to step into the lake for a drink.
  • Still Small Voice You’ve probably never heard of the Swiss author, Robert Walser, and you are missing out. I really wish more people would read his stuff. This (longish) article gives you a taste. If it sparks an interest, I’d recommend picking up Walser’s “Selected Stories” first. I read some Walser on the trip during rare moments of downtime and I knew I’d need to tell you about him when I got back.
  • Understanding AI Whether it’s in airport magazines, the news, or the topic of conversation whenever I eavesdrop on my tech buddies, it seems everyone is talking and thinking about the implications of Artificial Intelligence and the impact it will have on our lives. Here, Bill Gates recommends a few books. This has nothing to do with Canada but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot - particularly as I’m losing hope for human intelligence.
  • Smartphone Restriction Interesting story about someone who put themselves on smartphone restriction for 7 days. Some of you just read that and panicked. This article is for you, especially. I had my phone on vacation and I’m of two minds about it. On the one hand, checking work email while away made easing back into my routine a little simpler. On the other, my brain was processing images like the ones I’ve dropped into this issue while also thinking about research billing compliance, which may not be totally healthy. The phone was great for photographs and Google Maps, though, so, like I said, I’m torn.
  • Fix Your Squeaky SI Joint Did a lot of walking and not a lot of lifting on vacation but too much time sitting on planes wrecked my back a bit. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been doing some of these exercises recommended by David Dellanave. If you have SI issues or if you just want to bulletproof your low back, give these movements a try.

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