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Issue #25: Antidote to the Emptiness of Existence


Jeff Howardz | facts of my existence

June 18 · Issue #25 · View online

Weekly digest of things I find interesting, useful, funny, thought provoking or absurd... mixed with some wise ass short observations of my own.

“…going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”
~Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Happy Father's Day
If you’re like me, you just kind of assume that holidays have been around as long as man. As I settle in for my annual laziest day of the year (which is saying something if you know me) I thought a little reflection on the origin of Father’s Day was in order. 
Father’s Day was made an official holiday in 1972 by President Richard Nixon.
As is the case with many holidays, buying gifts is something retailers encourage, and Father’s Day is no exception.
Watch this short video from TIME (1:42). It’s an interesting history lesson.
Why does their opinion matter?
I’ve never quite understood the necessity for movie reviews (or restaurant reviews either for that matter). My personal opinion has been in direct contradiction to so many reviews in the past that I rarely ever make a decision to see (or not see) something that interests me based on a review. 
Scientifically speaking, in a decision making scenario where you have very little information and need to arrive at a conclusion quickly you tend to look at indications like “social proof” as a way to justify your decision. Movie reviews serve that purpose in a world of so many entertainment options.
If you’re into list making and/or reviews here is a pretty decent list of the:
I watch a lot of movies and I’ve only seen 6 out of 25. How many have you seen?
Scary Times
This past week I had the misfortune of discovering that two acquaintances had attempted to commit suicide last weekend. One succeeded in taking his own life and the other is in critical condition at the hospital.
Life can be very cruel. Modern society and our “always on” world make finding meaning an ever more elusive task. If you’re in the darkest of times in search of purpose and meaning in your own life then please get help. Modern medicine can do wonders for you. A wise man gave me this formula for happiness not too long ago. Maybe it can be helpful to you.
Make sure you always have:
  • Something to do
  • Someone to love
  • Something to look forward to
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending a talk given by the renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. It was one of the most entertaining, thought provoking, and eye opening experiences I’ve had in a long time. The title of his talk was the Cosmic Perspective and the intent was really to give us a glimpse into our place in the Universe and the grand scheme of things. A couple of nuggets for you:
  • There are more molecules of water (H2O) in a single glass of water than there are glasses of water in all the world’s oceans. 
  • There are more molecules of Oxygen (O2) in a single breath of air than there are breaths of air in all of the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • 1 in 10 humans who have ever lived are currently alive today (this is what population growth gets you).
The Wisdom of Norm Peterson - Cheers!
Coach: “What would you say to a beer Normie?”
Norm: “Daddy wuvs you.”
May it never get that bad,
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