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April 6 · Issue #116 · View online
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Artist Kanta Yokoyama
Artist Kanta Yokoyama
“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
― Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride (Documentary)
Bedtime Reading
In every generation, teenagers play a crucial role in adopting new styles new social norms new ways of thinking. They break down barriers, they move societies ahead in an organic way, while parents look on disgusted at how the world is coming to an end. Every single time. Every generation. Which of course is not. If you are a parent you probably know what I am talking about but if this topic interests you then you should find this very interesting. How generation Z is different.
This really is a fascinating topic on many levels, but here is something that everyone can relate. Everyone remembers being a teenager, some of you might even be teenagers ( please share my Letters with your gen Z friends LOL) so what you mostly remember was the language. Slang or whatever it’s called was the use of words in a new way that was totally different that established practice, or had a different meaning. Language evolves like that all the time. So what happens when todays kids basically don’t talk that much but text a lot. They basically destroyed written English and replaced it with a new form, which is actually very expressive and closer to spoken English.
While our kids are doing all the above, this kid does something else. He is advancing technology in the field of artificial intelligence. Kevin Frans is a senior in high school but his hobby is getting computers to do things they have never done before.
This other kid grew up wealthy, not obscene wealthy but very comfortable. She was the grandson of Walt Disney. Then while being a teenager the company really took off and became a global corporation and her parents became obscenely rich. Like they bought a Boeing aeroplane as their private jet. That type of wealthy. All that wealth brought many things with it, things most of us dream but also things we don’t think about like alcoholism. Abigail Disney talks about what it’s like growing up with more money than you’ll ever spend.
On the other end of the spectrum here is an interesting article about a place where people live very long lives. Japan has one of the highest rates of life expectancy and Okinawa specifically has the highest concentration of centenarians in the world. Not only that but even two third of its citizens are still independent at the age of 97. So what do they do that is different? Well turns out do a lot of things different, but here is something that keeps turning up in these articles about people living in blue zones. They eat far less than the rest of us.
One last article for you which is short and sweet. Well not much reading with it, just a fascinating set of pics. What it looks like building the largest ship on Earth. Thanks for reading and for sharing my letters. In case you wanna buy me a coffee you can find me here.
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