Every day, my head, my notebooks and pieces of paper all over my apartment rapidly fill up with ideas about articles, comments on current affairs and links to other interesting stuff which I want to turn into stories. Some time. But then, it never happens because the next day I have more ideas or I finally need to work again after the rather expensive trip to Easter Island.
To get my mind uncluttered for more exhaustive articles and creative stories, I will henceforth put some of the remaining ideas into a list like the following. Some of these are like comments or links which I would otherwise publish on Facebook or Twitter, but it seems to me that the discussion on blogs usually is of a higher quality. Also, but let me put that into the list already:
- I have configured my browser in a way that I cannot access Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tinder, OKcupid or any games between 1300 and 2200 hours. Even between this curfew, the total usage time for these sites is limited to 2 hours per day in total. I found it shocking how much time one wastes with all these gimmicks. No wonder that I am already 41, but still have neither a PhD nor a TV show.
- I generally find it surprising how much distract myself from the things I actually want to do. I am not even talking about the things I need to do. On the other hand, you can also switch to a routine of discipline and productivity quite fast.
- For a few days now, I am in a rhythm of waking up before 0600 and beginning to write/work right away. One day, I got so much done before noon, when I left the house at 1100, I erroneously greeted the neighbors with “buenas tardes” because I felt a whole day had already passed.
- Germany is discussing how terror suspect Al-Bakr could kill himself in custody. I would like to remind people that suicide is a right. Anything else would mean treating a human being as a means to an end, in this case the end of investigating a possible terror plot. Immanuel Kant already told us not to do this. This second formulation of the Categorical Imperative is much more important in my mind than the famous first one, which upon a closer look doesn’t make as much sense as our high school ethics teacher pretended.
- Philosophy, by the way, is a subject which I would love to study once more. Maybe I’ll go for a second MA in philosophy.
- Ever since ISIS are called Daesh, I shiver when I use my computer’s daeshboard.
- The worst thing of this week must be the women who defend Donald Trump against allegations of sexual assault after he himself bragged about getting away with sexual assault.
- With Chile I have visited my 50th country. Here is the full list. The goal is to keep this number higher than my age at all times. Right now, I have a solid buffer and could thus relax for a few years.
- A former housemate from Arequipa writes an excellently amusing blog about Peru. But it’s in French.
- Here is a first photo from Easter Island. Soon, I will publish so many that you’ll get tired of them.
- After all the “asymmetric” wars, it’s almost a relief to have a traditional huge battle once again, properly planned, announced in advance. Good luck to my Kurdish colleagues in Mosul. But no war crimes, please!
- Is there any other example in which NATO countries support an organization/people, while the same organization/people is being attacked by another NATO country?
- Instead of “post-factual”, we simply used to say “idiot”.
- If you don’t watch Game of Thrones and talk to fans of the show, do you also get the impression that the series has something quasi-religious about it?
- Dvorak’s 9th symphony has become my favorite piece of classical music and I love to listen to it while writing. It’s energizing.
- I don’t know how to resume the original numbering after inserting a video, so that’s it for today.
I am looking forward to your comments. This could also help in determining if a subject deserves a separate article.