The randomness on my mind lately …
Salman Rushdie — I saw Salman Rushdie speak this week about his new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, which recalls his time under the fatwa. Two observations: 1) He is extremely witty. He claims he developed a dark sense of humor from all the time he spent with security forces. Who knew? 2) Harvard students never cease to amaze me with their utter boldness. When it came time for questions, they all stampeded to the microphone. What is that? Courage? Arrogance? Competitive drive? Curiosity? Narcissism? Seriously. What makes them tick? I still haven’t figured it out.
EX-PATS — Savannah Jane Buffett (daughter of Jimmy) hosts this awesome web series about people who have packed up and moved to warmer climates. I’m taking notes! Watch here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3. (Although, are you an expat if you move to the US Virgin Islands? I heard it’s like moving to another state. Yes. I’ve done research.)
Jules on the Water tumblr — I was directed to this tumblr this week and just gasped when I saw her main page. Gorgeous images of water — and all things associated with water — in blues and greens.
Opening a champagne bottle with a sword — How cool would it be to learn how to do this? I’m thinking Thanskgiving, which happens to also be a certain Mr.’s 40th birthday, would be a great time to practice! Watch the video here. And if you try it, let me know!
Caribbean Travel Wallpaper — You may be noticing a bit of a theme with this edition of Random. There’s a reason for that. With each layer I add to my daily attire, a yearning for the warm waters of the Caribbean grows stronger. If you need survival tools, I strongly suggest adding one of these awesome wallpapers to your desktop.
Catfish: the TV Show — Did you see the movie that came out a few years ago? You know, the documentary where the guy goes in search of a woman he met online. My word, that was gut-wrenching to watch. When I heard they were turning it into a TV show, I thought, no way that will work. But then I watched the trailer. I’ll be watching this when it premieres in November!
Political views may be hard wired — I once took a class taught by a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who shared that human beings across cultures are biologically hard wired to form groups, pick a leader, and defend their territory. Which explains everything. Like the ugliness around this election. Seems Democrats and Republicans may also be neurologically different. Read this.
Starting my 2013 calendar search — It’s that time of year again when I start my search for the perfect calendar. I created a Pinterest board to collect some ideas. If you see anything really different out there, please let me know!