I was into the Beats and Transcendental stuff back in the day like
On the Road, Dharma Bums, Thoreau anything by Allen Watts.
Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is fundamental. I also found The
Fountainhead (Howard Roark is fascinating) strangely visceral and
as an Artist close to my heart. The Dao de Jing played a big role
in shaping my personality and spirituality. As master Po would say,
I try not to resist things but instead bend like a reed. On the
design side Cradle to Cradle design was a game changer. I think it
was for a lot of people. Dwell is nice to scan through at the
grocery store checkout. I love Neil Gaiman, and I'm into Japanese,
Chinese, or just folktales/literature in general. Heinland's
Stranger in a strange land is a personal favorite. I also like
reading philosophers. Less now these days. Also I like to read up
on metaphysical subjects as they pertain to mundane matters. In
other words, being grounded has nothing to do with pragmatism.
Something else to clarify sometime...
I'm reading A Game of Thrones at the moment. I plan on getting
through all of them eventually.
Just saw The Big Lebowski again recently. That movie is even funner
after all these yrs. Ive got to be honest. Movies are perhaps a
blind spot on my cultural rear view mirror. I just made that phrase
I dig cable TV. Like AMC and HBO shows. Breaking Bad, Game of
Thrones, Hell on Wheels, and The Walking Dead.
Paul F Tompkins cracks me up. Ive been listening to more comedy
lately. Not so much political satire(although colbert is a genius)
or anything too strange like * Tim and Eric. I mean they're ok but
I like comedy that is a little more "clever" in a traditional way.
Children's Hospital is great. Adult Swim is a good "go too".
* OK, I think they got through to me:
I plan on hitting some local clubs soon. Yeah. Cause comedy is
I live in Portland, of course I like indie rock.
Mostly I don't keep up these days with any particular music genre.
I know what i like...I just dont define myself by the music I
I "was" vegetarian. I don't think its wrong to eat meat. I do
however think there are ways of making the food industry better for
everyone involved. Processes change. I promote change.
Oh and I like smoothies: