The ideology of Ayn Rand really rubs me the wrong way but several friends remarked, after a book club reading of "The Fountainhead", that the main character, Howard Roark, reminded them of me. Darn.
A lot of what I do comes unannounced from the left field. I am currently reconstructing the cuisine of ancient Rome in my kitchen. Why not?
My two cents about work ethic
At 22, I worked in a Marseille research lab. On my first day, at exactly 12:30 my boss came and said "Laisses tes outils, c'est l'heure du déjeuner -> drop your tools, it's lunchtime." I took part in the sudden, all-inclusive communal march of the French toward the caféteria. I was served a three course meal, with cheese, dessert, a glass of wine and my pick in an olive bar.
The French ate and bantered but 13:15 come, they communally moved to the coffee and cigarette area, then resumed work as they had stopped it at 13:30. The research institute opened at 8:30 and was shut, with all lights off at 18:30. It was shut all weekend long.
My north American workaholic self could not express itself and this was liberatory. I wandered off in Marseille's seaside calanques, drank some wine, swam top-less in Mediterranean creeks, took the train to visit the regional sights, yet, I accomplished a hell of a lot of work.
Neural ensemble recording.
Saying unsettling things matter-of-factly.
Designing and constructing 3D printers.
Stanley Kubrik makes me want to buy a camcorder. Ingmar Bergman bothers me when his films remind me of my upbringing. And The Americans.
Those aircraft safety information cards in the pocket of the seat in front, they're incomprehensible are they not?
Leonard Cohen makes my voice drop two octaves. David Bowie makes me float in a most peculiar wye. And the BBC.
And certain foods.
The Goldilocks zone.
The pursuit of happiness.
Pen and paper.
The means of production.
I constantly reflect on the reasons and incentives that drive my behavior and my expectations of other's behavior.
I don't hold others to a higher standard than I expect of myself and the example of other's achievements inspire me.
I hope you recognize yourself.
Message me, period.