September 2019 Favorites

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Things I Enjoyed in September 2019

Objective judgment, now, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now, at this very moment. Willing acceptance — now, at this very moment — of all external events.

Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations, 9.6

Videos

TV Shows

  • The Boys 1 P – A dark and very funny TV show about a group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes.
  • The Terror 1 P – A disturbing and terrifying horror story, based on a historical ship travel without return to the north-west passage near the north pole.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 1 N – A beautiful fantasy story, completely made with puppets.
  • UNDONE 1 P – Probably the best TV show I’ve seen in 2019. It’s a fantastic and poetic animation series about time travel.
  • Carnival Row 1 P – An entertaining crime story in a Victorian fantasy world. It’s definitely inspired by H. P. Lovecrafts’ horror stories.

Movies

Music

Books

  • The Laws of Human Nature (Amazon) – Robert Greene on understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.
  • The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller (Amazon) – I’m interested in story-telling for a long time now. John Truby shares his secrets for writing a compelling script.
  • Daytripper (Amazon) – I re-read this fantastic graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá about life and death. Each story follows Bras de Olivias Dominguez during different periods in his life, each with the same ending: his death.

Articles

Inspiration

  • Revølve – Inspiring website of a design agency from San Francisco and Portland. Some nice WebGL, AR Interactions, and music.
  • CSS Grid: Magazine Layouts – Fantastic Codepen demo by Olivia Ng showing magazine layouts build with modern CSS techniques.
  • Laney LA – Inspiring website of a design and architecture studio with a nice layout, and beautiful typography.

Stuff & Things

Places

  • AutoStadt (Google Maps) – I guided a co-worker and her husband around this Volkswagen brand park with multiple pavilions, museums, and restaurants for a full day.
  • Bokel-Mühle am See (Google Maps) – I could stay in this fantastic hotel and restaurant at the shore of a lake during a 3-day company excursion. The food is excellent and I liked walking around the lake.

Quotes

Jordan B Peterson in an interview with Dave Rubin talking about speech police around the world as a disconcerting trend. He explains that we as a society need to be able to transcend the hardship of life with comedy. Comedians are people who push the edge of what’s acceptable. And if we start to prosecute comedians for jokes it’s a warning that our society goes in a dangerous direction:

If the king is such a tyrant that he kills his jester, then you know that the evil king is in charge.


Ernest Hemingway writing in a letter to Dorothy Connable, as he was warning her about Charles Fenton, who spread misinformation about Hemingway’s life:

The way to make people trustworthy is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961

The quote above is immediately followed by, But this man is not a person that works with that system.


  • Boat on the jetty. Bokel-Mühle am See. Photography by Stefan Imhoff