“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—
Unhappy men are all alike. Some wound they suffered long ago, some wish denied, some blow to pride, some kindling spark of love put out by scorn - or worse, indifference - cleaves to them, or they to it, and so they live every day within a shroud of yesterdays. The happy man does not look back. He doesn’t look ahead. He lives in the present.
But there’s the rub. The present can never deliver one thing; meaning. The ways of happiness and meaning are not the same. To find happiness, a man need only live in the moment; he need only live for the moment. But if he wants meaning - the meaning of his dreams, his secrets, his life- a man must reinhabit his past, however dark, and live for the future, however uncertain. Thus nature dangles happiness and meaning before us all, insisting that we choose between them.
I don’t know why I’m doing this, because I get this feeling that 99% of the people who read the last Watch Review think that it’s a turd. But Sara reblogged it, either making fun of me or because it was useful. Let’s assume it was useful. A reminder: I’m doing this to provide fellow tumblrs with insight into the watch culture, alternatives to higher priced alternatives to Rolex and Tag. You want a status watch? Then you have to get a Rolex or Tag, or something else that certain women go bonkers over. But if you want something that looks good, you have many more options. Many are more reasonably priced and should last awhile. Original post about Skagen can be found here. This week: a continued look at reasonably priced to moderately priced (up to $500 or so) watches. Next week: the cash money watches.
Swiss Victorinox - My current selection! They’re simple and durable, exactly what you should expect from a Swiss timepiece. I got mine from eBay for just under $100, and I was very excited about it. They do have some higher end watches, but they generally run in the $100-$400 range.
Citizen/Invicta - When I was checking other watches out, I stopped by Citizen and Invicta and was decently surprised at how good their watches look, given their prices. Some of these things are damn ugly , but you can’t win every time I guess. These are the watches you see plenty of in JCPenney. They’re cool with me.
Tokyo Flash - Just kidding! Well not really… I might have to take a class on how to keep track of time with these things, but you’d fit in perfectly at the Daft Punk show with one of these babies.
ESQ Swiss - This is a more expensive level. But they look pretty sexy, no? This is a brand created by Movado, and although I think Movado is pointless, I liked these. Most are around $500, but you get more value for that price. The glass is scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and as it says in the name, it’s made with Swiss-level care.
I have a question, do older Tags hold up style-wise like Rolex do? I’m guessing not.
“If being Republican means being a narrow-minded bigot, than I’m tired of being a Republican.”—My dyed-in-the-wool conservative Texan mother about her decision to switch parties and support Senator Barack Obama (via jessicagoldharalson)
Ever since I turned 18, I’ve had this odd fascination with members of my age group who have achieved some manner of success. That was the first year that guys my age were being drafted into pro sports. Britney Spears was IT. Then some guys my age created a website dedicated to funny stuff, in written, picture, and video form. That was crazy. Now, many of my peers are changing the world. A guy a year older than me is the speechwriter for a major Presidential candidate, and another a solid 2-3 years younger than me owns the social networking landscape.
But last night, I saw a story about a guy from Germany. And it wasn’t a story of success, although there was a bit of a happy ending at the end, if you can call it that. The show was 60 Minutes, and the man was discussing his experiences as a prisoner at one of the American secret holding cells. His unfortunate coincidence was that he was marrying a Muslim woman from Turkey, and was travelling to the Middle East to learn and study his future wife’s religion. This was in the wake of September 11th. He was taken into custody because many of the hijackers also resided in Germany, and was treated just as badly, if not worse, than everyone else at the prison sites. Five years in custody left him physically and psychologically scarred. He looked to be in his mid to late 30s.
He’s 25 years old.
I couldn’t even explain why this struck me, beyond the 4,000 soldiers who have died in Iraq, many of whom are barely out of high school. Maybe it was the fact that our government plucked a guy out of nowhere because he shared two or three of the life anecdotes of the hijackers. Maybe it was because it was a man from another country, one more to add to the list that thinks what we represent by large is a joke. But it sucked. I hated hearing about it. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone ever again. Not from the US, not from anywhere else.
“I don’t think “believers” are stupid. I think they must be tortured; their subconscious must be a maelstrom of contradictions, evasions, and rationalizations, as they must continuously bridge a gap between a view of reality in which they have unshakable faith, and a living reality which contradicts those beliefs every day.” — Jakob Lodwick (via claudia)
On the contrary, it is the non-believer’s effort to bridge this gap. The “believer” is ready to accept illogical, irrational, illusive concepts that have no proof because most of them are lazy or deluded. You are talking about the existentialist’s “leap of faith” which is tremendously difficult. I think the whole thing is “stupid” because there is life outside of “belief” or the lack of it. Finally, there should be something called “minimal bias” for any theory, believer or non-believer! I prefer to be a skeptic.
i just think its incredibly arrogant to criticize belief or non-belief.
to actually think the entire universe has already revealed itself to you is ridiculous, why would you lock yourself in such a tiny box and call it game over?
I love that I don’t have to work tonight. I forgot what actual weekends feel like.
I just got my taxes done, and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Also, I am getting a gigantor return. A return which is going towards a sweet trip to Europe at the end of the summer. I’m going to go stay with my uncle in Heidelberg, sort of set it up as my “home base,” and then I’m going to ride the eurail all around Europe for a couple weeks. I don’t really care where I go as long as I meet up with T and Seb in Berlin at some point and also go to Italy.
I’m using this trip as yes, a vacation, but mostly, a way of scouting out the next place I move. Because I am definitely not staying in New York forever, and there’s nowhere left in the United States that I could possibly live.
For now though, I am off to the East Village to get my bangs trimmed and do some record shopping.
Dear Saturday, it’s good to be back.
Everything about this sounds lovely. I’m heading to Europe myself this summer. Can’t wait.
“American-trained Iraqi security forces failed for a third straight day to oust Shiite militias from the southern city of Basra on Thursday, even as President Bush hailed the operation as a sign of the growing strength of Iraq’s federal government.”—A front page WaPo story reports that U.S. mech infantry forces (Stryker brigades) are not only taking part but taking the lead now in Basra. More problematically, AP reports that we’re dropping bombs in Basra. Apparently, someone missed the memo that this is a counterinsurgency operation and that the goal is political reconciliation. — fromoutsidethebeltway (via kitchenmike)