I wondered, what sorts of education was offered to the generals and commanders of our era. Was there an academy out there reading Sun Tzu and playing chess? What do they read to prepare themselves for the battlefield, for tactics, for strategy?

There's so much cool stuff on the internet, and as always the problem is curation. How do you find what's good? I wanted to share a few of my favorites of these here, as well as some other wholesome links I haven't shared before. There's so much material period online, so I think it's nice to share links to what we enjoy, which can be hidden away among the piles. Borges' Library of Babel, made real.

For those of us who use a computer for work, and even those who don't the computer can be a stressful place. It's unnatural to sit in front of box with flashing lights and sounds, in a high tension environment like while working. Even just navigating the social sphere can be stressful. We know this, inherently, yet rarely choose to talk about it or address it. Computers are depressing. There are ways to deal with this.

In many ways, effort becomes the cornerstone of the work. His theory is that often the one who comes out on top is the one who puts in the most effort, so that’s what he resolves to do. He wants to always put the most amount of time in, so he can be best prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead.

I’ve re-instituted my splash page. It’s 2018 and I have a website with a splash page. Go ahead, open monochromatic.co in a new tab and you’ll see it in all its glory. I’ve even added some new photos for it to filter between, and if you wait long enough, you’ll see them. It’s not that I think it’s a bad splash screen; I think it’s fairly pretty. It just seems a little counter-intuitive to have put it back as the homepage. So why did I? Let’s talk about it.

I think for most, reviews are a means of determining the enjoyment we’ll get from a piece of art. The fallacy here is the idea that any piece of media’s finest quality is the amount we enjoy it. There a lot of movies and books that are “good” that aren’t necessarily enjoyable.

So much of our society is built around trying to occupy as much of your attention span as possible. What is a phone but a digital casino of flashing lights and advertisements, where the prize is dopamine and the cost is sanity? But, perhaps that’s too grim a picture. These sorts of devices don’t work only because they’re effective, they work because we want them to.

We, as a people, aren’t willing to be bored any more.

At the edge of the purple, the Moon seemed to hang just overhead. Half full, the white side sagged low, like a bowl full of water. ‘Wasn’t it unusual for the moon to still be out, now?,’ she thought. Thinking about it now, she couldn’t remember when she’d last seen the moon and the sun sharing the same sky. Something about the idea seemed perverse, as if it defied understanding.

After my schedule freed up, I thought I would go back to writing as I had before, for hours each day. That’s like being a marathon runner, not running for months, & expecting to go back to 100% right away. Not only is that unrealistic, but it’s unhealthy. I started to feel down when I wasn’t able to write like I wanted to, even though I hadn’t exercised those muscles in months.

As someone who writes a lot of short fiction, I try and read as much of it as I can, as well. I've been working a lot on my literary submissions with the goal of being published this year. In reading so many short stories, I try and read them for enjoyment but also critically, to break down what makes them work so well, and see how I can apply those tactics to my own writing.

The Internet is becoming a very boring place. I’m a young guy, just barely old enough to remember a time before the Internet was commonplace, and yet I’ve grown up with it as a fundamental part of my life.

We’d wondered, for so many a night, what it meant. Something was still going on inside, that much would be sure. Soon, the cracks would start to show, and drop by drop this whole thing would come apart, the land returning to how it was. That was all well and good with me too. I knew it would happen eventually, as all things do, but for now something kept it going.

Sometimes, when I stand in the same place for a long time, I get so accustomed to it that when I move again I get lightheaded. I become aware of my clothes on my skin, in particular any loose threads brushing against the hair of my arms and legs, the feeling of my muscles flexing and relaxing, hard and soft at once.

“Don't think about it. Breathing while running is natural, not mechanical, and you're making it a mechanical process. Just breathe in when you need to breathe in and exhale when you need to exhale.”

Are dreams fiction? Of course, the events of dreams don’t literally happen, but they are sensory experiences that are “true” for the dreamer. Dreams can be a product of and have an effect on our memories.

For many, the cellphone is the primary point of access to the internet. It’s how people take photos and share them, how they communicate with their friends and family, how they get directions and access their bank, how they consume media and gather news. Every year, it seems we rely on smartphones to do more.

Is there a medium out there that doesn’t assert a viewpoint, some sense of control over an image? I think this is what we value about an artist most of all. Of course, there’s plenty of other things we value about art, from their aesthetics, to the message conveyed or feeling evoked. Beyond all that, it’s the ability to capture a viewpoint, the lens through which they view the world, and even more potent, to translate that into something that can be understood by others.

With or without a camera, I walk sporadically; something my girlfriend loves to give me grief about. My steps mirror those in my head, starting in one direction, before darting across the street to get a closer look at a passing bird or the dappled light on brick. It’s just part of who I am. It’s important to me to let my feet carry me. After all, in this age, how lost can you get?

Okay, so now you know what an exposure is, and how to make one. You’re all set to take some photographs, right? Kind of! As I’ve said more than a few times now, photography is about light. More than that, photography is about decisions. There are decisions being made by you, the photographer, decisions being made by the camera, decisions being made by whatever you’re using to edit your work after you’ve taken it, etc. So how can you put yourself in control of the most of those decisions? Should you even want to?