Weekend Review, March 3-4, 2018

Even though the storm passed Friday, the weekend was ruined by a spiteful, unrelenting wind that just wouldn’t go away. Despite what the thermometer said (40s), the real-feel was in the lower 30s. I wasn’t mobile. I sat and read.

Saturday, around 4:40PM, I saw an unidentified electric longboard moving west on Liberty Street and then turn south on the bicycle path. It had a light-wood-color deck and an impossibly thin under-deck enclosure that was long. About 7:30, I saw a Segway Mini on this Island traveling from the ferry terminal. A Segway Mini! Here, of all places!

Weekend reading:

Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media by Robert Kyncl,‎ Maany Peyvan. An astonishing book! It will have a separate post soon.

Believe and Receive: Use the 40 Laws of Nature to Attain Your Deepest Desires by Melissa Alvarez. Rubbish. I bailed two pages into the Introduction.

The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Alistair Urquhart. Singapore fell to the Japanese and he was a prisoner of war. He endured a death march, beatings, torture, starvation, slave labor, disease after disease, having a ship he was being transported on torpedoed, surviving days on a raft in the ocean, and felt the blast of the atomic bomb that wiped out Nagasaki. Some quotes:

Life is worth living and no matter what it throws at you it is important to keep your eyes on the prize of the happiness that will come. Even when the Death Railway reduced us to little more than animals, humanity in the shape of our saintly medical officers triumphed over barbarism.

Remember, while it always seems darkest before the dawn, perseverance pays off and the good times will return.

And:

I nodded as he [Dr. Mathieson] went on. “It’s easy for these men to give up and when they lose hope the fight just seeps right out of them. On countless occasions I have seen two men with the same symptoms and same physical state, and one will die and one will make it. I can only put that down to sheer willpower.

I considered this for a moment and looked around the hut. You could tell the men who were dying by the look on their faces. Their gaze was lost before it reached their eyes and no amount of positive attitude and care from Dr. Mathieson could change their destiny.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Previously here:

Weekend Review, February 24-25, 2018
Long Weekend Review, February 17-19, 2018
Weekend Review, February 3-4, 2018
Weekend Review, January 20-21, 2018
Long Weekend Review, January 13-15, 2018
Weekend Review, January 6-7, 2018
Too-Long Weekend Review, December 28, 2017-January 1, 2018
December 23-25 2017 (Long) Weekend In Review
December 16-17 2017 Weekend In Review
December 9-10, 2017 Weekend In Review
December 2-3, 2017 Weekend In Review
Weekend In Review

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