weekly roundup #4

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I recently listened to an episode of Radiolab called "Translation" that touched on a new technology in development called VEST, "a wearable vest that communicates sound to the brain using the sense of touch." For a better explanation, listen to the episode because it's really great (and Robert's inter-episode interjections are hilarious). It struck me because this technology basically uncovers a liminal sensory capacity of our brains, if not a new sense altogether. To me this is proof that there are layers and layers to reality, and that even things we think of as concretely defined, like that humans perceive with only five senses, become obsolete the more we discover. The indication being that there is so much about reality that we don't understand, which opens the door to the idea that maybe certain things we have scoffed at, like the supernatural, are not so impossible after all.

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Somehow, I've been on a Galapagos kick. I know that probably sounds like the weirdest thing ever. But I feel like so often in my life, things come together all at once for a reason that may not be obvious at the time, but becomes much clearer later on. I recently listened to a Radiolab podcast (I know, how many times can I talk about it in one blog?) all about the strange place that is current-day Galapagos, what with its convoluted politics and disappearing species. Then it just so happened that Bri recommended The Galapagos Affair on Netflix, a strange tale of murder and deceit that occurred on the island of Floreana in the 1930s. And finally, I've just started reading David Quammen's The Song of the Dodowhich talks a lot about the Galapagos in the context of island biogeography, Darwin and all things evolutionary biology. I have been a big fan of nature writer Quammen for a long time now, even before he became a regular correspondent on Radiolab (I know, again!). This book has been sitting on my shelf forever, and I'm so excited to read it. So basically, as you can see, I've been thrust coincidentally (or not??) into Galapagos land.

from Esteé's instagram

from Esteé's instagram

I guess the reason I love Estée so much is that she is down to earth and someone I can see myself being really good friends with. Connecting with youtubers is so much different from connecting with celebrities, because youtubers are just regular people who started making videos one day. Estée talks about makeup, yes, which I am obviously weirdly obsessed with. But I also just really dig her vlogs because her lifestyle is inspiring to me, and she likes all the same things I like. Plus her boyfriend is hilarious and her dog is super cute. Watching an EssieButton video just makes my day better, and when you find something like that in the world you stick with it. So thanks Estée! I think you're hilarious and awesome.

(photo by santiago alvarez)

(photo by santiago alvarez)

Also, guys, I'm starting a partial hospitalization eating disorder program on Monday. It's not an overnight program, but I'll be there for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for a minimum of three weeks, but possibly six. I'll try to post on here if I have the energy, but I'm not really sure how I'll be feeling each night. I'm so ready to start getting better and feeling very determined. I may even be pretty excited for this next step in my recovery journey, albeit with a lot of nerves and trepidation. I would say wish me luck, but I don't believe in luck. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that getting better is a choice.

also...
- shoko's non-career advice
- a great way to approach dating
- a small-scale organic farmer wants you to know a few things
- a trick for when you're worrying too much