Fun cubing fact: there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible permutations on a 3x3 cube, each one theoretically solvable in 20 moves or less.

“It’s easy to build up a body of work if you keep a collection of limbs.”

Finished reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Essential. πŸ“š

Playing lots with my cube and solving it every time. My fastest solve so far is a bit over two minutes. I’d like to get my average solve under one minute because nerd.

Rubik’s cubes came out when I was a kid and although I’ve owned a few in the decades since, I’ve never been able to solve the puzzle without resorting to looking at a cheat sheet. Until this morning. Twice.

I finished Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne, about the rise and fall of the Comanches and their last war chief. One of the best human history books I’ve read. πŸ“š

Books read in 2019: πŸ“š

The Son, by Philipp Meyer
Tribe, by Sebastian Junger
The Coddling of the American Mind, by Lukianoff & Haidt
The Outsider, by Stephen King
The Madness of Crowds, by Douglas Murray
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, by Anya von Bremzen
Enlightenment Now, by Stephen Pinker
Exploded View, by Carrie Tiffany
Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens
The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, by Anne Salmond
Modesty Blaise: The Puppet Master, by O’Donnell & Romero

Five weeks back using Day One and I’m liking it. Mostly on the laptop but the one-a-day random phone prompts are handy too.

On today’s bike ride there were lots of little wild pigs rooting around. One burst out of the scrub and ran beside me squealing for a bit. Another one got grumpy.

Bret Weinstein says humour is important for humans, not just as frivolous entertainment but as a deeper evolutionary adaptation which enables us to tackle difficult topics.

We watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and it was right on point, boy. 🍿

Starting the Twenties right where I am. πŸŽ‰