Started reading: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 📚

Loved, loved, loved, “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow”

Walking down a side alley today we saw these chefs outside a sushi joint with this 100 kilo tuna. They were selling ¥150 beers and doing a “breakdown” demonstration. So we stuck around and watched. Here are the highlights!

Current status: in a back alley in Osaka where they are about to clean a 100kilo tuna in front of a small crowd

#Osaka #Japan

4 sushi chefs stand behind a massive tuna on a table. A sign advertises the show starts from 2PM

(love being able to correct my spelling errors in and Mastodon after posting… hate having to give up or repost on Bluesky 😭)

Philosophers ranked by their punk credentials: I would put the Buddha a bit higher on the scale since his critique of the caste system, and the workaround he created for people to escape it, was revolutionary 🪷✊🧘👨‍🎤

#punk #philosophy #buddhism

chart titled Philosophers ranked by their punk credentials. Categorizes various philosophers into different levels of punk. The categories, from most punk to least punk, are as follows: They're not punk, punk is them; Very punk; Punk; Punkish; Not very punk; Not punk; Anti-punk; Basically a cop.

Annual medical checkup day. Just ran the gauntlet at the local health office 🏥🩺. Really wish we did this in Canada, it is a great marker. (Also, amazed at how much I have shrunk in the past couple of years! 🙀)

Finished Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie 📚

Can’t stop this series! But don’t want it to end, so going to take a break before I read the final volume.

This was absolutely delightful

Ikijima’s population has dropped by 140 and is just below 24K now. There are only 2727 children on the island.

#ikijima #壱岐島…

Chart showing the declining population since 1955 when it was 51,765. This year it is just 23,995.

It’s my birthday. So I watched End of Evangelion and started reading Non-things by Byung-Chul Han 📚

Yeah, middle age is a breeze 😬

Elaborate handmade birthday card presented to me at dinner 🎂

Daughter 1: I wrote it all in Old English. 😇

Daughter 2: Why? So he could understand it? 😈

🔥 🔥 🔥 💀

My last day as a 45 year old had a spectacular sunset. My 12 year old took this photo 📸 🌆 👌

Sunset lights up the bottom of striated clouds curving across the sky. A plane flies over above

View from the Cybozu Osaka office. We are here and ready for our workshop tonight

Wide angle shot of downtown Osaka from the 35th floor

Sitting in a crowded Umeda café reviewing my slides for tonight’s workshop on The Culture Map. If you are free this evening, why not come down to the awesome Cybozu office and hang out with us:…

Presentation slide with a picture of the book and the Agenda:
&10;About the book
&10;Introduce the 8-scale model
&10;Work through 3 of the factors in our groups
&10;→ (Do more as time permits)
&10;Final comments
&10;Socializing! 🍻

Myaku Myaku train in the early evening 📸 🚋 🦠

#Osaka #大阪

train with Myaku Myaku, the 2025 Osaka Expo mascot, passes over head on a tran bridge. Chad takes a photo from a grassy field below. The scene is lit by a low sun from behind, casting Chad (and his bike's) shadow across the grass

It could be better for everybody — a review of Limitarianism in just 335 words

📚 Limitarianism: The Case Against Extreme Wealth by Ingrid Robeyns is an ethical framework advocating for limiting excess wealth and redistributing to the benefit of wider society. The book builds its case by historically analyzing the rise of inequality over the past 50 years through global neoliberal policy; the social problems that inequality cause or exacerbate; how taking a Limitarian stance could improve things for everyone including the wealthy; and what needs to be done to get there. She starts off the book with her proposal that there be a “political” wealth cap of 10mm $/€/£ per person, and an ethical limit of 1mm $/€/£ per person. Basically, she comes out of the book fighting. Then, throughout the author provides many shocking statistics and refers to many different academic studies. Furthermore, she runs though many of the counter arguments that have been posed to her by the public and the media, naming and taking apart each objection as a trained philosopher should. She brings a lot to the fight, and in the end settles basically on a strong welfare state (I would like to a see an anarchist argument). Altogether is a strong package. It is not the kind of thing you pass to the proverbial conservative uncle at the Thanksgiving dinner table. He will scoff, reject it outright, and recommend Thomas Sowell or some other ghoul. But for people who do not pray to Ludwig von Mises or one of the Mont Pelerin set, but do not necissarly have a strong critical bent or are not as politically aware, it might serve as a good catch-me-up and help them understand why they think we might be in the Bad Timeline. I really appreciate Robeyns’s call at the end for more political engagement by regular people. Our democratic muscles have atrophied in the decades of consumerist atomization. As the classic Graeber quote goes, “The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.”

See my short chapter notes on Goodreads or Bookwyrm to get a peek into the details of the book.

Nice review of a beautiful looking book: The Uyghurs: Kashgar before the Catastrophe

Photos are from 1998. Compare with the NYT photo essay from 2019 I linked in a post with some of my photos from 2004. What a place. 😔…

Finally finished processing and uploading my Taiwan photos to Flickr. I ended up picking 307 out of 1800 and organizing them into a number of albums. Link below, but I will to write a trip report soon with context.…

Fun NBN interview with Richard Jaffe about his book Seeking Sakyamuni, a book I adore. 📚🎙

Interview:… My chapter notes:…

Also good to hear @ssiddiqui83’s voice again!

#Buddhism #Japan #history #books #podcast

Started the second volume of The First Law series Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie 📚