I watched a lot of Iron Chef when I was little. I’m talking about the old-school Iron Chef, the one with Masaharu Morimoto, yes, like also in Iron Chef America, but also with Chen Kenichi (Iron Chef Chinese), Hiroyuki Sakai (Iron Chef French), and Masahiko Kobe (Iron Chef Italian).
In the opening sequence of the show, Chairman Kaga (the Michael Jackson meets Muammar Qaddafi of Iron Chef), reads French food writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin‘s quote “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” I think the quote holds today just as it did in the past, but I think there are other things we consume that explain who we are.
The above picture is my current non-incognito Chrome window. I write these posts through WordPress’ web portal, and I have three total tabs open on it: this one, Dictators in uniform (I had to search “flamboyant dictators” to remember Qaddafi’s name, which led me to that tab), and the Wikipedia page for Brillat-Savarin).
The point is, I have an absurd number of tabs open. The sheer quantity says something about me: I use the computer a lot, I like tabs, I like the internet, I’m curious, I’m lazy, I procrastinate, I hoard, and/or I have a commitment/detachment issue. Far more interesting, though, is what the tabs say about me, or what your tabs say about you. Tell me the names of your unclosed tabs , and I will tell you what you are. And on the way, I’ll close these tabs so I can actually shut down my computer tonight.[2 Yes, I know that I can just have Chrome reopen all the tabs. But I’d rather not trigger The Day After Tomorrow as my laptop’s fan cranks up to Harrier percent.]
I’ll go from right to left. Although this would usually mean most recent to least, I’ve had these bad boys up for a while now and I’ve reopened tabs in the middle and added tabs from there. But in general, the story should go from now to the most distant browsing past:
1. Anthony Bourdain Melts a Meteorite to Make a Beautiful Blade
Soooo, Anthony Bourdain is my hero. Jackie Chan, Bill Gates, and Maurice Greene were my childhood heroes, and since Maurice Greene is just old-news, I’ve replaced him with Elon Musk and David Chang. My favorite aspect about Bourdain is that he made a name for himself by getting up before his morning restaurant shift and writing. Everything about the discipline of that is impressive: writing while being a line cook, having the wherewithal to wake up early (when the nights are probably pretty late), and writing something that touched a gustatory nerve. His commitment to food and cooking and his unabashed desire for high quality; what a badass.
As for watching this video, I will. Just not now.
2. Minimatic: Google Search
I’m a fan of electro-swing music, especially when cleaning my home. I was listening to Minimatic’s remix/cover/mashup of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and I was wondering if Minimatic had done anything else. Instead of finding out, I just left the tab open to remind me that I was interested in it at sometime. As it turns out, it looks like Minimatic has made a lot of music. I’ll be listening to it for the rest of this post.
3. Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh – La Di Da Di (Full Version) – YouTube
Earlier today, I was watching Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sixth History of Rap. It had a song that I had heard before, but didn’t recognize. That song, as I found out, is La Di Da Di.
4. ‘Parks and Rec’ Ben Schwartz Can’t Stop – Speakeasy – YouTube
This was from this morning. I like to play video games (today was Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U) on mute while listening to podcasts from my computer. I found this YouTube interview series by user Made Man. The host interviews celebrities while drinking cocktails. It was mildly interesting, the interviewer was decent, but he talked a little too much for my taste.
I listened to the Aziz Ansari interview first and then I stumbled across this one from Ben Schwartz. I didn’t know anything about him, besides that his character on Parks and Recreation cracks me up, so I listened to the interview. It was mildly interesting. What caught my ear was how Schwartz and the interviewer talked about how in show business once you take a break and stop working/producing, it feels like it’s all just gone and that you’re nothing. I don’t think this is unique to showbusiness.
5. 45 Manly Hobbies | Art of Manliness
This is a spawned link (came from another tab I had open, also Art of Manliness). I think I got my usual feeling of “What the fuck am I doing with all of my time/why don’t I do something besides check Facebook constantly” and figured I’d check out this list of hobbies to see if anything sounded good. I don’t think I read a single word. I’ve been on this page before; looks like a great list. It’s just not something I necessarily need right now.
6. 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library | Art of Manliness
I don’t remember when I first viewed this list, but it was sometime around the 2008 posting of it. I don’t remember when I first started reading Art of Manliness. I should find that out. It seems to have been with me throughout all of my adult life.
Either way, I’ve seen this list a lot. I’ve toyed with the idea of reading all of these books (for the first time or reread) and potentially write about each one. I got as far as rereading The Great Gatsby and then starting to reread The Prince. I quickly realized that I was missing far too many of the references Machiavelli made to Italian/Roman history and I figured I would make a guide to reading it. This fell through, although I still think the idea is good.
What is it about these lists that make me so drawn to them? How awesome would it be to have read all of these books? I need to do this.
7. Testosterone Week: How I Doubled My Testosterone Levels Naturally and You Can Too | Art of Manliness
I opened this tab and proceeded to not read a word. I will, though. I’m interested in what effect testosterone has on the body, particularly with exercise.
8. How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne | Art of Manliness
In listing my childhood heroes earlier in this post, I forgot Jason Bourne. I’ve read all three of the Ludlum books, I’ve rewatched the three Damon movies, and I’ve imagined what I would do if I had amnesia and was trained as an assassin (incidentally, I tend not to imagine what I would do if I just had amnesia, although that is probably a more likely scenario). He’s a big reason I took three languages in high school and chose to study Russian in college. Long story short, any link with “Jason Bourne” in it is bound for me to click on it. However, I never read any of it.
9. 7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting | Art of Manliness
One thing I love about working as a cook is getting to stand for work/the majority of the day. During my month of unemployment, I got pretty sick of sitting all day. Although I’m largely immune to the effects of oversitting now, my girlfriend, who works in an office, is not. She was telling me she has been getting sore from it. So I clicked on this link. And proceeded to not look at it. I’ll check it out tomorrow. I’m probably going to end up using this post as a list to revisit these links.
10. Mastering Man Food: How to Cook Bacon Properly | Art of Manliness
Now here’s a link I read. I made some bacon last night for dinner. I’m not a huge fan of the finicky method of stovetop bacon frying, so I did some quick research into alternative methods. I’ve baked bacon regularly before (when I worked at Colton’s Steakhouse, I loved the smell as we opened the oven doors to two full sheets of baked bacon), and I just needed some reminders.
I ended up baking it just like Art of Manliness describes under the subheading “The Way of the Pros”, except that I took the advice from “The Vermont Style” and added some maple syrup. Wow. Definitely worth it. Extra thick cut bacon, 400 degrees, maple syrup. I don’t think there’s any other way to do it anymore.
So all of these Art of Manliness links are all from yesterday. Three more.
11. 4 Personal Finance Principles That Would Make Your Grandfather Proud | Art of Manliness
I opened this and didn’t read it. It has my name written all over it: generational jealousy, personal finance, and Art of Manliness. It’s just I didn’t read it. Why? I guess I was just interested in other things at the time. I figured I’d come back to it. I think I use tabs almost the way most people use bookmarks (in real life or via a browser): as something to come back to and read later.
12. 5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style | Art of Manliness
Same thing as above: clicked on it, didn’t read.
13. The Art of Manliness
Alas, the homepage. The progenitor of all the above AoM links. If I remember right, at the time I typed this into the browser, I’d exhausted all of my front-page reading of CNN.com, Facebook, Engadget, Appleinsider, and I wanted more time on the computer.
14. The Cinematic Orchestra : Every Day (Full Album) – YouTube
So I found this maybe on Tuesday. It was in the Related Videos list on the right side of some YouTube page (I should get to it soon in this tab archaeological excavation), I recognized the group (Cinematic Orchestra), and I wanted to remind myself to check them out. I meant to look them up on my iTunes library to see how I recognized them.
I just quit listening to the Minimatic Soundcloud (not nearly enough electro-swing, but I did like one of them besides No Swinggity: Get Swingy) and I tried this link a try. Ooph. Not for me.
However, their songs from my iTunes library are fantastic, and I definitely haven’t listened to them enough recently: Arrival of the Birds & Transformation and To Build a Home (Ft. Patrick Watson)
15. Bonobo – The North Borders – YouTube
I opened this for essentially the same reason as #14: I recognized the artist when I saw the video link on the Related Videos, clicked on it, and planned to check it out.
There must be a number, a certain threshold that I have to reach, when I just start mining music artists. If I like x number of songs, I just am content with those songs. But if I like x>n, n being the threshold number, I just will give everything a try by that artist to see if there are any other wonders. And with Bonobo, the answer to that question has been a consistent yes.
As I listen to the link now, it couldn’t be more perfect for “I’m just about to go to bed but I’m cranking out this post.”
16. Miley Cyrus Bangerz (Full Album) – YouTube
That scenario described a sentence before this one? Yeah, I’m just going to go out on a limb and guess that Miley Cyrus music would not fit that billing. I’ll give this a listen to sometime other than right now. Apparently some of the songs are decent.
I think this was from Tuesday. I just used this to determine that my computer has been on for 3 days, 5 hours, and 31 minutes. Sounds like I had it off during my lunch shift on Monday, turned it on when I got home, and then have had it on since then.
Okay, I’ve got to go to bed. I told my girlfriend, at 915, that I’d be to bed in 30 minutes. It’s now 2228. I’ve got to write my journal and get to bed asap. I’ll pick this excavation back up tomorrow.