Boom Bap Bidet!

Boom Bap Bidet!

If you had to guess what’s restraining humans from our next evolutionary step, what would you say? Religion? Paltry scientific investments? The low adoption rate of the bidet* in the United States? According to this paper by the SCA (some hygiene company with a nonsensical name), “The only thing we know for sure is that improved hygienic conditions have been historically shown to pave the way towards prosperity for a nation.” As you parse human history, this is obvious or something. For example, the first toothbrush was patented in 1857. That same year, Louis Pasteur introduced a series of reforms that improved the standards of scientific work at a school whose name I can’t pronounce—because he started brushing his teeth. All that plaque was gunking up his neural pathways. Indeed, I fib you not when I say that flossing my teeth clears my mind and improves my mood. Could I be suffering from the same “neural gunking” as Louis Pasteur?

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Why I Need to Stop Needing

Why I Need to Stop Needing

Under a clean mind, pure experience precedes thought, but for most of us, our incessantly chattering egos corrupt the sincerity of a moment to some degree. As someone who’s obviously a bit of a headcase, my reality is largely composed of a persistent stream of anxious thoughts; thus, perceiving truly and with high awareness comes difficult to me. Friends & substances are the only things that have most consistently brushed aside some of my neurotic thinking, but these are imperfect methods of dealing with an unruly mind. After bidding toodles to my chums in Valpo and arriving quite sober in Pucon, I sunk deep into my tangled dingle.  (ʃ⌣́,⌣́ƪ)

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The Colors of Valpo

The Colors of Valpo

Throughout the world, you’ll see creativity stifled by dickbags that prefer slates of grey over artistic expressions of life. Valparaiso defies this phenomenon to the extreme, painting on nearly every available wall and playing music & dancing in the streets nearly every night of the week. While I’d love to dive into the colorful history of Valparaiso (trust me – I usually hate history), I’ll save that for another time. For now, enjoy this mostly visual summary of some graffiti and landscape.

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