1. Ever heard of Ronda? Well, Brian has, but I had not. It’s a town in Spain in the Malaga province in the Southern part of Spain, not too far away from the Strait of Gibraltar. The bridge pictured above is the Puente Nuevo bridge, 390 feet above the canyon and you’ll note the “nuevo” i.e. new bridge was started in 1751 and completed in 1793 and the aforementioned canyon is the Tajo canyon.
2. I don’t know what i was expecting when the YouTube algorithm suggested that I was this video of a bloke (yes, that’s intentional) backpacking from the north end of Britain to the southern end. Took 2 months to travel from John O’Groats to Lands End. When I clicked on the profile, I discovered a ridiculously robust wealth of video content from one Liam Brown, who has been in the British army and is now van-lifing all over the place (except when he’s not backpacking). The accent is absolutely killer, love the use of the slang that’s not something I hear often, so getting to hear things I’m not used to hearing is great.
3. I ran the Turkey Trot in Dallas, the 8-mile version with my brother-in-law. My first time to run that length and was really usure where I’d land regarding my time. The first couple of miles I ran with the crowd with 8:15 miles and then once things opened up and was able to run the rest of my miles on a sub-8 pace with my best mile being my last mile at 7:18. Overall I ran 1:03:58, which would have been 17th in my age range had I actually paid for the timing aspect of the race (which I did not). The funny part was that my BIL and I snuck into the gate (inadvertently) where the timed runners were and it was much easier to get ahead and not be packed in the first part of the run. I was really happy with my effort and proud I was able to run as fast as I did (which really isn’t all that fast, but it is fast for me).
4. This is pretty neat. The idea of mythical creatures is something that’s always been a thing. Maybe since as long as humans have been able to tell stories. Werewolves, giants, imps, etc. DeepBaltic intereviewed one of the persons that put this map together, which originated at the University in Lithuania, the students of Vilnius.
5. You can go into a deep wormhole if you want, but Wait But Why’s Tim Urban breaks down your life, the number of dumplings you have left, the time remaining on the tail end of your life (and the time that those people have left) with the end result being what’s pretty important in the grand scheme of things.
1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.
2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.
3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious