Bits & Bobs for the Week of 02 July 2023
Below is a collection of the interesting things I've been reading over the last week or so, plus my thoughts on stuff.
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I'm currently re-reading Cats's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm pretty sure it's the third time at this point, but my memory is so bad that it mostly feels new again. This time, I'm vibing on the concept of one’s karass — a “group of people linked in a cosmically significant manner, even when superficial linkages are not evident”.
I remember in my early college days, well before I’d ever heard the term karass, I easily found mine. They were mostly a group of hackers, tinkerers, techies, and policy nerds, and it really did feel cosmically significant — and I don’t just mean when we got stoned. Since then, I’ve drifted in and out of many different karasses — but still feel like I have yet to find my true karass here in Ireland. I’m not sure if this is a product of age, life getting in the way, being too disillusioned with the world to…