Excerpt That Obsessed Me - by Anthony Bourdain. “I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots … Continue reading Weekly Recap #10
Live Album I've had on Repeat - Jimi Hendrix, Live at N.Y. Cafe au Go GO. There's a lot of music that's gone by the wayside. Too slow, too simple, too weird, too old. Better musical ideas have come since. We've grown out of that. But I think some musicians and their music will be with … Continue reading Weekly Recap #9
Conflict I've been learning about - Azerbaijan vs Armenia. Over the last few weeks, I've been hearing more and more about the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and I figured that I had a responsibility to learn about it. After digging for a bit, I quickly became overwhelmed. This part of the world has been the battleground of … Continue reading Weekly Recap #8
Technological Development I've been Following - Starlink Sattelite Internet Test. For those who don't know, Starlink is a project being developed by SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company. The goal of the endeavour is to grid the planet with thousands of orbiting satellites, which together, can provide very fast internet to any location on the globe (except Antarctica). … Continue reading Weekly Recap #7
Once there was a man name Diogenes. He lived in ancient Greece, where he was willfully homeless, malnourished, and absolutely scandalous. He masturbated in public, insulted kings and tyrants to their faces, and was known by all the ancient world as a great philosopher. Every time I read his name, I begin to smile, knowing … Continue reading Diogenes
The Trojan Horse, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1760. Dreams in Youth Everyone has heard of the Trojan War, and this is astonishing! For three thousand years this story has fascinated humankind, and as a little boy, I found my own passion for the story. As you might expect from a child, I didn't immediately care … Continue reading Treasure Hunting for Fame: Heinrich Schliemann and the Legendary City of Troy
One of the greatest testaments to human brilliance is located in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Completed in 537 A.D., the Hagia Sophia was built to be the greatest church on earth by one of the Roman Empire's most ambitious and controversial Emperors. In a recent post, I told the story of the city of … Continue reading Chariot Racing, Riots and the Biggest Building in the World.
The City of Three Empires I finally made it to the legendary city of Istanbul. I have been waiting since I was 10 years old to see this city, and in August, just a few weeks ago, I was there for over two weeks. The land upon which Istanbul is built has been occupied by … Continue reading Istanbul
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Thomas A. Edison Why have I started a blog, and what kind of content can you expect to find here? I have been writing 500 words a day consistently for the past couple years. I took up this habit at the suggestion of … Continue reading Why and What?
“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.” Terence McKenna My name is Nicolas Lemay. I am a … Continue reading Hello World
Edward Burnays, the 20th Century Machiavelli. Edward Burnays is the man who invented modern public relations. Few people have had a larger impact on society in their lifetimes, but I bet you've never heard of him. In fact, Burnays and his PR firm had a hand in everything from popularizing cigarettes for women, all the way … Continue reading 20th Century Machiavelli