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“No, no, no, no.. I’m sorry… I am so, so sorry….” — Dr Strange Supreme, What If…? Episode 4

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

This week will start with a big old SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched What If…? Episode 4 and don’t want to spoil major plot points, you may want to skip this week’s topic. Or — better yet — go watch it, then read on. I was inspired to write about it since it is fresh in my thoughts. And, in my opinion, the best episode of the series to date. …


“The movies are like a machine that generates empathy… It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us” — Roger Ebert

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

Last year, everyone I know adored AppleTV+’s hit series Ted Lasso. Perhaps it was due to timing — with the craziness and uncertainty of the world at the start of the pandemic, everyone seemed to need the radical positivity driven at them by the Lasso way.

It’s interesting. In its sophomore season, the show has been getting a fair share of (usual Internet) bashing and critique for all corners. “It’s too canned.” “It’s too nice.” “Everyone just loves each other.” “It’s…


“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” — Forrest Gump

Originally published at https://www.makoism.com on August 21, 2021.

As I alluded to last week, it has been a slow grind through significant personal changes this summer for us. After I had a second heart attack (NSTEMI, or Non-ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) this past April, we knew that we needed to push towards making adjustments to many aspects of our lives. (Side note: I’ll dig deeper into heart health and all that at some point, but not today.)

Change is hard; and scary — and without having a lot of the short-term items figured out, we decided to return to…


I know you’ve deceived me, now here’s a surprise; I know that you have ’cause there’s magic in my eyes

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

This week I started to watch the YouTube site of Beau Miles (thanks to Scott Nasello for the link!).

The video that started my multi-hour consumption of his videos was a short film entitled ‘The Human Bean: 40 days on a tin-bean diet’. The experiment was inspired by John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat, in which a family of poor, super healthy kids eats an almost exclusively bean diet. Beau wanted to see what the diet did to his mental and physical state…


“and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, til we find our place, on the path unwinding”

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

This week I spent watching way more of the Olympics than I have in previous years; it’s been somewhat frustrating to have news alerts firing off on my phone early in the morning with the big events that happen on the TV coverage later that night. There are two significant things I wanted to touch on this week.

Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old swimmer had a tremendous upset in the 100-meter breaststroke that embodied everything that you ever dreamed that the Olympics…


“Time is meaningless, yet it is all that exists” — Einstein (Farscape,“Unrealized Realities”)

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

I’ve spent an inappropriate amount of time thinking about time recently. It probably comes recently watching the season 1 finale of Loki and my own fondness for the various theories of time that are represented in film and books.

In Loki (SPOILERS), we ultimately meet a not-so-mysterious being known as “He Who Remains”. …


“You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It’s a goldfish. You know why? Got a ten-second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam.” — Ted Lasso

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

Naomi Osaka took a public stance on mental health issues a few weeks back. While a large number of media, celebrities, and news applauded her honesty and bravery, others brutally criticized her. One even sunk to the depths of calling her “an arrogant spoiled brat whose fame and fortune appears to have inflated her ego to gigantic proportions.” (No link, will not give them clicks).

I find this type of attitude disgusting and I’m sorry if some of you unsubscribe.

It…


“You will believe a man can fly.”

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

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This past week we heard the sad news that film director Richard Donner passed away at the age of 91.

Donner was known for many films: The Omen, Superman, Superman 2 (uncredited, but there is a Donner cut), The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon to name a few.

Many feel that his work on Superman (which had one of the best taglines — ‘You’ll believe a man can fly’), eventually carved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to the article:


“You can never give up the fight for pain — that is only temporary” — Wendy Ingraham

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

I’m sure that I am not the first person that is starting to come to terms on what a slog 2020/2021 has been and how it’s affected my views on connections, people, life, work, health, etc. The changing mindset of ‘what’s important to me’ is present in many conversations I’ve been having, as a large majority of my friends and colleagues have been trying to figure it all out. The rest of 2021 is going to be an interesting time.

One…


“I don’t have to agree with you to like or respect you.” — Anthony Bourdain

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly newsletter, Makoism, a curated collection of interesting ideas from across the Internet.

Next week, I’m heading into more micro-adventures on San Juan Island; a bunch of “jeep clamping”, hikes and exploration. It’s been good for the soul as I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking, walking and (potentially way too much) self-reflection. This year has been a wild one, I’ve been coming around to a better place on the things that matter and the things that ‘seem to matter but really don’t’.

Family, Friends, Relationships, People, Connections. Experiences.

This week I stumbled…

Steve Makofsky

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