Top Post for October 2020‌

Remote Work & Renewing Neighbourhoods
Remote work should give people more freedom and flexibility, but how we use that freedom matters.

Common Pursuits in Public

Considering how to live well together necessarily involves participation, which is why we love to see thoughts and ideas that started at CP make their way to other places. Here's an interview on the opportunities and risks of remote care with our own Lester Liao:

What are the pros and cons of video conferencing with doctors? - SecondStreet.Org
We recently spoke with Dr. Lester Liao from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to get his take on video conferencing. Dr. Lester Liao explains through his professional experience the pros of this developing technology, as well as the shortfalls.

Reading & Cooking

🎸 Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well - The Atlantic

Matt: We talk a lot about shared experiences at Common Pursuits, and aging is as common an experience as any! Even if you're not a fan of The Boss, now 71, there's wisdom to be gleaned from his latest album, according to David Brooks. Springsteen is currently a musical hobby of mine, and as I listen my way through his career, his journey from restless youth to settled maturity is both hopeful and instructive.

We may be born to run for a time, but it's good to put down roots.

Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well
What the happiest Springsteen album in decades can teach us about Joe Biden, the wisdom of maturity, and the meaning of life

🍗 Chicken Parmesan - Alton Brown

Matt: *chef's kiss* This recipe is a bit of work, but it's very much worth the effort. You even get a few extra portions of excellent sauce to throw into pasta or anything else that needs a shot of delicious.

I dialed a few things back to make it manageable of weeknight dinner:

  • minced garlic instead of mortar & pestling it like some apothecary
  • used prepared Italian bread crumbs, omitting the extras listed
  • omitted to chill the flattened chicken (salt before breading, however)
  • prepared the sauce the day before to cut down on time in the kitchen
Chicken Parmesan - Alton Brown
Alton Brown’s chicken Parmesan vastly improves upon the classic, with crisp chicken, deeply flavorful sauce, and just enough cheese.

📚 The New Atlantis

Matt: Instead of a book, this month I propose "a journal of technology and society." The New Atlantis is an essential resource for those of us seeking to avoid the errors of those "one-eyed prophets" Neil Postman warned against.

New Atlantis was the title Francis Bacon selected for his speculative story of a society living with the benefits and challenges of advanced science and technology. Bacon, a founder and champion of modern science, sought not only to highlight the potential of technology to improve human life, but also to foresee some of the social, moral, and political difficulties that confront a society shaped by the great scientific enterprise.
About Us — The New Atlantis
Our aim is a culture in which science and technology work for, not on, human beings.

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