Moon app—Philosophy Podcast—Motown—Screen Time—Nietzsche

by Jarrett Retz November 2nd, 2018

1. "The Moon" app on iOS

The moon is pretty cool, and I think people over look it's significance in our lives. Our year is divided into months, which, wouldn't make any sense if the moon didn't exist. It used to be the way in which people kept track of time.

I found a free app that tracks the stage the moon is in, as well as moonrise and moonset. I don't think the majority of people will think twice about the moon, but it's a casual way to nerd out. A more serious way to nerd out is to check the Wikipedia page on the orbit moon.

2. Stephen West, four part podcast on Nietzsche. ("Philosophize This!")

My brother recommended this podcast to me, and I have binge listened to a lot of episodes. I never made it a priority to read old philosophical texts or check out the Wikipedia pages on a lot of philosophers, but Stephen West makes it so easy (and entertaining) to learn about the progression of philosophy over time.

I skipped ahead and listened to the four part series on Nietzsche and I loved it.

3. Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight

I like a lot of music, but I love Motown. This song has got it.

4. Screen time tracker in 'Settings' on iOS

My girlfriend and I got in the habit of comparing our screen time at the end of each day to see who spent the most time on their phones. It's surprising how long I look at my phone compared to how long I think I look at it.

Maybe the screen time isn't that important (like my Mom says, she's just utilizing her phone), but it also tracks 'Pick Ups' which is every time you open your phone or check for notifications. That is a statistic worth shrinking because many times, I am just checking my phone out of habit, or worse, to distract myself.

5. Quote

Never say about anything, "I have lost it," but only "I have given it back.


I also picked this quote up from Stephen West's podcast "Philosophize This!"

You can read more about my thoughts on this subject (and why I like this quote so much in my post about the topic of losing people close to you.