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According to Parkinson’s Law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

A homemaker or employee will linger and dawdle over their chores and responsibilities because they can, in order to fill the day or eight-hour shift. How much time they spend on each task comes to seem like how much time each task objectively requires; yet when a schedule constraint, a special deadline, is introduced, a task that once took three hours to finish, is magically completed in just one.

There is a corollary to Parkinson’s Law at work in our relationship with technology:

Distraction expands so as to fill the void available.

We tend to blame how distracted we are by technology on the technology itself. And it’s certainly true that our phones and apps are specifically designed to be as addictive as possible.

Yet we’ve all experienced times when we were engrossed in a work project, lost in a conversation, out on a long hike, or simply wrapped up in a busier-than-normal day, and the itch to check our phones vanished. Our apps, our social media feeds, remained just as they always are, but their allure, which had seemed objective in strength, magically disappeared.

Distraction isn’t primarily a function of technology, but the conditions of our lives outside of it. We give in to distraction because we can; because no matter how busy we think we are, we still have plenty of slack in our lives. Distraction expands when we have time to waste, and when we don’t have something more compelling competing for our attention.

The cause of distraction isn’t a too strong pull towards technology, but an insufficiently strong pull away from it. It’s tamed not by app-blocking apps, or even self-control, but by the introduction of a set of greater, void-filling interests.

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Podcast #999: The Epic Adventures of America’s Forgotten Mountain Man

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Many famous frontiersmen and explorers emerged during America’s period of exploration and expansion. Today, names like Daniel Boone and Kit Carson remain household names.

Jedediah SMITH is a name you may not be familiar with, but one that should. Smith was a mountain man, explorer, hunter, trapper and writer. He also was the first U.S. citizen to cross the Mojave Desert and Sierra Nevada. Smith survived three Native American attacks and one grizzly mauling. His explorations were used by those who came after him, and the South Pass became the main route for pioneers to cross the Continental Divide.

Bob Drury’s guest uses the oft forgotten Smith to guide us through an often forgotten period of American history. Bob Drury paints an image of a turbulent American landscape where trappers and Native Americans clashed and fought in the early years of the 19th Century. We talk about how the Lewis and Clark Expedition sparked a desire for adventure in young men. How the humble beaver was instrumental in the settlement of the Western frontier. And how the horse changed warfare among Native American tribes. Bob shares how Jed Smith’s life intersected with these historical trends, and the heroic exploits he and his fellow mountain men had while exploring and mapping America’s West.

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Sunday Firesides: In Praise of Little Platoons

Have you ever been in an hotel room with your family, feeling like no one can find you, and hoping no one will ever do so, and thought: “This is everything I need”?

In recent decades, there has been a lot of lamentation about the dissolution and separation of extended families — that people are no longer living in close proximity with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. It is a great loss. In wailing about this loss, we may lose sight of how brilliant the nuclear family is. It is partly because of the atomic family’s unique luminescence that we are not more aggressive in preserving a larger familial network. The atomic family does not suffer from poverty, even though the extended family contributes to its wealth.

The smallest units in society are pairs of parents and their children. Edmund Burke called them “little platoons.”

How incredibly useful these little troops are.

When the sh*t comes out (like during a pandemic, for example), the atomic unit can become a self-sustaining, mobile unit that is ready to navigate.

The atomic family is independent and idiosyncratic. When society’s ways appear stale and dumb, or wrong-headed, it can cultivate a distinctive culture that pits us against the world.

When the trenches become weary and life becomes a struggle, the atomic families can be the center of the family.

When the world is cold and indifferent the atomic family provides a place of comfort and affection.

Salute these merry bands, my fellow compatriots!

Salute these rogue battle buddies.

These crews are the best. They hold it together even when things fall apart.

All hail our little platoons.

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Pitti Uomo – What Men Are Wearing

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Pitti Uomo is a great event! This men’s fashion event in Florence is a delight for anyone who loves opulence and the finer things. Imagine yourself walking down the streets of Florence surrounded by impeccably-dressed gentlemen who each showcase their individual style with confidence. It’s not just a tradeshow; it’s an exciting celebration of menswear, with a sartorial masterpiece at every turn.

Florence

Let’s start with the atmosphere. Florence’s rich history and beautiful architecture make it the ideal backdrop for this prestigious event. Men from Europe and beyond turn the streets of Florence into their own personal runway. Style enthusiasts are eager to be seen and heard. The city buzzes.

Italian men are known for their impeccable fashion sense. They have an elegance that is simply captivating. Imagine a tailored suit in a luxurious fabric, crisp shirts and polished shoes. The look is timeless and contemporary, combining classic styles with modern twists. This is a masterclass on balancing innovation and tradition, and it is nothing short of inspirational.

European Men

European men have a wide variety of styles. There’s so much to admire, from the French understated elegance to the German bold and experimental styles. You might be able to spot a dapper Englishman in a three-piece suit and then a Scandinavian style icon wearing a monochromatic, minimalist outfit that is cool.

Pitti Uomo is not only about the clothes, but also the confidence in which they are worn.

They don’t hesitate to make a bold statement and do so with an infectious sense of passion and joy. Each look tells a different story as they experiment with patterns, colors and accessories. Fashion is a way to express yourself, and that’s a fascinating thing to see.

The exquisite details of these outfits are stunning. Pocket squares with vibrant colors, ties in intricate patterns and miniature cufflinks are all examples of exquisite details. These small details may seem insignificant, but they add a touch of personality and sophistication to any ensemble. These gentlemen are a great reminder that style is all in the details.

Footwear

Of course, footwear deserves special mention. Italian leather shoes have a long history, and Pitti Uomo is a great place to see them in their full glory. The craftsmanship of the classic oxfords and modern loafers is flawless, with styles to suit every taste. It’s amazing how well-made the footwear is. Each pair compliments an outfit beautifully.

Let’s inject some humor into this fashion fest. You can laugh at the outrageousness of some outfits. Imagine seeing a man in a bright, pink suit and matching shoes, walking down the street like he owned it. Yes, it’s a bit over the top, but part of its charm. Pitti Uomo pushes fashion boundaries, sometimes even to the point where they are absurd. It’s done with a fun, creative and refreshing sense of humor.


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