The Polymath's Almanac
I hope you are healthy and well.
Just a quick note to tell you about some exciting things I’ve got in the works that I think you’re going to like.
At the turn of the new year (thank God it’s a new year, right?), I quietly launched a new website into the world. Now that I have a few things in place, I wanted you to know that it will be the “official” hub for all my work. After thinking quite a bit about what I wanted out of a personal website, I finally settled on the idea that I wanted a place where I could “think in public.” A virtual workbench of sorts. A place where I could tinker with ideas.
As I mentioned in my inaugural post, “writing is thinking.” And my hope is that this new site can be a place where ideas can be tested and shaped into something that eventually reaches a state of coherency. If you’re interested, you can visit the About page to learn more about all the various pieces I’ve put in place.
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Second, you’re probably wondering “what the heck is The Polymath’s Almanac?” and “How the heck did I end up on this mailing list?” Well, I’ve decided that in addition to my website overhaul, I am changing up this newsletter a bit to make it a project all of its own.
I’ve always wanted to write an ongoing newsletter - one that is more than just random announcements of new books being released. One with a steady cadence. One that shares all my curiosities with a group of like-minded people.
The problem - I don’t like being boxed into a corner. Marketing sites and gurus will tell you that you should niche down as far as you can and serve a very targeted community. Well, my skeptical and contrarian nature immediately steps up and fights against that advice. Here’s the deal - the world is an AMAZING place. There is/are too many new discoveries, too much amazing content being created, and too many beautiful subjects to explore for me to marry myself to just one topic. I’m quite proud of my eclectic interests, thank you very much.
So, welcome to The Polymath’s Almanac. The vision for this weekly newsletter is to send you a short, curated list of things that I hope will spark your imagination and open your eyes to a part of the world you may have never seen before.
I believe that now, more than ever, the world needs more resources and people focused on our shared interests and common humanity. We need bridge builders. As such, this newsletter is my humble attempt to build a community of people who find the world - with all of its various quirks and intricacies - as fascinating as I do. Not to point out the flaws that we encounter, but to shine light on the beautiful and interesting things this world has to offer.
Each week, the content will include a carefully crafted list of thought-provoking websites, videos, podcasts, people, and books accompanied by insightful commentary designed to pique your curiosity and inspire you to dig deeper.
Sometimes we’ll do a drive-by across a range of topics, sometimes we’ll stay awhile and go deep on just one. No topic is off limits - technology, philosophy, mathematics, farming, satellite tracking, retro electronics, theology, personal development, writing, astronomy, finance, biology, ethics, (dare I say politics??), education, civics, living the good life, and on and on.
The point will be to feed our curiosities and strengthen our love for this amazing world we live in, together.
I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am. If you know anyone who you think might be interested in subscribing, you can send them here to sign up.
Keep an eye on your inbox...the first issue hits the aether next Friday (2/5/2021)!
Believe it or not, I’m also working on a few other things. The two bigger projects consuming my time are a new nonfiction book and a new novel.
I’ll give you a few hints...
For the nonfiction book, I’m looking at the intersection between information security and personal development. I’ll write more about it as I get closer to the finish line, but I’ve completed the first draft and a round of edits. My goal is to have something ready to publish by the end of February.
And for the novel - What if a technology existed that allowed you to interact with the spirit world? The working title is Pneuma (go look it up). My hope is that this book will be the first in an ongoing series. Here’s the opening quote:
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
— Nikola Tesla
Pretty cool, right? Anyways, I still have a ways to go on the first draft, but I’m shooting to have this one out sometime in the summer.
Whew! That's all I've got for now. A little long winded, but hopefully worth it. I hope you’ll take some time to poke around the new website and let me know what you think.
I’ll see you guys and gals next Friday! Stay happy and healthy.
Grace and peace, my friends.