The Most Popular Posts At Fortress Of The Mind For 2019

It’s inventory and round-up time of the year again:  time to do some record-keeping and list the most viewed posts here at Fortress of the Mind.  The list below is a pure ranking.  It includes not only essays, but also podcasts.  The first post listed (“A G Manifesto Tweet Reading”) was number one, and is … Continue reading The Most Popular Posts At Fortress Of The Mind For 2019

Monstrous And Inconceivable: Jack London Builds His Ship To Sail Around The World

“Monstrous and inconceivable” was how Jack London described the conception and construction of his yacht Snark, the vessel on which he planned to sail around the world. The construction was beset by delays, cost overruns, and incompetence.  London fought through the obstacles, even teaching himself celestial navigation while en route to Hawaii.  This podcast describes … Continue reading Monstrous And Inconceivable: Jack London Builds His Ship To Sail Around The World

Keep Moving Forward, No Matter What Happens (Podcast)

We discuss the importance of continuing to move forward, no matter what happens, and no matter how many bad things happen to you. Everyone’s luck changes for the better sooner or later, and you have to be in the game when it happens.  We compare and contrast the experiences of Nikki Sixx of the rock band … Continue reading Keep Moving Forward, No Matter What Happens (Podcast)

The Porfirio Insight: Knowing Where You Came From, And Where You’re Going

This is the third podcast I’ve done on Michael Porfirio, aka The G Manifesto.  They’ve proven to be extremely popular.  In this latest episode, we talk about the “Porfirio Insight”: the ability to step outside yourself, take stock in your life, and see where you are headed.  It’s all about the journey, and whether the … Continue reading The Porfirio Insight: Knowing Where You Came From, And Where You’re Going

Forensic Linguistics: The Footprint Of Language

There is a very good miniseries playing on Netflix right now called Manhunt:  Unabomber.  It is a drama about the pursuit and capture of Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called “Unabomber” who confounded law enforcement for decades until he was finally captured in 1996.  His case had been the longest and costliest in American law enforcement history.  … Continue reading Forensic Linguistics: The Footprint Of Language