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
If you are not laughing, you are not fully enjoying life. It’s been a while since I’ve done a G Manifesto (Twitter: @MichaelPorfirio) tweet reading. But popular demand can’t be ignored, so I decided to put another podcast out with some of his most recent tweets. The laughter is nonstop…listen for yourself.
In this podcast, we discuss a reader’s email asking about the differences between courage and recklessness. What are the parameters? And how do we know when we have gone too far? We then close with more G Manifesto tweet readings.
“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
I didn’t really know what to call this podcast. It’s a mix of a few different things. I wanted to talk about the movies I reviewed in the last post here, but I also wanted to toss out an interesting comment made by Samuel Johnson on trade and pleasure. And finally–to relax and unwind a … Continue reading Films, Trade, And Pleasure (Podcast)
There are times when a leader must deliver a sharp rebuke to someone in order to get him or her back on the right track. It is a technique that has to be used carefully, as it is not appropriate for every situation. We relate an anecdote in which the holy man Athanasios of Athos … Continue reading When To Deliver A Rebuke, And When To Have Fun
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)
A reader asks about how he should handle a limitation he believes he has. We respond by telling him an anecdote, and drawing the appropriate lessons from it. We close on a humorous note by reading some recent tweets by the G Manifesto. Humor may indeed be the healthiest tonic.
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
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