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Friday Fish and Chips episode 11: One Remarkable Thing

In this episode I talk about something I call “One Remarkable Thing”.

I don’t talk about a particular remarkable thing I talk about the concept of “One Remarkable Thing”.

Now that I am getting older I have this thought in my head that I would like to do just one remarkable thing.

But we should look at this in a bit of a different way. Anything that you do or make is temporary. It doesn’t last. The only thing that does last is the thread of humanity that we all share.

Listen for more.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: http://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

Friday Fish and Chips episode 10: Kintsugi

Have you ever heard of the Japanese art of Kintsugi?

It is the art of repairing objects, particularly pottery, with gold.

It’s a wonderful art form and the goal of it is to make the pottery even more beautiful than it was before it was broken.

In this installment of Fish and Chips I take this concept and apply it to your life.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video on my youtube channel right here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/epicfantasy

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: http://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

ep9: Money

Podcast episode 9: Money

Money is a delicate thing to talk about in today’s world. I give you two examples from my life when I have experienced opposite ends of the money spectrum. And I tell you about a stained glass window – yet it isn’t really about the window.


Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

The Grand Canyon Star Party and some photos of the Milky Way

The Grand Canyon is a special place. We all know this! I firmly believe that it is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives. But…. I am an amateur astronomer and that means that the Grand Canyon also has a very big bonus for me. It has absolutely astonishing night skies. It is very very dark there.

And every year the National park service hosts a week long event for star gazing at the Grand Canyon. This year it was last week (June 22-29).

And I rented a motel room and stayed there at the Canyon for five nights. It was absolutely remarkable! I was astonished by how deep and rich the night sky was and by how much the milky way popped! ( I got pictures)

I also attended two different workshops on how to take astrophotography and I learned a lot. Then I took a whole lot of amazing pictures of the Milky Way and the night sky. Here’s one picture:

The Milky Way at the Grand Canyon

Is that not amazing? I have never been a photographer. And I am so happy with how the pictures turned out .

Anyway, If you want to see more pictures including a stop motion of the milky way moving across the night sky you can check it all out on my website right here: The Milky Way over the Grand Canyon Star party

Note: I took this photo with a digital Canon Rebel camera, a common lens that comes with it and a 15 second exposure – on a solid tripod. That’s it. Once you know what to do the process is very easy.

And I am going to be creating some tutorials on how you can do this too so watch my stuff – it’ s all upcoming.

ep8: The Sizzle and the Steak

In this episode I talk about bread and about quality. We live in a world with a whole lot of sizzle. But sizzle is empty calories. Seek out more steak and resist the allure of sizzle. This talk stems from a couple of incidents in my life that revolve around bread.


Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

Here is the website for the little French bakery I ordered the bread from:

https://www.poilane.com/en/

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

ep7: Magic

I don’t mean magic in terms of sleight-of-hand or stage shows. And I don’t mean magic in terms of spells and secret books. I mean that everything around us is so peculiarly and profoundly magical. We often take this all for granted as we live our everyday lives.

It is exhibited in the flight of a bird, in the swim of a fish and in the glow of a star. You can find that feeling in something as simple as a sheet of paper.

Take the time today to notice a little thing that is magic.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

ep6. From Aardvark to Zygote – The encyclopedia and creativity

A couple of weeks ago somebody asked me a question that I couldn’t really answer. I had never given it any thought. So it got me to thinking.

In this episode I tell you a story in my life where it pretty much all started for me. What do I mean by that? Well it all started with a set of encyclopedia.

But not in terms of being smart and knowing things. It was more of an appreciation for how remarkably diverse and beautiful this existence is – and how everything truly is tied into everything else.

I also talk about how there is very little value in easy. But there is tremendous value in the things that are difficult.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

ep5 – Step Laddering

Here is another installment of my series of walk and talks that I do every Friday at noon. I go for a walk to the neighborhood restaurant and get a Fish and Chips. And I talk about an idea, a concept, or things in my life.

Ten years ago I was walking down the street and I found a penny. I took that penny and the thought came to me that in today’s world I could turn it into two pennies. It started me on a chain of how far could I take this penny?

My thought was that I could take it to a million dollars.

I never got it that far but I learned some things in the process.

The important thing to thing here is that you can use this idea of step laddering in your life, in your skills and in what you are as a person.

It doesn’t have to be really big and grandiose things in life. Step laddering can also be effective with something as straight-forward and small as a project.

You have a small kernal of a thought about something you want to make. Write about it, then draw sketches, then start building the major parts of it and then you continue to refine the project and finish with the details.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy

ep4: Renaissance Man

In this installment of my Fish and Chips podcast I talk about the concept of being a Renaissance man.

The opening musical piece to this podcast is called Saltarello. And it was written by Galileo’s father. There is something profound in that and how all these centuries later it still lives on.

In today’s world we praise and honor specialization. We admire people who get really good at something very specific.

I don’t prescribe to this philosophy. I am a believer in that old concept that comes to us from the Renaissance – we should be a well-rounded person that has many pursuits, interests and skills.

It takes a certain amount of courage to delve into a new pursuit or interest because you will be terrible at it. But that’s ok. There are benefits to trying totally new things.

Firstly you get adept at learning new things. Your mind becomes very agile. Secondly your breadth of knowledge in different subjects transfers from one subject to the other. There is a cross-pollination that happens. Learning in one realm brings insights into another realm.

Every Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time Will posts a new episode of the Friday Fish and Chips Podcast.

This podcast was originally posted as a youtube video.

If you like to make things or you like various subjects you might want to check his website:

http://www.stormthecastle.com

Want to Support Will and his work? Help him create more content and help him build a castle? You can learn more and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/epicfantasyhttps://www.patreon.com/epicfantasy