Friday Inspiration 312

Hey, before you scroll down to the content in this third-to-last Friday Inspiration post of the year, two questions for you:

Did you enjoy these posts in 2021?

Should I keep doing them in 2022?

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I’m asking because I spend anywhere from three to 10 hours creating these posts every week, and it actually costs me money (email subscription services, web hosting, web development and maintenance, and other fees) to do so. The reason I’m able to put together something called Friday Inspiration every Friday is: A handful of wonderful people support this whole endeavor via Patreon, for a few dollars per year. That’s why this is #312, which is roughly six years of doing them once a week.

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Maybe you’ve seen a short film about two friends climbing a mountain before, but I can almost guarantee you haven’t seen two friends like Connor and Steve-O climbing a mountain (video)

Neal Moore spent the past 22 months paddling (and sometimes portaging) a canoe across America, from Astoria, Oregon, to New York

“There will be a very disrespectful and totally non-denominational memorial on May 10, 2022, most likely at a bowling alley in Fayetteville, NC. The family requests absolutely zero privacy or propriety, none what so ever, and in fact encourages you to spend some government money today on a 1-armed bandit, at the blackjack table or on a cheap cruise to find our inheritance. She spent it all, folks. She left me nothing but these lousy memories.”
This obituary

I don’t even remember what I was trying to research when I found this, but here is an article with the title “10% Of Men Believe They Can Beat A Lion In A Fist Fight”

Will I Have Diarrhea? A Flow(!)Chart (thanks, Anna)

I love Vince Staples, but I think he can be one of the most boring interviewees ever, because he always seems bored/mildly annoyed to be there and gives curt answers to almost everything. This interview on Talk Easy seemed to be going that way, until about two-thirds of the way through, when Sam Fragoso tells him a story, and then the interview turns into an actual conversation, and it’s kind of an amazing moment. (podcast)

The New Yorker’s most popular (on Instagram) cartoons of 2021. I’m just going to say that Johnny DiNapoli’s candy corn cartoon about three-quarters of the way down is my favorite one.

Adventure legend Luc Mehl (who I wrote about way back in 2014) is now offering a course about trip planning, navigation, safety, and low-impact travel in the backcountry called Start and End at Home