Journal

Week of April 21st, 2024

By Jon Elordi

No carving this week. I’m in need of a new pattern. I want to take a break from icons and do something different. But I haven’t found anything I’m interested in. I thought about going to a thrift shop to add ornamental carvings to a cheap piece of furniture. I still might(I’m writing this on Saturday Morning).


I’ve been in book Purgatory for a few weeks now. Nothing is jumping out at me.

I signed up for Jonathan Pageau’s Dante’s Inferno class. So that’s what I’ve been reading and it’s amazing. I first had to read The Inferno in my freshman year of college. I thought it was gnarly, but I missed all the symbolism. I didn’t know enough about Catholicism or life to get it. Now at the ripe old age of 33, it’s blowing my mind. Certain books bring a level of mirth to them when read. Dante is one of them. You feel like you’re reading something written in gold. I can’t wait for the class to start. Here are my notes for the first eight cantos.


I’m still taking it easy and focusing on my W2. I haven’t spent too much time stressing out about entrepreneurship and starting a business. I still intend to start my own business. But right now I’m focusing on doing good work for ISI, gaining skills, and following my interests. I really have no desire to start a marketing agency, which is the lowest hanging fruit in terms of business and my skill set. Agency life is terrible. You’re borderline scamming clients. And clients will treat you like dirt. I’m not interested in this business. That’s why I’m focusing on my interests and looking to explore new interests. I’m fairly certain something will pop up. And I’m in no rush. My job is great. There’s plenty of good work left to be done. Things are good. No need ruining them with worries about what I think I’m supposed to be doing.


I wrote a few articles this week. I wrote a quick guide for how to use the Style Reference feature in MidJourney. I think AI art is cool, and you’ll never convince me otherwise.

I also wrote some of my thoughts on an ideas I’ve had about how America has three founding myths–The Revolution, The Civil War, and WWII. In all three of those wars America is the ultimate good guy and defeats ultimate evil. America was also fundamentally different after each of those wars. It’s a half-baked Idea I was compelled to jot down. But you might find it interesting.


My old work friend Aaron Renn stopped by the ISI offices this week. It was good to see him. He gave a great lecture to the team. And then afterward we recorded about 30 minutes worth of content with him.


My Miami Dolphins drafted an edge rusher named Chop Robinson. That’s a good football name. He’s going to be a Hall of Famer.


I listened to this episode of Theo Von’s podcast about complex trauma and found it helpful. Ever since Covid my mental health has not been what it used to be. It’s only been until very recently that I’ve finally been able to relax. Something about that time gave me a latent form of background anxiety or something. Trauma and therapy are things that are looked down on by many men. But if you’re struggling, get help. A good therapist will work with you for a few months and make your life better. I say this as someone with experience. Anyways. I found this podcast to be a great primer on trauma. Also, Theo Von is very open about his childhood in this episode. It’s very compelling. You might see some patterns in your own life. I know I did.


I was listening to a Tim Ferriss interview on MFM. Tim had some interesting points to make regarding podcasting. So I took those points and made them into one video.