Matt, Krill and Penguins
I think I’ve found a way to write here more often and in a more useful way.
I’ll just write bits and pieces of things when they come to mind, and when I have enough, I send you the thing. What do you think?
Today let’s start with my friend Matt Lilley.
Matt is a very old friend. We met totally randomly. When I arrived in Florida at the end of July 2000, I found an apartment in a “gated residence for students” (I can’t remember if those have a special name), and instead of renting the whole apartment, you only rent a room in the apartment and they assign roommates to you more or less randomly. Matt was one of the roommates I was assigned to.
And of all of my roommates over the years (fifteen if I’m correct), he’s the only one I’m still in touch with (well, that’s not true, Mark, who was also in that apartment with us for a semester is my friend on Facebook and we do communicate very occasionally).
Anyways, twenty-two years later, Matt now lives in Minnesota and I live in Japan. Funny how, back then, I had moved to Florida to escape winters, and he - a Florida native - later moved to Minnesota to escape the heat. He’s a father of two, like me. And he’s a writer, me too, kind of, well, I write blogs and newsletters. The difference is that it’s his job.
He’s mostly a technical writer, that’s how he pays the bills, but he also writes non-fiction books for children, and his most recent one is all sorts of awesome.
It’s called “Good Eating, the short life of krill” and if you have kids, you should buy it.
And he also recently started a blog, which is the reason I’m telling you about him right now.
I think you should read his blog too.
His latest post is called:
And it’s an article/interview of Heather Lynch whose job is to basically count penguins in Antarctica!
I don’t know Heather, but she has her own “knowledge panel” on Google, so here is her website, her Twitter and her Instagram. If you care about penguins, Antarctica, climate change, environmental preservation, and such things.
And… Well, I guess that’s a post, right? No need to make it longer.
I’ll come back in the few days with the usual links, in the meantime, read Matt’s blog.
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