A few odds and ends from around the Intertubes: 7 Principles of Comedy/ Design/ Creating Anything
Discussion of the HBO special "Talking Funny" with Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Louis CK. Interesting connections between their process and other creative processes. Plus there's a link to the special, available in four parts on YouTube.
From Andrew Sullivan's blog. "Dan Ariely sees the psychology of self control at work in the tale of Ulysses and the sirens."
I first read this as "natural family planning," for which the jokes write themselves. But this is a Getting Things Done post about how to apply the principles of GTD to one's home/family life, not just work life. The more I get into GTD the more I realize it is really a process of discernment at its core.
We've always known language is powerful, now we have a study that demonstrates one aspect of this:
Researchers asked students to read one of two crime reports. In the first report, crime was described as a "wild beast preying on the city" and "lurking in neighborhoods."
Guess which group suggested more jails and getting "tougher on crime," and which suggested more social reforms such as improving education?
This study is not surprising, but it does solidify my intense dislike for cable news and its swooshes and logos and Super Scary Music.
A nice column from a minister-mom that provides an honest look at what it's really like to engage on those two vocations.
In all our talk about being missional and the church not existing for its own sake, we can get out of whack as we fail to nurture our own spiritual lives. The Benedictine Rule can show us how to find balance and faithfulness between inward journey and outward service.