Church is a community that allows people to feel like they belong to a group that is also striving toward a common transcendental goal that matters.

–Ben Shapiro

Here’s my food for thought today: “It’s not just about being a member of a community, it’s about being a member of a community that is striving toward a common goal that is both transcendental and it matters.”

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“Social media is a tool. Guns are a tool. We are on the verge of discovering some very interesting parallels between the first and second amendments.”

–Mike Rowe

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Hearing Impairment is my Superpower

Own your loss, and be open about it with other people. Help others understand what they need to do to help you cope.

Did you know that a lot of people are REALLY lousy communicators? No, it’s true! I’m sorry to break it to you. I, on the other hand have a superpower—hearing impairment. Continue reading “Hearing Impairment is my Superpower”

When honestly seeking self improvement, know that some parts of yourself will not want to die. It will scream in agony while you are burning it off.

–Jordan Peterson

JP: The Hero confronts horrible chaotic potential and then makes something of it. You have to face what you don’t want to face in order to fix it. So you look at all the things about yourself that need to be burned off and dispensed with. At the beginning, especially if you are screwed up, that will be 95% of you. It just has to go up in flames. It’s painful. Some of that stuff that you need to burn off doesn’t want to die. It will scream in agony while you’re burning it off. Continue reading “When honestly seeking self improvement, know that some parts of yourself will not want to die. It will scream in agony while you are burning it off.”

STR : ER vs AR = News Story

Abstract Journalism

I’m in software development. In my line of work, the template below is a common way to report issues in order to improve our software. It occurred to me today that the same template could be applied to the journalism industry. So in a way, when I write my tickets, what I’m really doing is a abstract journalism for the website I am serving. Hmm, cool.

Steps to reproduce:
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Not #metoo

Am I just lucky? Am I a good communicator who manages partner expectations? …Or am I dumb and naive? Still, I don’t wait to be turned into a victim, nor do I try to turn my partners into demons.

I’m not sure what to make of the #metoo movement. I write some things in private logs, but I’ll share a little snippet here because it’s relevant. I once had a part-time job at a renaissance festival from age 18-22. I have a lot of stories and fond memories from that place, and I hope to share them with you sometime. However, I will say this about the sexual climate at fest: Continue reading “Not #metoo”

“The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully”

–Stephen Fry

I chose the featured image is because I started out looking for a graceful dancer, but then stumbled on fire dancers. What better way to depict playing with ideas gracefully than with fire? Potentially dangerous, and those that can do this without burning themselves are artists. Click “more” to see the video source for the quote. Continue reading ““The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully””

A minority can be LOUD and they’re instantly covered by the media. Beware of pluralistic ignorance or the “spiral of silence” where a minority or toxic ideology can take over.

—Michael Shermer

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