Man, I don’t know if I could disagree with this more. Ever since I discovered GTD and even now that I’ve moved into my Post-GTD setup, I can’t imagine living without some sort of ubiquitous capture. For me, it’s either my iPhone (Worst case I draft an email or leave myself a voicemail, but usually I capture specific stuff in things or create a note in Notes or 1Password’s secure notes.) or my Levenger Circa PDA. I think the reason notebooks don’t work for most people is that it’s a great place to put stuff but it’s a pain in the ass to get the information back out. With something like Things, 1Password, or Circa, I can move my data around pretty easily and that makes it much more valuable. To quote Merlin, “[My brain] makes a terrible whiteboard.”
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”—
While I understand that Obama is the President and he should guard his words a bit more carefully than other folks should, I’m so sick of people who get all up in arms about an offhand joke about someone bowling so bad they should be in the Special Olympics. Was it stupid of him? Hell yeah. Should we be offended? No.
Honestly, are we really so scared to say that the reason there is a special olympics is because most of the people cannot compete at the actual olympic level (though not their fault, the fact remains).
Guess everyone needs something to be outraged about.
I said the same thing when talking about this with @slb today. I also found several folks who said they were parents to special needs children (online, so TIWAGOS) who said they weren’t offended. Why is it that the people who get offended about shit like this are not part of the community that is supposed to be offended?
While working on this site, I made jokes to Mike Yuan about having really confrontational splash pages for anybody that visited the site using IE6. I swear, I’m not this much of a dick to my users, but as a former PC user/Xbox owner, I have enough pent up MS-Hate to fill a fucking water tower. Just remember it’s completely a joke, I don’t care what browser you use as long as you don’t expect me to support it. Thanks for stopping by, hope you laughed.
Here’s something I came up with years ago to help me work through the times that I’m just flat-out over it… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this, and boy have I needed it the last couple weeks.
Imagine The Unicorn shows up. That should be enough, right? But there’s more…
The Unicorn is in a giving mood, and offers you the opportunity to trade places instantly with anyone in the world. Trade bodies, memories, everything. Here’s the catch: it will be random.
Would you do it?
No. Way. I could end up in a war-torn country, or starving, or worse.
The Unicorn has to meet a quota, so continues…
What about trading with someone on your continent?
In your country?
In your state?
On your street?
Not even then.
There is a strange comfort that comes with loving my life enough to hang onto it under these conditions. How can I complain about anything if I wouldn’t trade what I’ve GOT for anything?
There are SO many things that can go wrong with a trade like that, because people suffer through all kinds of trouble every day. Many people endure stuff that we can’t even imagine. Children are taken from parents… well I’ll stop there since that’s about as bad as it gets, I think.
That’s it. Hope it helps some of you.
This is simply great. The next time I am bitching about my life, I hope someone has the wherewithal (read: balls) to cram this squarely in my face and walk away.
“People do love the Bible. But not the Gospels. They quote Biblical stuff to me all the time, but it’s not ever stuff Jesus said.”
— Letters from Kamp Krusty (via azspot)
I really enjoyed Stephen Mitchell’s The Gospel According To Jesus. The idea is that it contains what Jesus most likely said and did, according to historians applying standard academic research practices. It omits everything that was irrelevant, uncorroborated, unreliably reported, or hearsay.
The result is very short, dense, and remarkably consistent. You get a very clear picture of Jesus’ message without any of the religious baggage, theology, or supernatural occurrences (miracles, magical healings, etc. — most of which fell under “uncorroborated” or “unreliably reported”). So it’s a great way to learn what this man had to say 2,000 years ago, most of which is timeless and valuable, even if you _don’t_ believe in the religion.
And when you look at what so many of the vocal outliers say or do in Jesus’ name today, it’s frequently contradictory to what Jesus actually said, taught, and did.
As a New Testament scholar myself, I agree with much of this. There’s definitely editorializing going on in the Gospels. But one has to consider what the criteria are for a particular saying being red or grey. The criteria don’t show up ex nihilo in the same way that the Bible didn’t drop down from heaven written by Jesus himself in perfect Victorian English known as the King James Version.
The documents are believed to have originated on the network of an unnamed defense contractor based in Bethesda, MD, where an employee had installed a file-sharing client configured to share the contents of the hard drive indiscriminately.
In this case, I think stupidity might in fact be illegal.