Archive for the 'Going Up From Egypt' Category

MAGIC PRODUCTIVITY IS A SWORD IN THE STONE…

April 28th, 2016

Year ago I knew a woman addicted to self-help books. She read them like an a crack head lighting her pipe. She lived (and maybe still lives) her life in search of the perfect solution, Christ’s cup, Excalibur. I’m that way with productivity porn, but I’ve come, in recent years to see my addiction for […]

FIVE EMAILS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER…

March 29th, 2016

So, I finished reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work yesterday and now I’m going back through my notes (one of my students was shocked, shocked, I say, when she saw my stack of 65 notecards; she told me I had copied the whole book.) and I found a reference to a bit of productivity porn by […]

IN THE END, WE’RE ALL OUR CUSTOMERS…

March 7th, 2016

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WE’RE ALL FAKES AND WE’LL ALWAYS FALL SHORT…

February 7th, 2016

My government once trusted me around nuclear weapons. Granted, they were small, only a few kilotons, not the city busters we really worry about, but still, they were fully functional nuclear missiles. The U.S. Navy did so because of an interlocking web of safeguards any reasonable intelligent individual could have circumvented. Those safeguards ultimately depended […]

MAKING TO LIVE DEEP MY LIFE’S DEFAULT…

January 31st, 2016

So, Henry David Thoreau was my first non-familial, hero. I have tried to emulate him in many ways and, for the most part, fallen short. Like many before me, I became obsessed with the 16th paragraph of Walden’s second chapter: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the […]

PATHETIC, SIMPLY PATHETIC…

January 22nd, 2016

So, media is frustrated because technology is thwarting their need to demand we watch their commercials and like the petulant children they are, they are resorting to holding their breath until they turn blue. Guess what, I don’t care. I don’t need to watch Larry Wilmore so badly that I’m willing to turn off ad […]

RUMBLE, RUMBLE, RUMBLE…*

January 3rd, 2016

Anger works. Rage works. Being mad as hell and vowing not to take it anymore works. Rebellion works. Revolution works. Revenge works. Ralph Nader writes in The Rumble from the People Can Work that: If only the people who engage in “road rage” would engage in “corporate rage” when they are harmed by cover-ups or […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

YOU DON’T ARGUE WITH I DON’T TRUMPS I CAN’T

December 18th, 2015

So, today is Friday and Friday is the day The Guardian posts Oliver Burkeman’s weekly column: This Column Will Change Your Life. I might get frustrated that the column isn’t posted early enough for me to read the newest offering when I get up—the time is presently 0525 EST/1025 GMT—but I survive because I’m slowly […]

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE RESCHEDULED…

December 12th, 2015

The world is filled with bunches of worthless idiots fostering busywork and bullshit on those who might, given a bit of undistracted thinking time, actually take part in a revolution benefiting the rest of us. Oliver Burkeman agrees and writes: Entire professions, [David Graeber] argued in a recent essay in Strike! magazine, consist of “bullshit […]

WHO IS A MEMBER OF YOUR ORGANIZATION…?

December 7th, 2015

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TACKLE A WEAKNESS OR BUILD ON A STRENGTH…?

November 20th, 2015

Oliver Burkeman pondering in Why do we undervalue what we’re good at? for The Guardian, asks: If you want to improve, should you focus on developing what you’re good at, or on patching things up where you’re bad? In a series of bestselling books, the consultant Marcus Buckingham has made a persuasive case for a […]

ONE DAMN THING AFTER THE OTHER…!

November 16th, 2015

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DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF…

November 15th, 2015

Which is why women and cats rule the world and men and dogs need to get over it.

QUESTING FOR DELIBERATE PRACTICE

November 14th, 2015

I thought I wrote about deliberate practice earlier, but this morning, after a longish search I’ve turned up zip at Have Coffee Will Write. In my head this was something I first read in one of Oliver Burkeman’s columns, but I found nothing there. (While walking Buster this morning a different search criteria came to […]

NO ONE CAN SEE ME WRITE IN THE DARK…

November 10th, 2015

I’ve always been a bit of a cave dweller, a person who prefers darkened spaces with only the minimum of task lighting, and now Oliver Burkeman has provided me with a rational: I’m disinhibited in such places. Burkeman writing in Anonymity isn’t just for crooks and trolls for The Guardian expounds: Inhibition and disinhibition are […]

HOW CAN I LISTEN BETTER…?

November 1st, 2015

One of the actions I occasionally take is to walk the halls with a student. I tell my students that what happens in the hallway stays in the hallway (with the caveat that if I think they’re in danger I will take steps to protect them). I ask questions, they talk, I listen. The process […]

WE DON’T HAVE TO FINISH WHAT WE BEGIN…

October 11th, 2015

I think I was somewhere in my 40s when I realized that the world would not end and that I was not, in fact, letting fellow writers down, when I decided after 10, 50 or 100 pages that a book simply wasn’t working for me. I felt liberated. Oliver Burkeman writing in what’s so wrong […]

ARE INTROVERTS, BY NATURE, COLDER…?

October 9th, 2015

Regular readers know I’m an introvert, and Oliver Burkeman has written several times on the subject, but this morning I came across an aspect of introversion that I’ve not previously considered: cold. Cold-lover Oliver Burkeman, writing in Loneliness and temperature for The Guardian asks: People worry that social media are making us lonely and isolated, […]

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY FANTASIZING ABOUT…?

October 8th, 2015

There is a particularly—for the present at least—American form of the if-then equation that goes something like this: if I just had [insert particular buyable object here] then I could live my fantasy. In a way this is a kind of fake-it-until-you-make-it psychology with a credit-card rider. In the end, the emperor has no new […]

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