The ways in which we communicate are not only changing — they have changed (past tense). Still, I get a sideways look from some folk when I mention using Twitter or Facebook to communicate with students and friends. Check out the following video and let me know your thoughts on how communication is evolving.
Archives for August 2009
When all countries in the world are arranged alphabetically, what nation appears last on the list?
If you were to star in a movie, what would be your ideal role?
We must not mock God. Yet the best of us are not so much afraid to offend Him as to offend our neighbors, kinsmen, or rulers.
~ in Essays. Bk. 1, Ch. 39
I speak truth not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.”
~ in Essays, Bk. 3, Ch. 1
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.”
~ in Essays, Bk. 3, Ch. 13
What enriches language is its being handled and exploited by beautiful minds–not so much by making innovations as by expanding it through more vigorous and varied applications, by extending it and deploying it. It is not words that they contribute: what they do is enrich their words, deepen their meanings and tie down their usage; they teach it unaccustomed rhythms, prudently though and with ingenuity.
~ in “On Some Lines of Virgil”
No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
~ Westminster Shorter Catechism
Enjoyment is not a goal. It is a feeling that accompanies important, on-going activity.
~ Paul Goodman
To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.
~ Mark Twain
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well do even better.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s. And guess what they might have planned for you? Not much.
Leaders must learn to discipline their disappointments. It’s not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.
Sometimes our candle goes out, but is blown into flame by an encounter with another human being.
What did Albert Einstein, Edgar Allen Poe, H.G. Wells, Charles Darwin, and Queen Victoria all have in common, matrimonially speaking?
(see the comment section below for the answer)
Brainiac is a fascinating piece of autoethnography. Ken Jennings takes you behind the scenes of his amazing 75 appearances on Jeapardy, and into the heart of a trivia loving subculture.
Ken Jennings became a household name during his unprecedented 75 game streak on Jeapardy in which he piled up $2.5 million in winnings. There are the numerous television game shows, but there is a fascinating world of trivia lovers competing and collecting in relative anonymity; the College Quiz Bowls (and its spinoffs, ACf & NAQT), NTN and locally produced trivia in pubs and restaurants scattered across the nation, the nation’s largest trivia contest held in Wisconsin in which a whole town becomes involved… and of course that Trivial Pursuit board game that is tucked away in your closet as it is in 10% of American households. Ken Jennings blends personal revelation with investigative reporting in this masterful narrative of the world of trivia.
I loved the book and encourage you to read it. In addition to enjoying the reading experience, you will probably learn a few things along the way such as;
- The name given to the groove above your upper lip and running from nose to mouth is “philtrum”.
- Igor Sikorsky invented the helicopter.
- Hydrologically speaking, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are a single lake.
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Stylistically this book made me think of some of previous reads such as Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village and Chapter and Verse: A Skeptic Revisits Christianity. I recommend them, also.
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