I’ve long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist’s Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.
Gladwell sez something positive about social media! #ncmr11
In The New Yorker Magazine (Oct. 2010), Malcolm Gladwell explained the limits of Twitter as a tool for social activism. He wrote: “Why the revolution will not be tweeted”
"Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life.
This is in many ways a wonderful thing. There is strength in weak ties… Our acquaintances—not our friends—are our greatest source of new ideas and information. The Internet lets us exploit the power of these kinds of distant connections with marvellous efficiency. It’s terrific at the diffusion of innovation & interdisciplinary collaboration…”
"No Homo" Here’s to Hoping it Doesn’t Catch On! by Ellen Friedrichs
I was hanging out with my brother the other day. He teaches high school and had just gone to a school sponsored seminar on anti-gay bullying. I asked him what they had talked about and he said, “A lot of stuff about school board policies and kids saying things like, that’s so gay.”
Like my brother, I have encountered a lot of kids who say that’s so gay to indicate that something is stupid or girly.
Unfortunately, I think there is also another phrase that needs to be addressed.
I really only first heard someone say no homo recently. It was, in of all places, one of my colleges classes! A student was telling a story about a basketball game and made some references to taking another player’s ball.
He quickly added a: no homo, before continuing his train of thought. He didn’t get very far before the other students jumped all over his choice of words. (That’s one nice thing about college classes…)
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