Hey folks! Weekend’s here!! To quote one of my favourite philosophers, “Woohoo! Quittin’ time!”
Anyway, today’s post is going to be a somewhat short and simple one (I know, unexpected change of pace no?) because I just wanted to share some stuff that’s backlogged on me and I need to clear some space in my browser tabs which are now open at about 20 something for days now. I’m keeping this short to share some of this stuff while I go respond to other posts (including some of yours!) that I’ve been meaning to but not sat down and read yet, mostly because I like to read properly and leave a proper comment otherwise whats the point I figure. In addition, I want to sit down and do some writing of my own – including a short fiction piece that (hopefully!) I’ll be sharing with you all within the next 12-24 hours. And of course there’s the day-to-day stuff that’s usualy avoidable.
BUT ITS THE WEEKEND!! So now I might have some more time to take care of things pending since I have more time this weekend around than that last couple.
One topic I wanted to touch on today was something that is a matter I deeply believe in but most folks don’t seem to quite get, something that came to mind afresh when I was reading this post earlier today on perseverance.
You see it made me think about perseverance as something we need as people and as a society, but that thing that I think we need even more across the board – not just for people who are facing a dilemma or a hard time – is patience. Not because perseverance is easy or anything, because many people who are dealing with a hard life, live it by persevering in the face of tremendous odds everyday.
People who meet me are surprised at how patient I am (apparently) but from my perspective most other people simply are not! They all want to keep moving and keep doing random things and cannot stick to one thing too long except a habit which becomes mechanical, a fact which is kind of scary because for many I’ve seen, their jobs and even their human relationships are more mechanical and habitual than genuine areas of interest of caring.
I pray for patience because the attention span, willingness to understand and absorb and to take your time and be calm and relaxed… this is something that I find to be rarer everyday. And when talking about perseverance, that is also something we desperately need, but unfortunately it is hard to persevere when you have the attention span of a hummingbird most of the time. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of the pace of modern culture and development that we will need to deal with and overcome someday soon, else I feel it might do far more damage than good.
Well, that’s the sum total of my thoughts for the day, I’m off now to read some blog posts and then write out some fiction for your perusal!
In the meantime, while you while away (heh..) the last part of your day and await the oncoming Saturday evening and night, here’s some stuff for you to enjoy!
First up we have this amazing (and not long as always) talk that I came across in my daily Ted Talks browsing – an activity I really enjoy! – and thought it was worth sharing. For those that don’t know what Ted Talks are, you can watch them anytime for free at the home-site I linked above or (like me) install an app on your phone or tablet and listen to them through that. And in the ‘about them’ are:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design… Since then its scope has become ever broader.The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).
The second talk is by comics legend Scott McCloud who has written the seminal book (to many) about the medium, titled Understanding Comics and this is a really well put together talk about the medium that those unfamiliar with it might find interesting.
And to round up all this, here’s the dessert, as promised:
When I was 10 –
rubber meant eraser,
ass meant donkey,
gay meant happy,
straight meant linear,
making out meant ‘logical detection’,
Cock meant rooster,
pussy meant cat,
stag meant a male deer,
prick meant a jab,
poke meant a nudge,
chick meant a baby hen,
screw meant a carpenter’s implement and
a Tit was always for Tat!!
Damn! – English has changed so much !!!!!