March 28, 2013

my whole life is a delicate cycle...

Fred Clark: It's Not Your Stance, But Who You Are Standing With

50 Common Misconceptions:

It's a conspiracy! The destruction of the Death Star was an inside job!

DIY Cadbury Cream Eggs (via Lifehacker).

Springtime DIY - Bike Tune-up Guide.

Adam Walker Cleveland: Amanda Palmer The Art of Asking and Stewardship.

Mashable: Why Introverts Have All The Fun. I just finished reading Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - and would HIGHLY recommend it, both for introverts who feel like all to often they struggle to fit in and for extroverts who really do want to understand what it going on in our heads. (Disclosure: the link to the book is an Amazon Associates link, meaning I would get a very small % of the sale of you click and buy).

The Atlantic: How the Maker of Turbo Tax Fought to Keep Taxes Complicated.

Since I've been doing these round-ups I've been using Google Reader as my primary way of reading, tracking and marking blogs to link here. With the recent announcement that Google is going to discontinue Reader, I have made the switch to Feedly and have really enjoyed it - it has a nice interface (especially on my Nexus 7), and it equally as easy to mark articles of interest. If you use a feed reader to keep track of blogs (like mine), I'd encourage you to check it out.

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson have formed a new band called the Uncluded, this is their song called "Delicate Cycle":

March 9, 2013

Another roundup...

Another post with the too familiar chorus, "I really am going to get better about regular updates..." Anyway, here's some of the things catching my interest over the last few weeks:

Seth Godin writes on Destabilizing the Bully Power Structure, noting that:
"Bullying persists when bureaucracies and hierarchies permit it to continue. It's easier to keep order in an environment where bullying can thrive (and vice versa), because the very things that permit a few to control the rest also permit bullies to do their work. The bully uses the organization's desire for conformity to his own ends."
It is interesting to think of this in the context of the church. I've always assumed that bullies who find their way into churches (and church leadership) do so, because it can be an environment where it can be easy to assume power, and it is filled with people who will tend to tolerate or excuse "bad" behavior in the name of "Christian love" and "forgiveness."  But what if there is something else happening at a deeper systematic level that helps foster an environment where bullies are welcomed and protected into the life of the church?

Semi-related - Shane Koyczan doing his poem "To This Day"... for the bullied and beautiful.

Wil Wheaton: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Failure.

Fred Clark: I Do, In Fact, Care Who Started It. Make sure you read the whole article, but I'll share the xkcd cartoon Fred included that really made the point for me:

Hugh MacLeod: All Art Is Religious Art.

Scot McKnight put this up on his blog, I'm not sure what it says about me given that I like the "geek" movies, but the "hipster" bands.
Geeks vs Hipsters

Dan Dick: Vital Is As Vital Does.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The World that Hip Hop Made.

Elizabeth Evans Hagen: I left the church. Don't hate me. Wonderful reflection on making the choice to leave pastoral ministry in search of a more faithful calling.

I just discovered this odd video this afternoon, by one of those "hipster bands" I'm so fond of; Beach House "Wishes":