Monthly Archives: October 2013

Collected Quotes September-October 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.


As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself. — Shunryu Suzuki

I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them. — Boris Pasternak

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.  — Anne Rice

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way. — Caroline Gordon

Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach. — Anne Bradstreet

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. — Stephen Jay Gould (I found this hilarious as dogmatic is how I perceived his books.)

Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist. — Bell Hooks

You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain. — Miyamoto Musashi

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War of the Worlds

Today seventy-five years ago, much of the United States freaked out. People fled their homes into the streets. Police, newspapers, and radio stations were overwhelmed with calls about an alien invasion. All because they believed a radio play was real. A radio play based on a book from 40 years prior and who was recently an extremely popular comic serial. RadioLab asked the question could it happen again? Then showed how it did… in Ecuador. 

The Atlanta public radio station played this Sunday night. It was a made my drive much more enjoyable. (Normally it sucks, but I actually enjoyed it.) If the player does not work, then try War of the Worlds RadioLab s4e3.

American Experience also has a War of the Worlds take. Slightly different take looking more at the production and completely ignores Ecuador.

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Re-Imagining Work

Guess Drive made me think about happiness at work more.

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem — and could it also be part of the solution?

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.

If the embedded video below does not work, then try RSA Animate – Re-Imagining Work.

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Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A few days ago I tweeted,

How bad would it be for me to anonymously leave a copy of @DanielPink ‘s book Drive on the desk of every exec[utive] at work?

First, I actually think every person supervising others and even those working in our flat teams should study and implement this. The good news is I already see hints of it in the work place nestled in the cracks. Knowing why these behaviors improve performance and taking it to the next level is the dream. We have superstar teams and this is why. Second, ever since I watched the Pink’s TED Talk and RSA videos, these ideas are things I mention. The book just adds more fuel to the fire.

This is a easy read. The appendix contains a summary of how to apply these ideas as an individual, an organization, or as an educator. And the bibliography gives me the changes to dive even deeper.

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GPB Funding Campaigns

Over the past couple weeks Georgia Public Radio ran their fall funding campaign for National Public Radio. (We get to go through this again in the spring.) These funding campaigns are the least I listen to GPB. And they actively discourage me from wanting to donate.

So when the campaigners lament about how so few people donate, my sense of why is these campaigns. They work like a guilt trip:

YOU are a freeloader. So now that you feel bad about yourself, you can feel better by sending us money.

My inclination to that is the opposite. Maybe a large portion of the 90% of people who listen but do not donate feel the same way?

The way I was able to donate was a couple weeks after a funding campaign, I happened to be on the web site weeks later and sent my contribution. Now they send me reminders before the funding campaigns, and I send in my contribution before they go on air making me regret having sent them anything.

GPB claims not to have commercials, but they have plenty of sponsorship advertisements. They mean, I think, that commercial radio has constant, overwhelming advertisements. So my discontent is the semantics of the difference between none and few.

Oh, and the gifts for contributing are the same cheap vendor swag items that cost them cents to a few dollars per item to have made. Yet they are valued at $25-50? Lame.

Outside of when these funding campaigns are active, I am really happy that I contributed. So, it is not that I want to be a freeloader. It really is guilt trips cause me to react the wrong way. And I really am not sure how they should address changing the funding campaigns so I would be attracted.

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Healing Is Anti-Entropy

The Science of Healing Places was on the radio this morning. A statement near the end to the effect that healing is life or a part of life reminded me of something. Entropy, aka the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is the force behind why when you break a glass it cannot be reversed and come back together. Similarly, it works on our bodies and cells to destroy them. Bonds break. The odds of them joining without an intervention is low.

Yet the organization of our cells runs counter to entropy. Bonds regularly join and break on what seems like demand. Take breathing as an example. Red blood cells enter the bloodstreams of the lungs. Oxygen collected there takes the places of carbon dioxide by bonding with iron. Those red blood cells travel to different parts of the body where cells strip off that oxygen and carbon dioxide joins up with the iron.

Healing though is cells recognizing a malfunction of the body and bringing resources to bear in restoring the organization of the structures. Amazing to consider this goes on without our conscious consideration.

So, death is when these reorganization mechanisms have shut down. Entropy can then break down our cells at as normal.

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WP Annoyance: False Plugin Compatibility

Before upgrading from WordPress 3.6.1 to 3.7, the Updates page said two plugins also in need of updates were both 100% compatible with 3.6.1 and unknown with 3.7. A conservative administrator might wait for WordPress to list 100% compatibility with 3.7 before upgrading to it. I upgraded anyway because really I use both fairly minimally.

After the upgrade I went to upgrade these plugins and both were listed at 100% compatible with 3.7. Seems unlikely both were fixed in under 2 minutes. So, it seems like even though the data was there for 3.7, for some reason it was obfuscated from 3.6.1? Annoying.

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