Friday, December 16, 2011
1. The "official" record is two minutes and two seconds, but I stopped counting several days ago. Baby Van Horn is now routinely sitting for minutes at a time without falling! It is astounding to realize, upon watching a baby learn how to do all the "simple" things we take for granted, how complicated such things really are. No less astounding is the noticeable progress one can observe from one day to the next.
2. Here are links to three videos I hope to watch (or start watching) during some lulls I expect to have over the next few days. The first two come by way of HBL, and the third I learned about through a local Objectivist mailing list. Peter Schiff's "I am the One Percent: Let's Talk.", Yaron Brook's "Ayn Rand and the Tea Party: A Recipe for Cultural Change", and Yaron Brook debating Dominick Ianno at Ford hall Forum in "From the Government and Here to Help".
3. Football fans will find this piece on the NFL's proprietary "All 22" game film interesting: "The reality of special teams remains largely unknown for this reason. No one sees it. The ball is kicked, it flies through the air and a man catches it. Then he is swarmed by a murder of crows, followed by a TV timeout."
4. Along the lines of advice to book a meeting with yourself at work in order to have uninterrupted work time, but taken to a "big picture" level, Jacob Gorban recommends a weekly appointment dedicated to "thinking time" at Lifehacker.
In this age of Internet and social networks with all the fun distractions that they provide, it becomes more important to go away from it all at least for a couple of hours each week, sit down with a pen and paper (or even an iPad running some notepad-type application), and just think it all through.This sounds like just the sort of thing I need to do each week, and it would compliment my daily planning sessions very well.