The Big Think

January 5, 2010


Filed under: Humor and Fun,Music — jasony @ 6:32 pm

Ever Hear of a Bucket List?

Filed under: Travel — jasony @ 11:42 am

How about an ash log? Death didn’t stop this world traveler.


Filed under: Disclosure,Quoth — jasony @ 11:21 am

“Enthusiasm is energetic, positive, generous, and social. It’s outward-turning and engaged. It’s kind of goofy.
Enthusiasm is a form of social courage; it’s safer to criticize and scoff than to praise and embrace.
There’s a dark tendency in human nature to mock or attack other people’s enthusiasms. It’s easy to make fun of ping-pong or Barry Manilow or Star Trek or wine-tasting — but why do it?”
Gretchen Rubin

She’s right.

People are more comfortable in the role of sarcastic, biting critic than in the role of open-minded enthusiast. I find the company of the critic tiresome. There is a difference between honest criticism in order to improve something (which is needed and even desired if it comes from a trusted source), and the kind of knee-jerk, cynical negativity that seeks to mock what it doesn’t enjoy. There’s too much of this in the world. Unfortunately, society takes a low view of the enthusiastic person much of the time. I say screw society. There’s nothing wrong or naive or simple about an honest, childlike “WOW!”. I try and consciously cultivate this view of the world, and privately get a kick out of saying it in the presence of people who think it means I’m not sophisticated.

The enthusiastic person draws other enthusiastic people to him or herself. And it’s a much happier place to live.

Related: Cory Doctorow’s excellent post “Too Much Time on His Hands

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lead Foot

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:09 am

Interesting visualization of the accruing national debt.

Whether you agree with the current occupant’s politics or not, most people would admit that there surely there must be some limit to rational government spending?

God of War III

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 6:04 am

Music production on the God of War III video game. Very cool behind the scenes if you’re a music/sound/production geek.

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