"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursday."
- Douglas Adams (via Arthur Dent)
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Stay Safe Out There" Edition. It's been crazy out there weather-wise recently. Here on the West Coast, we had the largest fire in the history of Los Angeles this weekend, fires outside Seattle are dumping ash everywhere, and frankly, Montana has been burning since July and fires could possibly last until October. Additionally, even though the recovery from Harvey could take months (or longer), now Irma looks like it could be potentially worse. I'm feeling like it might be a good time to stock up on supplies of bottled water and raisins and other essentials. Stay safe, everyone.
What I'm Reading -
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. The general concept, finding your true calling (your must) among the many, many expectations in your life (the shoulds) makes a lot of sense. However, there are times when the "I'm an incredibly accomplished executive but the Great Spirit told me to be a Finger-Paint Artist in San Francisco" gets to be a bit much. Elizabeth Gilbert is quoted on the cover, so I probably shouldn't have surprised.
What I'm Reading (pt 2) -
BTW, I'm not a Gilbert-hater. "Big Magic" was great and her TED talk is probably one of the best ever, but she does seem to be the patron saint of the "follow your bliss" gang.
What I'm Watching -
The Motionographer Story about the development and growth of this website devoted to the best in motion graphics. What makes it interesting is the story of founder Justin Cone, a writer, who nearly closed the site down multiple times due to his pervasive imposter syndrome. Just FYI, as someone who constantly struggled with similar feelings for years, I'm now fascinated by its opposite, the Dunning Kruger Effect. I finally had to write it down in my notebook this week since I'm constantly trying to use it in conversation but always mispronouncing it as Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which is something entirely different.
What I'm Reading (article) -
Rolling Stone had an article about how Shelley Berman died last week. Shelley Berman was one of the great comedians of the 50's and 60's and taught at my graduate school program when I was there. He was a brilliant monologist, fantastic writer, and an amazing wit. He wasn't the easiest guy to be around but it was great to see him on Curb Your Enthusiasm in his later years.
What I'm Listening to -
I met a soprano a few weeks ago who swore that Electro Dub Tango was the perfect walking around mixtape. I have to agree.
What I'm Learning -
I'm doing a refresher on "Search Engine Optimization", because I really, really want my eyeballs to bleed with tiny, tiny bits of code. But, once you get past the crying and weeping, it's actually pretty useful.
What I'm thinking about -
You know, people grow, whether they want to or not. But growing up is something you got to decide to do. - Greg Universe
What I'm Doing (for work) -
Animating videos. I've been working on several animated instructional videos for one of my non-profit clients this last week. However, in between, I created this short video on the political calculus of repealing DACA.
What I'm Doing (for work) (pt. 2) -
Don't forget though that ON TUESDAY I'll be hosting world-class instructional designer Julie Winkle Giulioni as she presents Mindful Leadership: It's Not All About Meditation, a free hour-long webinar.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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