This article, I Think You’re Fat, is potentially life changing. I like to think of myself as an honest open person, but in reality I am a strategic liar. We all are. You’d admit it too, if you were honest.
In the 1800s authorities believed fictional novels were destroying the youth, by the 1950s and 60s it was Rock and Roll and television, and in the 1980s it was Heavy Metal and Dungeon and Dragons. Today the scapegoat for society’s problems are video games. On the same day Business Week published Video Games Aren’t a Waste of Time, we hear Barack Obama blame video games for underachievement. I have written multiple times about video games on this blog. In my last entry I decided to take the Playstation away from my 4-year-old because he was having emotional breakdowns over the game. A month or so later I returned it to him, with a few rules, but no fixed time limits. He plans to be a game developer and designer someday and I am not going to crush his dream. He owns his life, not me. But as a father I must expose him to much more than just video games, he is five now and taking Blended Kenpo, learning Spanish, Chinese, Persian, and Hindi, and learning to write short stories in English. Mr. Obama, video games are not the problem, public schools and low expectations are. Video games are making children’s lives better, it’s our schools that are destroying them.
My ancestors immigrated to the US from Norway. I guess it was really poor 100 years ago, but when I read about Norway today, I wonder what it would be like to be a Norwegian now. Even the cops in Norway seem cool.
Simon Townley a freelance copywriter from the UK, wrote a post telling us about the software tools he uses to write. Many of them I had never heard of before. It is a long but highly valuable post. If you love to write either as a profession or hobby, his post is a must read.
I watch almost zero television, but I stumbled on some vintage shows from the 70s and 80s available online. The commercials are a bit annoying. If they must have commercials, it’d be better if they ran vintage commercials instead, like “Don’t Squeeze the Charmin.”
I recently read Davis Allen’s book GTD. If you want to know more about this powerful productivity enhancing system. Al wrote a nice primer about David Allen’s GTD system at 7P Productions. This knowledge applied will pay you back a million x.