Best of the Internet 9-9-07

Are you willing to be free? That’s the problem isn’t it? Willingness. When we look to others to grant us freedom, they can’t give us what we already have. We need a willingness to free ourselves from ourselves.

I don’t even know where to begin with this guy. His blog is tremendous. If you write you must read The Art of Writing: 10 Tips from the Masters and How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier by K. Stone. This blog’s content just gets better. Publishing two posts this powerful in a single week is a testimony to John’s hard work and talent.

I love Liz Strauss’ artistic blog. Her latest post The Genius that is You Returns reminds us that a genius is within all of us.

I despise our oppressive tax system, but I don’t wear a tin foil hat and I never will. I advocate that people pay what they legally owe and encourage them not to overpay. For most of us taxes will be the biggest bill during our life time. Jeremy at GenX Finance give us some compelling evidence why you should pay your taxes. It’s foolish to take on an angry heard Elephants with a sharp stick and a quick wit. It’s better to steer clear of Imperial entanglements.

It’s strange, I always thought of myself as an extrovert. But I’m not… I do fine with people, but I need time alone or I go crazy. I learned a lot from this story… “Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?”

Doctors diagnose too many kids with “disorders.” Is acting and feeling different than the mainstream a disorder? We need people that don’t fit in… that aren’t part of the herd.

One of my lifetime goals is to visit sub-Saharan Africa. This is why.

DUI law is one of the biggest threats to our legal rights (Just for the record – I’ve never had a DUI). I know this isn’t PC and we need to get drunks off the roads. But at what expense? Our freedom to move about? Our freedom to legal counsel? An end to the presumption of innocence? Now there is clear evidence that thousands of people have been falsely convicted of DUI by faulty software. Shouldn’t people be convicted by a jury, not a machine?

11 thoughts on “Best of the Internet 9-9-07”

  1. These days, when you hear any rumor about China, be suspecious… It might be necessary to write something like: “How not believe the news on the Net”.

  2. @Dutra – Thanks for clearing that up.

    @Bill – Yes, I got this one wrong, they aren’t just blocking Leo’s feed. But they are blocking all of feedburner. So the censor’s are still doing their citizens a huge disservice.

  3. Hi Steve,

    Thank you for stopping in and for the link.

    Jonathan Rauch’s essay on introverts was a hoot (Pennsylvanianese for LOL). His idea about an Introverts’ Rights movement put me in mind of people who talk about political parties for anarchists.

  4. “…but I don’t wear a tin foil hat and I never will.” Too funny! And the fact that wikipedia has an entire section devoted to it… priceless!

  5. Hi Steve, thanks for these wonderful links again!! The article on introverts is really hilarious and uplifting at the same time, I’ll definitely have that one bookmarked for years to come..
    Pick the Brain was already one of my favorites, but I didn’t know Liz Strauss’ blog yet. Thank you!

  6. I loved the link about introverts! I am an introvert of the highest order — two hours of alone time to one hour of socializing is the minimum requirement, for me — but through years and years of *acting*, by which I mean consciously playing a part on purpose and with aforethought, I pass as an extrovert. I did it on purpose. I saw that extroverts got all the best dates and best jobs and highest marks and decided, “that’s for me!” Most people who know me think I am a terrific extrovert, always “on” so to speak.

    But Husband and I are loners. We can sit together for hours reading, without saying a word. We never hold parties or even go to friends’ parties much, as they are exhausting. We choose our time with others to be flexible enough that we can leave after an hour or so. We’ve come to perfect the “leave them wanting more” technique! LOL!

    Still, it took me a long time to realize that I really am an introvert, not just shy or insecure. No, not shy at all (as anyone who knows me will attest). Just easily exhausted by the give and take of the Talky Ones.

    I’m an Introvert and Proud of it!


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