9rules: networks++

9rules_knowthebest.gif Looks like I got accepted as a 9rules member. I forgot I had applied to the network back in November, but am happy to be in.

9rules is a collection of blogs representing good writing in a variety of categories. As they put it, “We find the best content from the independent web and pull it all together in one location.” And the 9 rules? Those are:


1. Love what you do.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Form works with function.
4. Simple is beautiful.
5. Work hard, play hard.
6. You get what you pay for.
7. When you talk, we listen.
8. Must constantly improve.
9. Respect your inspiration.

I can go with those… hopefully without stretching too far, as they’re generally ideals I already hold. Oh — and I feel a blog redesign coming on. I think I’ve been using this theme for two years now. It’s got a couple of rough edges I never did finish off, but I find I’m growing tired of it these days. In any event, this design (and the new one, should I actually get around to it) will now sport the 9rules logo along with my other networks.

2008: The Subversive Year in Review

2008.jpg As I’ve done for 2005, 2006 and 2007, it’s time to review my posts for 2008 and see just what I’ve been posting about — and what’s worthy of mentioning in a year-end summary. In my mind I’ve not been posting anything particularly good for a while now, but a few other people mentioned me in their year-end bloggers-worth-mentioning summaries (David Fitch and Bill Kinnon, your cheques are in the mail), so dang, I must have said something worthy of note. Let’s see.

The year started off with a discussion of Measuring Converts in Simple / House / Missional Churches (twice). I moved on to The Lucifer Effect: Why Good People do Evil and allegorical interpretation of the Bible.

The Ghost of Christmas Past

christmas-carol.jpg This evening as my wife prepared to go back to work after the holiday, I remarked that this has been a better Christmas for us than last year. “The last two,” she replied. And it’s true. We were sitting in our new basement rec room, surveying the “media wall” I had built, with the new Wii plugged in to the home theatre, complete with brand-new KEF center channel speaker purchased at a Boxing Day sale this morning. We’re looking forward to family time in the space, which has been a lot of work. Just three weeks ago, it was a mess of bare walls, exposed 2×4 framed walls, and an assortment of boxes of excess miscellany overflowed from the storage room. There was more than one night in the last week that I worked until 3:00AM, and my wife got started at 6:00AM the following morning to sand or paint. We were both burning the candle at both ends, actually. We kept telling ourselves it would be worth it, and the end of the project was very satisfying.

Brother Maynard, now with 80% More Twitter!

twitterbird.jpg Well, I finally succumbed and signed up for a Twitter account. I don’t know… maybe it’s because Seth Godin and Clay Shirky spoke so well of it in books I’ve read recently, or it could be that I was chatting with some friends earlier today and the subject of Twitter came up. It wasn’t the inevitable “twit” pun that did it, but the conversation about translating a synchroblog onto twitter: a synchrotwit. A good laugh was had by all us missional twits. Two of us went out and signed up for twitter since that conversation.

June 4th, Once Again — and for the 19th Time!

The Great Turtle Rescue of 2008 I’ve reflected before about the significant events on June 4th as I reminisced… and reflected about the passage of time since my wife and I were married 19 years ago today. I don’t know that I can be as profound in this post as in the previous two, which outline the fact that you just never know what life is going to bring you, so it’s important to take note of what you’ve got and enjoy the ride.

The Blogger’s Natural Habitat

My Study This is where I blog, write, study, work, and enjoy the presence of my books. It’s also where I listen to music, podcasts, CBC Radio One, and watch TED videos. I guess it’s my “man-cave.” Just for fun, I thought I’d offer a glimpse of my digs — give the photo a click and you’ll be treated to a larger image with dotted lines that you can mouse over, making the image somewhat “interactive.” Each mouseover spot offers some bit of commentary about that part of the image, explaining or giving background about whatever your cursor is pointing at. I haven’t tested it in IE, but it should work. If not, get Firefox and make the switch to better browsing.

2007: The Subversive Year in Review

Calendar with Ink Stains The posts and pages of the year have kinda run together for 2007, but it’s time to review some of my posts that stand out from the past year. I started blogging late in 2004, so there’s no “best-of” from that year, but the others in the series are the Top 5 of 2005, twice; the Subversive Year in Review and 2006: The Subversive Year in Review. I began looking through my archives for posts that had stood out, and found slim pickings in the first part of the year… which reminded me that it was a difficult season, so that’s probably where my mental energy went. There was still Songs to Ban from Sunday School and my review of We Will Not be Silent: Music from St. Benedict’s Table, my first attempt at a music review, in which I learned that superlatives should be used sparingly… I probably liked the disc too much to review it properly. Though it’s not my content (video by Robert Scoble), Meet the techie sister behind Vatican’s Website was rather interesting.

Change Comes Softly… and Crashes in all Around You

Wooden Calendar I’m in a bit of a reflective space at the moment. They say (whoever “they” are) that the only constant is change, and perhaps “they” are right. (I think it was Paul Reiser who suggested that “they” is some kind of consortium responsible for pretty much everything, and is headed up by “the guy.”) The nature of change is an interesting beast. I’ve begun reading William Duggan’s new book, Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement, published by Columbia Business School. It’s a review copy that I’m supposed to talk about on my other (business) blog, but I’m quite certain I’ll be saying more about it here as well. I’m what, 20 pages in? Already it’s proving to be an excellent work, filled with insight. So far: Copernicus, a contemporary of Martin Luther, the scientific method, and the nature of breakthroughs. Scientific method says that you posit a theory, then test it. If you prove your theory, you have an achievement. Rather notably, the actual method of scientific revolution is basically the opposite: you have an achievement, and then you (or someone after you) forms a theory to explain it.