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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.

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