Recommended reading

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I’m trying something new today: a Saturday-morning roundup of a handful of blog posts that I read this week that I thought might interest you too. I’ll try this for a few weeks and see how it goes. If you click through, I’ll keep doing it.

Bastille Day was this week, and Heather Munro reflected on what really caused the French Revolution: fear. Read: Want a revolution? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

As a confirmed realist, which is a nice way of saying pessimist, I need to take to heart Moni Smith’s message about recognizing the good in life. Read: We are swimming in a sea of goodness

Mike Connealy shot cars and planes on black-and-white film with his Olympus XA, which misbehaved a little but still delivered the goods. Read: A couple cars and a diagnosis

Tech blog TechCrunch told technology leaders who feel overwhelmed and under-competent that they probably aren’t applying enough pressure. Read: Do You Feel Pressure or Do You Apply Pressure?


11 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Moni Avatar

    Well thank you very much for linking to me! I’m glad you like the post. And now I stuff to read while on the Ref desk this morning. :) Great idea!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I hope everyone enjoys it and finds posts they otherwise would not have seen.

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I like seeing a Saturday morning Jim Grey post in my reader! Keep it up!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Get ready for six posts a week starting Monday! I’m adding this “recommended reading” post on Saturday and photo-only posts on Tuesday and Thursday.

      1. bodegabayf2 Avatar

        Happy WordPress reader!

  3. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Thanks for sharing Jim I enjoyed reading. Looking foward to your other posts and links

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Christopher!

  4. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    What fun! Four completely different subjects and aspects. Good, good, good!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ll keep doing this every Saturday for a while then and see if people keep liking it.

  5. Dave greulich Avatar
    Dave greulich

    I concur with Heather but add some coloration to the concept of “fear”. I think it is more “insecurity” or “lack of security” rather than “fear”. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that the first order of need is immediate food and shelter. Once met, we need security that our needs will be met for the next day. When that does not occur, then “bad things” begin to happen.

    We can live with “certainty” because we can develop a means to overcome or adapt to the “certain” situation thereby making it livable. But when we cannot make it livable, we humans move to other action to achieve the same results. We just returned from a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia and observed the similar historical conditions as Heather discusses. The Bolsheviks promised a new “certainty” but it simply repalced one form of uncertainty with another.

    That is one lesson history that seems to elude so many leaders.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s a nice refinement of Heather’s argument.

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