Frrrrriday Rrrrroundup! #51

An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffoxiest things I fffffind stumbling around the web. More about the genesis here. Every dang Friday Round-Up here, you procrastinating slacker!

Nothing gets people’s righteousness fired up like a good, old-fashioned discussion of the moral implications of spending.  [Facebook-ed]

The delicate art of approaching influential people. [delicious-ed]

Imagined conversations between Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson. [Tumbled, via The Urban Sherpa].

Why “how to invest your money for the coming collapse” is a trick question. (Warning: buzzkill!) [Stumbled, via Dave Pollard]


Video of John Cleese discussing creativity [10:37]


  1. Interesting that John Cleese and Ira Glass (whose video you linked to in your newsletter) appear to disagree about whether people have the ability to judge the quality of their own work.

    Cleese says we don’t, and that blind spot hampers us from improving. Glass says we do, and that discouragement at the distance between “my stuff” and “good stuff” prevents us from continuing to try. (Unless I’m misinterpreting — entirely possible.)

    Actually, I have found both to be true. I have written things I thought were perfect and fabulous. Only later could I see how much improvement they needed — and then I found that disconnect between my work and good work to be disheartening.

    Thanks for pointing toward both videos!

    1. You know, I hadn’t focused on that aspect of Cleese’s talk—I was so intent on the whole “create a space for the work to be done” thing.

      I think we do have a certain blindness at the beginning of an endeavor, but quickly, that turns. So I think both are true, too. I’m sure that would make me seem wishy-washy in Cleese’s eyes. Ira, I’m pretty sure, would be more accepting. :-)

  2. I found the Cleese video at your YouTube site a few days ago and it inspired me to make some tweaks in my work practices. Just excellent. Thanks!

    1. Terrific! And thanks for letting me know you actually use the YouTube channel. Mostly I throw things up there thinking they’re just for me, since there’s no feedback mechanism other than the landing page.

      1. Not sure how I got there; sometimes I just prowl your stuff when I’m looking for insights. Regarding Cleese, I’d been using the “Pomodoro Technique” (25 min. on, 5 off) when I’m feeling balky. Sometimes it works, and other times it makes me anxious; like I’m looking over my own shoulder. Cleese convinced me I need a Plan B. So I walked to the library (needed the exercise) and sat down for the requisite 1:15 during which time I either wrote or did absolutely nothing. It was a good start.

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