Taken from http://www.agileopennorthwest.org/. I really like these as general principles.
The Five Principles
- Whoever comes is the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- Whenever it’s over, it’s over.
- Wherever it happens is the right place.
The Law of Personal Mobility
If you find yourself where you can’t learn or contribute, move yourself to a place where you can.
What’s my great fear?
I’ll tell you; come near…
To lay down in death
with so much left.
Passion not spent –
Oh cowardly regret!
For fear of others?
The thousand deaths.
I’m afraid to die
With no twinkle in my eye –
To pass meagerly by
Yet hidden inside.
To walk through life
Not truly alive,
And to pass in the night
With an unfelt “goodbye”.
I encountered this the other day, and it’s been stuck in my mind.
BY W. S. Merwin
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
I’ve been really disappointed by many of the reactions I’ve seen to the protests in Ferguson from friends and family members, especially those in Missouri. It’s especially disappointing when I see a claim that racism isn’t a problem, and the complete lack of self-awareness that comes with that statement. Racism is a huge problem all of the place, and Missouri is no different.
If you’re white, before you express some opinion on Ferguson, please read this: “An Open Letter to My Fellow White People About Your Reactions to the Ferguson Protests.”
At the very least, please read the first two lines:
Dear Fellow White People,
Please shut up.
Yesterday, I wanted to to a add some photos to help explain the individual steps, but then I got the idea to create a video of the process instead. Here is is:
I’m sorry about the poor quality of the video. This turned out not to be a good idea. I haven’t done much video editing since I had macs available to me, and there is just nothing comparable to iMovie on the windows side. I tried using movie maker, but it was super slow and completely failed on my. I downloaded a program called Power Director, which is a lot better, but costs $100, and I really can’t justify that purchase for a single video.
On top of that, my camera focus kept going in and out, and the table kept popping, and all in all, the lighting was too dark, and everything considered, the video is really poor quality. But I spent a couple of hours on it, so I decided to push it out there anyway.
My favorite TV show of all time is probably The West Wing. Every couple of years, I seem to get on a kick where I take a month or two and watch the entire series again. I think I like to view it as aspirational television, an idealized version of society that is not so far fetched as to be complete fantasy. Watching the show always inspires me to make some change in my life, and it usually ends up sticking.
The West Wing was created by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin is a great writer, but once you see enough of him, he tends to become very predictable. That’s not a bad thing. When I saw the first episode of Sports Night, it was after seeing all of his episodes of The West Wing. It was a different setting, and the same things were happening, but you know what? I didn’t care. It was good. The writing was very tight, it didn’t talk down to you, and I inevitably learned something from it.
This type of predictability lends itself to parody pretty easy, and there’s been some great ones.
SNL “The Sorkin Sketch”
Inside Amy Schumer “The Foodroom”
And of course, featuring Sorkin himself, from 30 Rock
One day, I really hope to experience a walk and talk of my own.
Several months ago, I got it in my brain to use some of the photo’s I’ve taken and turn them into photo cards that I can mail people. I’ve learned quite a few things since I started making these cards, and I’ve now created well over two hundred of them. Here’s some of what I’ve learned.
The most important part are the photos themselves. I’ve used three different services for getting photo prints: Walmart, Target, and Snapfish (online only). Walmart was the worse. Their photos have a weird texture, and it really drove me crazy. Target was good, but their machines are finicky. I really prefer Snapfish.
When you’re uploading files to snapfish, I made the mistake the first time of not editing them ahead of time. So when they were printed, they were cropped poorly in order to fit the 6×4 size. For the next batch, I took each photo into Paint.net and cropped them exactly to 6×4, and that worked so much better. The photos arrive after about a week, and they’re very high quality prints. THey are perfect for this use.
The next most important part is the card stock. I bought this from my local Office Max: Neenah Creative Collection 11×17. This is enough card stock to make 100 cards @ 2 per sheet. Cut the card stock so that you have two 6 1/4 in by 8 1/4 in pieces. You’ll have some scraps. I recommend using a paper cutter for this. I don’t have the kindergarten skill required to use scissors very well.
The best glue I’ve found for this is Scotch Wrinkle-free Glue.n In the beginning I was making sure to cover every part of the back side of the photo before gluing it onto the card stock. I’ve discovered this isn’t really necessary, and creates too much of a mess. Just get some glue on the back of the photo and it will be great.
Here’s the whole process:
- Cut your card stock. I tend to cut a large pile of them, so you can get an assembly line going.
- Fold each piece. Some people use a bone thingy for this, but I like using a very smooth rock I found on a beach here in Oregon
- Glue the photo on. Align against the fold. The card stock is larger than the paper, and you’ll be cutting the excess off later.
- Apply pressure and let it set. I usually put a stack of cards underneath some books or other heavy object and leave them overnight
- Trim the edges. Once again, I prefer a paper cutter for this, but you might be better with scissors than me
And that’s all!