David Carr, who writes the Media Equation column for The New York Times, says that despite cuts, the future of journalism has never looked brighter. "I look at my backpack that is sitting here and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30-40 years ago," he says.
David Carr, After
“I put my addiction on my resume.”
Hes interesting and smart, but also hes honest.
He talks about being forthright with this employer, the NY Times, at about minute 24:30
Around minute 31:20, he begins to talk about this prayer, and how he says it even though he feels hypocritical doing so. A man after my own heart.
“God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”
He says he thinks the prayer comes from Saint Francis, but actually its from the “Big Book,” and was probably written by Bill W.
“If you cannot pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer; for God in His mercy accepts bad coin.” ó Rumi
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God”
In my puny, inadequate, hypocritical way, I have joined with those who made that decision. You dont need to be an alcoholic or a drug addict to appreciate the wisdom of the 12 steps. The steps provide a good model for facing any problem that makes ones life unmanageable. Surrender and transformation: these ofent come in handy.
The great challenge of surrender
Surrender is a battlefield. Dont let anybody tell you different.
I take the third step every day. I need to take the third step every day. Every day. Every day.
”Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine.”
This old hymn has been on my mind today.
Meher Baba said “Everything in the Gita is expressed in these few lines by a Western Mystic.”
The Occupy movement does have a message, it seems to me:
Our will and hope and treasure ó Taken by fraud and coercion. And they will go on taking until we stop them. Until we take back from them what they have stolen from us.
Change your mind. TP the White House. Grope John Boehner in the silent halls of Congress.
Maybe write a song. Thats what David did.
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Do you know David?
David Wilcox is a singer, songwriter, and astonishing guitarist with a big heart and a goofy laugh. He writes songs so poignant they will make you weep. Also ones that just are fun. Hes a guitarists guitarist, and a ridiculously hard-working creative force.
We became friends before I knew he was famous. Its still strange to me to be buddies with a guy who has groupies. You can check out his website and music here.
One of the best things about moving to Asheville was discovering the Blue Ridge Rollergirls. Womens flat track roller derby is the sport of the future, here today.
If you havent yet seen a bout, make it a priority. If you have, I know youre looking forward to the next one. (In Asheville, that happens on 19 November.)
When the going gets tough, the tough write Wikipedia articles. Ive had the pleasure of rewriting the Wikipedia article on Roller Derby. Ive also learned a lot more about this interesting sport, and met some fine editors that like the sport as much as me.
There are lots of online I Ching sites. Most suck. But I like this site because the interface is easy (”Throw coins virtually”) to ge an instant reading, because the readings are updated and non-cryptic, and because each reading links to the extremely murky Wilhelm translation.
Also this is the only site that understands the precedence of the changing lines in a reading (Ill discuss that in a second.) The site also retains your readings in the browser history.
You create a hexagram by throwing three coins. The result of each toss is a line. You build the hexagram one line at a time, starting at the bottom. The online version does this using “virtual coins.”
If the toss comes up mostly heads, thats a solid line. Mostly tails is a broken line.
If all the coins come up head or tails, thats a “changing line.” Each toss has one chance in four of being a changing line.
The hexagram you create reperesents the present situation. The future is represented by the hexagram created by substituting the changing lines — a changing solid line becomes a broken line, a changing broken line becomes solid..
If you get no changing lines, the situation is stable. Otherwise the flow is represented by the present and future hexagrams.
You look up (or let the online system look up) the I Chings readings for each hexagram.
If there are more than one changing line, one predominates. This site determines the predominant line. The reading for that line indicates the force driving the change.
What to ask?
After a few tries youll probably find that the type of question the I Ching answers best is something like “How does this notion/idea/plan of mine accord with the will of Heaven?” Youre not going to get a helpful answer to “Should I wear the paisley tie or the purple ascot to the party?” But if you ask something like: “Is it a good idea to buy that 1967 Jaguar XKE from my brother-in-law?” the answer the oracle gives may appear very relevant indeed.
Carl Jung and the I Ching.
Im a big fan of the I Ching, because like Carl Jung, Im kooky and smart.
I first read Jungs essay on the I Ching in high school, about 200 years ago. In it, he first introduced his concept of Synchronicity. The essay was the introduction to the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm. He called it the Book of Changes. You can find the full text here,
The idea that the universe is constantly in changing, and that we are part of that change: That seems natural, doesnt it? That there is a constant fluid flux between organization and entropy, growth and decay. You get the idea.
Shivas Dance: Creation and Destruction. All of us in motion, with or against the tide.
Cook the bacon and set aside the strips. Reserve the bacon fat.
Using a knife or scissors, cut the strips into confetti-sized flakes.
Using a little of the bacon fat, cook the popcorn.
Liquify the remaining bacon fat by heating (like in the microwave).
Mix the popcorn, bacon confetti, and remaining fat.
Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve.
Hint: I find its best to use a second bowl for mixing. Transfer a 2-3 cups popped corn to the mixing bowl, sprinkle and greasify, mix a few times, transfer to the serving bowl. Its hard to get everything adequately mixed if you try to do it in the servering bowl itself.
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