stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning:

  • Why does the queso made with only Velveeta and Rotel taste so stinking good?
  • What a terrible couple of weeks for the NFL. Their self-induced malaise reminds me of the beginning of baseball’s fall back in the mid 1990’s. Jim Collins might call it, the hubris born of success.
  • However, they have college football to keep people interested in the sport at large.
  • I wonder if the video existed of media members’ lowest marital/parental moments—how many of them would still have their jobs—and if they would cover their own failings with the same enthusiasm they have covered that of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.
  • I also wonder if they could be counted on to rerun the clips of those moments 24/7 for weeks. I doubt it.
  • I have no problem with the punishment Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson have received. What they did was abominable. However, I do question the dog-piling and self-righteousness with which they’ve been judged. The problems with our becoming a TMZ culture are manifold. Only one of these is that by looking at the reruns of everyone else’s lows we think to ourselves how vulgar they are compared to us. It increases our risk of Plankeye.
  • I also question whether the social science perspective that governs much of our society can be said to have improved us much. I’m a huge fan of the social sciences in general. However, I think we currently risk an over reliance on them at the expense of a more integrated logic and a spiritual worldview.
  • Baseball season is coming to an end, and an Angels vs. Dodgers World Series seems a true possibility. I’d pick the Angels in seven games.
  • Clayton Kershaw is dominating the league like no one has in nearly 40 years. It’s a pleasure to watch.
  • Now, for some thoughts on the world of tech:
  • The iPhone 6 is out. Congratulations to all my Apple-loving friends out there. You now have some of the features Android and Windows Phone users have had for a year or more. Tee hee.
  • Evernote and Nozbe or some combination thereof makes my life run smoothly.
  • Android needs to figure out how to effectively deal with Outlook calendars. Apple can do this.
  • Incidentally, I’ve also moved mail to because Gmail has become way too cluttered.
  • Jesus says our heart will be where our treasure is. Why then is it so hard for us to orient our finances around His Kingdom?
  • We see what we look for. Not because it is actually there, but because we see it there.
  • From Steven Pressfield in the War of Art: “There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”
  • If you don’t listen to the Freakanomics radio podcast, you really should. It’s the best 30 minutes of listening I do every week. You can see my podcast list on TuneIn radio. Follow me on TuneIn or leave your favorite podcasts in the comments section and we’ll swap podcast lists. I’d love to know what you listen to.
  • Keep your eyes open for my book due out before Christmas. I’m self-publishing it by choice.
  • One true friend is worth more than a hundred good acquaintances.
  • One good mentor is worth more than a thousand books of advice.
  • The three wisest churchmen I know: Bob Russell, Larry Osborne, and my dad.

What’s on your mind this Friday?