stream of consciousness

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning:

  • I didn’t blog as much this week, because I spent some time with my dad on a 24-hour Father/Son trip. Emily and I are blessed to have great relationships with our dads. It sounds basic, but it’s huge.
  • It makes me all the more dedicated to having the best relationship with my daughters I can.
  • I got the chance to read my friend Wade Hodges’ book, When to Leave: How to Know It’s Time to Move On (Before You Stay Way Too Long). This is a really important subject, and I look forward to writing up a review next week.
  • I don’t know who enjoys it more: the media attacking Newt Gingrich or Newt Gingrich attacking the media. They both seem to love it in their own way.
  • I love the movie, Moneyball. It’s well acted, thought-provoking, packed with leadership lessons, and has the world’s greatest sport as it’s subject 🙂 If you haven’t seen it, find a way. It’s not life-changing, but it will make you think about intrinsic problems with status quo in a variety of fields.
  • I don’t understand how those upset with the political activity of the religious right can at the same time advocate for greater government involvement on a wide variety of social issues. It seems to me the issue then is policy, not political engagement itself. I wish people would just admit that.
  • The other day, I was self-debating who the funniest man and woman alive are. I think the funniest woman is Kristen Wiig. The funniest guys–Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Adam Sandler, etc., have all tried to take on serious roles. Fine. But guys, we need Michael Scott, Lloyd (from Dumb and Dumber), and Opera Man too. Don’t forget them 🙂
  • Solvang is a lesser known California city, but fantastic for getaways with your wife. The little Danish preserved town is stunningly beautiful and quaint. It’s only about an 1.5 hours north of Pepperdine. It makes a great 48 hour trip before or after the Bible Lectures.
  • Christoph Waltz is the best movie bad guy since Gene Hackman and John Malkovich. No one plays and icy, unpredictable violent sociopath better.
  • This year’s Cliff’s Note version of an NBA season is weird. So far, I’m not feeling it as much. Then again, I came into the season with a bad attitude because of the lockout.
  • I’ve noticed I’m starting to prefer reading good articles more than books. I think it’s because I can feel like I finished reading something…and there is more variety. So, I’m planning a one-week blog/article fast soon to read only books. Because, I want to see if it’s just an ADD thing, a mere preference, or if I’m being tempted toward intellectual laziness.
  • I’m willing to bet IPad 3 is coming out with a price tag of over a 1K on the top model. Give me a break, Apple.
  • IMHO, Android, Google, Amazon, and others (in that order) are making serious gains on Apple. Pricing matters, and product quality continues to inch toward Apple’s…things are going to get interesting. They already are on the phone front.
What’s on your mind this Friday morning? Feel free to respond to anything above, and have a great weekend.