Lebowski, Leaders, Love, Laughter, and Lack of Sleep

YouTube Link: John Turturro on Being Jesus

For the past six months, I’ve had some wicked bouts of insomnia. Let me tell you, people — it’s not as much fun as Fight Club makes it look. I was up at 4:00 AM and can’t get back to sleep. I lie there, staring at the darkness, begging for sleep but getting nowhere. I try listening to stuff on the iPod — nothing. I try meditating — nothing. So here I am, home sick from school with a wicked headache. Bleah.

Your Name’s Lebowski, Lebowski

Or should I say “Thy name is Lebowski”? Thanks to DVG for linking us to Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, a Shakespeare-ian retelling of The Big Lebowski, the second-best film the Coen Brothers ever made. And in case you missed the fact that my images here usually link to cool stuff, check out the video of John Turturro discussing his character in that movie.

Love is for Losers

Don’t ask me why I was reading the New York Times business section, but I literally LOLed in class when I came upon this gem of an interview with corporate dorkface George Cloutier:

Q. You say, “Love your business more than your family.” What does your wife think of that?

A. Well, she loves me, but I’m not sure she would always agree with that. I’m not saying don’t love your family. But if you don’t love your business as much as your family, your probability of success is very much lower. Sometimes you just have to put the business ahead of family considerations.

Q. How many times have you been married?

A. This is my third marriage. But you have to look at it this way — it’s over 63 years. I’ve had a lot of spacing between them.

TPCQ: “I’ll keep it short and sweet. Family, religion, friendship: these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.” (Look, I even found the audio!)

Leaders and the Lord

Also in the NYT, I found an intriguing feature article headlined How Christian Were the Founders? It actually spends more time (at least in the early pages I’ve made it through so far) discussing the powerful role Texas textbooks have on US school curricula, and the influence of Christian activists in those books.

This is how history is made — or rather, how the hue and cry of the present and near past gets lodged into the long-term cultural memory or else is allowed to quietly fade into an inaudible whisper. Public education has always been a battleground between cultural forces; one reason that Texas’ school-board members find themselves at the very center of the battlefield is, not surprisingly, money.

Sheds some interesting light on the constant discussions about what should and should not be taught in school.

Laughter

The astute readers among you have noticed that I’ve added a list of cool webcomics in the right sidebar. I especially want to shout out two of my favorites in this list:

1. xkcd. Who else could make a comic about tracks in the snow and work in references to Lord of the Rings, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Calvin and Hobbes — twice, in the case of C&H — and particle physics? Just magnificent.

2. Kate Beaton. All the webcomics in the list offer a generally positive ratio of “LOLZ” to “meh”, but it’s a very rare Kate Beaton comic that makes me “meh”. She combines history and hilarity with a glorious, silly cartoon style. To wit: Check out her comic for kids about Susan B. Anthony.

Finally: We’ve gotten some reports about trouble with the RSS feed here on the new blog. If anyone else is having difficulty, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

TimeWaster™

The original trailer for The Big Lebowski. Dude.

Today I’m listening to: Adam Shaikh!

I'll keep it short and sweet. Family, religion, friendship ... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business sound bite

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