Weekend Review: Shakey Cuts and Smart Guns

That's a wrap, folks! Another week is in the books, which means I'm finished pushing paper from one side of the desk to another. A relief, especially for my left pointer-finger, which suffered from chronic paper-cut syndrome this week. If Band Aid's were hundred-dollar bills, I'd have burned through my savings.

Speaking of sore subjects, this was the week of all things political--the President's State of the Union Address, the Republican Debates--and political weeks leave always leave my soul bleeding. This week, I took a different tact, distracted myself with some good reading. (It's all a shell game, see.) Books? Yes. Magazines? Sure. Good links? You bet!

Here are a few of my favorite picks from the week. Come along; take a gander.


Can high-tech gun accessories make smart guns a reality? Check out this article at Fast Company, and consider this: we love smartphones with biometric locks that keep thieves and hackers away, yet we're skittish about biometric smart guns, which might reduce the threat of terror visiting our children. (Human logic never ceases to amaze me.)

Like a good game of compare and contrast? This beautiful bubble graph gives insight into the career highs, lows, and zeniths of others near your age. (I got sucked into this graph for far to long; I zoomed out, plotted graphs, endured one grand moment of megalomania, and suffered two existential crises. (Oh, to be 27 again! (especially knowing what I know now about the market-meltdown of 2008))).

Think you are immune to a good con-artist? Think again. Think you aren't a con-artist? See the above italicized phrase. Check out this book review at Brain Pickings, which has this  gem of a paragraph:

To be sure, we all perform micro-cons on a daily basis. White lies are the ink of the social contract — the insincere compliment to a friend who needs a confidence boost, the unaddressed email that “somehow went to spam,” the affinity fib that gives you common ground with a stranger at a party even though you aren’t really a “huge Leonard Cohen fan too.”

John Blase and I were emailing a bit this week, and he raised the ghost of Miller Williams, Arkansas poet extraordinaire. I think you should sit with this piece of Williams' poetry, "A Poem for Emily." And while you're ruminating on poetical scratchings, check out Blase's piece to "The Earnest Young Writer."

Adam McHugh, author of The Listening Life, unpacks the spiritual discipline of the long walk at Emily Freeman's. Don't miss this piece. Read it, and then practice the art of the listening life.


There's ain't many I like as much as Shakey. Enjoy his Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.


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