Links to things that are worth knowing about, and some rambling.

The final voyage of the (real) U.S.S. Enterprise


Hey, Doctor Who fans! If you haven’t seen the online game, prepare to waste a lot of time with your favorite Gallifrean, exploring the “big ball of wibbly wobbly timely wimey…stuff!”
Doctor Who: Worlds In Time

Um… Living in the future is cool, but… Didn’t we learn ANYTHING from Jurassic Park?!
Extinct Wooly Mammoth To Be Cloned

This is a neat resource – the top 50 Drama Games. Possibly useful for workshops with young people, rehearsals, classroom settings? Worth checking out: Drama Games

My friend Dawn just recently introduced me to the Commonplace Book, which is a thing I immediately fell in love with and, as much as I wonder what exactly this online journal that I keep should be, this concept spoke to me very much. Filling pages with a variety of things related to the individual goals of the writer: things they want to share, to learn about, to remember, to ponder… I like this idea very much. It, for whatever reason, speaks to me more than “keep a blog about theatre” does. Maybe it’s because, in some ways, it’s what I do already – I write about the theatre, my family, baseball, sci-fi, news articles that move me, a whole hodge-podge of things. Often I’ve thought that maybe that’s not a good idea, because I see so many specialized blogs and online journalists that adhere to the “focus on a topic or you’ll lose your core readers” philosophy. Well, I don’t know that I have “core readers”, to start with, and I’d much rather share things that move me in one way or another and, hopefully, get feedback from folks who read it about what THEY think.

So, who knows, maybe the idea of a commonplace journal is just me giving myself permission to explore what I want this to be! If so, I’m going to start with this quote, which I just read recently and loved, because it’s about being in charge – as someone who helps run and guide a company, it’s a topic that I think about often.

When in Charge, Be in Charge (Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., US Army)
While Patton certainly championed it, the concept was not unique to his mind, nor to the military. If you have the honor and burden of being in charge – of a family, a team, a business unit or serving coffee, do so. Don’t waste people’s time and your life with milquetoast behavior. You are going to take the hit for outcomes, good or bad. This does not endorse domineering abusive behavior, however. Step up, be authentic and responsible – to yourself and to the forces of the universe that put you there.

That section came from David Kanigan’s blog, Lead.Learn.Live. – which is definitely worth reading if you’re interested in that stuff.

2 thoughts on “Links to things that are worth knowing about, and some rambling.

  1. It’s freeing, isn’t it? This notion of “commonplace” as a framework to hold all that interests, moves, intrigues, fascinates and challenges us. I also think that within this armature of a “commonplace”, we find our way along the myriad branches to a wider view of how things are more connected than not. . .
    The last line from your quote – “Step up, be authentic and responsible – to yourself and to the forces of the universe that put you there.” – reminded me of this one:
    “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
    You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.”
    – Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille

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