Chris Bowler:

Take time to read, re-read, and meditate on this piece of human thought you’ve chosen to ingest. Truly ingest it; if it resonates with you, allow it to change you. This is what I want to do with Scripture, but also any topic that I enjoy; web design, typography, woodworking … you name it.

This is great stuff in regards to scripture reading and all other reading. With both I tend to find myself reading to get it done. I don’t take time and really think about what I’m reading. I just want to quickly absorb the facts. It translates straight into my writing here as well. I see a thing I want to share and I just share it without any thoughtful commentary.

If you aren’t listening to John Hodgman’s podcast, you’re really missing out. Basically he acts as judge in an argument between couples, friends, and families. They present their cases and he rules. Hilarious.

In this particularly hilarious episode, a couple debates whether they need to add air conditioning to their apartment in Berlin. We learn about Germans’ fear of drafts and the wonder that is the Tropical Islands Resort.

Defending ourselves is always easier than listening to difficult truths.

Accurate. It’s the natural reaction and it’s so incredibly destructive.

Chris Bowler:

the truth is, you (and I) can adopt a servant leader mentality no matter what position we’re in. Doing everything you can to ensure your coworkers succeed is the best habit we can all adopt. You may not be setting the vision for your company or assigning work, but you can put energy into making your teammates the best they can be.

Some great advice on leadership.

Whenever I fret and flail (frequently) while trying to create thing, I say to myself “Someone has to be the shittiest writer in the world but while there are people who still get paid to make up horoscopes, it won’t be me.” Then I write.

I’m tempted to be cheap and whine about having to pay more since I bought Reeder (this is what the App Store economy has done to us). This is the best RSS app for Mac and I use it on a daily basis. Silvio Rizzi has put in the work to create a beautiful application, which is not easy to do on the Mac. He deserves to get paid. Honestly he could charge twice as much and I’d still happily pay for it.

David Smith:

Good copying learns from another’s innovation and then applies it in a novel way to a new context in a way that doesn’t diminish the source invention.

Good stuff. This is something that has been on my mind as I’ve been working on an iOS game in my spare time. It’s inspired by some of my favorite games, but it’s also unique. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like people will look at it and say he just ripped this or that off another game. He is invalid. David Smith explains how you can take cues without ‘ripping off’.