Thursday Three For All: Burritos, Skype, and Manna One
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @marycwiley) Admittedly, I have a dog in this fight. But as a self-professed bibliophile and cheapskate, this was a good reminder that I don’t always need to see my bargain as a bargain for everyone.
That single burrito is no exploration of decades of learning like the book you may be holding in your hands today. The labor of love required to birth a book that moves, develops, trains, or enthralls its readers is no comparison to the work of making and eating burritos.
Every word in that book was fought for. Every war-torn author chose to faithfully advance through the writing and publishing process not only when it was an exciting, easy to pursue idea, but even when it was absolute drudgery, word-by-word plodding like a soldier’s tired feet on his march back to the barracks.
Every book on the shelf wasn’t just whipped up as you waited in a five-minute burrito line. In traditional publishing, the process from that light bulb, “this needs to be a book” moment to the last interview about the book takes years, if not decades.
(via @thisissethsblog) Don’t participate in a conference call while eating Froot Loops. Just don’t.
If you’ve ever joined more than three people on a Skype or Zoom conference call, I hope you’ll appreciate these tips, and perhaps share them:
- Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill most of it.
- Use an external microphone or headset.
(via @namb_sbc) This week the SBC’s Disaster Relief Team rolled into North Carolina to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery. Among the caravan is Manna One, a 40 foot semi that can serve 40,000 meals per day. This is just incredible.
photo credit: Jason Mathis