In India, comedy doesn’t require imagination. You just wake up, read the news and half your job is done.

Anuvab Pal, “A lifetime of material: a comedian’s guide to the Indian election,” The Guardian (May 22, 2019)

A peddler of colorful cloth and a shop for copies and rice
A peddler of colorful cloth and a shop for copies and rice

It would be a funny and enlightening hour.

… find a smart person and have them watch you use the computer for an hour.

Seth Godin, “Digital hygiene” (May 20, 2019)

We finished the Gospel of Mark! Our part at least, before it is typeset, printed and shared with the team’s community. There have been so many changes over the last year and a half as this team learned how to translate and the community worked out how to express their written language.

We finished Friday just in time. I wasn’t going to have another day with them before the family travels for baby delivery. We checked off the last step in the translation process. We clapped and prayed. Then I had to run out in the lashing rain to make it to my train.

But the rain was warm and the sun shone through. The wet didn’t dampen the moment. It was a little heavenly party.

Today’s conditions: poor gut flora.

We begin to make promises to others by having “a domain of our own”: It is a first step toward “standing by our words” in the digital realm. As [Wendell] Berry says, “We are speaking where we stand, and we shall stand afterwards in the presence of what we have said.” By taking back the responsibility of our words from the Headmasters, by ceasing to live on their bounty, we step away from the “merely provisional” uses of language and toward genuine accountability. We thereby make a small promise to the future, and take a step toward giving those who come after us cleaner earth to till. We may also wish them good weather — but that, too, largely depends on the promises we make, and our fidelity in keeping them.

Alan Jacobs, “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future,” The Hedgehog Review (Spring 2018)

Via Matt Miller.

“Elephants have right of way. Do not obstruct.”
“Elephants have right of way. Do not obstruct.”

People naturally avoid the elephant in the room. Apparently, we don’t have the same sense when we meet one in the road.

“Um, guys? That buzzing isn’t the sound of heavy machinery…”
“Um, guys? That buzzing isn’t the sound of heavy machinery…”

Let this note be a foothold for hope. Hope doesn’t hide. Hope speaks where it stands.