The Weekender | May 23rd-25th

Taking action, overlayed photos from World War I and II, a super-cell in Wyoming and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

The Weekender

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Taking action, overlayed photos from World War I and II, a super-cell in Wyoming and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

Quote

"Yes, I'm adopted.
My folks were not blessed
With me in the usual way.
But they picked me,
They chose me
From all the rest,
Which is lots more than most kids can say."

--Shel Silverstein (via GoodReads).

Read

I really enjoyed this. I am guilty of over-thinking things. I don’t do enough. In working with Travis enough, I don’t think he lacks for this quality and that’s something that I admire. Want to interview Kingsbury? Email him and ask him. I’m working on this. Anyway, I thought this was pretty good, 10 overlooked truths about taking action (via Art of Manliness).

Planning has paralyzed me time and again. I was taught to always have a plan before taking action.

That led to a deep depression. I didn’t know what career I wanted to dedicate my life to and so I did nothing. I didn’t know what girl I wanted to marry and so I didn’t give any a real chance. I didn’t know what fitness plan was the best and so I stayed out of the gym.

Now I do the opposite.

I don’t let myself plan or research until I’ve taken action.

I’ve tried a ton of careers and found which I hate and which I love. I’ve let myself love the imperfect girl and have the best relationship I’ve ever had. I’m not allowed to read anything about fitness until I’ve worked out that day. I don’t let myself learn about a new diet until I’ve stopped eating sugar.

Most of the time, planning is procrastination. It’s based on theory. It’s going to be wrong.

Plans are useless without action.

Look

Haunting photos of World War I reveal how little Europe has changed in 100 years (via PBS).

The numbers reveal the horror of the Great War: Sixty-five million soldiers fought. Nine million killed in combat. Nearly 20 million wounded. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the conflict that reshaped Europe, redefined international power structures, introduced the U.S. as a global superpower and fundamentally changed the role government played in people’s everyday lives.

Photographer Peter Macdiarmid collected modern photos from around Europe and overlaid World War I-era images, giving a sense of how much–and how little–has changed since the War to end all Wars.

Watch

Oh, no big deal, just a crazy scary super cell in Wyoming and I think I need to go change my pants because as I get older, I get more scared of the weather and I don’t know why. (via YouTube).

Listen

This is a pretty cool trick. Listen to the music. It’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Okay. Pretty good and incredibly soulful, right. Sounds like something from 30 years ago. Especially Call Me. Just a terrific song. I bet you have a mental image of the lead singer. I know I did and now, go check out their page. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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