Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Links 7-1-2011

It’s weird having a long weekend when you don’t put in the 9-to-5.  It’s almost a pain in the ass, really.  That means there’s a Monday where everything’s closed, but what is open is crowded as hell and filled with all manner of assholes trying to take advantage of their days off.  It’s like our little world is being invaded by everyone else—WHERE THE FUCK DID YOU PEOPLE COME FROM!?!  And, oh yeah, MONDAY SOFTBALL IS CANCELLED!  Actually this July 4th is turning out to be a pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty shitty day.  Fuck me.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Charlie Sheen’s SI Interview about Major League: Major League has always been one of my favorite movies, and even if you’ve only seen it once or twice and have any kind of passing interest in baseball, this will make you laugh.  I especially appreciate the stuff about James Gammon (Lou Brown in the movie).  (@ Sports Illustrated).

The Making of FUBU: An Interview with Damon John: Even though I’ve cut back on a lot of TV watching, I still do watch some programs, most on CNBC.  One of my favorites is Shark Tank on ABC, a series about aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to venture capitalists.  One of these VCs is Damon John, who created FUBU.  Tim Ferriss sits down with him and interviews him about his inspiring Red Lobster-to-riches story (@Four Hour Blog).

The Value of Following Passion in a Jobless World: An excellent article because it puts a good amount of my philosophy into a very eloquent piece (@ The Atlantic).

TED: Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity: An excellent video that pairs well with my mailbag piece earlier this week.  How can we reinvent education for the 21st Century? (@ TED).

Flipping the Extrovert Switch: I’m reading Jonathan Fields’ book Career Renegade right now, and I’ve been following his blog as I do so.  I think this article explains how I feel when I speak publicly: I get caught up in the moment and actually I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it, but at the end of the day, I need time to recharge.  I do think you can build up “speaking stamina,” though—Dave, Gunner and I were wiped after the first three or so podcast episodes, but now we can go for two hours and still be fine at the end (@Jonathan Fields).

D.J. Gelner is a writer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. You can e-mail him at djssuperblog@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @djgelner. Friend him on facebook here.

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