Diary of an Old Soul. November 16 2007.

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Three Lessons. Manage technology don’t be managed by it. Do your best even when it isn’t being noticed. You will regret putting your career ahead of family.

Get a Life: Go On a Tech Diet
In the The Culturally Savvy Christian. I raise some questions about technology’s grip on contemporary humans.

Now along comes Timothy Ferriss telling people to cut back on email, instant messaging and all the other hi tech tools of daily life.

[“After reading Mr. Ferriss’s recent best seller, “The 4-Hour Workweek” (Crown), Jason Hoffman, a founder of Joyent, which designs Web-based software for small businesses, urged his employees to cut out the instant-messaging and swear off multitasking. From now on, he told them, severely restrict e-mail use and conduct business the old-fashioned way, by telephone. “All of a sudden,” Mr. Hoffman said of the results, “their evenings are free. All of a sudden Monday doesn’t feel so overwhelming.”

Last spring, Jason DeFillippo, a founder of Metroblogging Global Blog Network a company that oversees more than 700 city-specific blogs heard Mr. Ferriss extol his “low information diet” to a crowd of high-tech devotees at a tech conference this spring. Before the speech was finished, Mr. DeFillippo, who lives in San Francisco, had ordered his book on Amazon. Soon after reading it, he embarked on a crash diet of his own. His nasty addiction to RSS feeds is now a thing of the past, he said. “It’s hard to describe,” said Mr. DeFillippo, 36, “but life was suddenly just more peaceful.”]

Some Bad Actors Get Big Films. Some Good Actors Never Get a Break
Based on his standout performance in “No Country for Old Men,”Josh Brolin is suddenly very hot and he is convinced that it is a random occurrence not related to a change in his work ethic of talent.

[“Brolin downplays his own considerable talent, which has been squandered in mainstream fare such as “Into the Blue” and well-used in indie films such as “Flirting with Disaster” and “Coastlines.””I don’t think my current run can be attributed to anything specific,” Brolin said. ‘I read a comment somewhere that I’d been doing C2 work and now I’m doing A work, and my wife [actress Diane Lane, whom Brolin married in 2004] got really upset about that. She knows that I lend myself to the work the same way I always have. But I know a lot of great actors who never got a break, and a lot of bad actors who’ve appeared in really big films. It all seems random to me.'”]

A Workaholic Parent’s Lament
Like every NFL coach, Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles is expected to give 110% to produce a winning football team. As bad as the Eagle’s year has been, the Reid family’s has been worse, cccording to a New York Times piece”

[“As bad as circumstances are at work, they are even worse at home. Reid, 49, and his wife, Tammy, have five children, and their two eldest, Garrett, 24, and Britt, 22, are in prison, their lives spiraling in a protracted corkscrew brought on by drug addiction.

The brothers’ struggles have been a sobering reality check for a city that looked at its first family of football and saw a Norman Rockwell painting. The Reids’ private nightmare became a public spectacle on Jan. 30, when their adult sons, who both live at home, were arrested for drug- and gun-related crimes. A police search of the family’s Villanova mansion found guns, ammunition and illegal drugs, according to local news reports.

In February, Reid left the team for five weeks to accompany his sons to a rehabilitation facility in Florida. People here have debated whether Reid should have extended his leave of absence. The arguments in favor of a long retreat were kindled by the Eagles’ 1-3 record in September and reignited last week by a Montgomery County judge’s critical comments from the bench about the Reids’ parenting.

Before sentencing Garrett and Britt each to prison for up to 23 months, Judge Steven O’Neill described the Reids’ household as “more or less like a drug emporium.” He also questioned Andy and Tammy’s supervision, and challenged them to be accountable for what goes on under their roof.]

Coach Joe Gibbs, a dedicated Christian, remembers when he realized his kids were growing up without him.

Gibbs, coach of the Redskins, said he tried to be home to tuck his two children into bed. One night he leaned over to kiss the younger of his two sons, Coy, and was startled to see that he had facial hair. “I went, ¢â‚¬ËœOh my gosh, this guy’s got a beard and he weighs 200 pounds,'” Gibbs said this week during a teleconference.

The 66-year-old Gibbs said he had great empathy for Reid. He hinted that those lost moments with his children and now his grandchildren haunted him more than any defeat. “I always worry about them and my relationship with them,” he said.]

Three Lessons.
Manage technology don’t be managed by it.
Do your best even when it isn’t being noticed.
You will regret putting your career ahead of family.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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