Bruce’s Friday Five v9.21

 BOOKS // If you are like me, you are reading more than one book at any given time. Some are for work, others for edification and still others, what I call “brain candy,” for the pure joy of reading.  Here are three books that are are being lugged around in my bag and/or on my kindle these days. If you liked the non-fiction gem, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America then I guarantee that you will devour Erik Larson’s latest book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. Holy schmoly, only is it a page-turner with the added bonus that you feel yourself getting all smarter and stuff as you read it.  Next up is one that was recommended to me by a friend and professor at the University of San Francisco, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang, again, get smarter. And if you really want to dive into the hip-hop scene, grab the pricey That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader or give a listen to Blue Scholars’ Cinemetropolis, one of my favorites. And finally, I have been trying to finish my review of T.C. Ryan’s Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey Through Sex Addiction, so I’ll say more about it later, but it’s one of those topics that is simply never talked about; a good one to read.

 The 47% // Okay, I admit it, while I will resist the name-calling and demonizing that is just too easy, after watching the video of Mitt Romney and his comments during a private fundraiser, I for one, do not think that he was pandering or misspeaking. One can argue about whether or not Romney should have said what he said, but I have no doubt that he echoes what many people believe . . . and he has helped to make my choice of Obama or Stein even clearer.  I posted some thoughts on the whole thing, but here is a great post from Rhetoric, Race and Religion [blog | twitter | facebook] and contributor, Rashad Grove, as he muses about a Theology of Privilege. Good stuff.

 GANGNAM STYLE // This week, I REALLY felt out of the pop-culture loop . . . more than usual. Not only was I unfamiliar with most of the songs from this week’s episode of Glee, Britney 2.0, but “Gangnam Style” references were popping up everywhere. Apparently there is this thing called Youtube where people can share movies and this one is a biggie. Thank goodness for Grace Ji-Sun Kim, for dropping a little knowledge for those of us who are out of the know.

THE DEMOCRACY OF INCLUSION // If you are looking for a cool project to support with a few bucks, I just got a note from multimedia journalist and friend, Michael Fagans, about a very cool project that he is working with the Kern Arts Council. From Michael, “One of the reasons that this project resonates with me is that it is a film about and by people with special needs. Rather than document a group of people in our community, the group is turning the camera back on society and talking about and illustrating their experiences with life. All too often people think of special needs children, but no one seems to realize that they grow up to be adults.” This seems like a worthy project, so please like their Facebook Page and, if you feel so called, please join me and donate on Kickstarter.

ONE-LEGGED SOCCER PLAYER // And lastly, from the “If this does not move you, you might just be dead inside” file, here is a 12 second video that made me tear up just a bit. Watch it a few times. Pure awesome. h/t David Lewicki

Five blog highlights since my last Friday Five . . .

  1. Thoughts on Bitter Gun Owners and the Entitled 47%
  2. What the Body of Christ Can Learn from Fantasy Sports
  3. Why This Christian Will Never Own a Gun
  4. A Gift of Perspective in Discerning God’s Call
  5. FREE eBOOK: 54 Leaders Under 50 Share 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation

My Friday Five  is a mishmash of weekly-ish happening and people that I find compelling, provoking and/or just plain quirky. If you stumble upon such things over the course of your day, please feel free to pass them along to me via Twitter or Facebook.

Number images are from the Leo Reynolds’ Collection, Creative Commons

Bruce’s Friday Five v3.9

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.

ONE | How cool is this? Right next to one of my cafe hang-outs my office, Miraloma Cleanerswill dryclean your suit for free if you are unemployed and have an interview. The owner said that only a few folks have taken them up on the deal, but what a great gesture. When you walk in you can tell these are folks committed to the community.

And yeah, I am a new customer.

TWO | Not sure how many of you are keeping up with the Pinoy Hip Hop scene, but just in case you wanted to expand your musical knowledge, I recenly stumbled across this 2006 paper by Michael Viola, Filipino American Hip-Hop and Class Consciousness: Renewing the Spirit of Carlos Bulosan. And if you want to get get a taste check out Blue Scholars on Spotifyand my favorite Filipino American Music videos from AKA Allen Pineda Lindo, Mama Filipina and The Apl Song.

THREE | I love finding new technologies and software that help built community, makes things look pretty and otherwise expand the ways in which communities sees and experiences itself and others. Some of you who are cooler than I may already use these, but three services that I have recently started using: I use the online service RoundPic to edit pictures like the one above; the leadership team of the new church I am part of is using GroupMe for group texting and conference calls; and Punchbowl is a great alternative invitation site if eVite drives you just a little nutzo.

FOUR | As you know I am a huge baseball and Oakland A’s fan. With Spring Training in full effect, we welcome two new faces to the club house, Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes. I have promised myself to get to more games this year so I am beyond excited about these two additions. From what I have read, Cespedes is a monster and Manny is a changed man! Hope springs eternal during spring training so I am going to go ahead and predict and surprise A’s Playoff run in 2012. You heard it here first.

FIVE | One of the best parts about helping folks to develop their social media skilz is meeting folks who are really trying to do some good in the world. Whether it is through their socially responsible business or using their gifts of music or art to bring some beauty to world, I am constantly in awe of those who share their gifts with the world. I just started with with Jeremy Goodfeather as he works to spread the word about his music and message. This San Francisco based singer-songwriter is one to listen to. Like him on Facebookfollow him on Twitterlisten to him on Spotify and watch his video below, Shine on Me.