Bruce’s Friday Five v8.2

1/ONE – Recently my wife and I have gotten seriously hooked on Rev., a dramedy from the BBC. Rev. is one of the best church based shows I have seen because it is clear that whoever is advising them knows what it is like to pastor a small urban church today. From the neighboring “hip” church that tries to take over the dying church to the struggles of the pastor to have any friends, the humor is both stinging and hilarious. Season 1 is free on Hulu or you can pay to view on Amazon. h/t: Erik Dailey

2/TWO – As many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan. This year I jumped into the fantasy baseball craziness and it has a been a ton of fun. So with football season coming up, earlier this week I wondered aloud on Facebook if there were any fantasy football leagues looking for another team. And woohoo, Rachael Eggebeen stepped up and set up The Presbyterians United Fantasy Football League. If you are interested in joining the league, you will need the password, so please contact Rachael via Twitter or look at one of the early comments this FB Update.

3/THREE – I just stumbled upon this story from 2009 about interned Japanese Americans during World War II, At Manzanar, fishing was the great escape. From the article, As the Manzanar National Historic Site prepares for Saturday’s 40th annual pilgrimage, a commemoration of what was endured during the war, and as the region welcomes thousands for the opening of trout-fishing season, the detention facility is being fondly remembered by some as a secret fishing lodge. Powerful and inspiring. h/t: Norb Kumagai

4/FOUR – Continuing with the fishing theme . . . last week the family spent time out in “the nature” camping at Clear Lake State Park. During our time we did a good deal of fishing, playing Settlers of Catan and trying to take refuge from the heat. As part of our fishing adventure, I had to get some intel on the local fishing tactics. One of the sites that I stumbled upon was CatfishEd, the local catfish expert. Lots of good advice, but the best part was the dough bait recipe that includes the line, ” If you can stick your head in the bucket and inhale without barfing then you need to season it some more.” No we did not make the dough bait . . . nor do we catch any catfish.

5/FIVE – If you have bought my new book for your kindle, thank you so very much. How is this for a cool app: I can now sign it via KindleGraph . . . socially redeeming, far from it, but being able to “sign” a ebook is pretty darn geekyfantabulous.

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.

Bruce’s Friday Five v6.8

1/ONE – I grew up playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Tobrukyeah, I was pretty cool – so the fact that my all three of my kids enjoy The Settlers of Catan makes my geeky little heart jump for joy. I also love it when people combine passions: for instance this bit of Settlers awesomeness or this “want vs. need” Settlers masterpiece and lastly, for you Shakespearian Settlers in the house, my thespian Eldest child came up with the above Catamletesque illustration.

2/TWO – Quite possibly the most thought-provoking and compelling “open letter” that I have read about the struggles of young adults in the church, take a read of, a letter from an exhausted/exasperate young person who has a complicated love/hate relationship with the church. h/t: Bob Carlton.

3/THREE – First, If you have ever heard been to either of the arts/spirituality festivals, Greenbelt or Wild Goose, I am jealous.  I have wanted to go to either/both, but dates and logistics have never worked out . . . until now. The Wild Goose Festival is coming to the Best Coast and I just committed to being there (role TBA). Wild Goose West is taking place over Labor Day Weekend in Benton County, near Portland, “We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others.” Get your $99 Early Bird Special here, follow the Wild Goose Festival blog and I hope to see you Labor Day Weekend

4/FOUR – For those of you who know about the legacy and work of the National Council of Churches, I am excited about the announcement that the Governing Board unanimously selected Peg Birk as their Transitional General Secretary. As I have mentioned before, I am part of the Task Force on Re-envisioning and Restructuring so it feels like some great movement forward is starting to take place.  [Read full announcement]

5/FIVE – As many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan. Saw these great 1800’s pictures of baseball players from the sports section of the The Business Insider of all places. Who knew? And if you like those, you have to see all 1,3080 minutes of Ken Burn’s documentary, Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns. Even the greatest of baseball fans will learn something.

BONUS 6-10 link love:

6/FOLLOW – For you Drum and Bugle Corps folks out there, Drum Corp International can be found and followed at @DCI_Tour.
7/LIKE – If you are a sucker for cute dog pictures and good people, like Lucky Buddy Petcare, a small business owned by Janet, a friend from my Sacramento high school days.
8/GO TO THIS CONCERT – If you are in San Francisco tomorrow, June 9th, head on down to Yerba Buena Sculpture Court for the FREE, All-Ages “Indie-Pino” an outdoor event celebrating “filiPino/a” independent and underground music. Bands: The Savages, Pedro Gil, Golda and the Guns, The Jack Lords Orchestra and, headliner, Good Night Robot. Event is curated by Jesus Gonzales of the piNoisepop Music Festival. [FB Event]
9/READ THIS BOOK – If you need a good book to add to your summer reading list, check out The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. It reads like a mystery novel, but it’s all true. Creepy awesome.
10/SIGN THIS PETITION – Sign this petition: I could not really believe that there has not been a female presidential debate moderator in two decades. Huh? Add your name to this petition.

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.