A Morning Peacock of Links (3/19)

For the Gals: 8 Principles for Dating

From The Resurgence – I actually heard her and her husband Phil (Pastor of Mars Hill Ballard) give a dating seminar for Mars Hill OC this past Friday. This article summarizes the principles she shared for the women from that seminar. In her own words:

I recently came across a 20-year-old photo of Phil and me when we were dating. I started thinking about how very little I knew about relationships, men, and marriage then.

Formulating a list of what I would tell myself back then, my advice began with a stern warning to stay away from any man with a mullet . . . but then again, it was the ’90s—every man had a mullet!

On a more serious note, these are eight principles that would have taken much confusion and heartbreak out of those tumultuous dating years. I hope they help you…

American Teacher in Yemen Killed, School Denies He Proselytized Christianity

Sad incident, to be sure, but I couldn’t help but notice one of the statements in the school’s release/comments on the matter:

The release said the school “is calling on the Yemeni people to rise up and rejects the hatred and violence in their country.”

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but though the rhetoric calls for peace and for the overcoming of hatred, the use of the words “rise up” and “reject” leaves a feeling of uneasiness.

The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words

From WSJ:

Can physicists produce insights about language that have eluded linguists and English professors? That possibility was put to the test this week when a team of physicists published a paper drawing on Google’s massive collection of scanned books. They claim to have identified universal laws governing the birth, life course and death of words.


When the scientists analyzed the data, they found striking patterns not just in English but also in Spanish and Hebrew. There has been, the authors say, a “dramatic shift in the birth rate and death rates of words”: Deaths have increased and births have slowed.


The authors even identified a universal “tipping point” in the life cycle of new words: Roughly 30 to 50 years after their birth, they either enter the long-term lexicon or tumble off a cliff into disuse. The authors suggest that this may be because that stretch of decades marks the point when dictionary makers approve or disapprove new candidates for inclusion. Or perhaps it’s generational turnover: Children accept or reject their parents’ coinages.

The 5 Types of Work That Fill Your Day

As you can see from the picture, our lives are filled with 5 types of work (in order of frequency): reactionary, problem solving/planning, procedural, and insecurity. A fresh way of looking at prioritization and putting a name to concepts we all have experience dealing with.



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