I’m starting things this week with a quick expression of gratitude. There’s a “milestone” birthday coming up fast and, as you’ve probably already noticed, it’s got me even more thinky than usual about who I am, where I am, and who’s along for the ride. I’ve been thinking a lot about how lucky I am to have such a kind and supportive audience with whom to share my thoughts. So thank you. Keep me honest and let me know how I can do better, but thank you for all the incredibly encouraging notes you’ve sent so far.
Though I missed writing about it last week, I wanted to touch on the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11. Like so many armchair space enthusiasts, the entire space program of the 1960s has fascinated me for years—the heroism of both the famous and unknown participants, the mixture of pragmatic engineering and wide-eyed dream, the long-lost unity I occasionally imagine must have held the nation enthralled.
If you’re like me and can’t get enough space, particularly Apollo, I encourage you to read through the epic Apollo Flight Journal or Apollo Lunar Surface Journals. There is enough geek material there to last you until the next moon shot. I first learned of these awesome resources from the equally awesome and much more digestible retrospective at Ars Technica.
The best book I’ve personally read about Apollo is the excellent Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, by Craig Nelson (not that Craig Nelson). I love this book, and can also recommend the Audible version.
It seems like every marketing conference I’ve been to in the past few years has featured at least one talk by David Meerman Scott. And Mr. Scott has recently published Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program, which looks excellent. While speaking on Marketing the Moon at the BMA conference this year, Mr. Scott showed off some jaw-dropping Apollo memorabilia from his personal collection—stuff I can’t imagine owning, much less feeling comfortable taking on the road.
(Sidebar: He’s also published Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History, so I also imagine he and I would make for pretty sympatico pals. David! Let’s hang!)
Just a bunch of really good links
- A friend of mine posted a link to this article to his site, Reforming Faith, and it really struck a chord: “Unacceptable: What it’s like to be a Liberal Christian in a Sea of Conservativism”
- There’s two kinds of people in this world (and I’m one of ’em): people who love Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and people who think it’s creepy. I’m a little of both, but if you’re more the former, don’t miss Aimee Bender’s appreciation in the NYT.
- Robin Sloan is a terrific writer and he’s written the definitive Medium thinkpiece on Minecraft.
- Anthony Bourdain continues to really intrigue me. I can’t tell if I love him or hate him or envy him—which I guess is what makes him such a perfect intellectual cypher. Anyway, Dave Pell linked to this great interview with Bourdain, “Exploring Simple Pleasures in a Very Complicated World.”
- At the risk of my coworkers reading anything into this link, I loved this piece from Jezebel, “The Key to Greater Work Happiness Is Taking and Giving Less Shit,” riffing on a HBR article by Greg McKeown:
But overall, McKeown’s message is beautifully simple: Don’t let anyone give you too much of their shit, and don’t give anyone else too much of your shit. LESS SHIT. Less shit is key to everything you guys (except actual bowel movements or maybe things requiring fertilizer. ANYWAY).
On that note…
Next week I’m planning to dump lots of 40s at you, and I don’t mean Olde English. While you’re waiting, here’s the Chicago Tribune from 40 years ago today (hack this URL to explore any date: archives.chicagotribune.com/YYYY/MM/DD/ – thanks Angie!).
Talk to you soon!