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Friday, January 06, 2017

Ericast 284 - Confidence With Humility

You never quite know what's going to drive me back to do a podcast episode, and this week it's a profound throwaway comment from my boss.  Curious?  Here's your show.

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"Not since 2011 has the Ericast been confronted with a five-syllabale year! How will we survive 2017?!?"

Remember when the world was going to end in 2012?  (or 2000? or 1999?)

Exciting task over break: We cleaned up Studio A.  Now featuring "a desk on a desk"

"Between the extremes of 'arrogance' and 'self-loathing,' kindness forms a healthy range of 'confidence with humility.'"

In the context of conservative religious positions, or some extreme political positions (not necessarily politically conservative)

We decided that the right "balance" is to be confident in what you believe you know, but humble enough to know you might be wrong, and that the driving force behind that balance is kindness to keep an open heart and listen to others.

Roger Thompson defined balance as something you're always "moving through" -- you never "achieve it".  As a person, that's true -- try standing on one foot.  You're not a pile of rocks on a beach, that are stacked to be balanced and then stay there.

The extremes you have to guard against are arrogance on the confidence side, and self-loathing on the humility side.

And I'll admit that I'm sufficiently in touch with myself that I've been able to identify both in myself.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Ericast 283 - Hot Air Theology

One of the benefits when you pursue experiences is that, sometimes, you learn something profound in a genuine, visceral way. Want an example? Here's your show.

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John 3 passage about the wind.

The Albuquerque Box explained.

Albuquerque Box time-lapse.


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ericast 282 - Nuking the Feed

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I think I'm back in the iTunes Directory right now. Want to know what it took for that to happen? Here's your show.

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I've got a long history of episodes with a cold.  Some of that is the voicework tie-in, some is just mere convenience in the schedule.  Right now I'm faking my way through for the vice-provost and others; if I work hard, I can sound somewhat healthy.

It's Listener Feedback week, because the Ericast is about the listeners.  Back in July, I got a call from listener Steve saying that there were real people who cared that I wasn't in the iTunes Directory.  So, I fought to get back into the store.  I was been resetting the feed all last week; apologies if multiple copies came through!

(I'd would love to know what state the feed is in on your side, and you can tell your friends to just search the store!)

The "Dweeb Thoughts" name may or may not stick around, or come back. Thoughts?

We did get other listener feedback, and while no name was left I recognize this as the voice of listener Chad. Take care!

And do keep listening; I've got some actual episode topics on deck.  Let me know what you think -- 701-645-3742 a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ericast 281 - The Atomic Cafe

We've got an election coming up, and I'm going to say very little about it, except for one little clip from an old documentary movie. Here's your show.

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I've missed you. Maybe you've missed me? Putting this show together is so hard. It shouldn't be that hard, and that's what I'm finding at work, too. Straightforward things are hard.

So, I didn't talk about SimpleREV 2016, but I will. And I didn't talk about my hot air balloon ride, but I will. And I haven't even played Steve's call. But I will But not today.

In the midst of that, Ruth was talking about showing The Atomic Cafe to her classes. I haven't watched it in years. Now that we're out of the Cold War and maybe into a new Cold War, it's interesting to watch.

And one clip stuck out. I wish I could find the reference, but here's the text from a transcript. It comes out of a nuclear explosion and leads into an Eisenhower clip, but I don't think it's part of either one. It features a line- drawing animation, but the narration is pretty haunting:

“In times of social crisis and tension. In times when changes come so thick and fast that the individual can no longer place himself in his group, when he knows something is wrong but doesn’t know what, when he feels himself a pawn, in times like these most men become highly suggestible. They listen eagerly for any voice which sounds authoritative. They listen eagerly for anyone who can tell them what is wrong, and what to do to right it – who can diagnose their troubles and prescribe a cure.”




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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ericast 280 - Loving Like Jesus

Every so often I go on a bit of a theological rant. This is one of those episodes.  But whether you like talking about God or you don't, I think you like this one. Here's your show.

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Today's date has a lot of meaning, and maybe we'll cover it another time.

A theological joke is, "I feel like Job!"  Because nothing compares to Job. #FirstDraftSineadSongs.

But some bad luck starting with a now-dead cricket, culminating with weird GoDaddy domain experiences. And I realized, "a) It's not about the money, and b) I don't need to deal with this."

That's relevant because a) the feed is still changing (how's it going?), and the Ericast is a personal podcast, and this week is a personal topic.

Ray Edwards is a copy-writer.  He writes advertising copy.  Very good at it. He now shares the podcast with his son Sean as he battles Parkinson's Disease.

They have a "Spiritual Foundations" segment that I really like.

If you don't know, there's a lot of discussion, sometimes debate, even dissension in the Christian community. And you'd think, "Can't they all just get along?"  But the topic is important, and not everyone agrees on everything. And this is documented in the Bible, though while some might be the result of "sin," not everything is. It's just that we don't have the full picture.

Episodes 245 and 246 of the Ray Edwards show had a discussion to which I said, "YES!"  So I share it here, in the spirit of, "Hey, it's not just me!  At least two other guys agree with me."  Take a listen... Then consider my observations on 1st Peter 2 and 1st Thessalonians 4.

Questions?  Ideas?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) or try emailing me (eric) at ericast.com and see if that email address still works after my GoDaddy excitement...