Episode 44 - Circuitous Bridge of My Own Design
Topic: Moving from dumb nouns to awesome verbs.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the problem with Capital Letter Nouns; how real and specific verbs will always trounce Excellence, Effectiveness, and Mission Statements-even in the Best-of-Breed Pursuance of Five-Nines Quality Across The Enterprise.
They also look at transitive and intransitive flavors of "feasance," finding your keyboard's Excellence Key, opting-in for The Johnson Treatment, lancing that actionable boil, and (as ever) shooting the obvious fish in the obvious barrel.
Initially Released 7 December 2011
Runtime 1 hour 13 minutes
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I learned this in Slaughterhouse 5 and it's turned out to be completely true. It's all about the frames.
-Merlin, on Vonnegut and how glasses stores get you.
No offense, PhDs except you're all jackals.
-Merlin, on asking to be called Doctor if you're not a medical doctor..
Finally you felt alive. You were no longer dead inside.
-Merlin, on what it feels like to get a BA.
You remember like when you were a kid though, you were like "When I turn 10 this will be different," "When I turn 16 everything will change," 18, 21, and on and on you realize it is a hopeless slog and you're gonna die alone.
I think a really interesting question to ask yourself is, like "What are the verbs in my life?"
If your self perceived noun is not squaring against the verbs that you've done lately, I think you're deluded.
There's a transitive kind of feasance that is more rare.