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Lindsay Bell

The Three Things, Edition 76

By: Lindsay Bell | April 6, 2014 | 
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The Three Things

By Lindsay Bell

Welcome to the 76th edition of The Three Things, the weekly update of three links, podcasts, videos, or books you can’t miss – from Howie Goldfarb (Blue Star Strategic Marketing), Joe Cardillo (Visual.ly), and yours truly.

For those of you new to this series, The Three Things arrives in your inbox on Sunday mornings (unless you don’t subscribe, but that can easily be fixed if you hurry over and enter your email address or add to your RSS feed) so you have some extra time to spend perusing the obscure content we’ve curated for you (and one another) before your week begins and deadlines, meetings, and work takes over.

Today we explore pig-headed men, how to prime yourself for creative greatness, and Australia’s incredible assortment of long extinct megafauna.

Parents Slam WFAN broadcasters Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesa for Mocking Mets Second Baseman Daniel Murphy’s Paternity Leave 

Howie on Being Tired of Gross Men Hating Women and Families. My wife and I just had a baby in February. We had a home birth, and I spent four hours in a tub with her, supporting her efforts to give birth. It was AMAZING. I can’t imagine not being there for her and my son for more than a few days.

As the article above mentions, “New father and Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is the latest parental punching bag after three New York sportscasters mocked him for skipping the team’s first two games to be with his wife and son — but experts and parents say the ballplayer was right to take the paternity leave, help his wife, bond with his kid and then get back to work.”

For men who have self esteem issues – but LOVE sports – to be so crass blows my mind. This isn’t the GOP war on women theme. This is men not being sensitive to women and kids. And I am really tired of it.

I know many of you have a strong opinion on issues like this, and if you come to Spin Sucks most likely you are supportive of smart strong ladies (as you should be – or I will come with my can of whup’a$$!).

But Boomer Esiason had the nerve to tell a husband and father he should make his wife have a C section just to make opening day. Someone who will play in thousands of games in his career (hopefully), but only have a few days to experience the wonder of childbirth with his wife, lover, and partner? Egads.

Infinite Creativity

Joe on Creativity and Believing in Yourself. I think most people are aware that the Twitter co-founders all engage in a bit of hubris – if you haven’t read Hatching Twitter, it’s highly recommended.

This piece by Biz Stone is actually pretty interesting. He speaks eloquently about what it takes to get to genius level creativity. I personally don’t have it, and probably won’t arrive there anytime soon, if ever. But having a clear idea of what you want to learn,  and how you want to grow and develop, these things are what give you belief that you are good enough to create amazing things. The glory and accolades, if they exist, are just window dressing for genius level creation.

‘Like a Demon in a Medieval Book’: Is This How the Marsupial Lion Killed Prey?

Lindsay on Australia and its Long Extinct Megafauna. From last week’s 500 pound killer chicken, to today’s contribution. I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself!

Australia fascinates me, and has always been on my list of places to see before I die. That is, it was, until I learned they have spiders the size of dinner plates there. Still, its history, as a totally secluded continent for hundreds of thousands of years, and the resulting evolutionary surprises, is a dream to a science geek such as myself (and Laura Petrolino!).

Consider this quote from the above article: “…the spiny anteater the size of a pig; a relative of the wombat the size of a rhinoceros; a marsupial tapir as big as a horse; a ten-foot kangaroo; a horned tortoise eight feet long and a monitor lizard bigger than the Nile crocodile. The lost Australian megafauna looks like a science fiction film directed by an acid casualty.”

So, my friends, prepare to discover an ancient kangaroo killer – the marsupial lion. You’re welcome.

Now it’s your turn. Is there a book, podcast, article, TV show, blog post, or story we should read?

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at Arment Dietrich, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

7 comments
KateNolan
KateNolan

Well, I have nothing to share (I know. All I do is take, take, take!), but I love that Biz Stone piece. Especially the "Your goals should be bigger than your ego" statement and the concept of "no work is wasted work) there's always something you can learn to enhance your experiences.

And to Boomer and Francesca? Piffle. You're a couple of pudknockers.

Eleanor Pierce
Eleanor Pierce

Good perspective, Howie. Just looking at those comments made me feel a little ragey. I get a lot of guff for not being into sports (I'm not a hater, I just have a hard time really caring except in rare occasions), but this story exemplifies EXACTLY what turns me off about sports. Ptui.


biggreenpen
biggreenpen

Yeesh, all, I'm running so late to get out of the house ... just a quick pop-in. I am 150% with Howie on the baseball/paternity story. You can never ever ever get back those moments and those first days. Baseball will be being played forever. That player made the right choice, hands down. // Will look forward to the genius story & the story Lindsay shared.


My contribution: I thought this was interesting, partially because I agree there's a mixture of the "weak and strong ties" that are part of a good recipe for how to compose our social environments:  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/13?utm_source=GGSC+Newsletter+%232-+March+2014&utm_campaign=GG+Newsletter+%232-+March+2014+&utm_medium=email

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

I love the other two links. But I think we all have genius in us @JoeCardillo I think the issue is acting on the genius. Before I lost all my belongings I had some old notebooks from college I had saved. One I found with a sticky note describing how one day instead of going to the store to buy software there will be a central computer that sends software to our computers. That was 1990! Boy genius who had no idea there was a slowly growing primitive internet that only hardcore computer geeks were using because my major was Finance. Even people you might feel are simpleton's I bet come up with great ideas to make life easier but have no way to get funding or people to help act on it. I have a few like that example in my life. Why I am still stuck in my dead end job in a dead end life is beyond me 8)


@belllindsayknows I love science. In fact have watched the 4 episodes of Cosmos on Hulu already twice over. What a cool article. I also love the Guardian and on the right side was this HILARIOUS (yes in caps) video about misogynist role reversal that I know @ginidietrichwill approve of

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/apr/04/everyday-sexism-turn-tables-women-men-video