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I know I’m way behind on this but I’m only seeing it today. I’m getting this from Shaun Groves‘ blog as well as Butch Walker‘s.

Marc Martel, singer of Christian band Downhere, performs a pretty unbelievable vocal audition with Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Are you kidding me with this?? I keep playing the video over and over and it sounds so much like Freddie it’s scary.


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Trying to pursue many different directions at once, but not making progress?

Frustrated that the world wants you to pick one thing, because you want to do them all?

The problem is you’re thinking short-term. Acting as if you don’t do them all this week, they won’t happen.

The solution is to think long-term. Do just one for a few years, then another for a few years, then another.

You may have heard this story:

Buridan’s donkey is standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. It keeps looking left and right, trying to decide between hay and water. Unable to decide, it eventually falls over and dies of hunger and thirst.

A donkey can’t think of the future. If he could, he’d clearly realize he could first drink the water, then go eat the hay.

Don’t be a donkey.

You can do everything you want to do.

You just need foresight and patience.

If you’re 25 now, and have 7 different directions you want to pursue, then you can do each one for 10 years, and have done all of them by the time you’re 95. (Safe to assume that by the year 2081 it won’t be unusual to live to 95.)

It seems ridiculous to plan to age 95 when you’re 25, right? But it’s a fact that it’s (most likely) coming, so you might as well take advantage of it.

Then you can fully focus on one direction at a time, without feeling conflicted or distracted, because you know you’ll get to the others.

We’ve all done this on a small-scale. When something is urgent and needs to be done that day, you really focus. You get distracting thoughts for a minute. (“Wow, it would be nice to go watch a movie now.”) But you put it out of your mind because you know if you just focus on this one thing now, you can get it done, and do the other stuff afterwards.

So, expand that into months or years.

Focus on one at a time, knowing you can do the other stuff afterwards.

Most people over-estimate what they can do in one year, and under-estimate what they can do in 10 years.

Think long-term.

Use the future.

Don’t be short-sighted.

Don’t be a donkey.


Straight From Derek Sivers

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How cool would it have been to be Jimmy Fallon last night?! Paul McCartney was the guest and Jimmy’s about as giddy as I would be if I were in his shoes. So cool.

And singing “Scrambled Eggs” on the show? Bravo.

Watch the video here because Hulu’s not embedding properly.

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Today I learned that on an Apple computer, if you hold down Shift while pressing the volume buttons, it won’t make the usual popping sound (assuming you haven’t already turned it off in System Prefs). Cooler than that, though, is holding Option + Shift while adjusting the volume – you can adjust your volume in smaller increments. Where the heck has that been all my life?!

Also, holding down Option + Shift while adjusting your brightness will give you incremental control over that as well.

(thanks, Reddit)

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“Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20

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Ragamuffin Soul

If you aren’t already, you should be a regular reader of Ragamuffin Soul.

Carlos Whittaker shares his faith and his journey in a blog that’s really as much about the community that reads and joins in as it is about him.

He’s also one of the newest artists to Integrity’s artist lineup and his new record is due out in the next few months. Excitement.

So, in true Ragamuffin Soul style, Carlos is involving everyone to weigh in on the selection of his first single off the album. Have a listen and cast your vote HERE.

While you’re there, go ahead and subscribe to the blog. It’ll be one of the few you won’t want to just scroll through to clear your Google Reader.


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Is anybody else out there not a fan of the Geico commercials with the pile of money with eyes? It took me a while to get what they were doing but after I did, I still didn’t like it.


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