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  • Justin shared from The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller
    When you dive that deeply into the life and works of a single figure, something interesting happens. You don’t just get to know his writings; you get to know how his mind works. You come to know what he would have said in answer to a particular question or how he would have responded to a particular incident. The reason that, when I have to speak off the cuff, C. S. Lewis just comes pouring out is because, as it were, he is in there, he is part of my thought life. What, then, would the effect be if we were to dive even more deeply into Jesus’s teaching and life and work? What if we were to...
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    It has certainly been true in the past that what we call intelligence and scientific discovery have conveyed a survival advantage. It is not so clear that this is still the case: our scientific discoveries may well destroy us all, and even if they don’t, a complete unified theory may not make much difference to our chances of survival.
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    are busy—it’s smart to book ahead at popular places. Saturday: All sights are open except the Jewish Art and History Museum and the Holocaust Memorial. The fountains run at Versailles (April-Oct), and Vaux-le-Vicomte hosts candlelight visits tonight (early May-early Oct); otherwise, avoid weekend crowds at area châteaux and Impressionist sights. Notre-Dame’s tower is open until 23:00 (July-Aug), the Picasso Museum may be open until 22:00, and the Quai Branly is open until 21:00. Department stores are jammed today. Restaurants throughout Paris get packed; reserve in advance if you have a...
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    Michelin Map Europe 705
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    I make sure to start every day as a producer, not a consumer. When you get up, you may start with a good routine like showering and eating, but as soon as you find yourself with some free time you probably get that urge to check Reddit, open that game you were playing, see what you’re missing on Facebook, etc. Put all of this off until “later”. Start your first free moments of the day with thoughts of what you really want to do; those long-term things you’re working on, or even the basic stuff you need to do today, like cooking, getting ready for exercise, etc. This keeps you from falling...
    Note: i like this mindset.
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    On critique days, when we were all faced with a wall of red circles, blue squiggles, and clusters of lines, students would provide feedback through stories. “This one seems to work really well. It makes me dizzy, because it feels like I’m being sucked down into a vortex, like I’ve fallen into a rabbit hole like Alice.” “I’m not sure that this composition feels joyful, because it seems that this triangle is too aggressive, almost like it’s angry at the squares.” “It’s like a middle school dance. Some shapes are dancing, but the music doesn’t look like it’s very good.”...
    Note: Really dig this bit from @ShapeOfDesign
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    On critique days, when we were all faced with a wall of red circles, blue squiggles, and clusters of lines, students would provide feedback through stories. “This one seems to work really well. It makes me dizzy, because it feels like I’m being sucked down into a vortex, like I’ve fallen into a rabbit hole like Alice.” “I’m not sure that this composition feels joyful, because it seems that this triangle is too aggressive, almost like it’s angry at the squares.” “It’s like a middle school dance. Some shapes are dancing, but the music doesn’t look like it’s very good.”...
    Note: Really dig this bit from @ShapeofDesign
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    On critique days, when we were all faced with a wall of red circles, blue squiggles, and clusters of lines, students would provide feedback through stories. “This one seems to work really well. It makes me dizzy, because it feels like I’m being sucked down into a vortex, like I’ve fallen into a rabbit hole like Alice.” “I’m not sure that this composition feels joyful, because it seems that this triangle is too aggressive, almost like it’s angry at the squares.” “It’s like a middle school dance. Some shapes are dancing, but the music doesn’t look like it’s very good.”...
    Note: Really dig this.
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    The Shakers have a proverb that says, “Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful.”
    Note: A quote from the Shape of Design.
  • Justin shared from a Personal Document
    The Shakers have a proverb that says, “Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful.”
    Note: A quote from the Shape of Design.
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