Video of Willie Nelson (Responsibly?) Covering ColdPlay’s The Scientist for Chipotle

Willie Nelson just covered Coldplay‘s The Scientist song for the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant chain that supposedly “buys more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant company in the country” (Fast Company).

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Sources of Inspiration Facebook Note

facebook notes for thinkersCopy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each prompt.

To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.

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We are all inspired by others to some extent.

List a person or thing in the categories listed who inspires you, who lifts your spirits or who you admire. You may choose a few if it makes it easier for you since it isn’t always easy to choose one. You may also choose someone no longer living. However, challenge yourself to have an answer for each one because more sources of inspiration isn’t a bad thing in life, you know! If you absolutely don’t have an answer, though, you can write NONE. Your answers don’t have to be your best choice, just a choice that is true.

So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!

 
1. Musician / band / singer

 
2. Natural object or event

 
3. Immediate family member

 
4. Animal

 
5. Athlete

 
6. Relative

 
7. Fictional character

 
8. Religious figure

 
9. Coworker / professional / entrepreneur

 
10. Actor / actress

 
11. Teacher of any sort at any level

 
12. Writer / poet

 
13. Someone who deserves more respect

 
14. Scientist / engineer / technology person

 
15. Politician / diplomat / ambassador

 
16. Book

 
17. Activist

 
18. Song

 
19. Someone you don’t like but respect

 
20. Friend

 
Say something on any or all of your choices, individually or as a group:

 

Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note, along with anybody you mention who can be tagged. You may want to avoid using full names of people you know who are not famous because they may prefer it that way. Please include me in your tags because I want to know your sources of inspiration.

For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/

 
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1. Musician / band / singer
BOB DYLAN

2. Natural object or event
SUNRISE

3. Immediate family member
WHOLE FAMILY

4. Animal
KILLER WHALE

5. Athlete
MICHAEL JORDAN

6. Relative
ENTIRE MOM’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY

7. Fictional character
LT. COMMANDER DATA ON STAR TREK

8. Religious figure
THE DALAI LAMA

9. Coworker / professional / entrepreneur
MY DOCTOR

10. Actor / actress
HUGH JACKMAN

11. Teacher of any sort at any level
DRS. T.S. CAMERON AND M.A. WHITE

12. Writer / poet
EMILY DICKINSON

13. Someone who deserves more respect
DAVE S. IN VANCOUVER

14. Scientist / engineer / technology person
STEPHEN HAWKING

15. Politician / diplomat / ambassador
BARACK OBAMA

16. Book
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

17. Activist
DAVID SUZUKI

18. Song
BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

19. Someone you don’t like but respect
TOM BRADY

20. Friend
DENISE R.

Say something on any or all of your choices, individually or as a group:
This wasn’t hard for me as I find inspiration easily in life, whether people or things. I could have done this note with 10 names apiece. I could have done this with people I know only rather than some famous people and some I know. I live by the philosophy I can learn something from everyone I meet, hear of, read about, etc. Most of it is positive and that usually equates to inspiration. It’s a wonderful mindset to constantly be in. It’s only too bad that with so many choices, in doing this note quickly, I didn’t come up with some more interesting answers since some sources of inspiration are much more prominent than others.

The State and Buzz of the Internet Today, Literally!

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Jonathan Harris (courtesy of TED.com)

Jonathan Harris (courtesy of TED.com)

Jonathan Harris is an artist, computer scientist and anthropologist. It’s an interesting combination that yields fascinating results. In the inspirational and funny talk below, he shows how he combines these interests and professions into a website that constantly tracks what is being said online. Then he maps and groups them in all kinds of way, with all kinds of other information like your age, gender, weather in your city, etc. on a site called We Feel Fine. Never mind what people are tracking about you online and who can harness it, without your permission, but look at what it tells you about the world as is being expressed in text on the Internet.

In another application, he converts what is being said into word constellations in the stars. The history of constellations was that they told what was important in life and to the culture naming the constellations via the stories told at the time. The Universe site shows what our constellations would look like if we created them today objectively based on what is said.

Then after the talk, you can go to try the webware itself. That is, you can try the program on the Internet without downloading anything. But whether you care to try or not, just listening to the talk gives you a very different perspective of what’s going on over the Internet, and what people can do with it that you likely don’t know if you’re like most people I know. There are also a few big picture insights into humanity.

This could be a huge time killer if you love this big picture stuff, with ability to mine down into the smallest details of your interest. I’m trying to get therapy not to waste my life away on it! 🙂

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.6

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Jonathan Harris: The Web’s Secret Stories (Mar 2007)


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Jonathan Harris: The Art of Collecting Stories (Dec 2007)