Archive for July, 2013
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Sean
We created Goodosphere not too long after the whole Conan vs. Jay thing reached a conclusion. It was just after Coco gave his final monologue on The Tonight Show, in which he took a reflective tone and delivered some compelling advice to the largest audience he’d ever have. That advice can be found in the top right corner of this blog under “About“, and — for your convenience — below.
Please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
In keeping with Conan’s plea, we have tried to stay cynicism-free on Goodosphere, and hopefully mostly succeeded. In highlighting the Good, even when it’s hard, we try to remind you that there’s always something to be hopeful about, despite the bad news, the worse decisions, and the bleakest of bleak situations we find ourselves in or around. There’s always someone close to make you laugh, to create something beautiful or poetic, and to do something selfless and grand. Always.
We only recently found out that Mr. Rogers had his own personal take on this credo — had we found it first, it may have been the catalyst for this silly corner of the Interwebs. His advice-to-live-by was “Always look for the helpers.” Take it away, Fred.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Sean
Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Sean
This isn’t the most pleasant video to watch — lots of painful argument and unfortunate match-ups — but if you make the investment, you can witness a moment of absolute brilliance at the 4:05 mark.
Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Sean
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Sean
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Sean
We usually dance on Fridays, but we’re willing to make exceptions in honor of…Wednesdays.
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Sean
“We are down here in time, where beauty grows. Even if things are as bad as they could possibly be, and as meaningless, then matters of truth are themselves indifferent; we may as well please our sensibilities and, with as much spirit as we can muster, go out with a buck and wing.”
— Annie Dillard, from Teaching a Stone to Talk
Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Sean
Friday, July 5th, 2013 by Sean
Thanks, Open Culture!
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Sean