…Let’s Go Exploring!
Andy Dayton, former associate web producer
Saying goodbye is something I’ve always struggled with, and writing a parting blog post is no exception. The same questions apply: Is it a place for dramatic sentimentality? Should it be like the sit-com flashback episode, where I fondly reminisce on the crazy adventures we’ve had? Or do I take the more casual, “no big deal” approach and say simply, “Seeya later!” I tend to lean toward the last option but can’t say for sure that it’s the best one.
I put in my last day as a full-time employee at Speaking of Faith last Monday, operating a static camera for Krista’s live conversation with Michel Martin in Washington, D.C. It was a wonderful event and a great way to end my two years with the program. Seeing Krista as the interviewee gave me a glimpse of what SOF's future may hold, and I'm excited. I've learned so much as a member of the talented team that puts Speaking of Faith together, and look forward to continuing that learning as a listener.
But, the question remains how to say goodbye? Sometimes the best thing to do is look to those you admire. Included above is the last panel from the last comic strip of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. It doesn’t exactly say goodbye, which is perhaps part of why I love it.
And to be honest, my hope is to be able to contribute to this blog from time-to-time during my continued exploration — so perhaps goodbye isn’t completely necessary. I thank the colleagues that I’ve been so lucky to work with over the past two years, and those of you that have been listening, looking, and reading. I’ll seeya later.
Sometimes It Takes a Flood
Trent Gilliss, online editor
We’ve used Tumblr as our blogging platform for several years now. Along the way, we’ve followed some fantastic Tumblrs and gained some new followers who post news, data visualizations, photos, and other enlightening material we would probably never have known about.
The comic above was posted by one of our new followers, Nick Mueller from New South Wales, one of 23 Australian Youth Delegates to the Copenhagen Climate Negotiations. He serves as an astute reminder that even as we stare down these serious challenges, we can face these issues with humor and a lighter heart “to support young people to make the change needed for our planet in a personally sustainable way.”
Calvin and Hobbes: Math Is a Religion
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
For those who can’t easily read the word bubbles, a transcript:
Calvin: You know, I don’t think math is a science. I think it’s a religion.
Hobbes: A religion?
Calvin: Yeah. All these equations are like miracles. You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number! No one can say how it happens. You either believe it or you don’t.
Calvin: This whole book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith! It’s a religion!
Hobbes: And in the public schools no less. Call a lawyer.
Calvin: As a math atheist, I should be excused from this.