What If Constantine Had Converted to Judaism Instead?

The following is a short piece I wrote tonight for a Jewish-Christian Relations seminar in response to Prof Marc Saperstein‘s question of what would have happened had Constantine converted to Judaism rather than Christianity in the 4th Century CE: Prof Marc Saperstein’s question of how history might have been different had Constantine converted to Judaism …

Read more

Research Day

Going back to school does have its benefits… you can completely geek out and surround yourself with out of print books and arcane ideas all in the name of pursuing knowledge: Today, I’m writing a paper on Dura Europos and its overlooked place in the (I argue non-historical) Parting of the Ways model that describes …

Read more

Suggestive Church Sign

I’m in Atlanta today visiting with Anna’s brother and his new baby girl. I saw this church sign on the way to the hospital and couldn’t resist snapping a quick BlackBerry photo: “Give To the Lord Until It Feels Good” hmmm… Best Church Sign Ever on TwitPic

Read more

Leveraging Social Media Presentation Feedback

My presentation at Affiliate Summit East earlier this month in Boston had pretty good reviews. Thanks so much to Missy Ward, Shawn Collins and Amy Rodriguez! Here’s the presentation: Leveraging Social Media View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ase08 affsum) And here are the reviews: Sunday – Leveraging Social Media Sam Harrelson, Publisher, …

Read more

Real Time

I’ve been having conversations with folks about why Identi.ca (or Laconica, the mothership code base of which Identi.ca is the flagship derivation, but there are many possibilities available such as Leo Laporte’s TWiT Army) matters so much for the present and future and why Twitter has failed to keep the great commission by hampering its …

Read more

Bible 2.0

Twelve (?!?!) years ago in 1996, I bought the first edition of the Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV of course) for a summer school session of Old Testament 101. Back then, I was a self-assured Chemistry / Computer Science freshman double major at Wofford College and decided to take summer school to get a couple …

Read more

29

Today is my last day of being a 20-something year old. It’s one of those big days that we in the cultures of the West like to put great emphasis upon. You spend your 20’s figuring out who you are, exploring ideas, being idealistic. Then, you transition into a real adult focused on career, family, …

Read more

Cory Booker Keynote at Affiliate Summit

Newark mayor Cory Booker spoke at this month’s Affiliate Summit in Boston. I’ve heard too many political speeches in life, but this one is up there with Obama’s “Yes We Can” moment in Columbia, SC during the primaries. If you want to get a glimpse of a future president, go watch this video (and head …

Read more

Evernote for Class Notes

So, I’m trying to get Evernote (one of my favorite web/mobile/desktop applications ever) to work with the notes I’m taking in classes. Why not just type in the notes? Good question. Basically, I like to hand write notes from classes and seminars. Something about muscle memory as well as respect to seminar participants (a lot …

Read more

Harrison Bergeron

I had to read this story in the 9th grade and it was the first thing I ever read that had a lasting and deep impact. I hope the movie is a third as good as Vonnegut’s original story… YouTube – 2081: Everyone Will Finally Be Equal:

Read more

GoFish for Big Revenue Jump

GoFish is an advertising agency aimed at the “tween” market and their associated parents. The company page explains: GoFish is a leading entertainment and media company with a focus on reaching kids, teens and moms. We specialize in aggregating, and distributing premium content on a large network of quality sites for which GoFish is the …

Read more

Attractive Microblogging for Marketers 301

During my presentation called “Leveraging Social Media” at Affiliate Summit East, I took up most of the allotted hour to discuss tools and strategies that affiliate marketers could use to help them both better monitor and better participate in the increasingly important social networks out there in the wild. This is an important issue because …

Read more