Month: September 2008

Todd and Sam’s Geeky Podcast

Todd Crawford and I recorded our first (in a series) of weekly podcasts focused on all things geeky (gadgets, web2.0, new sites, etc).

The show runs about an hour and I thought it was one of he best podcasts I’ve done in a while.

http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=P3b69097de17a55471ec5e2b493ca1b5ebF98QFREYmN2&buffer=5&shape=6&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&brand=1&player=ap27
MP3 File

Here are the topics:

– New iPods (and 2.1 software)
– iPhone apps
DropBox
Yammer
BearHug Camp
chi.mp
– Netbooks and the culture of streaming
– Macbook Batteries
– Two Fingers

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Shows will be published every Friday and run about an hour in length.

Todd and Sam’s Geeky Show 1

Todd Crawford and I recorded our first (in a series) of weekly podcasts focused on all things geeky (gadgets, web2.0, new sites, etc).

The show runs about an hour and I thought it was one of he best podcasts I’ve done in a while.

http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=P3b69097de17a55471ec5e2b493ca1b5ebF98QFREYmN2&buffer=5&shape=6&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&brand=1&player=ap27
MP3 File

Here are the topics:

– New iPods (and 2.1 software)
– iPhone apps
DropBox
Yammer
BearHug Camp
chi.mp
– Netbooks and the culture of streaming
– Macbook Batteries
– Two Fingers

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Shows will be published every Friday and run about an hour in length.

BearHug Camp Today

For all those interested in the wild-west world of micro-blogging (Twitter, Identi.ca, TWiT Army, etc), BearHug Camp starts at 9am PST today.

Strange name, but this really looks like it will be a very important day for the future of the web…

TechCrunchIT » Blog Archive » BearHug Camp is here: “Friday, September 12 at 9 am, BearHug Camp begins. The brainchild of Dave Winer, BearHug is based on a tactic Winer used to great effect in bootstrapping coincident work by Netscape and Winer into what we now know as RSS. Recently, we’ve seen the emergence of similar strategies in the so-called micro-blogging segment that has grown around Twitter.”

You can follow along live from Leo Laporte’s stream at TWiTLive.TV

Brian Greene on the LHC

Columbia Physics Prof and science celeb Brian Greene wrote a great op-ed for the NY Times today about the Large Hadron Collider and its impact on science and society. It’s definitely recommended reading.

Greene is most famous for his books such as The Elegant Universe
and The Fabric of the Cosmos
(recommended readings):

Op-Ed Contributor – The Origins of the Universe – A Crash Course – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com: “The collider’s workings are straightforward: at full power, trillions of protons will be injected into the otherwise empty track and set racing in opposite directions at speeds exceeding 99.999999 percent of the speed of light — fast enough so that every second the protons will cycle the entire track more than 11,000 times and engage in more than half a billion head-on collisions.

The raison d’être for creating this microscopic maelstrom derives from Einstein’s famous formula, E = mc2, which declares that much like euros and dollars, energy (‘E’) and matter or mass (‘m’) are convertible currencies (with ‘c’ — the speed of light — specifying the fixed conversion rate). By accelerating the protons to fantastically high speeds, their collisions provide a momentary reservoir of tremendous energy, which can then quickly convert to a broad spectrum of other particles. “

If you’re interested in the LHC, this is a great read.

Dropbox Opens Up: Go Get It


One of my favorite “web2.0” startups in a long while has opened to the public…

Dropbox launches to the public! : The Dropbox Blog: “We’re excited to announce, after what’s been a long wait for many of the folks on our beta list, and a great launch at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, that Dropbox is finally publicly available for everyone to try. (Go get it!)”

Whether you are a techie early adopter like me or someone who likes to wait for things to shake out, I think you’ll like DropBox.

Basically, you install a little program on your Windows, Mac or Linux (how awesome!) machine and you can drag/drop files into it that are automagically (and quickly) synced up and accessible from anywhere or any machine via the web interface. There’s also an awesome iPhone custom site that works for the BlackBerry.

Initially, you get 2 gigs free, but there will be options for 50 gigs for $9.99 a month, which sounds great.

I keep waiting for Google to release the GDrive so that I can work across my Mac, Ubuntu and Asus eee boxes, but DropBox has quickly solved the problem.

In other words, go give it a spin.

iBerry 2.0 Today Plus Theme for Blackberry

People have been asking me what BlackBerry theme I use on my 8830 Curve since I posted my “Living in the Cloud” videos last week.

Here you go…


This really is a great theme and I love using it compared to some of the other BlackBerry themes I’ve tried in the past. Mainly because the front screen puts the essential info you need (messages, calendar appointments and call log) right up front. Everything else is accessible in an “Apple-ish” pop up bar on the bottom.

It costs $4.99 but I love it and highly recommend considering the joy and pleasure it will give you at that price.

Tor Free eBooks Coming Back!

While the awesome Tor.com scifi book site was being refurbished, Tor was giving away top quality eBooks (and wallpapers based on new scifi art) to subscribers over the summer. Every Friday, I opened my inbox with glee to see what the new offering would be.

So, I’m glad to see the fine folks at Tor bringing it back:

More details next week–but yes, we plan to resume giving away selected e-books on Tor.com, at least one title per month. To download them you’ll need to not just visit Tor.com but register as a user; the downloads won’t be accessible until you do. Registering on the site takes maybe thirty seconds if you type particularly slowly…so Act Now, Act Without Thinking, get over to Tor.com and create yourself a user account today.

If you’re a scifi fan, head over to Tor.com and register… not just for the free eBooks, but for all the other great content and community they have going on there.

Do Jews and Christians Worship the Same God?

Here is a short piece I wrote in response to Philip Cunningham and Jan Katzew’s essay “Do Christians and Jews Worship the Same God?” which can be found in the collection Irreconcilable Differences?
:

The two different emphases of God’s character(s) as presented by Jews and Christians are complimentary in their natures. Rather than being either contradictory or contrasting, Christianity and Judaism (in generic terms) each provides understandings of God that augment each other.

Rather than understanding the complimentary natures of both Judaism and Christianity within the confines of either a) history or b) theology, a much more beneficial understanding of God arises when these two competing religious teleologies are reconciled. The term competing is used in this context because, traditionally, Christian theology has been the underpinning of understanding the “Judeo-Christian” tradition from the modernist Christian perspective seeking to understand the value of Judaism to contemporary Christianity. The evolving understanding of humanity, Christ, God and the creedal statements, which have come to define Christianity proper but do not have an analogue in the Jewish faith, heavily influences this theology. Rather than having a concrete theological conception or even need of theology to reflect upon the Scriptures, Jews come to know and experience God as an active participant in history. This historical understanding places a great deal of emphasis on the individual, since like God, each person must willingly choose to act to participate and fulfill the parameters of the covenantal relationship.

Although Jews emphasize the holiness, uniqueness and transcendence of God and Christians tend to emphasize the nearness of God and the ability of humans to have relationships with God
(in accordance with God’s transcendence), the historical ethical impetus of Judaism and the prominence that Christians place on a theological understanding of God each provide complimentary means to better understanding God. It is in the dynamic relationship that exists between the historical and the theological that God may be experienced on a relational and individual level. While access to understanding God can be found within the Jewish and Christian faiths respectively, there is a great deal of fertile and rich space for a human to experience God in this interplay between theology and history.

In their essay “Do Christians and Jews Worship the Same God?” Philip Cunningham and Jan Katzew approach this topic from their respective points of views as a practicing Catholic and a practicing Jew . At the outset of their essay, Cunningham and Katzew somewhat heavy handily misrepresent their final task by framing their goal as “theological harmony, not homogenization.” It is not the anti-homogenization point that is disjointed (rather, it is very valid), but the insistence on theological harmony when their actual accomplished goal by the end of their essay is to tie the experiential and historical nature of Judaism with the theologically biased worldview of Christianity. This is no small feat. Rather, as they state in numerous places, God is known to us and best experienced by us when these two seemingly irreconcilable differences are bridged with a coherent understanding of the relationship of history and theology:

God is known to us through historical experience, and as a result of that experience Jews are called to accept that God as the one and only, the foundation for ethical monotheism…Our belief in God’s existence is not the consequence of philosophical argument but of historical experience.

The ancestors worshipped the same deity, but their relationships were private, personal, and unique. So it is with each one of us. Christians agree with the Jewish experience that God is met in history and that such meetings generate relationship.

The relational aspect is the glue that sticks the theological with the historical in this architecture. Whereas Chistianity proper and Judiasm proper have general understandings of the nature of God, those conditional statements or understandings of history do not limit God and the individual. The subjective nature thus enables the wiggle room needed to experience God both theologically and historically through the mutual benefit of Christianity and Judaism.

Therefore, it is possible for Jews and Christians to worship together, pray together, study Scripture together and minister in the community together because of their mutual worship and allegiance to the same God.

My New Podcasts

Since I’m no longer on GeekCast or RedHatBlueHat, I need a place to do my podcast thing.

So, here is the place for my new podcasts:http://show.samharrelson.com. I’ll be covering topics I’m interested in (which is a pretty wide ranging field) as well as interviews with people I think are interesting and want to have conversations with on certain timely or untimely subjects. There will be some “latest news” type stuff thrown in as well.

There’s a feed you can subscribe to if you just want to get the podcasts (same feed as the AffiliateFortuneCookies show if you were subscribed there) and could care less about the stuff I write here (although I’m sure there will be some overlap in content and topics).

I’m lumping some video in there as well, but most of the content will be audio in the old AffiliateFortuneCookies format I used to do.

Stay tuned (or subscribed, I guess)!

Yard Peach!

MH loves the yard fruit.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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