Month: February 2015

Do I Really Need Facebook?

I’ve deactivated my Facebook account before. To be honest, the only reason I keep it is for the professional pages we manage for clients. But I could do that with other means / accounts. I’d much rather use this as my place of content production. Contemplating…

Playing Checkers At a Chess Match

We had the “viral singluarlity” happen on the internet last night and you can be sure that across newsrooms and marketing meetings this morning, there are discussions of dresses and llamas happening right this moment as the East Coast crowd goes to work and looks at all those sharing numbers and metrics. However, only BuzzFeed is BuzzFeed. Be yourself. Attract a different crowd with authenticity. Don’t listen to shallow marketers (hey, we’re not all shallow) …

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Google Starts Ranking Your Site Based on Mobile Friendliness

We’ve known for a few months that Google was going to start ranking websites based on their ability to be displayed on mobile devices such as phones and tablets as well as traditional laptops and desktops. Looks like April 21 is the big day to have made the switch to a mobile-friendly site: Big news from Google today: beginning April 21, the company will increase the ranking of sites that are mobile-friendly. via Google Will …

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Why We Should Care About Archaeological Destruction

This is terrible… The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed, according to the Associated Press. The destructions are part of a campaign by Islamic State, who have destroyed a number of shrines — including Muslim holy sites — in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. via Islamic State Video …

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Bejeweled Skeletons of Forgotten Martyrs

That’s one impressive way to go out (despite being forgotten)… In his new book, art historian and author Paul Koudounaris elucidates the macabre splendor and tragic history of Europe’s catacomb saints via Meet the Fantastically Bejeweled Skeletons of Catholicism’s Forgotten Martyrs | History | Smithsonian.

You Don’t Need A Mediator to Blog

It’s very easy to blog. You should do it on your own domain. You don’t need a venture capital funded company to help you. If you need help, let me know. The future is independence from these sorts of silos. Medium is introducing a host of features aimed at encouraging users to post shorter, less polished pieces. via Medium adds new features to encourage shorter posts.

Yale’s Religious Treasures

My masters degree in religion is from Yale, and it’s great to see the religious treasures there highlighted. However, I can’t believe the Dura Europos baptistry (from the earliest house church we’ve recovered and one of the first depictions of Jesus we have) didn’t make the list (the Mithraeum did, though… which is also spectacular). Nevertheless, good read and makes me miss my days working in the Yale Art Gallery as a grad assistant… In …

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Theological Eating

At the beginning of the year, I decided to stop eating meat and meat products. I have some experience with this from my days in graduate school (it was more of an economic decision then!), but I was still going into this new year / new eating pattern with the full understanding that it’s very hard to change patterns even if it is 1/1 on the calendar. Yes, we are humans and we are organic …

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Bob Dylan At the Grammys’ Charity

Mr. Dylan took jabs at music icons like the songwriters Leiber and Stoller (“Yakety Yak,” “Stand by Me”), saying that he didn’t care that they didn’t like his songs, because he didn’t like theirs either. Nashville wasn’t spared. In barely diplomatic terms, Mr. Dylan mocked the country songwriter Tom T. Hall, saying that his sentimental 1973 song “I Love” (“I love baby ducks, old pickup trucks”) was “a little overcooked,” and implying that Mr. Hall …

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Visualizing Who Is Tracking You On the Web

Granted, you have to use Firefox for this plugin, but after a morning of doing my daily work routine I found this rather astonishing and revealing about the depth of the tracking being done on the web today… Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not …

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