“Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average,” read the blog post, attributed to the OneDrive Team. “Instead of … Continue reading This is why we can’t have nice things.
“Downtime is an opportunity for the brain to make sense of what it has recently learned, to surface fundamental unresolved tensions in our lives and to swivel its powers of reflection away from the external world toward itself. While mind-wandering we replay conversations we had earlier that day, rewriting our verbal blunders as a way … Continue reading Yes, your brain (and mine) needs more downtime
“CHURCH: Stop preaching downloaded sermons from other preachers. If you found it online, so can the congregation. People want to hear your take on God’s Word, not a re-heated sermon from someone else.” Source: Bigger Fixes Nothing (7 Unexpected Steps Toward Church Health) | Pivot | A Blog by Karl Vaters Saving these for later… and … Continue reading Bigger Fixes Nothing in Churches
“Looking forward, we feel this is best seized by taking on new opportunities to fully realize our vision for ebooks. With that, we will be taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months. If you are an Oyster reader you will receive an email personally regarding your account.” Source: oysterbooks … Continue reading Goodbye, Oyster.
“With the help of James Jubilee, a former American arms control officer and now a senior science and technology coordinator for health issues in Kazakhstan, Dr. LaPorte tracked down Mr. Dey through the State Department, and his images and documentation quickly convinced them of the earthworks’ authenticity and importance.” Source: NASA Adds to Evidence of … Continue reading This is the perfect opening to a scifi novel…
“Our kids, who already face enormous pressure in life, should never be subjected to state-sponsored violence while in school. For this young girl, Spring Valley High School should’ve been a refuge.” Source: KING: S.C. teen assaulted by deputy is a recent orphan – NY Daily News Continue reading S.C. teen assaulted by deputy is a recent orphan
“One thing is clear: Giving has changed, says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of the Central Carolina Community Foundation. “People want to feel ownership of how their dollars are being used,” Turnquist says. Previous generations, Turnquist says, “were brought up to give to institutions, organizations that had secured the community’s trust,” she says. “The donors … Continue reading Charity has changed (listen up, churches).
“In our constantly developing world, we have to learn to adapt to change. The fact that we are so dependent on the internet is scary. But the fact that you, as an adult, are struggling to keep up with us and the internet, does not give you the right to say that the way we … Continue reading “Turn off that phone and do some real work.”
“But Google isn’t just trying to create more Serial fanatics on Android. No, it wants to reach people that have never listened to podcasts. And it wants to broaden its media offerings in the fight with Apple, the frequent go-to platform for media producers.” Source: Google Brings Podcasting to Play Music Streaming Service, Android | … Continue reading Google Bringing Podcasting to Android and Play Music
“Part of this will entail a shift in advertising to permission-based advertising: asking the consumer whether she wants to see an ad — which would be asking her if she wants to receive information — for a particular brand at the current time. The consumer will have the choice: yes, I’m in the supermarket and … Continue reading Your phone’s homescreen is dead; or how native advertising wins in the post-mobile world
“This story came out of nowhere and had me looking at other resources for answers. First, I didn’t really know that Ezra and Nehemiah were. And now, Nehemiah — a name I couldn’t spell in my notebook without writing out each letter looking at the Bible — and he was speaking to me. I flew … Continue reading Go Read Ezra and Nehemiah
Amanda Palmer did an AMA on the /books subreddit yesterday on the topic of her book The Art of Asking, so the Thinking.FM hosts pulled a Superfriends on Friday night and recorded 90 minutes of thoughtful discussion about Palmer’s tactics and the nature of the artist in an age of self-promotion. I think it’s an … Continue reading What’s good (and bad) about Amanda Palmer’s style of marketing?
“It feels weird admitting this, too: We as a Buffer marketing team—working on a product that helps people succeed on social media—have yet to figure out how to get things working on Facebook (especially), Twitter, Pinterest, and more. And that’s super scary to admit.” Source: We’ve Lost Nearly Half Our Social Referral Traffic in the … Continue reading Social Media Marketing’s Decline
“If you simply manage to write in spoken language, you’ll be ahead of 95% of writers. And it’s so easy to do: just don’t let a sentence through unless it’s the way you’d say it to a friend.” Source: Write Like You Talk by Paul Graham Continue reading Writing as Conversation
Thomas Whitley and I are really enjoying doing this podcast… we missed last week’s episode and it felt (to me) like a big part of my week wasn’t complete. As I said on another podcast that had me on as a guest today, we don’t really think of Thinking Religion as a podcast as much as it … Continue reading When is a podcast a podcast and when is it a conversation?
What an adventure it’s already been, Merianna! Looking forward to many more with you. Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Merianna!
Here’s my sermon from this morning at Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Lexington, SC entitled “You Don’t Know How to Serve.” Download here. The basic idea is that Mark 10:35-45 is not about sin or atonement, but about subverting hierarchies. Why are churches struggling in 2015? Because churches are supporting the systems that Jesus attempted to … Continue reading My Sermon from Emmanuel Baptist Today
Remember, “free speech” doesn’t always align with the user policies on Facebook, Twitter etc. Own your content and your books or learn to live with the trade off of letting the algorithm decide how you vote… “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship. It deliberately reduces the spread of information that might otherwise go viral. Vicious. … Continue reading “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship”
The ability to change our minds is one of the greatest human blessings. To see an issue or a situation, take into account the data presented, be reminded of our past history of decisions, and ultimately come to a conclusion is a wonderful adaptation our mammalian brains have come up with to help us deal … Continue reading Hey Bullfrog
Sad. “Christians who are looking a good deal on a gun need look no further than Frontier Firearms. The Kingston, Tennessee liberty-defending establishment began offering 5 percent discounts last week for anyone who says “I’m a Christian” before purchasing a new handgun.” Source: Guns Are Cheaper At This Tennessee Store If You’re a Christian – … Continue reading Discount on Handguns if You’re a Christian