Month: January 2016

Why does South Carolina remain one of 4 states without equal-pay laws?

Disgusting that we need to have such protections. Even more disgusting that our white, male, heterosexual lawmakers refuse to believe this is worth their approval at the behest of the fears of leadership and / or disappointing their chamber of commerce donors… “Seven years after President Barack Obama signed legislation that makes it easier for women to challenge discriminatory pay in court, South Carolina remains one of only four states in the country without equal …

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Change and the Real World

More churches, small businesses, and barely surviving companies need to heed this advice… “Those who want things always to stay the same are not living in the real world,” Ms. Wintour said in a recent interview at her office overlooking the Hudson River at Condé Nast’s new headquarters, One World Trade Center. “It’s like perfection. Doesn’t exist.” Source: Condé Nast Adapts to New Forces, Unsettling Some Inside

“Dura Europos Fanboy”

Merianna just called me a “Dura Europos Fanboy” as she walked past me reading an article in this morning’s NY Times by Prof. Michael Peppard about Dura Europos while drinking coffee from my Dura Europos mug.  

“Heroes”

“‘Mic number one was a valve U47, and with the other two on gates I made sure that number two, an 87 placed about 15 feet away from him, would go on at a certain level, while the third mic, another 87 that was all the way at the other end of the room, didn’t open up until he really sang loud. That reverb on his voice is therefore the room itself, none of it …

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This Isn’t What Jesus Had In Mind, Guys

“Chelsea and her husband Clint, who asked that I use only their first names, belong to a small subculture of religious couples who practice “Christian Domestic Discipline,” a lifestyle that calls for a wife to be completely submissive to her husband. Referred to as CDD by its followers, the practice often includes spanking and other types corporal punishments administered by husbands—and ostensibly ordained by God. While the private nature of the discipline makes it difficult …

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Don’t Buy Into the Myth of Human Progress

Integral calculus, like theology, are areas we imagine we have forward progress as humans… not always the case. “What is perhaps more surprising is the sophistication with which they tracked the planet, judging from inscriptions on a small clay tablet dating to between 350 B.C. and 50 B.C. The tablet, a couple of inches wide and a couple of inches tall, reveals that the Babylonian astronomers employed a sort of precalculus in describing Jupiter’s motion …

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Episode 28: Thinking Religion 65: Gotta Have Faith – Thinking.FM

This week, Thomas and Sam discuss the live streaming of life and debates, the Trump Red Zone™, Presidential endorsements by leading religious figures, the myth of evangelicalism, and performativity in public religion. The Loss of Solitary Exploration | Sam Harrelson New Ways to Stay Informed About Presidential Politics | Google Christian First, American Second: On Prioritizing (and Performing) Presidential Identities | Marginalia Jeb Bush questions Donald’ Trump’s faith | CNN Evangelical Leader Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorses …

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Facebook’s New Reactions Are Going to Be Interesting to Watch

“Changing the button is like Coca-Cola messing with its secret recipe. Cox had tried to battle the like button a few times before, but no idea was good enough to qualify for public testing. “This was a feature that was right in the heart of the way you use Facebook, so it needed to be executed really well in order to not detract and clutter up the experience,” he says. “All of the other attempts …

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YouTube Donation Cards for Nonprofits

We recently began rolling out donation cards to US creators, which let your subscribers and viewers donate directly from your videos. Just add a donation card, pick a nonprofit, and start doing good. You can choose any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization and they receive 100% of the money donated. We’re excited to take this first step and look forward to expanding into other countries so creators across the world can power nonprofits …

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“Art is not like science, it’s not like mathematics…”

  “Art is not like science, it’s not like mathematics… it doesn’t improve. The work that was done in 2000 B.C. is as relevant as art today. And that’s the fascinating thing about art. That’s a conundrum. There is no new invention…This work is valid.” Early Bronze Age (Iran or Mesopotamia). Head of a ruler, ca. 2300–2000 B.C. Copper alloy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1947 Source: Dorothea Rockburne on an ancient Near Eastern …

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Peak iPhone

From earlier today before Apple’s Q1 Earnings call: “When CEO Tim Cook reports Tuesday on Apple’s sales for the last three months of 2015, investors will be watching closely for any hints about how Apple’s signature smartphone is faring in the current quarter. Sales usually fall somewhat after the holiday shopping season. But analysts say it appears Apple has cut production orders from key suppliers in recent weeks, suggesting it’s lowered its own forecasts.” Source: …

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The Loss of Solitary Exploration

“This experimental feature helps voters make more informed choices, and levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate. By publishing long-form text, photos and videos throughout the debate, campaigns can now give extended responses, answer questions they didn’t get a chance to on stage, and rebut their opponents. As soon as the first debate begins at 7 p.m. …

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Ad Agency Swears Off Crafting Ads That Objectify Women

“I want my life to have a purpose,” said Ms. Badger, who is co-founder and chief creative officer of Badger & Winters. Her agency, which works with advertisers such as Avon, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg and Nordstrom, is pledging that it will not create ads that uses women as props or objectifies them. It is also sworn off airbrushing females in their ads “to the point of perfection.” Source: Ad Agency Swears Off Crafting …

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Episode 27: Thinking Out Loud 97: Say What You Need to Say – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the use of said in a manuscript and how it can’t be overused. They talk about other bad writing advice that writers take to heart and winter weather and good books. Show Notes: Are You Overusing Said? Debunking Writing Myths  These Words Stop Using Said Bookisms Tom Swifties fail better Why I Am Giving Up ebooks in 2016 What are Elisabeth and Merianna reading? The post Thinking Out Loud 97: …

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Apple’s iOS Home Screen Problem

I flip back-and-forth between iOS and Android, mostly iPhone 6s Plus and a Nexus device, all the time and enjoy both operating systems (though I do enjoy Android more to be honest… much to the chagrin of my family and friends who all use iMessage on iOS and therefore I’m a “green bubble” when on my Nexus device). However, I’m always curious as to why iOS users who transition or experiment with Android feel the …

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To Post or Not to Post About Your Kid’s Success?

On the topic of whether parents should post about their kids’ college acceptance on Facebook, but a good reminder for all of us parents who grew up in a time before social media and are still figuring out its long term impacts on ourselves and our children: “This isn’t your moment, as much as it may feel that way. Let your kids bask in their own glory. By letting your children tell people about an …

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Shaking up Twitter

Glad to see Dorsey shaking things up now that he’s back at the helm of Twitter. Under previous CEO Dick Costolo and his team, Twitter was pivoted towards becoming a media / advertising company starting in 2010. The beloved API that allowed for a blossoming of third party apps and a vibrant ecosystem was turned off and there was a palpable feeling that the service had turned their back on devs and their tech base …

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More on bad church marketing due to weather

Friend in Christian ministry who read my earlier post today replied via text: So, what you’re saying is that churches should treat their members like adults who can decide if they can / cannot make it to services or events because of weather or some other circumstances? I agree.  I like that summation (asked if I could share and they approved). 

“Our Church Will Be Closed Tomorrow” and Bad Church Marketing

  Let me be clear. I want to say something really dear to my own beliefs. I truly value the church. Convincing, aren’t I? The church is valuable to me and my own christology and theology. But that sentence is loaded with performatives. Performativity and performative utterances are ubiquitous in our society from political debates to sporting event announcers. Even though I say that “I truly value the church,” I’m creating another reality with that …

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Episode 26: Thinking Religion 64: Two Corinthians Walk Into a Bar… – Thinking.FM

This week, Thomas and Sam discuss their favorite bags to carry their everyday items, what’s wrong with college admissions, Two Corinthians, Climate Change, Dura Europos, and the intentions of heavily armed angry white men. Show Notes: ThisIsGround Mod Tablet 2 Sam’s Maxpedition Case Harvard calls for admissions revolution | Boston.com “This is what being outraised looks like.” | Clinton Supporter Email Is The Bern Surge for real? | Slate Who Would Make a Good President? | …

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