Month: February 2016

Episode 34: Thinking Out Loud 101: Coming Into the Light – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth talks about how she might want to hide in the shadows because she’s not ready to be considered a writer but the really amazing things that happen when you do finally step into the light. You have to be who are you without wanting the affirmation of other people or fulfilling contrived notions of beauty standards. Be true to yourself and to the other people living in this cosmos with you. Sign up for the …

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The Gospel of Consumption

“Rather than realizing the enriched social life that Kellogg’s vision offered us, we have impoverished our human communities with a form of materialism that leaves us in relative isolation from family, friends, and neighbors. We simply don’t have time for them. Unlike our great-grandparents who passed the time, we spend it. An outside observer might conclude that we are in the grip of some strange curse, like a modern-day King Midas whose touch turns everything …

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Episode 33: Thinking Religion 67: A Little Gnod to the Gnostics – Thinking.FM

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Dan’s White Vans, the new Thinking Religion schwag giveaway, Syriac Valentine poems, new pens, Trump as Cyrus the Great, a Trump presidency, evangelical mono cultures, Monty Python’s take on Jesus, and the Last Temptation of Christ. Show Notes Damn Daniel, the song (what is this?) | Huffington Post Sam’s New Pen Thinking Out Loud 100 | Elisabeth Kauffman and Merianna Neely Harrelson How to Watch Tonight’s Republican Debate …

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An honest thief

Fascinating read… “The conclusion is inescapable: we must live our lives to promote the most overall good. And that would seem to mean helping those most in want—the world’s poorest people. Our rule demands one do everything they can to help the poorest—not just spending one’s wealth and selling one’s possessions, but breaking the law if that will help. I have friends who, to save money, break into buildings on the MIT campus to steal …

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Episode 32: Thinking Out Loud 100: You Brought Your Whistle – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna celebrate their 100 episode! They relive how it all started and all their best soapbox speeches and conclude if you are adding your voice to the mix, don’t just be a part of the chorus. Stand out! Sign up for the Thinking Out Loud Book Exchange! [contact-form] Show Notes: Celebrate Thinking.FM on Patreon Harper Lee’s Death Chuck Wendig Huffington Post Bloggers Actually Do Want To Get Paid   Huffington Post Refusing to …

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Facebook is going to put ads in Messenger

“The document, obtained by TechCrunch but kept private to protect its verified source, says businesses will be able to send ads as messages to people who previously initiated a chat thread with that company. To prepare, the document recommends that businesses get consumers to start message threads with them now so they’ll be able to send them ads when the feature launches.” Source: Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger | TechCrunch Gross. Messaging is the future …

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The Pope Didn’t Say Donald Trump Is Not a Christian

From Dr. Thomas J. Whitley… “The “only” is a key word in Pope Francis’ response, as is his admission that he is rather uninformed regarding Donald Trump’s immigration policy proposals. The Pope did not say “Donald Trump is not Christian.” Rather, he claimed that if a person only ever thought about building walls and not also about building bridges, that person would not be Christian. Yes, the implication is that Trump is that person and …

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Episode 31: Thinking Out Loud 99: Speaking of Happily Ever Afters – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of false climaxes to turn a plot and making your characters more interesting. They also cover the importance of soul feeding as you transform from writer to author, and the importance of sticking to your draft while saying all the words (and not taking short cuts). Next week is the big 100th episode! Show Notes: The Martian Allegiant Dr. Who The Office Book Lover’s Anonymous Book Architecture Magic Lessons Elisabeth Kauffman …

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Episode 30: Thinking Religion 66: The Barbeque Equation of Religion and Politics – Thinking.FM

Thomas is now Dr. Whitley, Sam is too old to understand the Grammys, Thomas does an on-air unboxing of This Is Ground’s Mystery Box (use this link for $10 off an order there), Justice Scalia is dead, and South Carolina is changing. Show Notes The Religion and Politics of South Carolina: A State Portrait from PRRI’s American Values Atlas | Public Religion Research Institute Hard Choices | Michelle Goldberg Ted Cruz Preaches at South Carolina Church: …

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jebbush.com and tedcruz.com

“The site wasn’t hacked and the Bush campaign didn’t forget to register a domain. Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller said that the campaign website is Jeb2016.com and that has been the case since the beginning of the campaign. The campaign has never used jebbush.com, and Mr. Miller says that searches for “Jeb Bush” bring up the correct website.” Source: For JebBush.com, a Mystery Wrapped Inside a Domain Name – Washington Wire – WSJ It’s always …

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Young People, Old People, and the Monkeysphere

  “Today, however, the newest data increasingly support the idea that young people are actually transitioning out of using what we might term broadcast social media – like Facebook and Twitter – and switching instead to using narrowcast tools – like Messenger or Snapchat. Instead of posting generic and sanitized updates for all to see, they are sharing their transient goofy selfies and blow-by-blow descriptions of class with only their closest friends.” Source: So long …

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Choosing Clinton is Like Pascal’s Wager

“For a progressive, how you reconcile conflicting truths about Clinton depends, to some extent, on how much you empathize with her. Supporting Clinton means justifying the thousands of concessions she’s made to the world as it is, rather than as we want it to be. Doing this is easier, I think, when you are older, and have made more concessions yourself. Indeed, sometimes it feels like to defend Clinton is to defend middle age itself, …

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The Golden Age of Apps are Over – Messengers Will Rule

  “The golden era of mobile apps is already over. Americans have been downloading zero of them per month on average. Most of us have all the apps we need and have narrowed our use down to a few messaging and social networking services. So, instead of wasting thousands of dollars pushing an app on an unwilling public, businesses like Bauer Kitchen are taking their business to services such as Kik, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp …

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What Churches Can Learn from Sanders’ Campaign

Don’t get me started on “giving kiosks” in churches. Merianna made an interesting connection between Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and the need for churches to also be aware of the the zeitgeist in the air (particularly among younger Americans): “Bernie’s average donation is just $27. He hasn’t concentrated his efforts and energies in the megadonor, but has touted the power of every person explaining that every gift and every donation makes a difference. His message …

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Episode 29: Thinking Out Loud 98: Putting Yourself Out There – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the importance of developing a personal brand as well as a professional brand. They talk about public profiles and David Bowie as well as upcoming projects. Of course they talk about the upcoming Episode 100! Show Notes: Book Architecture Writer’s Digest Writing Excuse Podcast 25 Hard Facts about Writing and Publishing What are Elisabeth and Merianna reading?   The post Thinking Out Loud 98: Putting Yourself Out There appeared first …

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First Political Attack Tweet? (Revisited)

From January 2008: “Other candidates that have been using Twitter have been posting info about events for local followers or either links to YouTube video of rally’s, etc. It would be a shame if the candidates follow McCain lead and bring the negativity so associated with TV political messages into the Twitter medium.” Source: First Political Attack Tweet? – Sam Harrelson Dear 8 Year Younger Sam: Ha. It gets worse. It gets much worse. Enjoy …

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62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report 

“The Oxfam report An Economy for the 1%, shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010, a drop of 38 percent. This has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period. Meanwhile, the wealth of the richest 62 has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76tr. The report also shows how women are disproportionately affected …

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Our next president will be a Republican…

“If any of those three is the nominee then — so long as the Democrats keep Hillary in the race — the Republican will win the presidency. Clinton’s flaws are simply too heavy a lift for a majority of the American people to carry.” Source: Judd Gregg: The finish line | TheHill A few months ago, I would have laughed at that thought. “Haha, Sam… of course a Democrat will win in 2016. Trump? Pssh. …

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Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

“Facebook urgently needs to address the impact that its algorithm changes are having on nonprofits, NGOs, civil society, and political activists—especially those in developing countries, who are never going to be able to “pay to play” and for whom Facebook is one of the few really effective ways to get a message out to a wide audience without government control or censorship.” Source: Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists I’d urge nonprofits (like our own …

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