Month: April 2016

New Definitions of Masculinity

If change is scary, it’s going to be an increasingly scary world out there for us white male cisgender heteronormatives (we did a pretty good job of mucking things up)… We’ll probably need a new definition of masculinity, too. There are many groups in society who have lost an empire but not yet found a role. Men are the largest of those groups. The traditional masculine ideal isn’t working anymore. It leads to high dropout …

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Episode 49: Thinking Out Loud 108: Whose head am I in? – Thinking.FM

  “Elisabeth”and “Merianna” talk about head hopping, naming characters, and feminism. They also talk finally, finally about the ending of Allegiant and what Veronica Roth is working on now.  The reasons you were not promoted that are totally unrelated to gender | McSweeneys  A Conversation with Whales | NY Times Spartanburg Humane Society Is Rey’s name really Kira? | Reddit The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  Last Man on Earth News About 4 Stories | Veronica Roth …

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Episode 48: Thinking Religion 75: Supersessionism as a Tortured Metaphor – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about The Rains Down in Africa, cultural adoption, gender identities, and the supersessionism of “The American Dream.” Mentioned: Thinking.FM is a Launch Partner on Google Play Music Podcasts Kristen and Dax do Toto | Nerdist Prince’s “Get Off” Performance on MTV in 1991 (R.I.P. Prince) | Billboard Grumpy Old Geeks on Bowie’s Death | GOG Podcast Supersessionism | Wikipedia Cisgender and genderqueer are in the dictionary | …

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Learning From the Current Media Revolution

From Jim VandeHei, who was one of the co-founders of Politico… In coming years, the revolution will likely demolish much of what we read and watch now. State and local newspapers and TV? Gone. Their models are fatally flawed. General interest magazines such as Time and Newsweek? Gone or unrecognizable shells of their former selves. Traditional TV and cable? Shrinking and scrambling. Clickbait machines such as Gawker, or Ozy, or Mashable? Gone or gobbled up by …

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Sonic’s New #SquareShake is First Milkshake Designed for Instagram

Fast-food restaurant Sonic will debut their new line of milkshakes with a campaign especially designed for Coachella. On April 16, festival-goers will be able to order a #SquareShake exclusively through Instagram and pay by posting a picture to their accounts. Source: ‘Instagram-Exclusive’ Milkshake Hints At The Future Of Social Commerce It’s for the Coachella music festival, but it’s not difficult to imagine Sonic or some other major (or regional) brand rolling out a similar promotion.  

Episode 47: Thinking Out Loud 107: Hey, I Know A Writer! – Thinking.FM

  Elisabeth and Merianna talk about what to do when opportunities get dropped in your lap, the dangers of comparing yourself to other people, and who to listen to. Ray Bradbury said, “jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down.” So, why not jump? Mentioned: Elizabeth Gilbert how to say yes that, not this Blood Orange Tangerine Self-Doubt DYIMFA Todoist RescueTime You have permission to suck You Have Permission …

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Episode 46: Thinking Religion 74: Trump 3:16 – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about soup, signal cues, sex demons, and how a Trump Standard Version of the Bible (TSV) would translate passages. There’s also a BeardCast segment at the end for Friends Of The Show. Mentioned: Ted Cruz Buys 100 Cans of Soup | Slate That Time Ted Cruz Defended a Ban on Dildos | Mother Jones Sex Demons | Eden Decoded Donald Trump’s Favorite Bible Teaching Is “Eye For …

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The Psychology of Instagram

Taking a photo and posting it on Instagram, with or without a mug in the frame, is a way for all of us to become our own historians, grasping at tangible evidence of our time on the planet. “Instagram,” Suler said, “is therefore a tool for validating one’s life.” Source: Instagram Is Ruining Vacation — Backchannel

How to Read Your Kindle in the Bathtub

Never forget… I’ll tell you what I do. I take a one-gallon Ziploc bag, and I put my Kindle in my one-gallon Ziploc bag, and it works beautifully. It’s much better than a physical book, because obviously if you put your physical book in a Ziploc bag you can’t turn the pages. But with Kindle, you can just push the buttons. Source: Book Learning – The New York Times

What Facebook’s bot developer platform for Messenger means for your church or business

The bot era has officially begun. In a widely expected move, Facebook today announced tools for developers to build bots inside Facebook Messenger, bringing a range of new functions to the popular communication app. Facebook believes Messenger can become a primary channel for businesses to interact with their customers, replacing 1-800 numbers with a mix of artificial intelligence and human intervention. If they are embraced by the general public — which is still far from certain — …

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Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation

The concept is to reduce the size of the spacecraft to about the size of a chip used in electronic devices. The idea is to launch a thousand of these mini-spacecraft into the Earth’s orbit. Each would have a solar sail. This is like a sail on a boat – but it is pushed along by light rather than the wind. A giant laser on Earth would give each one a powerful push, sending them …

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Share Dropbox files directly from Facebook Messenger

Remember what I said yesterday about messaging bots becoming the main way you interact with tech services? Now, when you tap the More button in Messenger for iOS or Android, you’ll see Dropbox as an available source. With the Dropbox app installed on your phone, you can share any file in your Dropbox without having to leave the Messenger app. Source: Share Dropbox files directly from Facebook Messenger | | Dropbox Blog

In honor of #nationalpetday here’s a fun piece on pets from ancient Greece and Rome

The ancient Greeks and Romans were more lavish than the modern world in their expressed affection for beasts. Theirs was a splendid opportunity to know animal life at first hand, not because there were more animals, but on account of the very close relationship effected by polytheistic principles and religious customs.1 Both literature and art attest that there were but few animals not dedicated to gods or goddesses; since religion penetrated ancient life so deeply, …

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Be careful with Emoji on different platforms 😁

Just seeing the difference in emoji presentations is revelatory in itself. But then it gets even more interesting. GroupLens researchers asked subjects to rate 22 anthropomorphic emoji from five platforms by sentiment, using a scale that ranged from strongly negative (-5) to strongly positive (5). And here’s where you start to see where “grinning face with smiling eyes” goes so very wrong. Apple’s average sentiment ranking was almost -1, while Microsoft, Samsung, LG, and Google …

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Soon, most of what you do on a computer will be done via bots

“Is everything going to become a bot? I don’t think so. There’ll probably still be static apps for professional and authoring tools; Photoshop and CAD and Excel and Evernote aren’t going away; and video games will still be video games. Most of the squishy stuff in the middle, though, will go conversational. Anything that involves collaboration, communications, consumption, organization, etc. will probably become a bot. I think bots will replace 80% of what we use …

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Facebook Drops Branded Content Restrictions

On Friday, Facebook dropped its restriction around how branded content can be distributed on its social network. Anyone who runs a verified Facebook page — a publisher, brand or celebrity, for instance — can now post articles, videos, photos, links or other content to that page that someone else paid for without needing Facebook’s permission or cutting the company in on the proceeds. Source: Facebook drops branded content restrictions for publishers Interesting move. Typically on …

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Episode 45: Thinking Out Loud 106: Introducing… – Thinking.FM

  Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the art of writing and the powerful way writing can impact people’s lives. Why are you scared to share your story? There’s someone out there who needs to read it. Start introducing yourself! Mentioned: Camp Nano Poor Writing Skills Are Costing Business Billions Computer Writes Novels Her Writers on Writing You Have Permission to Suck Mountain Goats Lead Man Writes About Pain Terrible Minds What are Elisabeth and Merianna …

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The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

The top 1 percent in income among American men live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent; for women, the gap is 10 years. These rich Americans have gained three years of longevity just in this century. They live longer almost without regard to where they live. Poor Americans had very little gain as a whole, with big differences among different places. Source: The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters. – …

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Episode 44: Thinking Religion 73: Unknown Futures – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the future of medium sized churches, marketing to millennials, and the role of self-selecting in our identity formations. Mentioned: Lotteries: America’s Shame | The Atlantic Facebook Live | FB Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia | NY Times The Shrinking PhD Job Market | IHE Mashable laid off politics team and editors | Politico Fallout: Donald Trump Will Fall 50-100 Delegates Short of 1,237 Needed to Clinch Nomination | Breitbart …

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Why Your Church or Nonprofit Website Needs Regular Security Updates

One of the items Harrelson Agency itemizes on invoices when building out a new client website (particularly when using WordPress or Drupal) are maintenance and security updates for the year. It’s not a major cost, but I often receive questions about the charge and whether or not it’s really necessary. That’s particularly the case when dealing with churches, nonprofits, and small businesses who are on tight budgets and looking to save every penny possible (and understandable). …

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