Month: May 2016

Episode 56: Thinking Out Loud 113: You Might Also Like – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the changing dynamics of choosing books and hearing recommendations. How will Merianna’s 8 year old and almost 6 year old read books? Will they go to a store and ask an attendant or will their Netflix-recommended-minds determine how they choose what to read, too? Show Notes: Community Supported Agriculture Hello Fresh Blue Apron Amazon Book Recommendations 8 Types of People You Will See in a Bookstore Humble Book Bundle You’ve …

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Episode 55: Thinking Out Loud 112: Association Does Not Mean Causation – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about writer identities. Are you a plotter or a pantser or perhaps a plantser (like most of us)? They talk about overcoming imposter syndrome and how there is not one way to become a writer. They steal from Dr. Whitley’s great wisdom and conclude association does not mean causation.  Show Notes: The Perfect Medium Post Sam Harrelson on Post Storytelling Superpower Quiz  Writer’s Digest  An Interlude: Bay to Breakers 6 Qualities …

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Episode 54: Thinking Religion 78: Homoeroticism, Paul, and James – Thinking.FM

This week, Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the cloud, smaller phones, homoeroticism in the Bible, the Jerusalem Church and Paul, and why social media is not making us pick or choose our beliefs. Mentioned: Evernote was down today iPhone SE Gboard Netflix Prize Bernadette Brooten : Love Between Women  Council of Jerusalem Jesus’ brother lays a smackdown on Paul – TIL #7: “Fly from Heaven” Fly From Heaven (If He’s All You …

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The Death of the Denominations

Amid protest, song and fears of a denominational breakup, United Methodists at their quadrennial General Conference decided yet again not to decide anything regarding LGBT rights. But in a groundbreaking move, the delegates from the U.S. and abroad voted 428-405 on Wednesday (May 18) to allow the church’s Council of Bishops to appoint a commission to discuss whether to accept same-sex marriage or ordain LGBT clergy. Source: Methodists postpone debate of gay issues that could split denomination …

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The Conservative’s Tituba

It was like affirmative action for conservatives. When did conservatives start demanding quotas AND diversity training AND less people from Ivy League Colleges. I sat there, looking around the room at ‘our side’ wondering, ‘Who are we?’ Who am I? I want to be very clear — I am not referring to every person in the room. There were probably 25–30 people and a number of them, I believe, felt like I did. But the overall tenor, …

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Venmo Jerks?

Just as Venmo has inspired stinginess in some, it’s prompted generosity in others. Nielsen says that the women in a large, secret Facebook group she manages have used it in the past to buy dinner for a group member who has had a bad day, while others have used Venmo to quickly–and discreetly–send rent money or emergency funds to friends in need. Source: Venmo is turning our friends into petty jerks Personally, I’m a huge …

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Google’s Allo Messenger

I’m really hoping Allo (and Duo) takes off… a couple of really innovative features in there not to mention an encrypted “Incognito” mode… Google is announcing a new messaging app today. It’s called Allo and its main feature is a Google assistant that’s built right in. Google says it’ll be available later this summer — for free — on both iOS and Android. Source: Allo is a messaging app with Google built right in | …

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Learning to Summize?

  Take a picture of a textbook page and instantly get summaries, analyses, videos, flashcards and annotations. Source: Summize I’ve been playing with this new app this morning. It’s … interesting and has caused me to stop and think. And to think… I had months (if not years) of instruction time at elementary, middle, high school, and college levels training me to summarize, analyze, annotate and make flashcards. Remember SQ3R? I certainly do. Survey Question …

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In praise of webmasters

We’ve seen lots of cool shit built on the web, but we’ve also seen lots of bullshit too: barriers to entry, walled gardens, gatekeepers. Some things have been made unnecessarily complex. We need to remember that at its core a web page is simple. That’s the beauty of it. And when you publish your own HTML to a server that you control; that’s fucking powerful. Autonomy and independence are central to the web. We can’t …

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Episode 53: Thinking Religion 77: Figuring It Out – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss figuring out email workflows, whether woman should be ordained as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church, and the United Methodist Church’s current debate over LBTQi and wider cultures. Mentioned: iPad Pro is Better Than a Laptop | Macworld Convoluted way to get native Google mail and calendars on iOS Evernote GoodNotes PDF Expert Pope Francis: Let’s study idea of ordaining women as deacons | RNS  UMC …

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Episode 52: Thinking Out Loud 110: This Isn’t the Story I Thought I Was Going to Write – Thinking.FM

  How do you know when you have a draft and when you have a manuscript ready to shop to publishers, especially in a time when you can publish anything that’s in the writing process? You can’t get to the point where you want your draft to be a book so badly that you skip the important work of revision. If it’s not ready it’s not ready. You have to keep writing to the end. …

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Episode 51: Thinking Religion 76: Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Thinking.FM

  Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are back this week (fresh from Dr. Whitley’s graduation) to talk about Evernote, iPads, Apple’s lineup, their favorite bags and pens, Justin Timberlake’s new song of the summer, #JesusSoWhite, taco bowls, and chest hair. Mentioned: Thomas’ New Briefcase | Satchel and Page Nutsac Man Bag, Dammit DoDoCase Leather Portfolio Karas Kustoms JT drops the song of the summer | Esquire Polygraph Last Days in the Desert | RNS …

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Episode 50: Thinking Out Loud 109: Trunkin’ It – Thinking.FM

Do I really have to write THAT story? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how to write the tough parts of the story and how to recover after you write about difficult subject matters. They also talk about trashing the dress and leaving stories floating in the cosmos for other writers to capture. Show Notes The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  The Verve Indigo Girls Primitive Radio Gods Ellie Kemper Trash the Dress Copper Sun The Color Purple …

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