Month: July 2016

Episode 76: Thinking Out Loud 120: What World is This? – Thinking.FM

“But that could never happen!” Elisabeth and Merianna talk about world building, especially in regards to changing technology. What should you include? What will make your story seem outdated and irrelevant? How do some authors get away with having outdated technology, but still have avid readers? Show Notes Harrelson Press’ New Site Kumare Jesus Camp Mary Robinette Kowal “Sensitivity Reader” Star Wars Lack of Messaging | Stack Exchange Star Trek Technology | Forbes What are Merianna and …

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Episode 75: Thinking Religion: Trading Places – Thinking.FM

Most Christians are Republicans and a few liberal ones are Democrats (or something like that). That’s been the conventional thinking for the past few decades, especially with the rise of the Moral Majority and Evangelical movement going back to the late 60’s and early 70’s. However, the election of 2016 is pointing to a possible shift in perception of this old adage. Are we seeing a role reversal where the Democratic Party becomes the party …

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Marsbot Is Your New Scarlett

But Marsbot is important for other reasons, too. She represents a different kind of bot than the ones you see in Facebook Messenger — one that’s proactive rather than passive. She’s not a chatbot, but an interruptive bot. Crowley says that most other bots are in the model of Aladdin’s lamp: you invoke them and the genie appears. Marsbot is more in the Jiminy Cricket mode, hanging over your shoulder and chiming in when needed. Source: Marsbot …

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Episode 73: Thinking Out Loud 118: Words Matter – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about moving your draft from the splatter paint on the canvas, letting the words fly off your fingertips to a manuscript with purposeful meaningful words. Words matter. Choose them carefully, especially if you are staff writer for a presidential candidate. Show Notes Plagiarism | USA Today Melania Trump’s Speech | CNN Trump’s Campaign Organization | CNN Melania’s Plagiarism | USA Today Staff Writer Takes Blame | AOL “Light a Fire Under” idiom …

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Episode 72: Thinking Religion: Permission Slip – Thinking.FM

This week, Thomas and Sam discuss how to use social media effectively, why you shouldn’t invoke God when comparing others to Lucifer, and ways to save money on all of your internet subscription services. Subscribe to the Thinking Religion Newsletter Delivered every Friday and full of all the stuff we didn’t have time to cover on the show plus a few extra tidbits from around the web. Show Notes Candidates’ social media outpaces their websites and emails …

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The Importance of Getting Your Details Correct

  My partner Merianna was preaching at a nearby church last month and she needed a time estimate for the drive that Sunday morning. We googled the church and got the address. While on the results page, I noticed their “Hours” stated they were closed. It was a Sunday. That felt… peculiar. It wasn’t intentional, of course. It’s just a tiny detail that is easy to overlook. But when you only have, on average, about …

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Why augmented reality’s future is more practical and rational than you realize

Bryan Richardson, Android software engineer at stable|kernel, wants you to consider this: what if firefighters could wear a helmet that could essentially see through the walls, indicating the location of a person in distress? What if that device could detect the temperature of a wall? In the near future, the amount of information that will be available through a virtual scan of our immediate environment and projected through a practical, wearable device could be immense. Source: …

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Episode 71: Thinking Religion: Growing Up Evangelical in the 90’s – Thinking.FM

Thomas and Sam are joined by Merianna Neely Harrelson to talk about True Love Waits, Kissing Dating Goodbye, Promise Rings, and all the interesting parts of Evangelical Christian culture of the ’90’s (and how much of that is being reexamined)… and why Sam still calls himself an Evangelical. Subscribe to the Thinking Religion Newsletter Delivered every Friday and full of all the stuff we didn’t have time to cover on the show plus a few …

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Episode 70: Thinking Baptists 20: No One Gets Out Alive – Thinking.FM

Merianna and Sam talk about how communities of faith create a sense of belonging and what happens when the community encounters a crisis of faith. Do you stay? Do you leave? Show Notes If Pokemon Go Feels Like a Religion That’s Because it Kind of Is | BNG Pokemon Go is just the latest in a long line of privacy mistakes | iMore No Millennials in Church? They May Be Working, Expert Says Perry Noble’s …

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Episode 69: Thinking Out Loud 117: Finding the Corners – Thinking.FM

In which Mary Hudson (8 years old) blows our minds by sharing how she published her first play, Germ Play. Elisabeth and Merianna ask Mary Hudson how the inspiration for the play came to her and inspiration in general. They also discuss the concept of finding the corners of their own manuscripts and how that provides parameters allowing them to put the rest of the pieces together.  Show Notes Two New Harry Potter Movies Pokemon Go and Mental Health …

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www.🍕💩.ws

Further confirming the notion that your website address really doesn’t matter that much anymore, I present linkmoji. Enjoy.

ShelfJoy: Clever use of messaging and affiliate marketing

We are the place for book lovers to discover amazing books from a wide variety of topics. All lovingly hand-curated by people who know and love reading. Source: ShelfJoy Interesting messaging bot for Facebook Messenger that was just released today. Once you add Shelfjoy to Messenger, you “chat” with it to discover books in various categories (or “shelves” as they call them). If you find something you like, you click “Buy” and you’re handed off …

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Pokemon Go snatches all of your Google data

By signing up to play Pokemon Go through Google, many iOS users have unknowingly exposed all of their emails, chats, calendars, documents and more to the game’s developer and third-parties. Source: Pokemon Go catches all your Google data (here’s how to stop it) | Cult of Mac I’ve been thinking a good deal about this game over the last few days. I should have posted before, but I wanted to wrap my head around the …

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Episode 68: Thinking Religion: Generational Eschatological Expectations – Thinking.FM

Thomas and Sam discuss their iPhone homescreens, favorite apps, the complexity of generational eschatological expectations, and Christian dating apps. Show Notes OmniFocus Why I Ditched Evernote for Apple Notes and You Can Too | David Pogue When is a star more than a star? | Religion News ChristianMingle Lawsuit Forces Site to Add Options for Gay Daters | Christianity Today The Coming Political Realignment | NYT The post Thinking Religion: Generational Eschatological Expectations appeared first on …

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Episode 67: Thinking Baptists 19: Embracing the Conflicts – Thinking.FM

The Revs Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson describe the benefits and challenges of congregational polity, notes, the digital dark age, and recording what matters. Show Notes Considering the Lilies and Hard Conversations Why I’m Still Baptist  Contemplative Baptists  A Response to Robert Parham The post Thinking Baptists 19: Embracing the Conflicts appeared first on Thinking.FM. Support Thinking Religion

Episode 66: Thinking Out Loud 116: Lighting a Fire Under You – Thinking.FM

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about those moments when you meet people in real life that you’ve had social media conversations and interactions and what it feels like to be recognized. They talk about their trips and the power of belonging to a community where you can say who you are and truly be yourself. But how do you overcome conference hangover? And how do you turn a conference experience into a community of supporters? Show …

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Episode 65: Thinking Baptists 18: All The Wands – Thinking.FM

The Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson reboot Thinking Baptists with a new episode for the first time in four years. They do a recap of Merianna’s ministerial journey as well as follow up to the last episode of the show with a discussion about women in baptist ministry in 2016. They also cover the topic of pastor search committees, and why the economy isn’t doing young ministers any favors when it comes to …

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Our AI Assisted (Near) Future

Courtbot was built with the city of Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta Committee for Progress to simplify the process of resolving a traffic citation. After receiving a citation, people are often unsure of what to do next. Should they should appear in court, when should they appear, how much will the fine cost, or how can they contend the citation? The default is often to show up at the courthouse and wait in line …

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Apple fires back against Spotify

“We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers, and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service,” it reads. “Spotify’s app was again [i.e. after being resubmitted on June 10] rejected for attempting to circumvent in-app purchase rules, and not, as you claim, because Spotify was simply seeking to communicate with its customers.” Source: Apple returns fire on Spotify, calling out ‘rumors and …

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