I always got questions from Thinking Religion listeners when I claimed to "still be" an Evangelical. Merianna explains it much better than I ever could here... Between this statement and my partner’s parsing of the Greek meaning of the term evangelical around the dinner table, I am finally ready to say that I am evangelical … Continue reading On Being a Revangelical – Merianna Neely Harrelson
https://youtu.be/aIr_IXXLZ8Q This song changed my life when I was a young kid. When people ask me what type of music I prefer, I just need to tell them Nirvana B Sides from now on.
In 1933 nuclear physicist Marie Curie had outgrown her lab in the Latin Quarter in central Paris. To give her the space needed for the messy task of extracting radioactive elements such as radium from truckloads of ore, the University of Paris built a research center in Arcueil, a village south of the city. Today … Continue reading Chernobyl on the Seine
My oldest daughter made a comment about how I resemble The Librarian in my mannerisms and philosophy on things, except that I didn't wear bowties anymore. That was good enough inspiration for me to open up my dusty drawer of memory-imbued bowties I have collected, bought, been given by students, and gifted by friends over … Continue reading I Almost Forgot How to Tie a Bowtie
Very much agree... As for the future, I believe owning your domain name will become increasingly important and that experiences like mine will become more commonplace. Source: How I Finally Won My Name from Domain Squatters After 9 Years of Waiting
Pretty cool kids... It's always been my conjecture that the Dura Europos Baptistry had images of Jonah present as a representation of the 3-day Resurrection event in a Jewish/Chritian context. There were depictions of Adam and Eve in the Baptistry area (along with Jesus as the Good Shepherd as well as other common representations from … Continue reading When you tell your daughters that you collect images of Jonah and they send you one from a Basilica
"The new A.I., known as Reinforce, was a kind of long-term addiction machine. It was designed to maximize users’ engagement over time by predicting which recommendations would expand their tastes and get them to watch not just one more video but many more. Reinforce was a huge success. In a talk at an A.I. conference … Continue reading YouTube and “Reinforcing” Psychologies
"The Church" (admittedly generically speaking here) has become a community center / garden club / singles bar / country club / music venue in the modern American experience. There's generally little to no real examination of the unexplainable or mysterious (especially in my Baptist circles... because of job security). So people who still go to … Continue reading Unexplainable Experiences and How the Church has Lost to YouTube and Netflix
When undergraduate students at Peking University, which was at the center of the incident, were shown copies of the iconic photograph 16 years afterwards, they were "genuinely mystified". One of the students said that the image was "artwork". It is noted in the documentary Frontline: The Tank Man that he whispered to the student next … Continue reading Don’t think that we can’t remember
Climate change is the ghosts of impacts future.... And so the most effective guard against climate breakdown may not be technological solutions, but a more fundamental reimagining of what constitutes a good life on this particular planet. We may be critically constrained in our abilities to change and rework the technosphere, but we should be … Continue reading “Change within a lifetime”
I tend to agree with the physicist from UNCC here that the Colosseum and other buildings that exhibit these "metamaterial" designs were probably self-selecting (in that they didn't fall down during earthquakes), but we definitely don't give the ancients enough credit with their engineering and scientific prowess... Scientists are hard at work developing real-world "invisibility … Continue reading Roman Earthquake Cloaking
"We are in very early days of the Voice First revolution and Intelligent Voice First interactive advertisements along with true Voice Commerce will form the new backbone to Voice First AI just as pay-per-click and shopping carts formed the last revolution. In the next 10 years “Dumb Pipes” of audio and video channels that do … Continue reading Intelligent Voice First Interactive Advertising
Potentially huge (I appreciate Thomas Römer's scholarship a great deal): A name in Line 31 of the stele, previously thought to read 'House of David', could instead read 'Balak', a king of Moab mentioned in the biblical story of Balaam (Numbers 22-24), say archaeologist Prof. Israel Finkelstein and historians and biblical scholars Prof. Nadav Na'aman and Prof. … Continue reading New Reading of the Mesha Stele
Just wow. The Stanford press actually brings in about $5 million a year in book sales, a sum that is impressive compared to sales of many scholarly publishers. But it has also depended on support from the university, which in recent years has provided $1.7 million annually. Provost Persis Drell told the Faculty Senate Thursday that the … Continue reading Stanford to cut Stanford Univ. Press
If small church becomes extinct in the next generation, it will not be because preachers failed to promote work-life balance. It will not be because younger Christians lack faith. It will be because capitalism killed it. Source: Melissa Florer-Bixler: Capitalism is killing the small church | Faith and Leadership
We really do forget that Easter isn't just a day but actually a season in the liturgical Christian calendar. It would be like assigning all of Lent to Ash Wednesday. There's a reason Easter is the longest season in the church calendar... practice resurrection.
Go read Mad Farmer Liberation Front: But they are wrong. Because of technological advances and the sheer amount of data now available about billions of other people, discretion no longer suffices to protect your privacy. Computer algorithms and network analyses can now infer, with a sufficiently high degree of accuracy, a wide range of things … Continue reading Think You’re Discreet Online?
I don't remember when or why but about 2 years ago we threw this sticky blue ball onto the ceiling of our dining room. It's been there ever since fighting a constant battle with gravity and friction thanks to the miracle of modern polymers. It's also become part of our family and dinner routine. It's … Continue reading Blue Ball in the Sky
In the end, that data was the “equivalent to 5000 years of mp3 files” according to Dan Marrone, an astronomer and co-investigator of Event Horizon Telescope. It was recorded onto half a ton of hard drives and then physically sent to centralized locations where it was analyzed by supercomputers for months in order to get … Continue reading Pipes of Infinity
Yep. “Here’s what’s important: RSS is very much still here. Better yet, RSS can be a healthy alternative when Twitter is making you feel like shit. In 2019, that’s, like, most of the time.” https://gizmodo.com/rss-is-better-than-twitter-1833624929