Digital Repatriation or Theft?

“I would point to some of the recent trends in 3D scanning as potential new sites for digital colonialism, not just repatriation.  Is prosecution of stolen code related to contested heritage objects a form of digital colonialism?  Is keeping the code private, accessible only to the museum or scholars who obtain access a form of colonialism?  Is publicly releasing the … Continue reading Digital Repatriation or Theft?

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, … Continue reading What Churches Can Learn from Sanders’ Campaign

Imagine

Imagine, if you will, that everyone who has bought a “powerball” ticket over the past few weeks had given that $2 to a non-profit, temple, homeless shelter, church, humane society, synagogue, food pantry, school PTA, mosque, hunger relief effort, community garden, or women’s shelter. “It’s all for fun. Don’t be a buzzkill.” Greed has been … Continue reading Imagine

The Human Hope, the Cloud, and why 70% of internet traffic flows through Northern Virginia

Short but fascinating-to-ponder pilgrim’s progress piece… And maybe my desire to submerge myself in that sediment, to weave The Cloud into the timelines of railroad robber-barons and military R&D, emerges from the same anxiety that makes me go try to find these buildings in the first place: that maybe we have mistaken The Cloud’s fiction … Continue reading The Human Hope, the Cloud, and why 70% of internet traffic flows through Northern Virginia

Gender Equality Reflected in Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

This might make Franklin Graham’s head explode, but I think it’s a good move to associate design with “politics” and assert the relevance of seemingly mundane things such as color choices to cultural conversations: Pantone Color of the Year 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity: “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance … Continue reading Gender Equality Reflected in Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

“Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship”

Remember, “free speech” doesn’t always align with the user policies on Facebook, Twitter etc. Own your content and your books or learn to live with the trade off of letting the algorithm decide how you vote… “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship. It deliberately reduces the spread of information that might otherwise go viral. Vicious. … Continue reading “Censorship that doesn’t look like censorship”

Poverty Amongst Prosperity

These are great numbers at the macro level, but this is troubling: “Corporate profits are at record levels; stock prices have more than doubled.” vs “The same Census report showed that the number of people living in poverty went up in 2014 to nearly 46.7 million — which is 6.8 million more than in 2008. The … Continue reading Poverty Amongst Prosperity

Americans Don’t Understand What it Means to Be Pastoral

We too easily understand the differences between “conservative” and “progressive” but our churches have taught us very little about what being “pastoral” actually means… “Americans are often tempted to read Francis as a “progressive” pope who has tossed out the conservative playbook of Church leaders past. After all, he’s thrown down scathing critiques of global … Continue reading Americans Don’t Understand What it Means to Be Pastoral