July 24, 2020 7:57 am

Play ball!

(Yes, it started yesterday, but it only counts when I get to watch the Angels.)

July 9, 2020 10:10 pm

So far so good with iPadOS 14. I mean, I’m handwriting this post so I guess its kind of awesome.

July 9, 2020 8:05 pm

Installing iPadOS 14 beta on my iPad Pro. Surely I won’t regret this, right?

No betas on my Mac, though. Something has to hold things together…

June 12, 2020 2:44 pm

Haven’t been keeping up with recent reading here, but have been reviewing notes from some of the books I read in the last year or so. Realizing it might be more beneficial to circle back and post reflections of books that are still sitting with me months later.

June 11, 2020 9:44 am

Now there are at least three ways to consider establishment violence. First, it may be considered a procedure for maintaining societal equilibrium. This is the “law and order” view. Establishment violence emerges to maintain the status quo against criminals and sinners. Here laws (including God’s revealed laws) are made by those who benefit from the social order in order to maintain their privilege. From this perspective, Jerusalemites would have the criminal Jesus crucified, for example, in order to maintain order in their city and region, for their own benefit.

Hits pretty close to home...doesn't it?

June 1, 2020 8:50 am

Jesus tells us that we had the best practice hospitality now, as the day is coming when the messianic banquet is going to involve are sitting down with a bunch of unfamiliar dinner guests.

Read this morning, and it seemed timely. Hospitality is the practice of welcoming the stranger. Today, maybe that's not a meal together, but it certainly could be listening to the perspectives of someone's experience that you don't understand.

May 22, 2020 9:01 am

In order to resist cynicism and indifference in the face of the modern destructions of the life of the earth, we need to elaborate a new ecological spirituality. Those whoo begin to love life, the life that we share, and the life of the earth, because they love God, will resist the killing of human beings and the destruction of the earth. This new spirituality regards the earth as a sacrament, because it conceals in itself the mystery of the presence of God.

January 1, 2020 10:54 pm

Did a slight refresh of my site tonight, moving the focus back to blogging rather than my freelance work. Most of my work comes through referrals anyway.

September 25, 2019 9:21 am

The supreme goal for humanity is not equality but connection. People can be equal but still isolated — not feeling the bonds that tie them together. Equality without connection misses the whole point.

This quote captures the conclusion of _The Moment of Lift_ in a helpful way. Equality is not an end in itself, but a critical step on the path to connection. Without recognition of the value and equality of others, there will not be true connection or community with others.

July 27, 2019 11:22 am

iPad Smart Keyboard failed after less than two years, and only thing Apple offered was a slightly discounted (and I assume refurbished) replacement. Yeah, it only has a one-year warranty, but I expect an investment like that to last longer. Thankfully, Amazon had my model for half price.

July 1, 2019 8:57 am

Watched Apollo 11 last night, which was great. So was the soundtrack. Made a note to listen to it while working, which I’m doing this morning with no regret.

June 28, 2019 8:22 am

Digital Minimalism: A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.

Just starting in on this book, but feel like it matches up with thoughts that have been growing in me for quite a while. Looking forward to having it guide me in an ‘attention’ declutter.

October 22, 2018 4:30 pm

I hope that it is clear by now that every day going forward we’re going to be asked to dance in a hurricane, set off by the accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature, and Moore’s law…. There is only one way to thrive now, and it’s by finding and creating your own eye. The eye of a hurricane moves, along with the storm. It draws energy from it, while creating a sanctuary of stability inside it. It is both dynamic and stable — and must we be.

This quote is the payoff of the book, and it took 11 chapters of him stressing me out talking about the accelerating world to get to it. Worth the journey, though.

October 11, 2018 10:40 am

In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or distraction–it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.

September 18, 2018 5:53 pm

Happy to see that the Siri Shortcuts app picks up from Workflow with everything still intact. All my prior workflows work great, like that one that’s publishing these words. Seems a little faster too.

July 9, 2018 7:18 am

We have seen how people describe the common characteristics of optimal experience: a sense that one’s skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand, in a goal-directed, rule-bound action system that provides clear clues as to how well one is performing. Concentration is so intense that there is no attention left over to think about anything irrelevant, or to worry about problems. Self-consciousness disappears, and the sense of time becomes distorted. An activity that produces such experiences is so gratifying that people are willing to do it for its own sake, with little concern for what they will get out of it, even when it is difficult, or dangerous.

Been aware of this book for a quite a long time, and finally reading it. That paragraph above describes an elusive way of working that I get to once or twice a week, but always hope for more of.

June 24, 2018 3:13 pm

The formation of an alternative community with an alternative consciousness is so that the dominant community may be criticized and finally dismantled. But more than dismantling, the purpose of the alternative community is to enable a new human beginning to be made.

June 20, 2018 7:32 am

The fact is important enough to bear repeating: people organize their brains with conversation. If they don’t have anyone to tell their story to, they lose their minds. Like hoarders, they cannot unclutter themselves. The input of the community is required for the integrity of the individual psyche. To put it another way: it takes a village to organize a mind.

File this away in my growing (and hopefully apparent) list of reasons why true conversation should never be replaced by digital interactions.

June 11, 2018 9:29 am

HBO’s take on Fahrenheit 451: Good source material. Great cast. Awful movie.

April 14, 2018 11:52 am

Sheesh. That banana bacon cream cheese sandwich I just made is one of my best decisions in many many months.