Back after a hiatus while mostly ignoring the Interwebs last week. We resume the randomness with a neat card trick you can learn to amaze your friends and impress your kids. Read more…
- Fascinating archive Video of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan explaining how she learned to communicate.
- How does the Internet see you? Ask Personas — much fun to watch it working.
- Brad Boydston lists Top 10 reasons the church planting movement in North America is in trouble
- You and the Liturgical Year — in which Scot McKnight recommends Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God: an Introduction and Devotional Guide
- Why Brian McLaren is celebrating Ramadan
- Gone Forever: What Does It Take to Really Disappear? Evan Ratliff gives it a try… find him within 30 days and win $5,000.
Random photo… or maybe you’re on candid camera. A short-ish list of links this week, but there’s some good stuff to read. I’m going to be a little off the grid for the next week, so these may have to do for a while. Last week and the next two weeks are kind of reserved for doin’ stuff with the family and trying to chill a bit just before the kids start back to school (and maybe recuperating a little once they do), not to mention the summer patio project that’s been falling way behind schedule with lousy weather… and now that fall is looming, I’d better get to work. In fact, I think that’s where I’m off to for the balance of the day.
Enjoy the links and think of me slaving away with a shovel and a stack of patio blocks. Read more…
We open with a celebratory note — Rick Meigs has been in rehab following his serious motorcycle accident, as most will be aware. As of this past Thursday, he’s been sent home to finish recuperating there… two months to the day after the accident. The pace of Rick’s recovery thus far has exceeded all expectations, and is actually remarkable given the severity of the accident. Considering that prayers on his behalf rose up around the world, we may surmise that evidently prayer does change things. Thanks be to God.
And with that duly noted alongside a random photo (selected simply because it looked inviting), we turn to a brief selection of links for the week. Read more…
- Photography tutorial: photos taken With and Without Flash
- Speechless: Dilbert Creator’s Struggle to Regain His Voice. Strange.
Not much today in the humour department, other than a cartoon panel. I’m still carrying on “summer hours” around here, but I do have some random linkage to foist upon the unsuspecting masses. (Both of you, that is.)
I’ve got some commentary mixed in that I didn’t put in the time to extend into full-out rants, so there’s a bit of link-bonus attitude as well. But make sure you get through to the last item.
Here we go… Read more…
The big item of the week is captured in the photo, of course: President Obama displaying as insightful a conciliation tactic as ever President Bartlett might have dreamed up. Good commentary from Cathleen Falsani and a must-read from Erika Haub. Of lesser significance is the brand of beer, I suppose… though one has to appreciate a scenario where there isn’t any consideration of politics when one selects a brew, else I suspect the President might have selected another brand, assuming his good taste. I’m thinking it’s a good news/bad news thing, like: you can be President, but you have to drink Bud Light. Or, there will be beer in Hell, but only Bud Light. Read more…
- More linguistic contrast and confusion: Is “Missional” Being Misused?
- The Seven Indispensable Virtues of a Missional Leader
Random photo: a view of Positano.
Two riddles from my kids this week:
• How do monkeys get the latest news? They hear it on the ape-vine.
• How do you tell which end of a worm is the head? Tickle its middle and see which end giggles. Read more…
- John La Grou contemplates The End of the Sunday Sermon
- Atheism and Creative Love Theism …and regarding those warnings about The Golden Compass…
- The Generation M Manifesto (HT: Mr. Bill)
- USA Today on “Accountability Groups” with followup from Ed Stetzer
- The Stories Behind 10 T.V. Theme Songs
- A pie chart of procrastination
- Darryl Dash summarizes John Frame on Intellectual Property; interesting. I tweeted last week that copyright does not protect creativity, it protects a particular business model for profiting from creativity.
I was hitting the “randomizer” looking for a random photo at stock.xchng and I found this one — it’s called “steph outside shoot 3”. I had to wonder, should she really be outside? She doesn’t look well. And some photographer dragged her outdoors three times? Poor girl. Ah, well. Now some humour with attribution. Read more…
- “I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.” — Steven Wright
- “I was a vegetarian until I started leaning towards sunlight.” — Rita Rudner
- “I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.” — Lily Tomlin
- “Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?” — John Mendoza
The Fail Blog labels this one a “double fail.”
- The contents of the will were a dead giveaway.
- The little old woman who lived in a shoe wasn’t the sole owner – there were strings attached.
- As a young boy, Brutus’ mother often cautioned him not to run with Caesars.
- My uncle called my grandfather a deer when he let my antelope.
- Some children think that their parents are all no-ing.
- If all of the women left the country there would be a stagnation.
- A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean a mother.
- A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Alright, here come the links. And before I forget, Happy 4th to all my friends just south of me in the USA! Read more…