Now how’s that for a nearly-random image? My Random Acts of Linkage posts have been fairly popular over the last 134 installments. Maybe part of that was because it always gave people something to read on Saturday mornings. Over the last many months they’ve dropped off from being every Saturday to being more well, random in their frequency. So here we are with installment #135 of my Random Acts of Linkage, now with added randomness! I just wanted to give people more of what they like. Who says I don’t respond to the demands of my readers?
The random acts of linkage is serving an additional purpose during my apparently unintentionally-extended-by-on-month blog sabbatical: it assures you I’m still there, somewhere, still reading online (even if a little less), and not entirely neglecting the blog. Just so you know. I’ve got a couple of quirky ones in the list this week… read on.
- Yet another edition of the Bible, per the NPR review, R. Crumb’s Awesome, Affecting Take On ‘Genesis’. I have to say, I’m intrigued enough to want to read The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
- Report: Bible Quoting Passenger Causes Delta Plane Diversion — sounds like the guy sounds like he’s not just a Christian, but actually unstable. But with some Christians, you never know.
- Time: The Battle for Mother Teresa’s Remains
I’m not off my gourd or anything, but it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and my regular linkage has slipped off its cracker from Saturday to Sunday. What are you going to do, fire me? I’ve still got two days left in my (long) weekend, so there. Still and all, here are some mildly-belated links. I think these might be more random and miscellaneous than usual… but check out #10.
- The Google Earth alphabet found in Britain’s hedgerows, roads and buildings
- Bill Kinnon posts Stetzer and Fitch Part III – Telling an Alternative Missional Story
- Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin
- Religion, the Facebook way: “Listing one’s faith on social network not always simple”
So Friday afternoon my wife and I went to see Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I was the only guy in the theatre. Chick flick? Yes, you might draw that conclusion… but I enjoyed it, and I’m man enough to admit it. So there. Guys who can’t relate can sit through the movie thinking about how lovable Amy Adams is, so it’s win-win. Yes, you know what to expect from Streep, but I think Adams is likely on the brink of her Hollywood-hot-property years. If you don’t know the movie, it’s the brilliant Nora Ephron’s adaptation of Julie Powell’s book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously based on her one-year blogging experiment to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering The Art of French Cooking and blog about it. The experience not only “saved her when she was drowning,” it also transformed her from a secretary and wannabe writer to a blogger to a writer with a book deal and a movie adaptation. And I imagine she can cook, too. Meryl Streep deserves a good mention for her portrayal of an icon that in reality stood 8″ taller than she does… and she plays Julia Child like a live-action caricature.
A random photo to go with the random linkage: this guy’s hard at work on something. Navigating, probably.
- Cursive writing may be fading skill, but so what? So what??? I say pick up a proper fountain pen and figure out “so what.” Schools these days….
- What is a responsible church to do in face of H1N1? — recommendations for the Anglican church in dealing with an H1N1 pandemic. And if nothing else, by reading this you can learn what “intinction” means.
- The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences
- Nobody enjoyed one day of it — Just like the film, the making of ‘The Godfather’ was an ugly story of fear and dysfunction.
- I liked this one from Kingdom Grace… De-Churched and De-ICed II …and you gotta love the term “De-ICed”.
And on that note, Kester Brewin makes A Plea for Christian Piracy. Or maybe that’s a different note. Either way, it be Saturday, and Avast! It’s Random Linkage day as well!
- “The Church is an indoor affair. … Love lives outside.” — Pam Hogeweide, Five Memories, Five Days : Church Gone Wild (Jackie Pullinger and Hong Kong Street Sleepers)
- Online Lectionary Resources (via Christine Sine)
- The Mosaic Holy Bible looks interesting… per Len Hjalmarson’s post, “It has gorgeous, inspiring artwork from the 3rd to 21st centuries from every continent across the globe. It contains poignant, and thought-provoking writings from the 1st to 21st centuries from every continent, and branch of the Church around the world. Both artwork and writings follow the Church calendar throughout the year starting with Advent.”
Sorry I haven’t read more this week, and thus have fewer relevant links to share in this installment. I’ve been busy working on a new venture which isn’t really new, just something that’s been ongoing being branded as a division of my existing thing. I think every third emerging/missional blogger or pastor is paying the bills doing web development. Of the other two, one of them has a friend or brother or daughter or nephew’s mother-in-law’s dog walker who does, but if you’re that third one, I’m ready to talk business.
In the weeks ahead, I’ve got a workshop to prepare for presentation at a Phyllis Tickle conference in October, but for now I do have a few sparse links to share.
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.
- 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.