Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ReadOuts

Something new at LaffertyWhistle.com: ReadOuts.

In short: I've been inspired by Litro's Emergency Books. My goal is to provide a slightly more minimalistic source of printable, short literature. I wasn't really in love with Litro's selection, either, so ReadOuts will include (in my humble opinion), more worthy fare.

The first two stories from Joyce's Dubliners have been posted, with the rest to follow.

On deck: Kate Chopin & Edgar Allen Poe

Monday, January 28, 2008

Free?

It would seem the blogger in me has taken leave and neglected to leave a note (read: I'm very busy, and I haven't been keeping up so well with things that generally provide me with interesting blog fodder). Until he returns, here's something to think about: The Danger of Free.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today's cool things from my Google Reader

For some reason, I felt like I was reading a lot of really interesting things as I was making my way through Google Reader today. Far be it from me to create original content, so here's the cream of today's crop.

Pray4One: Extreme Walking. This guy's going way more than the extra mile for the cause of unity. Very cool. (via ThinkChristian)

Social Networking & Education Debate. True or False: Social networking technologies will bring large [positive] changes to educational methods, in and out of the classroom. Now, I'm not in love with the Economist's website for this debate, but here are two amazing posts on the topic: one by Danah Boyd, at Apophenia and one by Will Richardson at Weblogg-ed. (via Stephen's Lighthouse)

Also at Stephen's Lighthouse, an interesting take on the relative "age" of internet-related things: It's Not Very Old

From Thoreau's Journal, January 17, 1860: "Alcott said well the other day that this was his definition of heaven, “A place where you can have a little conversation."

That is all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Emergency Books & TurnipFish

(both via if:book)

Litro's Emergency Books. "I like the idea of literature being, like cigarettes, something one can be 'caught short' without... in this age of information overload the reverse more often feels true."

And from Litro's creator: "I like to read a book, but sometimes my pockets just aren't large enough, or my journey long enough."

Amen to that. I've already printed out three of the Poe stories to have on hand when I feel like a bite to read.

And now for the TurnipFish. I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but I love the idea. Check it out:



Wouldn't want to read Moby Dick that way, but it's still cool.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Libraries and Social Networking

Apparently might not really mix, according to this survey: library web use survey (via userslib). That makes me a little sad, because I'd really like for some platform to emerge that combines both the amusing and productive capabilities of the internet. Maybe Facebook will be it, maybe Google already is, but either way, I wish people were more receptive to the combination of fun and knowledge.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Put Yourself in a Theological Box Day!

(I can't take credit for that phrase, as I stole it from this post at Think Christian: Friday is put yourself in a Theological Box Day!

Also, my friend Lindsay also participated, so check out her post: theology quizzes)

Anyway, here's what happened when I took the quizzes:

What's your theological worldview?
Emergent/Postmodern 79%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%
Neo orthodox 54%

Which theologian are you?
John Calvin 73%
Anselm 67%
Augustine 60%

What is the Kingdom of God? (I added the fourth for good measure, as the first three were all tied)
The Kingdom as a counter-system 67%
Kingdom as a Christianised Society 67%
The Kingdom is mystical communion 67%
The Kingdom as Earthly Utopia 58%

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Seven Blunders of the World

1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Commerce without morality
5. Science without humanity
6. Worship without sacrifice
7. Politics without principle


—Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Boycott Pat Forde

Do us all a favor: read this "article", and
send Mr. Forde an email letting him know how unprofessional it was. I'd expect it from, say, the LSU school paper–you know, people who aren't paid to be objective–but ESPN? That's bush league.