Wednesday, February 25, 2009

In interest of Fairness, I bring you: The Jindel Response!

Here is the video for that:

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And here is Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox responding to Jindel. Pay attention to her response to Jindel bringing up Katrina:

Obama's Address to the Nation: The Non-State of the Union

So this morning I am trying to get caught up on not only school work, but also my civic engagement. I thought that I would throw the video of Obama's Non-State of the Union up here, as well as the transcript. And then, through out the day (hopefully) I will respond and post the responses of others.

Here's the Video:

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And here is the Transcript.


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Postings from/based on Course Work

So, several people have suggested that I post some of the work that I am doing for classes on here as postings.  I have thought about it and think that it is actually a good idea.  There is some great stuff, and it is already pre-written.  Thus, I am going to try it, in an attempt to up the output here. 

If you think this is a bad idea, let me know.  If it seems to be wildly unpopular, I will stop. 

I will be posting the first one of these either tonight or tomorrow.  I need to be sure that the one that I am thinking about posting will make sense outside of the context of the class and if I need to edit it a little bit that that gets done.

Let me know what you think about this idea.   

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shout out to the Transforming Theology Project

Just a shout out for the folks over at the Transforming Theology Project. Tripp over at Homebrewed Christianity is part of this and has a great posting today about the Theology Bloggers that they have brought together for this first phase of the project.

Go and check it out and get a line on some new feeds to pick up.
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Again with the laziness and thoughts on an Open Source World

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So, again I have started a project and have not followed through on it. I have been trying to figure out why, and I really think it is because I have little (read zero) accountability right now. I know that few, if any, people are going to be reading this anytime soon. So I don't write. And as I don't write, no one reads. Thus, I am caught in a widening gyre. So, I figure the only way out is to commit to doing it long enough to gather a readership that will then hold me accountable.

Chad over at Homebrewed Christanity just posted "25 Random Things about Jesus." It is his take on what Jesus may have written had the "25 Random Things" craze swept first century Palestine. There are some interesting tidbits for thought in there, so I urge you to take a look.

Also, Toby Sturgill has an interesting post that went up a couple of days ago about the 5 brands that "get" social media. In the list is one that is close to my heart, and that is Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun Microsystems, the shop that brings us The lesson that Toby takes from this is that

Social media is a culture of transparency and honesty that must be embraced, leading by example is one of the best ways to introduce it to a company. Few things are better than a CEO that blogs or uses twitter.

I really don't think that we should be suprised by a company like Sun, that, in a lot of ways, has thrown itself behind the Open Source movement, to be interested in transparenct and honesty. In fact, Sun has recognized that these two qualities can play a significant role in their grabing a significant market share of the office application suite market.

As I mentioned on Toby's site, I think that there is a wierd zeitgeist right now that is pushing for these qualities across the board. I am not sure if social media and web 2.0 have influenced this, or if they are a result of this. I think the best place to look for this in the dominate culture right now is not only the Obama campaign, but also how is appears that he is going to govern. Just today at a Town Hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana Obama stated that they are going to launch a .gov website that people can go on and see where recovery money is being spent in thier area and then report on if it is being used effectivly or not. What we are talking about here is not just a campaign that had the markings of an open source campaign (the argument can be made that it was mainly show) but what appears to be open source governce, wikipedia governence. This idea, that perhaps an individual might be wrong, but the collective wisdom and insight will bend toward the truth, could have explosive and revolutionary consequences.

I think that this is a frame that we can begin to use to understand the Emergent Movement as well. I think that we can look on it as an open source church movement. I think that this is deffinitly an idea that is worth exploring in a little more detail, along with the other ideas that are represented here as well. Is this the true meaning/understanding as we move into a post-modern world, that we are moving into a world that is open source? It seems to me that this may be the case.

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