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Platonism of Microsoft Word?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

I just read an interesting article in the New York Review of Books, “Escape from Microsoft Word” by Edward Mendelson. The author claims that Microsoft Word is built on a Platonic model with the “ideal” of a perfect intangible “document” of which books, letters, memos, and essays are mere imperfect representations. He struggles with what […]

Over-the-top technology?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

When is new technology excessive? Who would pay $219 for a “smart” toothbrush that reminds them how to brush their teeth? Remember to brush every section of your mouth (who doesn’t do that anyway without reminders), and brush for a full two minutes. And you have to hold your phone in your other hand the […]

New User Registration

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

I’ve had to temporarily disable new user registration (which is only required if you want to post comments), as I was getting flooded with bot registrations. Managing blog spam these days has become a royal pain in the neck. Thus new users will not be able to register and comment¬†until I get around to choosing […]

I’m baaack!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

I had let this blog get broken because I postponed upgrading to the latest version of WordPress for too long, and so it was lying dormant and unusable. Apologies to the many who pointed this out to me who liked to read my thoughts on faith and technology. Well, the blog back up and running […]

Social media vs. real life

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The Social Meaning of Technology

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Good post from my friend Dave Stearns over at tech.soul.culture on how “the social meaning of a new technology is dynamically worked out over time”: The Social Meaning of Technology

Beyond “Netiquette”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I witnessed a very discouraging thread today on a forum frequented by Christians. It is a very active forum with almost 100,000 users and nearly half a million posts. The forum is meant for asking and answering questions about Bible software, and theological debates are forbidden by the forum guidelines. Sadly, with many people coming […]

Albert Einstein quote

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

“I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” And indeed, I’m already becoming part of that generation, because I can’t find the source of that quote. It’s all over the Internet, attributed to him, but no information about where or when he said […]

Apple picking has always come at a great cost

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Marshall “Soulful” Jones critiques our digital culture through a slam poetry performance of his piece “Touchscreen” at TEDxMontreal. He also would make a pretty good mechanical man living statue. H/T Leif Hansen for the video link.

Repentance and forgiveness in the online world

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Recently I have come across two amazing and redemptive stories that took place in the nexus between cyberspace and “RL” (real life). In the first story, a Reddit user snapped a picture of a Sikh woman with an unusual amount of facial hair and posted it on the site in order to mock her, and […]

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