Remember the moisture vaporator that Luke was tending in Starwars? It is what allowed him to live and make a living on the desert planet of Tatooine. In 1978 it was an impossible concept, placed in the fictional world of George Lucas to support the plot.
I’ve been thinking about this post all day… and I’m still not sure I should write it. Here it is, anyway, for a simple reason: I’ve never seen this before, and was not sure it was possible, but am now very concerned. This is possible. If you are not a parent and will likely never have an e-mail account, you can safely skip it. For the rest of you…
I was sexually assaulted this morning — sort of. As I was reading my inbox, a relatively attractive, smiling, unclothed woman popped up, with a phone number. The e-mail was simple, had clearly gotten by all my spam filters, and I didn’t even need to open it. There she was, in full glory, in the preview pane. There was no virus or attachment; just one “come hither” JPEG with a phone #. That said, I apologize for Continue reading “Inbox assault”
Our church has an amazing pastor & teacher. For years (and I’m not kidding) we have been learning from the book of Exodus, and recently Bill has been teaching on the “Ten Words”. As a child, I learned them as the 10 Commandments, but they are actually more than that. Today’s lesson was a kind of preparation for a detailed study of the 2nd word, which I always thought Continue reading “Worship the Image”
Apparently there are some sharp (smart?) spammers out there. This is a paragraph from the metadata in a spam message I got recently. It made me laugh; first useful thing I’ve gotten from spam this year! It isn’t normally visible, because Continue reading “Even spam can be creative…”
Does this look familiar? It should, if you use Google. So what are the two buttons below the logo? They are words written in the language this search page operates on, and the logo is a link to Valentine’s Day search in … are you ready? …
That’s right. You can search the web in a language constructed for the world created by the TV show, Startrek! That would be a search of the real world using the language of a virtual world that for some people is more real than the world they live in now.
Are you confused yet?
Welcome to the 21st century…
BTW – hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! We did :-))
For once, this kind of marketing catch phrase is actually understated! Watch this video and marvel at what Corning Glass has done for the iPhone and its millions of users. The most intriguing idea for me is flexible glass– real glass that flexes as if it were plastic, yet is as hard as glass. In a related article, the author touts the video he watched but couldn’t film- a 3 lb. steel ball dropping from 3 ft. on Gorilla Glass without breaking it.
In a recent meeting of our church leadership, the power of social media to make meaningful connections between people we know and those we don’t was brought up. Someone commented that “Our church’s new picture directory is … Facebook!”. Furthermore, this has happened quite organically, and without any set plan. We are now exploring how to make a biblical impact with social media, and this has reminded me of my own experience. Quite frankly, I am Continue reading “Social- real, virtual or both?”
War has changed since Dad flew a Navy PB-4Y over the Pacific. Then, although the radio operator sometimes had contact with a base, you were still largely on your own. Now, in Afghanistan and other hotspots, there is a narrative scroll.
That’s what I said. In this Popular Science article, the brief explanation is that it’s pure silicon dioxide (sand) in a layer only atoms thick, and it’s properties are nothing short of miraculous. One example: spray it on the inside of a sink and for the next year you don’t have to clean it– dirt can’t stick and just slides off.
Stop! Don’t skip this post because you didn’t like (or think you won’t like) the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time. There were definitely things I didn’t care about in it, either, but those aren’t why it’s important. It’s important because modern society’s frame of reference has changed. The star of the movie is actually Continue reading “Avatar- the Game has Changed”