A New Weather Service

For those of us in geekdom that need a better way to appreciate the local weather beyond the tired “sunny” or “rainy”, Spoiled for the Ordinary is pleased to point you to a new paradigm:

Forget your Republic-issue thermal underwear?
Is it sunny where you are? It may be like Tatooine. Winter here in Idaho is best idenified by Hoth. The brainchild of Tom Scott, this new weather site is unlike any other in the galaxy. Be sure to read the screen carefully for tidbits only Star Wars fans will love.
And I dare ya to enter a fictitious place…
Hat tip to Technabob via Wired.
Yub-nub!

A New Weather Service

For those of us in geekdom that need a better way to appreciate the local weather beyond the tired “sunny” or “rainy”, Spoiled for the Ordinary is pleased to point you to a new paradigm:

Forget your Republic-issue thermal underwear?
Is it sunny where you are? It may be like Tatooine. Winter here in Idaho is best idenified by Hoth. The brainchild of Tom Scott, this new weather site is unlike any other in the galaxy. Be sure to read the screen carefully for tidbits only Star Wars fans will love.
And I dare ya to enter a fictitious place…
Hat tip to Technabob via Wired.
Yub-nub!

Art House America

I’ve been a fan of Charlie Peacock and his music since I first found out about him in 1991 (sheesh, that sounds long ago…). His music is intelligent, creative, risky, and often has a great beat to dance to.

He’s taken his love of God and his artistic nature and fused into something that sounds pretty special. The Art House is the ministry in Nashville with his wife Andi where they host artistic types of all kinds and nurture them in creativity and faith. It has spun off to a physical location in Dallas as well, plus the internet home at Art House America. You can find out more of their vision on the About page.

Not all of us will get the chance to go there (though I’m holding my breath). The website has articles from thinkers on subjects of artistry (music, books, film), justice, creation care, and hospitality, just to name a few. I really enjoyed an article by Andi on raising artful kids, from her perspective as a grandmother. Neat stuff there!

I encourage my creative friends to check out Art House America. Maybe God has something to speak to you from there.

Art House America

I’ve been a fan of Charlie Peacock and his music since I first found out about him in 1991 (sheesh, that sounds long ago…). His music is intelligent, creative, risky, and often has a great beat to dance to.

He’s taken his love of God and his artistic nature and fused into something that sounds pretty special. The Art House is the ministry in Nashville with his wife Andi where they host artistic types of all kinds and nurture them in creativity and faith. It has spun off to a physical location in Dallas as well, plus the internet home at Art House America. You can find out more of their vision on the About page.

Not all of us will get the chance to go there (though I’m holding my breath). The website has articles from thinkers on subjects of artistry (music, books, film), justice, creation care, and hospitality, just to name a few. I really enjoyed an article by Andi on raising artful kids, from her perspective as a grandmother. Neat stuff there!

I encourage my creative friends to check out Art House America. Maybe God has something to speak to you from there.

Technology-Induced ADHD

I’ve wondered for a while if surfing the internet wasn’t giving me ADHD.

A new article from Wired Magazine may prove me right.

It suggests the constant attention shift required by the Web “shatters focus” and “rewires the brain.” I notice that I have a lot smaller attention span, which isn’t a good thing. I also stream music in the background through the day at work, so quiet, focused time isn’t something I am used to anymore. Not a good thing for my prayer life I can tell you.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know of the dangers before I….

Technology-Induced ADHD

I’ve wondered for a while if surfing the internet wasn’t giving me ADHD.

A new article from Wired Magazine may prove me right.

It suggests the constant attention shift required by the Web “shatters focus” and “rewires the brain.” I notice that I have a lot smaller attention span, which isn’t a good thing. I also stream music in the background through the day at work, so quiet, focused time isn’t something I am used to anymore. Not a good thing for my prayer life I can tell you.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know of the dangers before I….

Facebook Follies

I had a few friends working on getting me onto Facebook this year. I finally took the plunge last month. I have a MySpace page, but it is so juvenile and unwieldy that I never go there. I didn’t have high hopes for Facebook. It was a little scary when it ransacked my email when I signed up. Creepy!

However, it has been moderately addicting. I liked seeing who would turn up on finding friends. It has put me in touch with people I went to Thailand with in 1991, as well as high school classmates and other people around the globe. It is fun to see what people are up to, and having an immediate way to comment on their posts.

The down side is that it is basically a HUGE TIME SUCK! Holy cow. It is not the best thing for someone with IADD (internet attention deficit disorder). I can see how the connectivity is a great benefit, and I’m hoping to use it for some research purposes, but I really need to get this beast under control.

As soon as I go check my Facebook wall to see if I have any new friends!

Facebook Follies

I had a few friends working on getting me onto Facebook this year. I finally took the plunge last month. I have a MySpace page, but it is so juvenile and unwieldy that I never go there. I didn’t have high hopes for Facebook. It was a little scary when it ransacked my email when I signed up. Creepy!

However, it has been moderately addicting. I liked seeing who would turn up on finding friends. It has put me in touch with people I went to Thailand with in 1991, as well as high school classmates and other people around the globe. It is fun to see what people are up to, and having an immediate way to comment on their posts.

The down side is that it is basically a HUGE TIME SUCK! Holy cow. It is not the best thing for someone with IADD (internet attention deficit disorder). I can see how the connectivity is a great benefit, and I’m hoping to use it for some research purposes, but I really need to get this beast under control.

As soon as I go check my Facebook wall to see if I have any new friends!