I was watching an end-of-year social media trend video today, and one line stood out for me amidst the usual information. The job of “community manager” – someone who looks after a social media community and steers the conversation, keeps the tone on track, and encourages civility in general is apparently on the decline. In […]
A short post on the death of blogging resonates with many of my reasons for saying less here. It seems that the easier methods to publish (twitter, instagram) are winning the battle for attention. One work project of mine, Ultimo Coffee Mornings involves a lot of reading and curating links, but they only make it […]
I try not to jump on the bandwagon of blogging about what Seth Godin says on a given day, but I think this is enough of a tangent from the post that it’s okay. Seth’s you won’t benefit from anonymous criticism makes his usual valid points: anonymous critics are not writing from a place that wants […]
An article from smashing magazine about doodling reminded me of how much my own thinking is limited at times from having a laptop as my main way of taking notes. Sometimes I wonder if there are advantages to some kind of hybrid moleskin / laptop approach.
Being unwell for most of this weekend marked a slight change in my normal reading routine. Instead of reading some more reformation church history for my current college subject, I started reading Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark (prior to this weekend, I’d only heard the latter as a musical). I can put this down […]
Really enjoyed this essay – Christianity and the Future of the Book. Looks at the history of Christianity in terms of the emerging forms of communication that have happened over the millennia: from scroll to codex to book to iPad. If you’re trying to make sense of the effect of smaller or larger screens has […]
A blog post about taking a screen free week still troubles me – I’m not sure how I would go about being screen-free for any period of time. I think I should at least know how to go about it.
This piece – Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance summarises a lot of what is wrong with the media obsession with celebrity, and our increasingly visual culture. When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, […]
It’s hard to imagine that the company that makes a free game with an ad-free $1.99 version can sell for $180M. But that’s what happened to OMGPOP, makers of Draw Something (see also the Draw Something Facebook page). If you haven’t played, it’s a multi-player pictionary-style game with a big-button, friendly interface. Using a basic […]
I was rostered on to read the bible at church this week. Even after years of preaching and leading church services, this is a responsibility that I take seriously – I pre-read the passage a couple of times, and brought my old NIV paper bible around to read from. This, combined with a post over […]