Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Sunset Symphony


Last night we had the joy of attending the final Memphis in May event: the Sunset Symphony. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra joined with America to give a concert down by the Mississippi river at Tom Lee park (not Tommy Lee . . . geez, c'mon). It was a beautiful night and the music was fun and they ended the evening with the 1812 overture and a spectacular fireworks display. We had a bunch of friends there with us and had a great time. I highly recommend it.

Friday, May 27, 2005

It's True

There is now evidence to back up my long-standing claim: Washington and Oregon have the best drivers and California drivers suck.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I am an entrepreneur

I started another blog to try to generate a little cash to help with the whole poverty situation. So my thought is this: PowerPoint images on the web are either over-edited (ala Heartlight) or way too expensive. I want to offer something that is high quality, but not too spendy.

I will be uploading new pictures as soon as they are done. Tell me what you think (or better yet drive some trafic to my new business venture).

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Thoughts on Postmodernity

What follows may be turned into a thesis for my Masters Degree:

I have been challenged in my thinking about postmodernity. When I first started learning about postmodernity and emerging worship I drank it in. It thrilled me that I was not the only one thinking that there must be a different way to do things and that the reasoning behind it isn’t just marketing to a new generation but adapting to a new culture. But recently I have been challenged by learned people to rethink my view of postmodernity. Fads have come and gone and many of them, at their zenith, were considered to be the next epoch shift – then 20 years later they were a faded figment of a previous generation. What then sets postmodernity apart from the myriad of fads that have come and gone before?

Nothing. Postmodernity is a fad. It is a passing craze that will be remembered along with bell-bottoms and stove pipe hats. There are postmodern styles in art and architecture, drama and literature. Christian worship is no different. The so called ‘emerging church’ is a faddish attempt to engage a younger generation. It is 90’s youth ministry applied to twenty-something’s now. Dim lights and candles, art and stained glass are the stuff of emerging worship and they are passing fads. Postmodernity defines itself by what it is not: it is not modern, it is not rational, it is not linear. It is a fad.

What sets postmodernity apart from the myriad of fads that have come and gone before?

Everything. Postmodernity, as it has been called, is indicative of a radical shift in the way that people think and communicate. The term ‘postmodernity’ is not particularly helpful in describing the concepts in question. But there is an epistemological change in progress that must be addressed. How can I make the claim that the very nature of knowledge and thought are changing?

Human thought is expressed in language and language is defined by the thoughts of the people that use it. Language is subjective and ever changing due to its intertwining with the thoughts of people. Historically there have been four major types of language use: oral, script, print, and electronic. During the eras when each of these types of language has been prevalent there has been a very different epistemological perspective. As each new type of language use has been added to the repertoire of humanity the others have changed their roles to fit into the new structures.

Oral societies were very focused on the story. The elders kept the stories and related them to the rest of the society. Wisdom and knowledge were only able to be passed on to a limited group and were dependant on their continued use to survive. Stories are treasured repositories of the collected knowledge of a society.

The invention and proliferation of written language gave rise to the script society. Knowledge became available to a wider audience and it did not require the survival of people to remain intact. This change allowed for great advances in knowledge for those that could afford the expensive scrolls and books. I believe this increased the gap between the rich and the poor by concentrating the knowledge in the hands of the rich. Books are the rare property of wealthy.

Gutenberg changed the world. Books became less expensive to produce and obtain. More people had access to the collected knowledge of the world and more people had an opportunity to add to the knowledge of the world. The knowledge of the world began to change and grow more quickly as more people had more access to more knowledge.

The invention of electronic media is no less important to the epistemological history of humanity than that of the printing press. Words became at once cheaper to produce and more ubiquitous. Radio, Movies, Television, and the Internet have radically reshaped the nature of words and communication. Therefore, they have also reshaped the nature of thought.

Thought has become a network of ideas rather than linear and reasoned. Our knowledge has become ‘hyperlinked’ in that one concept need not logically flow out of another. Images are as important to communication as the words. Through the internet everyone has the ability to add to the sum total of human knowledge.

This is the epochal shift that is sweeping over the world. If people choose to call it ‘postmodernity’ that’s fine, but it is important to note that philosophies come and go. Huge changes in the way the world thinks, however, only happen a few times in history.

Friday, May 20, 2005

The Sonics Lost

It's over. They're out. Done. Fine.

I'm sad. But it's bitter sweet. No one (not even me) hoped that the Sonics would make the playoffs this year (they won their division). People didn't think they would win in the playoffs (I hoped they would) and they beat the Kings in the first round. People thought they would be swept by the Spurs (I was holding out for one game) and they took them to 6 games. Especially after last season, it's been a good year to be a Sonics fan.

I'm still bummed that they lost though.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Starwars Episode III

I stayed up until 3:00 this morning to watch Revenge of the Sith and it was so worth it. I won't reveal anything about the movie (did you know that Darth Vader is Luke's father?), but I just had to say that it wowed me. There was a ton of action and most of the loose ends were tied up. Just great!

Starwars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

So What's the Point?

I've been thinking lately about why I blog. It seems like my blog has become a place for me to share things that I think are neat with the world (or the 5 people that read my blog). I haven't posted any deep thoughts for a while (it could be because all of my deep thoughts have been given over to school).

I hesitated when it came time to post about the Sonics (they tied their series with San Antonio, by the way) because I know that not too many people care. I posted because I care and it's my blog. But then I get to feeling some pressure to post things that other people will find interesting. So is my blog a personal journal or entertainment for the "masses"?

I've just started reading Ray Oldenburg's The Great Good Place (the book that discusses the idea of the "third place"). In the preface he talks about some of the benefits of "third places" such as a place to share your ideas in a forum where not everyone will agree and a place that people keep frequenting because it is fun (I will comment more on the book later). In a way the blog-world and online forums fullfill the same communal functions as Oldenburg's "third place."

I'm still not sure what the point is, but I'm getting a better idea all the time. Right now I blog for the chance to share my thoughts with a wider audience and a forum in which to share thoughts that might not come out as frequently elsewhere. I blog for the community that I can share with my friends (both new and old).

So why do you blog? What's the point?

Friday, May 13, 2005

Free Frosty Weekend!!!

I don't care who you are; stop what you are doing and go to Wendy's for a FREE Frosty. Do it now!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Darth Blog

This is amazing writing. I can't say much more. I'm enthralled by the depth of character and feeling. I'm engaged by the humor. The metaphor gets a litttle thick, but other than that this is a great read (especially to get you ready for Episode III 8 days left).

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Jesus Christ . . . businessman?

Aparently Jesus is having trouble securing himself a driver's license. I guess somebody can, in fact, 'mess' with the Jesus.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Woot

So this is a cool site: woot.com sell only one product at a time once per day, but it's usually a wicked awesome deal. And every once in a while they will have a woot-off where they sell an item until it sells out and then sell another item until it sells out and on and on and on.

Woot for me one more time.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Sonics Win First Playoff Series in 7 Years

Sorry, Tim. At least this is the game that we've all expected from this series: Bibby-35, Stojakovic-38; Allen-30, Lewis-24.
Rashard Lewis

Monday, May 02, 2005

Family Guy is back

Judge me as you will I am stoked that Family Guy is back with new episodes. The one on Sunday was hilarious - especially the opening. They started with Peter saying, "Bad news, we've been canceled." Then Lois said, "Oh, no" and then Peter says, "Yeah, well they just didn't have any room in their schedule because of . . ." he then lists every show that Fox has produced and then canceled since Family Guy was canceled going on for a solid minute ". . . I guess if all those shows flop we'll have a chance." Hahahahahahaha!

Basically I enjoy great satire and irony, that means I also love the Simpsons. If you can't get past the crude and offensive humor to see the satire then you won't like Family Guy or the Simposons. But if you can, laugh with me! What's your favorite quote from either of these shows?

Mine is from the Simpsons: After being frustrated by Ned Flanders, Homer looks up and cries out, "O, Lord why do you mock me." Marge says, "Homer, that's not God; it's just a waffle Bart threw up there." Marge knocks the waffle down with a broom and it falls into Homers hands . . . he looks at it and says, "I know I shouldn't eat thee . . . [gulp] . . . mmmmm, sacralicous."