Archive for September, 2005
Pete gets wordpress…..
To me, I want to focus my blog a bit more. I’m going to get a wordpress install going (I’m getting one up for my ‘business’), but I’d like to get another one for my writing outlet.
So, coming soon – Counterflow.
It’s mission: Technology doesn’t satisfy. If I get the Ipod nano, I won’t be fundamentally happier than if I didn’t get it, in fact, I’ll be less happy because I will want the next thing.
I’m a bundle of paradoxes:
I want to speak to the absuridity of a world that chases after crap that ultimately doesn’t satisfy, but that I’m strangely passionate about. I love technology but I long to put it in perspective.
I want to write beyond my years but not be so cynical that I won’t ever not look at something with a fresh eye. I want to get a perspective on life and technology that can come only with walking the planet for 100 years. I want to observe technological trends from the lens of perspective. I long to be passionate about something and write about it. I want to assume nothing and I want to take nothing for granted.
Hopefully, with a few friends, we’ll be writing to our passions and dispelling the lie that buying the next big thing will make you happy. If you need it, or it fits into your budget, we want to write about how we’re using it.
Think slashdot, only heavily editorialized.
In the meantime. Onto my monthly rants .
First, some posts to get out of the way – from my favorites list:
Overclock me – How to get the most out of your body staying up all night.
LifeHacker – A very, very cool site on how to get the better of technology
Aidan Juvinall - A new flickr account I’ve setup for A-man.
I’m switching to wordpress fairly shortly and to a private domain. I almost feel compelled to write. I remember a story back in the early nineties about two teenagers (it was fiction…did I mention that?) who rocked the planet by what they shared in a usenet board (Remember usenet??). I have an urge to change the world, but I realize in my post modern bad self that my sphere of influence is limited. I don’t think that is a bad thing, however, I just need to be conistent in sharing with people in my sphere.
I’m also doing a talk in Large Group for Intervarsity next week. They asked me to do a talk on the exclusivity of Jesus’ claims in the gospels. After spending a couple of days with the story of the two disciples on the road to emmaus, I get thought-filled. For me, exclusivity is not so much about the times I have conversations with Muslims, Hindus, pluralists, or Atheists (I actually have friends that are the last two), it’s about being compelled to go. It’s about having such an encounter with Jesus myself that I have no other desire in the world to share my story with others. I hate getting wrapped up with nit-picky discussions about the swoon theory, or the merits of pluralism. Jesus is far more than that. The angels asked mary ‘Why are you looking for a person that’s alive here? He’s not dead!’ To me, it’s apples and oranges. He has a unique claim and here’s the thing: it’s not my responsiblity or in my ability to convince anyone of it. Jesus does that just fine. For me, it’s about how much I bear witness to it. Translation: how do I show Jesus to people. Am I compelled to do it? What has Jesus done for me that drives me to go out and love others.
The interesting thing is that the people that God entrusted originally to get his message out were misfits, dregs of society, and of no station to be respected. It’s not about how adept I am at sharing, it’s about being me and letting all that Jesus has done for me come out in my interactions with others.