Once Were Highwaymen

Margaret and I were sitting on a bench on Nantucket sipping tea and coffee (respectively), and Margaret wondered about the people who have in the past gotten knicker-twisted about others using their open wifi signals. “They called it ‘stealing bandwidth,’” she recalled, “but with iPhones and other handheld wireless-using devices around, is anyone making a…

Dis Integration

If integration of apps is so important to Apple, why is it that if I want to associate a photo with an Address Book entry, I have to use the file-hierarchy “Open” process, rather than just making a more direct process through iPhoto? Since iPhoto obscures the file paths, it’s a big headache to connect…

But On This I Agree

One of the profound delights that digital technology affords me I number the opportunity to agree with Dave “Groundhog Day” Rogers, more often than his recent post would suggest. In fact, in a recent essay for a religion textbook, I cited some of the baneful effects of automotive technology that he catalogues.   I also…

Twofold Entertainment

Margaret and I had to fax some documents the other day, so we meandered over to a local office supply emporium. While Margaret filled out the requisite forms, I helpfully located unusual or intriguing items that she might fiddle with. Along with the LED-flashing rubber duckies, I noted these squeezy things:     The squeeze…

Nomadic Stromateis

A Biography of America — I’m going to point Pippa to this for home school, ideally in conjunction with the People’s History by Zinn. Also, with a similar interest, a list of free online courses Again similarly, I haven’t listened to Phil Harland’s podcast lectures on early Christianity, but I take the gesture as a…

Au Contraire

Google isn’t making us stupid; that’s a nostalgic, fear-mongering sales pitch. The notion that Google (or the Net or email or LOLcats) might be making us stupid reminds me of the ecclesiastical expressions of “replacement panic,” the dread of digital change.   Google, and the panoply of digital tools and media, catalyzes different, unfamiliar ways…

Still Here

We’re having a great time on Nantucket — Pippa and I spent a few hours bicycling yesterday, so that my back is quite stiff this morning, but the weather is terrific. We’re having Margaret-made dinners with my Mom, wandering around and pondering what has changed, glad some things haven’t. Whenever I glimpse an undeveloped patch…

Radio Silence

Limited connectivity on Nantucket; between fun, errands, and lack of a signal, I don’t have much time to comment on the world.     No big story, just a horse waiting to board the ferry to Nantucket.

Back Safe, On To Next Voyage

We had a delightful evening in Baltimore with friends from the Loyola College theology faculty. The trip south was marred by brutal traffic congestion (crossed with our car’s decrepit air conditioning unit), but all turned out marvelously. During our preparations we encountered the following sidebar notice from the National Enquirer:     No, we weren’t…