Visual Aids

Here are photos of the pens I worked on yesterday. I have another on the table; I’ll probably have at it with polish tonight as Margaret and I catch up on LOST.       This is the Sheaffer Balance. The crack runs slong the bottom edge of the lower photo.     This is…

Satisfaction And Frustration

Among my many minor competencies, we may now number fountain pen repair and restoration, as long as we emphasize the “minor” part of the phrase. This afternoon I disassembled a smallish Sheaffer; it looks like a small version of an Balance, though not a Lifetime model (no white dot). It’s 4 5/8″ when capped, a…

The World Needs To Know

After months of sporadic switching among newsreaders, bookmark-browsing, and general digital restlessness, I’ve started using Google Reader to keep up-to-date on the blogs I care about. I haven’t moved everything from my bookmarks over there, but my first impressions are favorable.

Two Ways

The same page at Inside Higher Education reports on one hand that a number of New England institutions are “are pushing ahead with searches or even adding searches, viewing this as a perfect time to attract faculty talent” (go! go! add searches in New Testament and theology!), and on the other hand that the American…

Brain On Narrative

What happens when a biblical scholar influenced by both linguistics and by the narrative theology of Frei and Hauerwas encounters an enthusiastic Boing Boing endorsement of neuroscientific research that suggests that our brains simulate the action we read about in narrative? Well, for one thing, he waits to see what the neuroscience critics over at…

Slow Like Me

It was hard to notice during the campaign, since so much of what he said was composed ahead of time. Having heard a lot of extemporaneous Obamiana, though, it occurred to me this morning that the President of the United States qualifies to be a member of the Slow Talkers of America — slow like…

Looking Ahead

Next Thursday, I’ll lead a discussion with the Anglican/Episcopal House of Studies at Duke, on the topic of digital technology. I’ll show them Wesch clips (don’t look ahead, if you’re an AEHS Duke student!) and urge my case that students who are preparing for church leadership may opt to prepare for a cultural environment that…

Placeholding

My thoughts are, for the time being, overshadowed by the heartbreaking news that an old friend’s wife died. Margaret and I feel the shock and weight of her death vividly; several bonds of circumstance intensify our sympathy.   While we’re processing, I commend to the attention of teachers and technology fans this recording of Michael…

Play It Again, Jonah

This morning’s worship at St. Joseph’s went very well — no mix-ups in the readings, the congregation received the sermon very warmly, and Rhonda described me in extravagantly laudatory terms that set back my spiritual discipline of “receiving compliments gracefully” by about ten years.   I left out the line that tickled me yesterday (and…

Markets

I just don’t understand.   Very obviously, I don’t understand some things for technical reasons: I haven’t studied various topics in sufficient depth, I’m not the smartest character around, I hold to some premises that interfere with my giving other ideas full consideration. Nothing is comprehensible or unintelligible in itself; some apparently lucid ideas fail…

Online Ecology

Frank and Judith are participating in the SuperEco blogging community-venture — this is the sort of thing we used to cobble together back in early days (BlogTank FTW!), and it’s great to see them putting the experience of those communities to work toward encouraging more ecological consciousness. Cheers, SuperEco!