Monday, July 30, 2007

the music is not in the piano . . .


I am not here to compete with Warner Music (NYSE:WMG). I am not here to sign 300 bands because 2 will pay for the other 298. By the end of the year, we hope to have signed 6 acts. We are just utilizing our real estate to further develop artists. We sign and introduce bands through games and make them available to people globally. Young people want to take music from the game and buy it for their phone or iPod. I am in the music 2.0 business.
— Steve Schnur | Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing, Electronic Arts | Fast Company | July 2007 | page 26

Buckminster Fuller told Mike Vance: "You never change anything by fighting it; you change things by making them obsolete through superior technology." ( Mike Vance + Diane Deacon | Think Out of the Box | Career Press | 1997 | page 138)

Jesus told this parable:
No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’” — Luke 5.36 - 39

When I think about it for a moment I see how much this has to say about yesterday's post on Emerging Grace.

[The title of this post is widely attributed to Clement Mok though, for the life of me, I can't find the source.]

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sunday Morning | Emerging Grace

Emerging Grace writes:

I didn't recognize my views in the posters that were made (elsewhere) concerning emerging church terms. So I decided to make my own posters that represent my simple understanding of emerging/missional terminology.

I hope these are encouraging to you

They are.

Here is one of my favorites . . .



The rest of Grace's images are here.

Thanks to Susan for introducing me to Grace.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

how Netflix treats good customers

You think you know a company and then, out of the blue, they pull something like this . . .

Thanks a lot Netflix . . . seriously.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

when Faith is not enough




Jezebel posts what they claim is the photo of Faith Hill that formed the basis for the July cover of RedBook.

Here is the list of alleged changes to the photo, including the observation, "It turns out Faith Hill looks sort of like your mom."

Meanwhile in Iraq . . .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

strange bedfellows | Opium, Afghanistan + the US



According to US Ambassador to Afghanistan William Wood, Afghani growers are having a record-breaking year, harvesting 457,135 acres of opium poppies — compared to 407,715 acres last year.

A report by the Associated Press says:
Afghanistan last year accounted for 92 percent of global opium production, up from 70 percent in 2000 and 52 percent a decade earlier. With the higher yields, global opium production increased 43 percent between 2005 and 2006.

Is it just me or . . . Never mind, it's probably just me.

[photo by SuperFantastic]

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Olbermann | Mr Bush + Mr Cheney Should Resign

I'm not the only one who's unhappy with Mr Bush's choices this week (and most every week to be honest).

Perhaps it's time he was sent to his room to think about it for a while.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Scooter Libby, George W Bush + Moral Clarity



I've come to think that George W Bush has the kind of moral clarity I associate with certain Christian ministers I have known who could preach a hell of a sermon AND use their power to seduce and molest women and girls. I won't take time to list those individuals here . . . well, maybe just a few first names: Don, Mike, Millard . . . not all of them, understand, but you get the point.

Mr Bush, we know, can preach a hell of a sermon about National Security and The Homeland and The Troops, but I think his behavior over time is despicably inconsistent with his words.

I know, Mr Libby was not convicted of outing the CIA agent Valerie Plame — though I don't have any reasonable doubt that's what he did. Had Mr Libby come clean in anything like real time we might not be in Iraq — and by we I mean The Troops from paragraph two above.

Mr Bush has decided Mr Libby will suffer enough without spending 30 months in jail and so has commuted that portion of his sentence. 30 months, for those of us keeping score at home, is two tours in Iraq for The Troops about whom Mr Bush has preached so fervently while seducing and molesting the American electorate. I feel certain he would say we wanted it — not unlike Don and Mike and Millard . . .

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Tom Tomorrow | The Trouble with Health Care Reform

In This Modern World, Tom Tomorrow anticipates objections to serious health care reform:

You can find the rest of the strip Tuesday afternoon at Working for Change (.com). Forewarned is forearmed . . .

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