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"Q. What will be the social media surprise of 2010?"

"A. Growing number of things which aren’t strictly people on your buddy lists. Suddenly I think we will see people friending their laundromat to see when machines are available, the roads they use to watch traffic, and groups of their friends at once. The latter will be interesting because you will only see updates when all of your friends agree.” – Don Patterson,

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I got a quote in the O.C.Register

17 victories for social media in 2009 - Lansner on Real Estate : The Orange County Register

“Use of social media in recent popular protests in Iran. It showed the power and resilience of social media to organize and to resist central control. It is both powerful and dangerous — depending on which side you end up on.” – Don Patterson,

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The SuperSecretSupremeLeader Gadget


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Blondie - We Three Kings Music Video (2009)

This is awesome

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Obama’s Christian Realism

A nice exposition of Obama's philiosophical position:

"Barack Obama never bought into these shifts. In the past few weeks, he has revived the Christian realism that undergirded cold war liberal thinking and tried to apply it to a different world."

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Props to Rick Warren

Major props for Rick Warren for navigating this tricky act of speaking out for compassion and justice without compromising his beliefs. It takes courage and vision to find a third way.

Rick Warren - Letter To The Pastors of Uganda from Dr. Rick Warren

"We are all familiar with Edmund Burke's insight that, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." That is why I'm sharing my heart with you today. As an American pastor, it is not my role to interfere with the politics of other nations, but it IS my role to speak out on moral issues. It is my role to shepherd other pastors who look to me for guidance, and it is my role to correct lies, errors, and false reports when others associate my name with a law that I had nothing to do with, completely oppose, and vigorously condemn. I am referring to the pending law under consideration by the Ugandan Parliament, known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill."

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Praying for Terrorists


This morning I found a breath of fresh air in the news cycle. A small website proposing that Christians react without fear to terrorism. In the proposal is the call to action that we should pray for a specific terrorist. I believe that when we ask God to intervene he hears us and responds. He can respond in the world, he can respond in our heart and he can respond in his heart. Trying to understand the specific causality in relation to a specific prayer is quite a project, but the Christian Scriptures acknowledge that prayer moves the hand and heart of God the way that a child asking a father moves the father's hand and heart. Not the way that a pagan's spell purports to move the natural world.

"Where is the Christian response to terrorism? If the struggle against violence done in the name of Islam is primarily spiritual, then defeating it requires a spiritual response.

This site features FBI and State Department identified terrorists and terrorism sponsors. Terrorism inspires fear. According to Jesus, the antidote to fear is love.

When we hate, we are reactive victims. When we love we seize the initiative. Love for country helps soldiers to risk their lives. Love for children enables parents to discipline them without being intimidated. Love for us took Jesus to the cross. Love for enemies will give courage to face, overcome, and transform them and the environment that breeds them. "

Source: Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer: Home

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I found this on a very rainy and windswept beach today.

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Off the grid for 12-hours

Organizing a Silence and Solitude Day

"Silence and solitude is fasting from people and noise for a prescribed time to connect with God and replenish the soul. The opposite of solitude is isolation, where someone is burned out and goes into survival mode by disappearing. Solitude is godly, isolation is deadly, and if we don't enjoy the former we'll wind up pursuing the latter."

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Hey I'm 9

calvin and susie

In unrelated events, the 9 year old in the family has discovered Calvin and Hobbes and GarageBand

This has resulted in unexplained peals of laughter coming from the back of the mini-van and bizarre ballads about things which the 9 year old knows nothing about.

To whit: listen

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iSight Fix

A helpful bit of software I found to fix my built-in iSight

"Ok, so you have a MacBook with a built in iSight and MacOS keeps forgetting it even exists? You keep getting the infamous "camera is not connected or is in use by another program" error message?

You've come to the right place!

Source: {CODIUM();} :: iSight Fix

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